This weekend we delivered quilts to my mom who is going to be the featured quilter at the Quilts Along the Platte quilt show in Torrington, Wyoming, in September. She’s excited and I’m excited for her. My husband and I took the quilts she has given us over the years and all the challenge quilts we have worked on together. I explained our challenge quilts a few weeks ago.
I took a bunch of photos and I’ll be sharing some of them in future blogs. And, of course, I’ll be going back to Wyoming the weekend of the quilt show to see the display. I’ll take my camera and share those photos with you, too. Today I thought it would be fun to show you some of her preparations and some of her quilts.
Mom is one of the finest seamstresses I know. She worked as a tailor when she was a young woman so she can make garments that will knock your socks off. She made most of the clothes my sister and I wore when we were growing up. And we were very well dressed. You can read a little about that here.
I didn’t think to ask Mom when she started quilting and when I asked her how many quilts she has made she said she had no idea.
Here are some of the quilts that will be displayed at the quilt show. She hasn’t taken her wall quilts off the wall yet. There are 11 bed size quilts to go to the show. The wall hangings in the stack at the foot of the bed are mostly challenge quilts that Mom, Angie (my sister) and I or Mom, Kylie (my daughter-in-law) and I did together.
The pink quilt in the center stack and a lavender quilt that doesn’t show in this photo are two of the first quilts Mom made. They belong to two of my nieces. They are hand quilted. Mom doesn’t hand quilt anymore because she says it takes too long. That is a thing I must have gotten from her. I’m way too anxious to see the completed quilt to spend the time required to hand quilt it.
There were still 13 bed size quilts hanging in the closet. By the way, I love how she stores her big quilts. There aren’t nearly as many fold marks as if they were folded to fit on a shelf.
Then there is the other closet where the smaller quilts, wall hangings and table runners are kept. She was quick to point out that she didn’t make all the quilts in this closet. Two or three were made by my grandmother.
My brother-in-law built Mom this wonderful quilt rack. He built one for me, too. They are well-made and so very beautiful and have the space to show lots of quilts.
Here is a closer look at the wall hanging near the top of the quilt rack. Mom likes to learn new things – that’s another thing she’s passed on to me. She still takes classes at her local sewing store. This dimensional star was a class.
I hope you enjoyed your sneak peek at Mom’s quilts. Stay tuned for more in weeks to come.