The Beauty of Quilting #92/365

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I walked into a different world today!  I was looking for new things to do for my first today and found an article in the newspaper about a well known artist and quilt designer who would be speaking at the local quilt guild meeting.  The meeting was open to the public.

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Ellen Murphy of American Homestead Designs has just published her first book of quilting designs.  What an artist!  Ellen has created unique quilts inspired by the colors and shapes of American houses, from farmhouses to brownstones.  She also makes pieces from felt and embroidery.  I loved seeing everything she had made and designed.  She is fabulous! Go to her blog and take a look at the wonderful things she had done.

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What I found even more amazing was the artistry of all the women that are members of the quilt guild.  They have a show and tell at their meetings.  The women brought the quilts and projects they were working on.  I just could not believe the amount of talent in that room. Most of the ladies were a little older, there was a lot of white hair in that room, but an abundance of artistry.  Several of the ladies had their quilts published recently in quilting magazines.  They were passing around magazine so the others could see the articles.

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One of the ladies got up and said she would be giving quilting lessons for free if anyone knew someone that would like to attend.  She has a full class now.  She is looking for a group of 6 to start her next class.  She is giving free lessons to keep the cost of the learning down. She said it is expensive enough for the students to buy the materials.  She is worried that there aren’t enough young people quilting and it will become a lost art.  I was amazed at the love the ladies had for quilting.  I may just have to take some lessons!

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The group of ladies were so friendly and inviting.  They all asked if I would be coming back next month.  I told them I didn’t know if I was ready to start quilting, but I would give it some thought.  I even had one lady offer to give me a ride to the next meeting.  I’m telling you I really wanted join just to be around those wonderful ladies.  I was thinking what a beautiful quilt I could make for my bedroom.  Then I remembered that would take me some time and I didn’t know if I would be able to stick it out and get one done.  I asked one of the ladies how many quilts she had made so far this year and she told me six.

I purchased a pattern and some material to try a felt and embroidery project.  I thought I should start small and work my way up.

My Inspiration For Doing The Year of Firsts

As you may know I am doing a first every day this year.  I read the book I Dare me by Lu Ann Cahn. Lu Ann has a website and has published a book talking about her year of firsts.  I read the book and it motivated me to try a year of firsts.  Lu Ann is at luanncahn.com and her blog has all her firsts.  She determined that a first could be something you hadn’t done in 10 years.  Here is my A Year of Firsts. Make sure to go see my guest post on Lu Ann’s blog and leave a comment. 

30 thoughts on “The Beauty of Quilting #92/365

  1. Launna

    I think that is the best way to start… small and then build up :) We have a quilting group at our church, I never joined because I don’t think I could commit to the time it would take to make one :) I do think they are super talented :)

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      1. Cindy Mulcahey

        Good morning Betty, Happy quilting,it relaxes me. I go on a journey as I am quilting. Love your friend Cindy

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  2. Rosey

    I’m glad they were so open and warm! I used to quilt, and I loved it so!! I haven’t done it for years now. I might at some point pick it back up though. It’s really time-consuming, but relaxing (and of course you have the wonderful end result). :)

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  3. Cindy mulcahey

    Quilting is relaxing because as I am cutting ,piecing ,pinning and sewing I get loss in the project I am working on. I have started making a new queen size quilt for my son’s bed. His colors are grays,tans and blacks. Four x fours. Can’t wait until I get the top done. My first quilt I made it was a little off Kiel ,my friend Debi helps me fixed it and when she was done cutting it ,it looked like a bird house quilt wall hanging,Twinkle little star, winkin Blinkin and nod, Bunny, cat in the hat,Eagle quilt . Quilting is so much fun. Happy quilting .

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      1. Cindy Mulcahey

        Thank you Betty, when I get the top of the quilt finished I will post a picture,and then when I get it complete I will post another picture. Love your friend Cindy

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  4. Satia

    My mother used to quilt. I have a small wall hanging one she made for me and my first husband. She also made a quilt with an antique quilt top she found at a quilt show. And this year Rob’s grandfather gave us one of the quilts his grandmother made. It’s a real treasure.

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    1. Cindy Mulcahey

      Quilts that are made from the heart are the real treasures. I love to quilt.just wish I could see straight enough to use my mat and rotary cutter , I think it looks straight but when I cut it it’s crooked and that’s when my friend Debi comes into play and she cuts a few then I cut a few I do good when she is with me,but for some odd reason my cuts come out crooked when I do it alone. Other than that I love doing the rest by my self. From Cindy Mulcahey

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        1. Cindy Mulcahey

          Sorry Betty, I didn’t see your comet until now,I like to think I am but I have a long way to go still. Thank you for the nice compliment Betty. Love your friend Cindy

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    2. Betty Taylor Post author

      I would love to have some of the quilts that my mother and the ladies at her church made when I was growing up. I think my older sister may have one. I hope you will be able to pass the quilts down through your family.

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      1. Cindy Mulcahey

        If we should ever meet I would like to make you one as well, it would be called internet journey or something . The day that you posted pictures of a nature walk and I commented saying ” Thank You Betty For taking me with you on your nature walk”when I couldn’t get out and walk. Love your internet friend Cindy Mulcahey

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        1. Betty Taylor Post author

          That would be awesome!! I love the name internet journey. I hope you will be able to get out and walk when the weather gets really nice. Thanks so much Cindy!!

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      1. Cindy Mulcahey

        It is more fun quilting with a group or just two because as we are picking out the colors at a fabric store we get to share our likes and dis likes in the fabrics. As we are measuring and cutting we take one another on a journey about our past and present lives. Betty you would be great at it,just remember it’s not suppose to be perfect just as long as your seams match it will look as though you spent hours on it. Start out small either 8×8 or 10 x 10 and make big squares for your very first quilt 4×4 is a good one to start with. Happy quilting love

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        1. Betty Taylor Post author

          You are making this sound so good! I don’t know if I will start one soon, but I will someday. I really like the idea of making a quilt. Maybe I will start with something small and see how it goes.

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  5. Rebecca

    Love quilts and quilting. My grandmother was a big sewer, she made quilts for all 10+ of her grandchildren and every year made all of our holiday dresses. I miss her a lot, but am so happy my cousin is carrying on with her work and making quilts/sewing herself.

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    1. Cindy Mulcahey

      Rebbeca, that is so sweet of your cousin to continue on with your grandmother’s quilts. From Cindy Mulcahey

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    2. Betty Taylor Post author

      That’s so wonderful to have a quilt made by your grandmother. I just love family heirlooms like that. They are priceless! It’s great to hear that your cousin is carrying on her legacy.

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