MUM’s QUILT

When I was having a general sort out last week I came across these photos. They are of a quilt I made for my Mum for her 80th birthday in her favourite colours of Pink and Lilac – a long time ago now. It was all done by hand and in those days I didn’t have a sewing room, I had a corner in our bedroom to sew. This quilt was pretty huge and I ended up with it strewn across our bed whilst I quilted listening to an audiobook or three. Those were the days. I finished it in time for Mum’s birthday and took it along to my sister’s house where Mum was having a bit of a do. We nipped upstairs to my sister’s bedroom and put the quilt on the bed. Went down for Mum and took her up, she looked at the quilt and said “Oh” hahaha, then I told her it was for her. Tears. Lots of them. Along with questions like,  - Did you make it? How? When? Is it really for me? That last one got me and I said of course it is for you, more tears and then she said she had never had anything made especially for her – EVER.  Anyway we managed to get her away from it, although when anyone went up to look at it, she shouted up the stairs, don’t you touch my quilt or sit on it……So here it is and if you look closely at the top right hand corner of this picture, you will see my sewing table…

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This is showing the back of the quilt flipped over the front…
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This is a close-up of one of the blocks…
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Card I received from Mum after she had gone back home, note the lovely swirly curly writing. I had the quilt back from her and put it in a show at her request – Malvern Show it was, didn’t get anywhere but I did have some nice comments from the judges about my hand quilting…4I had the quilt back from her and put it in a show at her request – Malvern Show it was, didn’t get anywhere but I did have some nice comments from the judges about my hand quilting. I have no idea why I look so scared…
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It was decided – by Mum – that when she died the quilt would be passed on to the eldest member of the family, sadly that would have been my brother Tony, he died before Mum unfortunately so I took the decision to give the quilt to his wife Jean. She too has died since and I have no idea where this quilt is now. Not to worry I just hope it is keeping someone warm.

Of course nowadays I do everything by machine, but this just proves to the many doubters that I ever did hand work. I used to love hand quilting and really miss it.

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YAY FINISHED

I have finally finished some of the quilts I started at my groups Machine day – AMISH or NOT!   That was way back in JUNE where does the time go? The bindings are on and they are signed, at last!  I still have two to do I think but feel pretty chuffed about getting these done and dusted.

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Before Quilting - Amish Sample 3or NOT!

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I think I can spot a bit of a theme with these Quilts…..

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AROUND THE WORLD BLOG POST

I would like to thank Maggi B for nominating me to join in the fun with this Around the World Blog Post. I have known Maggi for a number of years now and she has always been very helpful to me, please do go and view her Blog if you have not already done so, you will find some truly wonderful things on there. Here is a link to her Blog, do take time to look all around Maggi’s Blog, there is a lot to see.

 http://www.maggi21handdyes.com/around-world-blog-post/

http://www.maggi21handdyes.com/

Part of belonging to this Blog Hop is to let folk know a little about me by answering some questions, so here goes.

  1. What am I working on?

At the moment I am working on several things at once, which seems to be the norm for me right now. I am quilting a quilt for a customer which is made of William Morris fabrics and just gorgeous, when finished I am hoping she will allow me to put it on my other Blog …http://janquiltseveryday.wordpress.com/……… for people to see. I am getting samples ready for my group in a fortnight’s time, I have been running this group ‘The Quilt Set’ with my daughter Suzanne and Granddaughter Rebecca for 15 years now, so I must be doing something right for folk. I insist there is only PQ and A done at my group, it makes me cross to see quilting group meetings with knitters and other types of work being done. NOT that I have anything against these crafts, I just feel if Quilting is in the title of the group that is what you should be seeing done [grumble over]  I am also making fabric postcards as a byline…… I was introduced to these by a friend some years back and cannot stop making them, I have over recent years started lots of people making them and organized many swaps around the world of these little works of art….http://jansfabricpostcards.wordpress.com/

  1. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Oh to be honest I don’t think I differ from any other Quilter. It may be that I am now tending to ‘quilt it to death’ as my friend Di tells me. I can do simple but I just love all the wonderful free motion quilting designs out there and try to use them as and when. When I get a customer request to quilt their quilt I always make sure they let me know what it is they expect me to do, been lucky so far in getting in right.   

  1. Why do I write/create what I do?

Oh that is easy, because I really love to quilt and a day without doing any quilting even only a tiny amount is one miserable day to me. The fact there are all these wonderful fabrics and threads so easily available now makes it really easy to create wonderful things. Hubby says I am only interested in anything if it is related to quilting, I wouldn’t actually go that far but he is probably pretty close!

4.  How does my writing/creating process work?

I am first and foremost a Quilter so let’s begin with a quilt. I make a quilt top in the design chosen, and then I tend to stare at it for a few days sometimes before inspiration dawns and at that point under my machine it goes for me to quilt. This is my machine I now have to use as I wore by beloved 1090 out boohooBernina-B330_0-500x500

I don’t think I have had a disappointment so far doing it this way, my own and customers’ quilts.

[Having re-read what I have put here it looks very simple, YOU of course know there is no such thing as simple in quilting, but I don’t wish to bore you with taking it through each minute step by step.]

I hope I have given you enough interest to have a good look through my Blog[s] and look forward to your comments, I will answer by email if I have yours, other-wise I answer directly on the Blog page you commented on. Thanks for looking. Enjoy the HOP

Now I have the pleasure to introduce you to TWO ladies both who agreed to do this Hop for me, I did kind of ‘coax’ both of them ha ha ha.

Cath and Marian will both be publishing on their Blogs on 24 November which is next Monday so do please remember to pop over to both of them, get a cup of something or glass of wine as you are going to be enthralled, so much to see. My thanks go to both of them for agreeing to do this by the way.

CATH STONARD – I met Cath at the Festival of Quilts some years ago and whilst talking to her I realised she was a very clever lady and made fabulous works of Art as you will see on her Blogs, I am always stunned by her work and feel sure you will be too. Such a lovely lady I feel privileged to know her.

MARIAN TURNER – Marian I also met at the Festival of Quilts, where else to meet top people I ask you? Marian makes wonderful items for her family and friends and has now launched  two Ebooks which are beautifully written as you will be able to see when she does her post for this Hop.

I think I had best click of publish as I have to get this Post on my Blog today 17th November, [by the skin of my teeth as usual]. I hope you have enjoyed by chatter.  Thank you for joining me.

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