Friday, December 2, 2016

I'm pleased to take you......



with me on viewing these beautiful quilts.


I always marvel how excellent these quilters were at their craft.  They did not have access to the tools we have today.


The colors in this quilt are so dynamic.




Lady of the Lake, always a favorite.


Notice once again, the beautiful quilting.





There is something so clean and pristine about two colored quilts.


Incredible hand quilting!


A picture is worth a thousand words.


Harmony and elegance!  Well stated Yvonne.




Stunning!


I apologize for cutting off part of the information. 


What a treasure trove of bits of fabric......no fragments wasted.




Incredible elements cause one to look and study!


Lovely choice of fabrics.


Once again French quilters excel!


"The intellect of the wise is like glass; it admits the light of heaven and reflects it." -Augustus Hare



Thursday, December 1, 2016

Antique Quilts.....



....are the ones which make my heart sing.  Especially the really scrappy ones.  Women taking what they had in an effort to add color to their homes, and to have something to show for their efforts......and to keep their families warm!


I believe I commented yesterday that there are many quilts with a red and green color theme.


The applique is stunning, but the quilting is what really makes these quilts outstanding.




Each of these quilts have a story that needs to be told.  I do not know if they had labels.


Cheddar, pink and red, aren't colors that we would think of putting together.




Silks and velvets in this very unusual design.












I fell hard for this bird quilt.


Beautiful fabrics and stunning embroidery.






I liked the addition of the blue in this quilt, plus once again the hand quilting is incredible.


"Love is contagious.  When I share love, it comes back to me multiplied."  -Louise Hayes

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A continuation of the amazing quilts.....



which we saw while at Quilt Market in Houston.



I love the old scrappy make do quilts, and this quilt is just that.  I also love the red.


This would make an interesting border on a scrap quilt.


These are quilts found in many of the vendors booths.  There are usually a few of these Whig Rose quilts, at least that is what I believe they are called.


Notice the incredible hand quilting.....enough to knock your socks off.


I've always been drawn to these red and green quilts.


Robbing Peter to Pay Paul......I believe is the name of this 2 colored quilt.


I've always admired pineapple quilts, and now I hope to make one with my new Bloc Loc ruler.


This is just the quilt top, not yet been made into a quilt.






I am always drawn to Log Cabin quilts, and found this one done with the narrow solid color logs no exception.  I especially loved the fabric she chose for the back.


I believe the maker must have run out of solid fabric, because there is this one section with a print.


An interesting combination for this Log Cabin.  I love the red plaids and stripes in this quilt.




I've decided I really enjoy quilts that have red and cheddar in them.


This picture is out of order, but it gives you a better idea of the over all look of the quilt.


This marvelous old wonder shows quite a bit of ware.  However, someone worked tirelessly to create this beauty.  It looks like it is the black fabric which was inferior, because most of the other fabrics are intact.


I have to share this wonder which the girls at Grand Country Quilters made for me........I'm in love with it.  First of it is on a rotating base that turns with ease!


It has a surface made for ironing.....


And then you can cover that surface with a small cutting mat.  It worked so famously for trimming down these blocks from a strip piecing project I'm working on.  The strips are added to a foundation muslin piece and the excess needs to be trimmed off.


A slight swivel of the board, made it so easy to trip the excess, and end up with a perfect 6 1/2 inch square......and a pleased smile on my face.  If you would like having one of these, they offer kits with all the material to cover and make your own.  Simply call Grand Country Quilters in San Marcos, California.

"Let us see what we can do."  -William Penn
We all have the capability to some little thing to meet the needs of those suffering and without. It seems that at this time of the year we are reminded of those who are homeless and hungry.