This part of my blog is all about the things I collect or the things I make myself. I love so many things, I paint and draw and want to learn oils and pastels. I knit and crochet but want to learn tatting. I embroider and can turn my hand to most things given a chance. So much still to learn and do. I live in hope of some day reading all my books, learning all I want to learn and now I am learning to blog. You will often find my original poems, poor as they are I offer them here. I also appreciate other people art and will feature things I find that I have enjoyed. That includes pictures of fairies and fantasy or maybe just anything beautiful.
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Tuesday, March 15, 2016


Quilts that I make and quilts that I find at garage sales. Well, there was a time I didn't like quilts. I thought they were ugly. Yup..........sure did. Then I went with friends and took a class. A Nine Patch. My first quilt and my introduction to FABRIC. Oooooh boy!!!!
It is addicting. The need to collect. I am a collector of many things and fabric became #1.
I also began looking for quilts at garage sales. I found a few nice ones that were shop bought but that I liked. I decorated with those to begin with. In fact the quilts on my beds at this time are all shop bought. The idea of something that took me so long to make, being wrecked by kids, well that's not going to happen. The Poodles have a pretty one to lay on and I didn't make that one either.
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My bed has a pretty quilt, didn't make that one either.
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This one I did make and it sits on the back of the sofa in the other room. I really enjoyed that one, a log cabin quilt. One of my first.
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I found the next one at a garage sale. Its old fashioned. It's sewn my machine but quilted by hand
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A lot of work to end in a garage sale. The next one, a yellow one, is all hand done. Its not too pretty but it's all sewn and embroidered by hand. I could not leave it there.
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Tiny stitches too.
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This old one is all hand tied. Whoever made it used one fabric that did not hold up. I bought her with the idea of mending and replacing the worn pieces.
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Bessie thought she would help
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I have collected quite a few old quilts over the years. I am sure they were all well loved and should not end up in someones sale. I will treasure them and when I find a use for them I will use them. I do put some out on the front porch in summer.
I made this next one in a class.............I do not really enjoy the more complicated ones, I have no patience. Now it's hard to see to cut the small pieces. Well that's my excuse.
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There are several things I would never attempt again. My friend Barb who does the long arm quilting will thank me.This Star one is one I will never do again. Oh my..........well I was only just learning and it was a bit much. I could not square it up and Barb had to hammer it down with rows of stitching haha.
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I hide that one, the edges look Ok though.
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The next one turned out quite well actually and I didn't mind doing it. Trouble is one can only use so many quilts and it was a very odd size when done. So it pretty much useless except as a wall hanging.

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I keep all my found and made quilts tucked away on shelves as decoration. Every room has some in that we use.I have one from my friend Nancy on that shelf and will bring that out when I need a change.
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I made this wedding ring wall hanging for Laura, in a class. Won't do that one again either.
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This is a knitted blanket my mum made. Not my colours any more. It stretched over the years and will now fit a queen size bed haha.
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Talking of knitting I rescued this knitted lap rug from a garage sale. Goodness, how can people get rid of stuff like that. I have another more intricate one that is not shown today.
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All the old ones are tucked away and not forgotten.
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They sit on the backs of chairs or under tables or on the benches, somewhere, still loved and displayed. The ladies who made them thought of now and then who ever they were. Me, well I am still plodding on trying to use up my stash. I can't go in a quilt shop and not buy something so I have to make the effort to use up what I have while I can still see. Right now the garden will be priority until the weather gets warm again and its too hot out there. My sewing machine is on the table in the dining room and the fabric is in boxes on the floor. I just have to get back to it.

1 comment:

  1. Quilts are so beautiful! There is a lot that goes into them! I love how many you have Janice! And, I love how you have them displayed! The ones you made are gorgeous! Very talented you are! I am happy you have rescued some at the sales! I don't understand people??? I would use them, until they wore out!


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