Monday, November 16, 2015

Trunk Full of Quilts

Although I'm no expert in the quilting area, I do love admiring quilts and have made up a few of my own over the years ... all of which were gifts and none of which I have photos (pre-blogging days!). My sister and mother and I have attended various quilt shows over the years and we all admired greatly the precision of sewing and the eye for design that quilters share.

Today I'm joining Soma of Whims and Fancies in an on-line quilt show ... Trunk Full of Quilts! I checked with Soma and she agreed that I could showcase a couple of quilts that my mother-in-law has made for my two kids. My mother-in-law has been making quilts for years and years, and she is a "perfect-points" kind of quilter. You could look over any of the quilts she has made, and the points are exact every single time. She's a perfectionist and does amazing work. My quilts tended to always have a few spots that didn't fit quite right, but I'm a little too lazy to rip them back ;)

She was determined to give each of my kids a quilt made by their grandma. My mother-in-law suffers from arthritis in her hands, and also has had serious back troubles for many years. But she sat down at her sewing machine for all the months required and created these beautiful quilts. My daughter chose her own quilt from a pattern offered in a magazine:



My son didn't choose a specific quilt pattern, but apparently he had discussed it with his grandma and gave her the strict instructions of "not too many flowers"! He was presented with his quilt this past spring:



I like my son's quilt the best. I love these sorts of patterns within patterns in quilts, 
and the colours in this are more to my liking. 

Both beautiful quilts and my kids are very happy with them!

Please visit Whims and Fancies to see what others have contributed
 ... there are some beautiful quilts!!

Online Quilt Trunk Show | Whims And Fancies

Thanks for stopping by!

Wendy

PS Sorry I haven't been around to visit much or even to post anything here on my own blog. Things have been going a little haywire these past few weeks and I'm having a tough time juggling all the balls at once. I've read everyone's recent comments, and if I haven't been able to reply to them this time around I apologize. Hopefully you'll see more of me, and me of you, very soon. Thanks for understanding :)



35 comments:

  1. Oh Wow!! Your mother-in-law is a beautiful quilter. Both of these quilts are amazing. If I was to choose one over the other, which is a little tricky as they are both superb, I would choose your daughters. It is a visual feast of gradated colour.

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    1. Oddly enough, the "weaving" of ribbons of colour do not show up in real life! The effect only shows up when I take a photo of the quilt, which I guess is because the image is condensed. It's a shame because it's so striking in the photos.

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  2. The quilts are gorgeous, and I hope all is well with you. I'm rather hit and miss with blogging too anymore. It seems I don't get much else done when I'm sitting at the computer al the time!

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  3. They are both wonderful quilts, your MIL is obviously a very talented quilter indeed. Great heirlooms for your children! xx

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  4. Your mother in law's quilts are gorgeous. She is so very talented, with great perseverance to create these intricately made heirlooms. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. Such gorgeous quilts - made with love. I so admire her talents. They are works of art. Someday I hope to make a quilt, but it will be a very basic one! Lol! Blogging does take time and this time of year is so busy, I so understand! Hope things settle down for you soon. x Karen

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  6. Love them both, beautiful work. My Mother-in-law was a crocheter and every grandchild had their own afghan, her work was perfection.

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  7. They are beautiful and I know they will be treasured always. I hope you have a good week and things settle down somewhat. It's been kind of crazy around here too. And it's hard to keep up with everything....so don't worry about anything my friend. Hugs, Diane

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  8. The quilts you shared are very special. I love them both, each so unique. Your children are very fortunate to have a quilt from their grandmother. I'm happy my only grandson has a number of them from me (and probably more to come).

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  9. I've looked at a lot of quilts, and those ones like very nice. I know exactly what you mean when the points all meet exactly - good work!

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  10. Two stunningly beautiful quilts. They are very special and as a sometime quilter who always had a few misplaced spots, I am totally in awe of your MIL's sewing gifts. They deserve to be shown to the world :)

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  11. Wow! I think your children are lucky to have such a talented and loving grandmother. These quilts are amazing works of stitchery art. x

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  12. I love both quilts. Your daughter's is stunning. Wonderful job by a wonderful grandmother.

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  13. Hooray for your Mother-in-law! Those are both beautiful quilts! Quilts are a gift of love, but all the more so when you have to persevere through physical problems to make them. I love the Jinny Beyer design she made for your daughter and even more the quilt for your son. I'm a pushover for patterns within patterns too Wendy.

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  14. Those quilts are gorgeous! They will be wonderful keepsakes for your children. I hope things settle down for you soon, and that nothing too dire is happening for you at the moment.

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  15. These are stunning! Your mother in law is very talented and your children are very lucky :)

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  16. Wow they are beautiful Wendy, I would never have the patience to make something so perfect. :) xx

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  17. That ribbon quilt is awesome. I read in a previous comment it doesn't show up as much in real life, but wow, it's stunning.

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  18. These are both beautiful quilts. I tend to go back and forth between perfectionist and free form quilts. There is something to be said about mastering quilting and following the rules, but there is something also to be said about letting your style come out and having fun. The jeans quilt you saw was the very free form type. You were supposed to make mistakes in a jeans quilt - it is supposed to be casual, so my corners don't meet and my zig zags aren't all straight but that was perfectly okay.

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  19. Those are lovely quilts! Can't pick a favorite.

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  20. Both are really beautiful. Those children have been blessed with treasured memories from their grandma. Are you next on the list?????

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  21. What great quilts and how nice that they were made for your kids by their Gma. That blue border is spectacular. Thanks for the mini trunk show!

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  22. Your children are lucky to be gifted such beautiful quilts from their talented grandmother.

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  23. Hello, your quilts are gorgeous. Sometimes is a great to be busy! But, I hope you get some play time too. Enjoy your day!

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  24. Oh my goodness!! Both are absolutely beautiful and so precisely done! The color placement in your daughter's quilt is spot on and the precision in your son's is amazing! Your children are very lucky and your MIL is one talented quilter! :)

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  25. those are stunners! LeeAnna at not afraid of color

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  26. My Dear Wendy,
    These are such lovely keepsakes and when we sew and gift those projects I always feel like a piece of our heart goes with them. You have raised your children well and these keepsake quilts will always have meaning to them.
    xo
    Jemma

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  27. The quilts are beautiful treasures. They are stunning. I am so glad you shared them with us, Wendy :)

    I had no idea you quilt too. I am not surprised though :)

    -Soma xx

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  28. Both are beautiful/amazing and I can't possibly pick which one I like best! Thanks so much for sharing this eye candy! I wish we could have seen one of yours too.

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  29. I love the first one, it gives such an optical illusion. They will always be treasured I'm sure. I have emailed you Wendy (eventually!) Jo xx

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  30. Both are so beautiful! And such small fabric pieces to be positioned and joined. Definitely a labor of love.

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