I thought I would share my quilt with you. I started it over 10 years ago in Virginia. My granddaughters would visit from Colorado every summer for several months. After work I would pick them up from the child minder and take them to the community pool. (Micky’s pool, as they called it). He was a friend who offered us free access to his community pool, his children had grown and no longer used it and he still had to pay for it as part of his homeowner’s dues.
I would bring my Stars in the Garden blocks with me to hand applique, after watching your videos, I found a sense of peace of mind and a soothing experience.
I started to quilt it 3 months ago and hated what I did, so spent hours with my ‘quicker picker, back sewer’ taking it all out. Decided on 1 inch blocks around the applique and I had a little help!
His name is Gloomy! I enjoy your Jim shots and thought you would enjoy mine.
Thank you Marian for sharing your beautiful quilt—and Gloomy!—with us. I am certain that I’m not the only one with a grin on my face :-). Your quilt is cheerful and beautifully made. Well done, you! And lovely that you have such nice memories woven into it. I’ll bet it is great to sleep under.
Many thanks to the talented Margery Tadder who has shared her lovely quilt with us! She emailed to say:
Being a bird watcher I just had to make a Backyard Birds quilt, and what a cheery addition to my home! I love the bright colors and the happy look of it. It was fun sewing the cute birds although at age 92 my manual dexterity is not what it used to be! So, did resort to machine appliqué on a few of the tinier pieces and circles. I also turned one bird into a magpie because they are so prevalent in my neighborhood.
I love this happy quilt! The addition of the magpie is perfect, and it is well-placed. And I must add that I sincerely hope to be appliqueing when I am 92! Well done, Margery, and thank you for sharing your wonderful quilt with us!
Sylvia Phillips sent pictures of her newly finished quilt, Sunny Days. The quilt and her story both make me so happy! the pattern for the quilt is from our book, Curl Up Quilts. This is a quilt that will put a smile on your face!
I made the Sunny Days quilt using the scraps from my “stash”. I had lots of Christmas themed bits. I do love yellow and I was delighted with how this pattern worked up..(pictures enclosed) I will be 86yrs old in a couple of months so my quilt making has slowed down but your designs always spur me to make just one more.. Sylvia Phillips…Lititz, PA
I appreciate the fabric and color choices because they elevate what is a pretty simple design. Sylvia’s quilt keeps you engaged because there is a lot to see.
Sylvia, thank you for sharing your quilt with us, and for telling us your age because that is wonderful to know! Quilting can be a life-long passion. Speaking for myself, I intend to keep at it even when my work might not be perfect. I will be thrilled if, at 85, my sewing technique is as good as yours is. Thank you, and happy stitching!
Mary Goyeau sent me these photos of her May Basket quilt for show and tell. Mary had never done applique before! I gave a presentation to Great Lakes Heritage Quilters last year, and that got her interested in appliqué. Well done, Mary!
Thank you, Mary, for sharing your quilt and for letting me know that my presentation inspired you :-). Your applique looks good and your quilting stitches are lovely. I hope you continue to enjoy hand applique and quilting. It brings a special kind of happiness to your life.
Renee Medley sent me pictures (and a letter!) in the mail with her show and tell.
She wrote that her mother hand appliquéd this Thru Grandmother’s Window quilt top about 10 years ago but then passed away in 2016 before quilting it. Renee set quilting aside but, during the pandemic, began hand quilting again. This quilt is the 4th that she has finished in 2 years. Wonderful!
Renee, your hand quilting is lovely. I know your mother must be smiling down on you. And what a joy it must be to sleep under. Thank you for sharing your quilt and your story with me. May you continue to have many happy stitches!
I have finally completed my version of your My Whimsical Quilt Garden pattern. I started collecting fabrics for it in 2014. The appliqué was my hand sewing project to take to quilt group gatherings for several years. During Covid lockdown I finished the last few blocks at home, created the borders, assembled the quilt top and machine quilted on my stationary machine. It was completed in time to display in the Palmetto Quilt Guild’s quilt show this weekend on Hilton Head Island, SC. I love this quilt and have hung it in my breakfast room. What a cheery way to start the day!
I have to agree, this is a very cheery quilt! Thank you, Diane, for sharing your amazing quilt with us all. Your fabric choices are perfect and I’m happy that you finished in time for it to hang in the show. I’ll bet you have fun seeing it there! Happy stitching, now and in the future :-).