Monday, November 10, 2008

Pictures of kit quilts

Have you ever heard the saying that "the quilter that dies with the most fabric wins" or something like that. My fiancee probably thinks that I have that one won for sure. I have one of my spare bedrooms with fabric and these vintage quilt kits. I also have my huge Gracie quilting machine set up in this room. Since I took my current job, I haven't had much time for attempting any of this, especially the hand applique quilts.

I found these vintage applique quilt kits on Ebay. I always thought that it would be so neat if a company would replicate these old kits for the new generations. Some of these are really beautiful and intricate when you get to looking at them.

I'd love to hear about other quilters and what they are doing as projects or any neat new tools you have come across.

Vintage applique quilt kit

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


log cabin quilt

The bright primary colored log cabin quilt is still a work in progress. Many of my family members tell me that when it is finished that they should be the recipient of it. This took me over a year to sew all the strips into the 4 inch blocks and then arrange the blocks so that they look like they are weaving under and over each other. As you can see, my wooden hoop is still on the quilt as I am still in the process of hand quilting this item. I was really pleased with the contrasts between all these colors.

I got my love for quilting from my grandmother. My family lived with my paternal grandmother while I was growing up. Being from a small farming town of 1000 people, I was exposed to quilting from an early age. My grandmother loved to sit in the living room during the winter and hand piece her quilts. Myself, I prefer to use the sewing machine to sew my quilt tops together. I feel that hand piecing is not "secure" enough and they it would all come apart after I am done.

I also love the beautiful applique quilts that were made from kits during the 1930's and 1940's. I have been fortunate to find some of these kits on Ebay and someday hope to create these masterpieces also. I know many people create quilts and then sell them. Perhaps this could be another venture. I feel I would have a hard time parting when something like this that took so long to make.

I made a double wedding ring quilt using material that is in shades of purple and blue and white with bubbles throughout it. My fiancee has decided to claim this for his own and has it neatly hidden away for himself. I also have another one is progress that is using fabric that is black and white and looks like cow material. Then I plan to embroider a picture of a cow in the center of each block. The one thing I love about these quilts is that they are one of a kind and no one else has one exactly like mine and I am only limited by my own imagination.

My secret passion "quilting"

Monday, November 3, 2008

Bears win

How about those Bears? Chalk up another win.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Another item to ponder

If a man is standing in the middle of the forest speaking and there is no woman around to hear he still wrong?