Thursday, April 19, 2012

Q is for Quilts


My mom is a quilter. She has vast stores of bright fabrics, tucked away in a closet, organized by color. I can remember her insistence that I learn how to quilt. I was reluctant at best. Quilting requires math and precision, attention to minute details and straight lines. I learned. I can quilt, but by no means do I possess any significant talent in the art.

My mom, on the other hand, does. Straight lines, pointed corners, hand quilted stitches that are virtually perfect. Although quilting is not a craft I enjoy doing, I certainly can appreciate and admire talent when I see it.

Every year a city nearby holds a massive quilt show. And though I wish my mom would enter some thing, she never does! Instead, we all go to the show. It has become a very favored tradition of mine. I may not sit down with mom to quilt – just like she doesn’t sit down with me to scrapbook – but we can certainly enjoy the finished results together.

Here are a few photos of this past year’s show. 







Best of Show winner. The back was just as amazing as the front!

This is a mini-quilt. The blocks are a scant 1 1/8 inch square.

This was probably one of my favorites.

Reminds me of olives!


17 comments:

  1. OMG, those quilts are just gorgeous. I have a friend who is a master quilter and I am so envious. I can hardly sew buttons on.
    karen

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  2. Awesome! Of course, I like the simple black and white one with the triangles the most. What an awesome skill to have. I really need to acquire such a skill.

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    1. I really like simple geometric designs myself. Bold squares and rectangles! The one you mention was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright.

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    2. No WONDER why I liked it then. :)

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  3. Ooh, gorgeous! I did my post on quilts, too!


    Elizabeth
    A to Z co-host

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  4. how cool! i especially like the franklin lloyd wright looking one! :D

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  5. i have a quilt that my grandmother made for me. She has since passed away. It's not nearly as elaborate as those are but it is still quite nice. It holds a few memories.

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    1. Ken, I think that is one of the greatest things about quilts. Regardless of how complicated or simple the pattern, someone made it for you! In this case your grandmother and now, even though she is gone you still have that handmade reminder of her.

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  6. My mom is also a quilter. Quilt shows are amazing! Great Q post.

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  7. Wonderful quilts. I would love to learn... some day. My retired neighbor turned her entire living room into a quilting station and hosts weekly quilting circles.

    ScribblesFromJenn
    Happy A to Z-ing!

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    1. Man I would love a whole room devoted to my crafting!!

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  8. Visiting from A/Z; What a great entry for "Q". Brought back memories; my mom in her "younger" years (her 50s and 60s) was a quilter. I would help cut things out for her but was never much of a quilter. Glad you and your mom can enjoy the shows together; treasure that time together!

    good luck with the rest of the challenge!

    betty

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    1. I love watching my mom quilt. She is so methodical...it is almost almost approaches a Zen level or relaxation!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Such beautiful quilts. It is hard to say which one is best.

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    1. It is really hard walking around the show because in each aisle we end up exclaiming "OMG this is gorgeous!"

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  10. Kudos to your mom... Lovely colors and designs. The header of your blog is also so wonderful! God bless

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