Tuesday, April 10, 2012

What is on my bed(s) today

Bonnie Hunter is having a linking party for what quilt is on your bed? I give away pretty much everything I make. So, what is on my beds are quilts made for me or that I inherited. 

This is my bed.

I am not positive but I think that is a LeMoyne star.  It was hand pieced and hand quilted by my husband's great aunt, Tante Ida, in the 1940s.  My mattress is 12" or 13" thick.  So, getting any vintage quilt to over it is a stretch but Tante Ida's is a generous quilt by the standards of the day.

Next are the quilts in one of my upstairs bedrooms.  These were made by my own and my husband's maternal grandmothers.

 His Granny made this in preparation for his eventual marriage.  She gave it to us when we married 29 years ago. It was on our bed off and on through the years and now is on this bed. I had never seen prairie points prior to this but she used them on every quilt she did.

The other bed in the room has this quilt.

My grandmother made me that Trip around the world when I graduated from college 22 years ago.  It was on our bed for almost 8 solid years.  The fabrics are actually fabrics I gave her from my own sewing.  I did not quilt at the time.  It is hand pieced and hand quilted.

 Those grey looking pieces are actually a faded navy blue with white polka dots I had an Easter dress from in 1987.  The turquoise was a maternity dress.  The red and white polka dots (and vice versa) were the bumper pads for my sons' crib and cradle.

The flower basket quilt at the foot of the bed is one she made, too. It was for my mom and I inherited it.

Finally, one I made.

This is made from flannel. It wasn't going to be as big as I wanted and I was running out of fabric (and money).  So, I added borders with stuff I already had.  I really wish I had made a different choice than the blue but my son loves it.  He teared up when I gave it to him.  I think he was 17 at the time.  I made and quilted this on my Janome 6600.  I did not know flannel was supposed to be difficult to work with.  I didn't know HSTs were either. I just drew out something that would use the fabric I had and waded in.

Be sure to go over to Bonnie's and check out the other quilts.  I am almost ashamed to link mine after seeing theirs but....I did anyway!

Today I am running my MIL to dialysis and going to the eye doctor myself.  I worked last night. That will probably be all I accomplish.

Keep stitchin'!



  1. I would love to have inherted quilts..but, alas..I am the only quilter ever in my family!! Lovely!!

  2. I love your LaMoyne star quilt and the brown embroidered quilt! I'm very partial to embroidered quilts and have several! :)

  3. What a beautiful collection of heirloom quilts. I so admire any one that can hand piece a quilt.


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