The quilt show in Wyoming where Mom was the featured quilter was this past weekend. My husband, daughter and one granddaughter went to Torrington to see the show and was it ever worth the trip!
Mom has been working for quite a while gathering quilts to show. If I didn’t lose count, she had 75 pieces there; some were wall hangings and table runners but there were at least 12 bed-size quilts.
She had her first two quilts which are hand quilted and which she had given to her two oldest granddaughters. She said she has only hand quilted three quilts. Then she started machine quilting to save time.
Mom said that my stepfather really loved the lone star quilt so she recently made another for him.
It was beautifully machine quilted by Jeannie Knudson of Cody, Wyoming.
This bear’s paw quilt is my favorite quilt of the ones she had at the show. The intricate blocks are wonderfully pieced and the colors are so refreshing.
The claws on the bear’s paws are only 1” square.
Mom was a great hostess, telling stories about making the quilts and explaining techniques.
Here are some of the fun stories. I always think knowing the story of a quilt makes it even more valuable, even more special.
This quilt is one Mom made for me. When she retired, she decided she had no use for all of those wonderful wool suits she had worn to work. She took them apart and made quilt blocks with them. She purchased the kelly green and the tan for the border. She used a warm flannel for the back and quilted on the seams with decorative stitching. This quilt is so warm and cozy for our Colorado winters.
Mom made this quilt from a kit, but the kit was for a quilt 80” x 102”; she wanted it to be a queen-size quilt. She added a block in each row. In one place, she really had to work. There is one little 2” finished square that has five pieces of fabric sewn together. We can only see four but the fifth piece in hidden in the seam allowance.
Then there is the table runner in the upper right hand corner of this photo. The Dresden plates were supposed to be the tail feathers for turkeys. But Mom didn’t want to do turkeys.
She embroidered in the center of the plates and did decorative stitching on the seams of each segment.
Here are a few more of her small things.
Here are a few more.
This quilt was my granddaughter’s favorite. Notice the great display rack my brother-in-law made on the left with all the smaller items.
And I couldn’t miss the opportunity to get a four-generation photo.
I hope you enjoyed visiting Wyoming with me. I’ll share more of the photos another time. But for now my desk is disappearing under things I need to do.