Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Trunk Full of Quilts

There hasn't been much sewing going on around here so this is the perfect time to show some old favorites.  Soma of Whims and Fancies is hosting a Trunk Show event on her blog.  Soma is a very talented pattern designer, photographer and artist as well as a great blogger.  She has some terrific sponsors for her trunk show with some great prizes so be sure to check it out and join in on the fun.   It runs until November 18th.


As quilters/sewers we will find any reason to create a quilt.  I have made quilts for each of the grandchildren when they were welcomed into our family - all twenty nine of them.  These are a couple of my favorites over the years.





Of course, there are many reasons to make quilts......

birthdays......


weddings....


....and to offer comfort and donate to charities.




When we run out of beds to cover, there are always walls in need of "warmth".





No more wall space?????  How about table decorations?




Placemats too....




Oh.....and let's not forget our little quilts for our coffee mugs.





To me, sewing has been a joy in my life since I was very young.  Initially it was all about sewing for my dolls and then garment sewing.  I loved designing and sewing my own clothes.  I made my own wedding dress as well as all of my bridesmaid's dresses.....yes, this was back in the 60s so the photo is a bit faded.



Nowadays, I enjoy sewing for the grandchildren and have found a true love in quilting.  This has  been a snapshot of my life of sewing.  Thanks for sharing it with me.

44 comments:

Maria said...

Sew many beautiful quilts, wall hangings, table toppers , place mats nod mugrugs...
Such a gorgeous photo of your wedding and all the dresses are beautiful. You are very talented Mary.
Fabulous post.Thank you for sharing..

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

What a beautiful collection of quilts! I, too, am now decorating tables, walls, pillows, and mugs with my quilts!

beth s said...

What a FUN post about ALL your sewing adventures! You are amazing!

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

Love all your quilts, Mary...from big to small....you have them all! And why doesn't it surprise me to find out you made all the dresses for your wedding? LOL.....but I'll bet you didn't know that My Sister Made my wedding dress???

krislovesfabric said...

Wow! Some beautiful quilts and projects here, and how amazing that you made your own wedding dress...just wow!

Quilting Babcia said...

What a beautiful portrait of your quilty life Mary! So nice to see some of your many beautiful quilts here. I think if a girl starts sewing doll clothes at a young age, the love of stitching never leaves her. A great legacy for our granddaughters.

Shasta Matova said...

You have so many beautiful quilts here! I really enjoyed the trunk show. I was trying to pick my favorite, but I don't think that I can.

Valerie Reynolds said...

Oh I just love all your critter quilts you made for your grands. I truly enjoyed your truck show!! Great post!!

Cathy said...

You are so talented. I really love all your quilts and projects. Very impressed by your wedding dress and the bridesmaids dresses. Thanks for sharing. Hugs

Wacky Woman said...

Thank you for your journey. Have you thought about putting together a trunk show? Do you think you could do a workshop? I"m serious.

Carol said...

Twenty-nine grandchildren and you've sewn them all a quilt? I knew you were amazing! Your quilts are so beautiful, cute, and funny...love the dogs with the fire hydrants. LOL Thanks for sharing your photos of quilts and wedding day. My mom sewed all my bridesmaid dresses in pink flowers.

Dogwood Lane Rambles said...

Every one of your creations is a treasure. Your wedding picture takes me back I can tell you. I too made my wedding clothes and brides maid dresses and wedding cake! It was simpler time wasn't it? 29 grands is a wonderful number and a bountiful blessing I know they love their grandma quilts.

Raewyn said...

What a lovely trunk show! It great to see some of your favourites over the years...hehe and what you can quilt once you run out of beds to warm :-) Great wedding photo too!

Lara B. said...

Mary, I was hoping you would do this. I love the way you organized your trunk show and love seeing so many of your fabulous quilts and projects together! You have created an amazing number of beautiful works! Most especially... your twenty-nine grandchildren!

Createology said...

Your life in sewing is extraordinary dear. You truly are gifted with fabrics and sewing. Sewing your wedding dress and all the bridesmaids dresses is a huge undertaking and yet proof of your amazing ability. I love your quilts and projects you create. Thank you sew much for sharing. Creative Sewing Bliss...

A Nudge said...

A really great trunk show, Mary. So many that I liked. The jar quilt made me chuckle, sighed over the wedding quilt - oh so much fun seeing all you lovely creations. Thanks for sharing!

