Wednesday, July 18, 2012

quilt crazy

I take my hat off to anyone who can sew. When I was young I thought Doris Day was the beez kneez. I remember buying pretty vintage fabrics in buttercup yellow or fabric with little cherry motifs and making my own skirts. Very simple skirts I should add. But that was about as far as I got. These days I let my Mother in law do all the sewing. You see, she is one clever lady when it comes to a needle and thread and one of her big passions is quilting. It's one of those crafts that I didn't really think about until she made my husband a quilt (one of her first) back in 2001. It was just a small one to throw over the couch but it was in these lovely olive, black and mustard tones.  She must have sensed that I was a little envious of this beautiful quilt as  I received mine a few months later for my birthday; a bright yellow and hot pink one! Over the years we have been lucky enough to have been given 7 more beautiful hand made quilts.

Last year my Mother in law moved onto making one for my Brother in law and his new wife and it was spectacular. I was SO jealous!!!  It was different shades of cream with white. Hard to explain but just stunning. My Mother in law asked me if I would like her to make one for our bedroom too. After a quiet happy dance I said, "I would love one!... in soft blues please ;-)". And this is what she came with. If I hadn't seen her working on it for nearly 6 months I would swear that this quilt had been bought from a shop. I take my hat off to you Helen!

This beautiful quilt has brought such calmness to this space. I love laying on the bed flicking through a magazine or sitting on the armchair in the corner reading with the sun on my back....bliss!
the blue circle in the middle is the centrepiece

a close up of all the tiny details

And here's my effort! My Mother in law had some fabric left over so I made a simple tissue box cover to match!

4 comments:

  1. Oh wow that quilt is a masterpiece! hats of to your mother-in-law. I simply cannot believe how similar we are! I have about 7 Doris Day dvd's. I ♥ her style and her characters are always a bit cheeky! I'm just starting to get into sewing, I love the thought of creating something, it's just the actual creating that never turns out the way I want! Sorry for comment-stalking your posts.. but I couldn't help it! ;)
    V xo

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  2. hahaha. My favourite DD movie of all time is The Glass Bottom Boat. Hilarious!

    That's no good about the cold. I think I better not mention your health in any further conversations in case of jinxing you again!

    Good luck with the sewing!

    mxx

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  3. Oh I've tried to get that! But it wasn't available in Oz! Now I just want to watch it more... thanks maria... gawsh :D
    I think that is a very good idea :) I don't want to be sick anymore!

    sigh.. sewing and I shall persevere.. but I'm losing hope. :D

    V xo

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  4. nice posting. thanks for sharing

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