Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Just a quick peek.....




...at what I've been working on before I continue sharing quilt photos.


I'm just about there.  One more little block and the center is complete, except for sewing the blocks into rows and then the rows together.  Then on to the border, which I am excited about.  I need some new designs to offer for some retreats which I've been invited to teach at.  The patterns will be first offered at the retreats.  One will be Primitives of the Midwest, which will be in August, and then I've almost completed my project for the one being sponsored by Blackberry Primitives in Lincoln, Neb. in October.  Then I'm considering France which will come up in April.  My mind is on over drive!!!


Now, for more of the excellence from the show in Houston.




As you can see, we have another beauty from the hands of Ms. Laverne Mathews.  Like me you may be wondering just how many quilts this talented quilter has made.


This one is a real beauty, the kind that has you standing back and oohing and aahing.


Antique....and absolutely lovely!




Fabulous...right!?  The kind of quilt most of us make in our dreams.


Ode to the daisy!


My how these quilts represent hours of stitching!


We can all identify about searching the quilt stores for a few more perfect fabrics that we just can't live without.....compare this to our ancestors, who history tells us sent bits of fabrics through the mail, took apart old clothing to selvage the less worn fabric so that no fragment would be lost......working on the principle of waste not - want not.


Striking.....is the first thing that comes to mind.  The daisies quilted into the background is just perfect.



Stunning!



A fabulous original design out of Japan.


Blowin' in the wind of May.


Sounds like the suggestion of an innocent child!



Lifetime Partners.


"I'm beginning to recognize that real happiness isn't something large and looming on the horizon ahead, but something small, numerous and already here.  The smile of someone you love, a descent breakfast.  The warm sunset.  Your little everyday joys all lined up in a row."  - Beau Taplin

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Catch your breath.......




....as I have more quilts that will take your breath away!


This quilt design came from American Quilts, by Robert Shaw.


The USS Constitution.


Interesting applique motifs.





This quilt is stunning.  The transitional burst of color in each block is quite spectacular.






When studying the fabrics, it's fun to identify some of the same fabrics Which I can find in my stash!


Another exceptional quilt created by Laverne Mathews.  Both of them masterpieces!




Out standing hand quilting by Celia Ardoin.


I'm running out of adjectives to describe these quilts,




Another beauty by the prolific Laverne Mathews.


A continuation of the Laverne Mathews show.....and master applique extraordinaire!


Not only is the applique fabulous, it has the hand quilting to go with it.



The accomplishment of thirteen friends.



I enjoyed a full day of sewing today......I'm starting to turn a corner  with my shoulder issues, and able to sew more.....Yippee!!!

"Happiness, not in another place, but this place, not for another hour, but for this hour."  Walt Whitman

Monday, December 5, 2016

A new week.....



...but first of a new day! "Smile at someone today and give them a bit of sunshine." :-)


I have so many fabulous quilts to share with you, so I decided to post a few today.  All of them made by our French friends from across the pond.


Caution!  These may leave you breathless.




I made this quilt a few years ago, and I believe it was a pattern by Jan Patek at the time.


It is interesting for me to consider how we study and want to reproduce antique quilts.  Here is the United States, and in Europe.


I love basket quilts in any shape or form or size, and this is no exception.  The little baskets made into a nine patch and using the color pink makes for a very sweet and charming quilt.


One hundred and twenty little adorable baskets!


Soft and lovely!


Setting Log Cabins on point makes the quilt extra special.




This beauty was inspired from an antique quilt seen in a museum in York.  Many hexagons!




Bunches of Flying Geese.




Ahh.....more Log Cabins.


No doubt about it, this is one of my favorite quilts.  There is something about Log Cabins that I just love!




The last spectacular quilt for today.  I'll let you digest and study these, and there will be more lovelies tomorrow!





Tis the season where we are focused on giving, so I thought I would share this advice from Benjamin Franklin on the subject.  "The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child a good example; to a father deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity."

Wishing you a happy hearted first day of your week!