I've always known I had a lot of quilts but it wasn't until I began walking around the house one day with my camera that I realized how many I had. I've lost count ... didn't even begin to see how many are on the beds ... the ones we use every day. They have crept into my house one by one ... and I love them all!
These two quilts live on my couch in our living room ... the burgundy furniture really sets them off. I love the melon colored Grandma's Garden because its such a change from the traditional backgrounds you see on this quilt. The cheddar and white quilt is a favorite ... first off because never in a million years would I piece together those blocks ... but also because it reminds me of the air raid shelter signs that were everywhere when I was growing up. (TG we never had to use them!!)
It seems like there are quilts stacked up at the end of every couch and bed. Hey ... it gets cold here in Minnesota! Our living room is painted a warm, antique gold and with our burgundy colored furniture its a quiet place in the Summer and the perfect, cozy place to read in the Winter. There's always a quilt to pull up for a cat nap.
This spool quilt is one of the first quilts I made ... I found the pattern for it when I was moving the store and was so excited about that! It's called Homespun Spools and was a pattern from That Patchwork Place. It is one of those quilts that has a lot of memories stitched into it ... first off ... I took it as a class with my sister Sue ... it was scrappy and I picked the fabric for both of us so we each have identical quilts. We learned how to use the Easy Angle and to insert prairie points into an inner border. But when I look at it I usually think about how it was where I met Debbie Bowles from Maple Island Quilts. She was teaching the class and was right at the beginning of launching her pattern line and when she found out I knew how to publish, she asked me to share my information with her. It has been fun watching her ever since as she's gone on to publish patterns and books and appear on quilting shows.
I've got this thing about rolling quilts and storing them in crocks. We have a lot of Red Wing crocks in our house! I seem to have a thing about lavender quilts too ... and very obviously vintage quilts from the 40's!
This was my quilt from when my store was in Quilt Sampler ... Rosebud's Cabin. It has the rosebud block bordered with log cabin blocks on point and flying geese. I made a second one in a lap size that's in the living room. I never get tired of looking at this quilt and remembering how much fun it was to be part of the magazine. And here's a little secret ... I have almost an entire bolt of the creamy background with polka dots on it! It's one of the things I refused to get rid of when I was purging during our move. I wish Andover Fabrics would print it again ... it is just the best piece around!
If you did the mini pillowcase challenge on American Patchwork and Quilting a few years ago, this is the one you saw! I made this pillow and the one behind it from the cut off corner flips of Twist and Turn ... a project that I designed for the magazine. I made one more project ... a mat that was just half-square triangles sewn together. Three projects all from stuff I would have tossed in the garbage can! As I cut off the corners, I'd sew them up and then trim them so they were all the same size. I still do that with those cut off corners ... you can make tons of things ... like pincushions for gifts!
The top quilt was the first quilt I had published in American Patchwork. It was made from one of Pat Sloan's first lines ... Old Blooms ... and was made in October of 2003. It was in Quilting Ideas ... a precursor to Quilts and More. Underneath it is Columbian Puzzler ... the prototype that was remade into Twist and Turn. It's huge ... hangs down on both sides of the bed ... and it's keeping us warm right now during the cold snap we've been having. That pattern is on American's Patchwork's web site but they've renamed it ... you can find it if you search.
It's a good thing we have a railing at the foot of our bed ... its an excellent quilt rack! Another one of those flower garden quilts again! How can you resist them? The tourquoise quilt that is folded has six gigantic baskets on it ... and that's it ... no border ... just surrounded by that fabulous color. The Rose of Sharon quilt that you can see peeking out was the first quilt in the collection. Bob's family was from Pennsylvania and when the last of his aunts passed away, his cousin sent a box of things to the family here. The first item in the box was this quilt ... Bob kept it and gave everything else to his brothers and sister. He loved that it had part of my first name and my second name in the title of the quilt ... and he knew that I secretly loved it but wouldn't ask for it. I still love it today ... there's no secret about it! The one next to it is an autograph quilt. Who were those women??
There are a lot more pictures of quilts! But this last one is one of my favorites. It was made by my friend Jane as a Christmas gift to me a long time ago ... it's a tree skirt meant for a table top tree. I've never used it that way, though. Did you know tree skirts are terrific tied around the base of a lamp? It fits perfectly in our folk art home. And here's my dirty little secret ... you don't have to dust under them ... you just untie them and shake them out the door. And now I can see you all scrambling back to the boxes of holiday decorations you just put away looking for your tree skirts, too! Just think ... less dusting ... more time for quilting.