It’s been a busy week on my little blog! I want to welcome all you new followers. I appreciate your interest and support. And a big shout out to everyone else, too! I’ve been trying to respond to your comments (which I love by the way) a little faster. I’ve also enjoyed checking out all of your blogs. What a great online community we quilter/crafters have!
Last weekend I was at my parents’ house so I thought I would snap a few pix of the quilts I have made them. These were from early in my quilting career. You can really see how quilting trends have changed in recent years.
I consider this first quilt to be the best quilt I have ever made. I call it “You Can Take the Girl Out of Minnesota…” My dad one time pretend cried that I never made anything for him. Even though he was joking, I realized it was true. I was absolutely stumped for the longest time over what to make him, then the idea hit to make him a map quilt since he loves maps. We’re from Minnesota so that was the obvious choice.
L’etoile du Nord (star of the north) is the state motto of Minnesota. This quilt is all hand appliqued and hand embroidered. The piecing was done by machine. All of Minnesota’s counties, some of the bigger lakes, and the major rivers are included.
The names in the “signs” are the counties of Minnesota. The border fabrics on the signs match up to the county fabric. My nephews love to play a matching game with the quilt where they challenge each other to find counties in the map. The embroidery and piecing is deliberately wonky. The signs are meant to look homemade like the signs people used to hang at the ends of their cabin driveways in northern Minnesota when I was a kid (seems like they all have fancy signs now).
Next up is this collaboration with my mom. My mom, Ruthann, painted each of those flower blocks.
Mom is an avid gardener and each of those blocks represented flowers she had in her garden in her Minnesota home (she lives in Arizona now). The rest of the quilt was kept simple so the flower paintings would be the highlight.
Finally, this is the quilt on my parents’ bed. The maple leaves represent the maple tree that was in our backyard in Minnesota. It’s a daily reminder of Minnesota now that Arizona is home.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little peak into my quilting past.
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