Monday, May 2, 2011

This and that....

I have been on a mission to finish quilts. I have put the binding on 2 more quilts. The last step is the most tedious for me. I know others find the hand sewing relaxing. My favorite part is picking out the fabric. I love to cut the fabric and piece the designs. The quilt below is a design from the quilts of Gee's Bend. I had read about these quilts and the women who made them and I was fascinated by the color and the design. I was pleased to see that kits would be available. Last summer I gave this to a friend to piece for me as I recovered from hip replacement surgery. He did an outstanding job and the long arm quilter dis a wonderful job. I sewed the binding so it was a collaborative project.

I was interested to see that Pottery Barn was working with the Gee's Bend Foundation and reproducing a quilt for sale. You can see the quilt here. You can read more about the quilts here as well.

In the early 90's, my friend Patti and I would race over to Keepsake Quilting in Center Harbor, NH. We would just make piles of fabrics and buy a half yard of each. We would take turns picking the pattern. It was fortunate that we both liked stars. This quilt was created. This is mine and hers is almost identical.

We watched Notting Hill, The Shag, Mystic Pizza, Pretty Woman and I still hadn't finished sewing on the binding. Big quilt. When I downsized, blue and white no longer worked and I had stopped making the antique looking quilts. I was more enamored of Kaffe Fassett and color. So I gave the quilt to my sister. The quilt was quilted by hand by the Amish in 1993 but no binding. We were chatting about 3 weeks ago and she mentioned the binding.....In a weak moment of complete insanity I sweetly offered to do this job for her. She must have hung up the phone and raced to UPS because I got the quilt 2 days later. I will ship it back tomorrow.

I have updated my quilt gallery at the top of the page. I am in the process of photographing all of my quilts here in Florida. I will do the same when we get back to Maine. Four more quilts will go to the quilter on Thursday. I am finally getting to the bottom of the almost done pile!

Have a great week!


Anonymous said...

Wonderful dear Carol, this is real art, wonderful!
Best regards and a nice Tuesday,kisses.

podso said...

your quilts are beautiful! And what a sense of accomplishment to get towards the bottom of the pile!

Vee said...

Lovely, Carol! I admire quilters. It's a noble art and craft.

(I just found my mother's quilt top that she's been putting together from the scraps that she'd used for all the other quilts she's made for everyone else. I felt a little sad that she hadn't had the chance to finish so have decided that I'm going to do it. I'm sure that there is a lot of information online about how to finish a quilt.)

Olive Cooper said...

You are so talented. They are beautiful.

Pamela Gordon said...

Beautiful quilts Carol. I have several friends in our community that are part of a quilters guild but I don't quilt as I have difficulty holding a needle (thumb joint problems). I admire anyone who makes and/or designs quilts. They are a a lot of work!

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Hi Carol:
Your quilts are all fabulous! I'm sure your sister will appreciate getting the finished quilt back. (It's no fun when the batting comes out the edges when you use it unbound. lol)


LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Beautiful quilts, I am impressed at the sewing but even more so that you can watch films while you are working on them.

Miss Char said...

Wonderful quilts Carol, I envy your effort to complete them, I'm still stuck in "its not spring yet" mode and I'm having a hard time completing anything right now.

You have created some wonderful treasures. Thanks for sharing.

Sheila said...

Congratulations Carol! It takes real dedication to finish quilts. I finished a quilt top recently and it will hang on my quilt rack for quite some time I think. Quilting is forgotten when spring arrives.

Porch Days said...

You are an inspiration but I wish I could tell you it has made me tackle my closet of unquilted quilts. Lots of other things to do first. Nancy

Rettabug said...

I'm glad to hear you're photographing those wonderfully colorful quilts that I saw back in Feb. in your lovely home, Carol. I would love to see them again!

Very nice take-off on the *Gee's Bend* quilt. I was so impressed with their ability to create beauty out of scraps & their own ingenuity.

Won't you be heading North soon? We have FINALLY warmed up...yesterday was pure Heaven! I was outside all day, planting & sweeping & painting little objects. Warmest I've felt since we left your area!

Have a Happy Mothers Day!

Rettabug said...

Hi Carol,

Me again. I just wanted to say "thank you" for creating the link pages to your recipes! It pushed me to learn how to do it & I figured it out, finally!!!
Thanks for the silent encouragement.



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