Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Summer afternoons





I spent two days sitting outside in the shade working on piecing together this quilt. I have been basting the different quilt pieces to a larger piece of fabric that belonged to my grandmother. If you look closely in this second picture I have written "grandmother's fabric" on the photo, and you can see where I need to fill in with quilt pieces to cover the base fabric. The embroidered blue, pink and green basket was a very old pillow case that belonged to my late grandmother. It was ripped and was soooo old that to lightly pull at the fabric would rip it. Working with the pillowcase was like cutting a piece of butter and talk about soft to the touch!


Also, in the lower right had corner is the rest of one of the linen calendar tops. I think am going to do some heavy stitching over that. I felt it was best to leave it as a whole piece rather than cut it up as I did the actual calendar part. (which is to the left).

For those of you who have been following me for a while, you will see some old quilt pieces have found a home here. I have been making quilt pieces and saving them for the right "spot" and this quilt is becoming the right "home" for those lost and forsaken little quilt pieces! (smiles!)



Daughter #3 and a little summer magic : )




<3

22 comments:

  1. What a lovely combination Marie!

    ...and such memories too I expect :-)

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  2. Hi Chris,
    When I first stood back and looked at what I put together I thought,
    "Hodgy~Podgy" lol! But, I do think it will come together nicely when I am done : ) Thank you! Yes, I have many memories stitched into this quilt so far. My favorite is the time I have spent with my daughters while sitting under the trees on Summer days and the laughter, dreams and silliness we have shared. <3

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  3. It is already beautiful but will be magnificent once completed. Best wishes and blessings, Tammy

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  4. Hi Tammy,
    Thank you. I think it is definitely a process of slowly "becoming" something new and special to me.
    My eldest daughter is named Taj after the Taj Mahal. Her father traveled to Khatmandu and different areas of India and had similar experiences as you.
    What fun it must have been! : )
    <3

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  5. whoops! I mean "Kathmandu".

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  6. Marie, you have been doing a lot of beautiful artwork... while I seem to have slowed down a bit. I love what you have been doing with your grandmother's fabrics. A wonderful tribute !

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  7. It's really starting to come together - what an awesome work of art (and heart).

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  8. I really like how you are putting the "pieces together". It reminds me of life and how we don't see the whole life all at once but we work on a piece of it at a time and the result is "our life.

    Very symbolic and beautiful!!

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  9. Marie...what a lovely quilt...all the good memories stitched into it. When you said your daughter was named Taj, I thought you meant after "Taj Mahal" the singer! I love his music and he got married on our ranch in the 1970's! silly me,
    but what a beautiful name and story.

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  10. Hi Marie, oh my, you've placed these pieces in a way that they feel so nicely balanced -- the greens, the golds, the reds. This balance/placement process is the hardest part for me. And you've got it done! Yay! Your Grandmother's cloth, too -- do you think she helped you?

    P.S. I just bought that E. Cayce rose water you told me about, at Whole Foods. Haven't used it yet!

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  11. Hi Isabelle,
    I am trying to "pick up the pace" and get more stitching done. I sent you a card today so be on the look out for it :)
    I think my grandmother would be surprised at what I have done or perhaps amused. Thank you <3

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  12. Hi Gina,
    Yes it is s-l-o-w-l-y coming together. It has been fun to put the different quilt pieces together. Very much like a puzzle.
    Thank you <3

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  13. Hi Cosmic Arcata,
    I like your thoughts about "life and the big picture"...so true. Sometimes it is so hard to see through the mosaic and have a clear picture of our life.
    You know me...I like symbols :)
    <3

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  14. Hi Mary,
    Ha! That is too funny...
    Did you actually know Taj Mahal the singer when he married on your ranch?
    I think it is a beautiful name too and she is such a sweet and beautiful girl. I am so proud of her. She left for Russia a few days ago. (She went over for a College course). I miss her so much <3

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  15. Hi Woman with wings,
    I think my grandmother is near because I feel her presence when I hold her fabrics, but regarding placement I am hoping I did that because I do that for a living lol! (clothing and color placement)
    I am so happy you got the rose water. You will not be disappointed. Every time I use it I feel a change in my skin/aura energetically. There really is something to the vor/mag water.

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  16. woman with wings:
    p.s. let me know what you think about the rose water?

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  17. Looking so beautiful - love the idea of working on pieces with no overall concept - something that has not, until now, occurred to me to do, thank you :)
    Jill

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  18. Hi Land of dreaming, it is pretty freeing to just follow different inspirations and bringing them together to create a theme. This quilt is about spring and farming with bits of my grandmother's fabrics. She was a cotton farmer when she was younger and I thought it was fitting to combine her fabrics with the Spring quilt.

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  19. Summer afternoons are magic. :) What a wonderful way to hold memories.

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  20. Hi Deb,
    Summer afternoons are magic...need more of them : )

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  21. this is gorgeous Marie. I love it too when old cloth is as soft as butter...so lovely to handle and work with.

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  22. Hi Karen, Thank you : )
    I could not believe how soft almost fragile that embroidered pillow case is.
    I have thought of adding a bit more embroidery to the quilt once I have pieced it???? We will see... <3

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