Linda said...

Awesome trunk show Mary! Such wonderful quilts.

Susan said...

What a wonderful collection! You could take that show on the road!

Gosia @ Quilts My Way said...

What a fabulous post, Mary. You are very talented woman. These dresses are awesome :)

barbara woods said...

You have gone way past me in grand s, beautiful quilts . About to have our 14 great grand

Mary said...

Mary your quilts are all beautiful. Some of these look like friends, as I have seen them through some of the hops. You do such lovely work. Thank you for sharing.

Rhonda said...

Wow, what a great trunk show!! I especially love the wedding project. You are very talented!!!

barcord said...

Thank you for sharing your lovely quilts with us Mary. It has been a real treat to see them. I know I will come back again and again to enjoy them.xx

Soma @ whimsandfancies.com said...

It was a feast for my eyes to see your quilts displayed together here. So many beauties! You are quite amazing, Mary! The dresses are pretty, you and the girls look beautiful. Are those daisies? My favourite flower :)

Thanks so much for sharing!

-Soma

Sandra said...

Thank you for sharing a snapshot of your sewing portfolio. I enjoying seeing each of your lovely projects.

Sally said...

What a great group of quilts! These were a real treat, thanks for sharing

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

Oh what a wonderful show! Your projects are such fun and your love of quilting really shows. I have to be partial to the doggy quilt since I own a schnauzer that loves his quilt. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful quilts.

Michele said...

Thanks for brightening my morning by showing your favorites! I do love the frog quilt! That has to be my favorite. I love those tulip placemats too. Have a great weekend :-)

Carla said...

29? What a blessing. I hope we have lots and lots. Your quilts are all lovely. The Hexie coasters, and the dogs with fire hydrants. Love!

Marsha Hodgkins said...

That frog quilt always catches my eye when I see it. I guess maybe I should make one! Yours is delightful as well as all the others. I made clothes when younger as well; Ithink it's the natural lead-in to quilting.

JanineMarie said...

You just beautifully summed up all the reasons quilters quilt. And I'm still stuck on the phrase "all twenty nine of them." Wow. What wonderful reasons to quilt right there! Thanks for sharing your quilts--and your wedding picture!

MissPat said...

Wow, this post brings back memories. I made my wedding dress in 1970 and helped with the bridesmaid dresses. The hair styles also look familiar.
And I made the "Over in the frog pond" quilt as a baby gift (although I think the recipent was 2 by the time I got it done). I love that pattern, but I cursed it out a few times.
Great memories. Thanks for sharing.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

what a lot of lovely quilts you have made thanks for sharing them - this trunk show is fun to visit

Hilachas said...

Twenty-nine grandchildren! you are indeed blessed. Thanks for your blog post. It's an interesting read and the quilts you showed us are fabulous. Thanks for opening your trunk up for us.

CathieJ said...

Wow you have made many quilts! I think my favorite is Tea for Two although those quilts for your grandchildren are adorable. I have only two children so I don't think I will ever have 29 grandchildren. How wonderful. I will be torn between crocheting and quilting when that time comes for me.

Laura said...

Thanks for sharing. Really like your little bird quilt mini.

em's scrapbag said...

Fun wedding photo. I made my bridesmaids dresses too. Didn't dare do the wedding dress. Love your mug rugs and place mats. Wonderful trunk show!

legato1958 said...

I have so loved seeing your trunk full of quilts and projects!
I enjoyed your narration and sense of humor, too!!
You surely have made many people happy with your quilts!!
Susie

Myra said...

A wonderful show and tell! You've created some wonderful snuggle keepsakes...
Myra

Valerie Reynolds said...

Perfect variety of WILD quilts to share under our Tuesday Archives linky this week!!! This trunk show has been fun!

September Violets said...

Clearly you see a need for a quilt in every corner of your home ;) These are just beautiful, and I envy the time you have put aside to continue sewing through the years. Seeing these quilts has been an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your own trunk of quilts.
Wendy

Caryl W said...

Thank you for sharing all your quilty goodness and your garment sewing too! You have an awesome talent!

Karen H said...

You've been a busy grandma. Nothing says "I love you" like a quilt that is made especially for that person. You've made some really beautiful quilts. Thanks for sharing your work and story!

Leanne Parsons said...

You shared so many beautiful quilts! I love that we have so many different reasons to make quilts...we'll never run out!