I have a small obsession I haven’t shared with you yet. Vintage quilts. Oh, you’re not surprised, are you?
When I travelled to Utah last month to film an episode of the QNNtv.com show called Quilt It (affiliate link), I met someone else who has an even greater obession with vintage quilts. Her name is Kelly Cline. Have you seen her work yet? Kelly is a longarmer, like me, and she follows in the footsteps of domestic machine quilter Cindy Needham. Kelly’s specialty is taking vintage linens, and filling them with new life. Here’s a sample of her work that you can find on her blog. I’m a huge fan; Kelly is so full of joy and enthusiasm for what she does.
Kelly is a free-motion quilting whiz. And on occasion, she combines FMQ with intricate computerized designs to create masterpieces that will surely live to see another century. If you like the idea of trying this, she has a facebook group that will give you plenty of inspiration!
Although I love old quilts, I don’t often have the opportunity to visit antique shops like Kelly does. So I troll ebay and etsy, looking for beautiful pieces from the past. If they’re unfinished, that’s even better!
Look at this lovely log cabin. I like to daydream about how I will quilt it. But I can never seem to commit. The ghosts of quilters past hover over me, and I collapse under the pressure and tuck it back on the shelf, only to pull it out the next week and stare at it again.
We visited the lake the other day, and I brought some of my vintage finds along with us. The kids played at the playground next to me, and I snapped a few sunset pictures.
The grass is burnt and dessicated from the blistering August heat. But there’s still something beautiful about it.
My daughter can’t resist a quilt photo shoot. She thinks it’s just a normal activity that all moms do with their kids every week. We had so much fun attempting to flip this quilt out against the lake breeze. We tried and tried until we were both in hysterics.
Then we turned around and looked at the giant sign two feet away from us. How did we miss it?!?!?! We ran away screaming and laughing at the same time. Apparently the water moccasins like this location too.
We moved to higher ground for the rest of the pictures. This X block quilt is from the 50s. I love the high value crispness of it.
Can you see the perfect little hand stitches on the back? I think of the time spent on these quilts, how much must have happened in a woman’s life during the time she slowly stitched each piece together with her hands. I think about what she might have been thinking and feeling with each length of thread. What would she think of me holding her quilt now? How would she want me to finish it?
My mother found these feedsack Sunbonnet Sues for me. There’s a whole perfect set of them. What would you do with them to finish them? Would you stay true to the period, or would you run with the solid colors and do something with a modern twist?
They are all hand stitched too. So much time. So much love or heartbreak, or laughter or tears. Probably all of those things.
Tomorrow I will finally post another Tips and Tutorials Tuesday! I know you bloggers out there have written some amazing posts in the last month. I hope you’ll link them up for us all to share!