Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A bed turning

It was time . . . 

This wardrobe was bursting at the seams. The quilts had been folded and stored in there for a couple of years. I'd pull out a few now and then to show or to use. But as every quilter knows, they need to be aired out and refolded.

So I piled them all one by one on top of the bed in the spare room. It looked like the princess and the pea bed.

They were left there a week, okay maybe two . . .

Let me tell you a little about some of them.

These blocks my great grandmother Hammer embroidered. I set it together probably 34 years ago. It was quilted by me and family members. 

This was one of my daughter's baby quilts. My Mom embroidered it, I pieced it and quilted it by hand. This was 1983.

This fan quilt is old. I have no clue where I got it from.

This was a baby quilt my mother made for me, circa 1951.

My son's baby quilt. My mom embroidered it, my aunt Faye hand quilted it. 1977

This is a pin wheel quilt I made. It was one of my first. I remember my mother in law saying I'd never get it pieced. That's all it took, I showed her. Another one I hand quilted with family members. 

This quilt was pieced by Leona Hoelscher in 1993. I won it from our church picnic the year we moved into our new home. The Ladies Sodality at St. Stanislaus Church quilted it.

A green log cabin baby quilt I made in 1983, the year my daughter was born. It is a big baby quilt. I remember the nurses at the hospital telling me to fold it in half before I wrapped the 6 lb baby in it. 

A quilt I made for our Casita camper in 2012. I hand quilted it.

Another quilt I made for the camper with the leftover fabric. This one I used to practice my machine quilting.

This is a recently acquired quilt. The top was given to me by a cousin, who found it in her late mother's things. I had it machine quilted. 

I am not sure what this is called. It's not quilted, but is two layers thick. It has a lot of applique and what looks like crewel embroidery on it. It has a matching pillow cover. I expect it was made about 1940. 

This is a cheater top quilt. It belongs to my daughter and was made by her grandmother. Yes it is still stored at my house!

When my son graduated from baby bed to his big boy bed, I made this quilt. That was about 1980. It has been washed many times. It is a square in a square. 

I made this log cabin quilt  in 1982. It fits a queen size bed and for many years it was on our bed.

My son won this signature quilt at project graduation in 1996. Yes it's still stored at MY house. 

This quilt is a family heirloom. It was given to me after my aunt Faye, passed away by her grand daughter. It has names of lots of family relatives, all women except for my Dad. I am guessing he was a little boy when it was made. He was born in 1923, so this quilt is very old and still in great condition. 

My mother bought this quilt top at a nursing home gift shop in Albany, Missouri. I have to laugh at one block that was made out of Budweiser beer fabric. Another one that Aunt Faye quilted.

The white and print blocks were given to me by my mother in law in the late seventies. They were hand pieced by a cousin Clara Lueckenotte. I pieced and hand quilted this. 

This is a double wedding ring. Again these pieces were given to me by my mother in law. I had it pieced by a lady that apparently didn't know rings were completely round. My aunt Faye quilted this one also. 

My mother embroidered 3 sets of blocks to make this queen size double wedding ring. I hand quilted this about 2010.

This is a scrappy string quilt I pieced on news paper. I hand quilted this one too.

Another scrappy quilt, this one is a log cabin pattern. Another one I hand quilted. 

A Christmas string quilt I made in 2000.

This quilt was pieced and quilted by my aunt Faye for her best friend Wanda Winn. Both of them had passed away when I bought it at Wanda's auction. 

This is a chicken quilt I made for Aunt Faye. The chicken wings are actually prairie points. Their beaks and combs are machine appliques. Their feet are embroidered, 

This quilt took forever to make. I had to trace all the blocks from a book. The traced blocks had to be drawn on the back with a pencil made for ironing on fabric. I then embroidered all the blocks. I made this in the late 80's. 

Now they are all folded and back in the wardrobe once again. Until next time they need to be aired. Hope you enjoyed my bed turning. 

Signed the princess who never found the pea.


Anonymous said...

Loved viewing your work! Those are some gems :-)

Marge said...

One word: WOW!

Jerry C said...

There's some awesome craftsmanship in that cabinet. I can only imagine all the hours it took to make all those.

Anke said...

WOW, I cannot believe you own let alone made so many quilts. It is hard to say which one would be my favorite, they are all beautiful!

Janna and Mike said...

Wow--you come from a long line of quilters--what treasures you have.

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Lise said...

Good golly girlfriend, I think you need to share the wealth!!! I'd be a willing buyer of several of you quilts. While I know they hold sentimental value, the annual work required to keep them in good shape should provide some inspiration to sell some and alleviate your burden. Someone like me would love to have one of those covering my bed in FL and giving me a sense of home. I'm just sayin'!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Wow! What a wonderful viewing - I so enjoyed hearing the history of each quilt. I wish I had a guest room so I could leave my quilts on the bed all the time - I hate leaving them folded all the time! blessings, marlene