Thursday, May 17, 2012

Community Quilting


Our community doesn't make as many quilts as we did twenty years ago . . . but now and again there's a reason. Kathryn's daughter  was getting married and so she organized a quilt.  These pictures are from February -- I've not posted them before this because our quilts are always meant to be surprises and I couldn't say anything till the quilt was finished and presented.

 We were fortunate to be able to quilt in a friend's beautiful studio . . .


  The designer chose a pinwheel pattern 
and bright tone-on-tone fabrics . . .


                                                This studio is a quilter's dream . . .

Lots of tiny stitches go into a quilt . . .
Quilting is a wonderful way of getting together with friends . . .
 Getting together, catching up. venting -- another name for the sessions is 'stitch and bitch.'
I don't remember any bitching on this day.

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20 comments:

Ms. A said...

Hand stitched quilts, best gift ever!!! Someone is very lucky.

Thérèse said...

'stitch and bitch' :-))

What a wonderful gift ahead of time in the name of friendship and later on for the Lucky Ones!

Martin said...

What beautiful, colourful creations. And I believe 'stitch and bitch' is catching on over here, too.

Pat in east TN said...

What a beautiful quilt! My mother-in-law made several quilts for me, and I cherish them and am amazed at the perfect tiny stitches. Such patience!

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Love the studio. What a great place to get together and quilt. I'm afraid I don't have the patience, but I most certainly admire those that do.
Sam

Kath said...

How wonderful that these works of art are still created and given as wedding gifts!

Elora said...

How lovely! Shows that tradition does survive--even in today's busy world!

Elora

Jean Baardsen said...

One of the most amazing quilt studios I've ever seen! Hope the marriage will be as long-lasting as a handmade quilt.

Barbara Rogers said...

So beautiful...love the studio, and of course the quilts. Is that one pic of some "paper cranes" strung into chains hanging together? Crane chains?

Wayfarin' Stranger said...

That studio would be the envy of the Rugby Quilters Guild. They share The Friendly House (parish hall) at Christ Church, which means they have to put everything away between sessions and there's no room for a nice quilting frame. But there's always room for "stitch & bitch!"

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

The quilt group -- a glorious place for women to be women, community to be community -- barbara

L. D. Burgus said...

It is a wonderful quilt. I really like the color scheme that was use. I have quilters in my past of mom and grandma. Now there are none.

Deanna said...

Beautiful quilt!

I quilt once a week with a group of women. Unfortunately, we have one lady who forgets the stitch but has the bitch part down pat. The rest of us try to stear the conversation in other directions when she occasionally takes a breath. Nevertheless, I still love doing it.

Great gift!

Star said...

It looks like it would take years to make. I've been working on mine for about 2 years now and it's still got a long way to go.
How long does should take?
and please don't say 'how long is a piece of string?' LOL

NCmountainwoman said...

Jeepers Vicki! Is there ANYTHING you can't do? Beautiful!

bo parker said...

"Scraps to Memories." After the shirts and dresses were made, using floral and patterned material from feed and flour sacks, the scraps were sewn into pattern sets for quilts. The sets were swapped across the family and eventually sewn into a quilt top.
Can there a more enduring memory than looking at a quilt, knowing its pattern contains pieces of material used to make shirts and dresses for the children of two, three generations?

Vicki Lane said...

The quilt was presented a few weeks ago at a pre-wedding shower. Unfortunately, I couldn't go because of the wretched cold I had.

Star -- absolutely unanswerable. This particular quilt was done by a group. The pieces for each block were cut out by a few experienced quilters -- probably using rotary cutters and measuring mat which is MUCH faster than the old way of drawing around a template and cutting with scissors. Then the pieces were made up into kits with instructions on how to piece the block and passed out to participants, many of whom did several blocks. The finished blocks were then stitched together by one or two good seamstresses and the top was readied for quilting. Kathryn, the organizer, let us know when the studio would be open and various folks showed up when they could.

Vicki Lane said...

Barbara -- yes, those are origami paper cranes, done by the daughter of the studio owner.

NCMountainwoman -- live long enough and you learn to do lots of stuff. Alas, I'll never learn to sing or play a musical instrument. It's also too late for skiing (water or snow) and skating (ice or roller.) Or, alas, dancing. I could probably think of more things I can't do . . but it's too depressing.

Bo, I have a nice pile of material from some old shirts I'm thinking about making a quilt with. I incorporated scraps my grandmother had saved from making dresses for my mother into a baby quilt for my first son. It's a great tradition.

Darla said...

Beautiful quilt and a fine way into community for women.

100 Thoughts of Love said...

what a work of art as well as a future heirloom!