Monday, September 13, 2010

Focus on Thirties

 

I am back home at long last! And I have quilts to share!  My friend and long arm quilter, Marae Harris, in Mesa, AZ has a log cabin quilt that her grandmother made, and she decided to reproduce it. They are so similar that I am not sure which one this is. I love them! All thirties prints, as you  can see. She has an enormous collection of thirties prints, plus she traded with friends. The only way! 

In this photo I placed the recent quilt on top of the old one. Aren't they remarkably alike? Grandmother's quilt is so finely hand stitched--absolutely beautiful! I am sure Marae will machine quilt hers, and it will be beautifully done as well. This makes me want to start collecting 30's prints!

 My Aunt Kathy is a quilter also, and she loves pastels! She began this string quilt several years ago and this year she finished it up. Tiny white rick rack separates each block, then on the border she used a wider rick rack on the seams. It is darling! She is making baby quilts to put away for great-grandchildren of the future.

 

This is another of Aunt Kathy's. She hand stitched the pinwheel arcs down and added the cute string border. Another adorable quilt! It is so fun to see what these ladies are working on when I visit in Arizona.

I was only in Arizona for two days while wending my way home from Montana. It was fun filled with family and a few quilts. You know I got some Mexican food in also! I feel like I am ready to move there, if only my husband would retire. He is getting closer every day!!
 
One more curiosity of which to make note. My darling granddaughter, Danielle, came home from a church youth activity the night I arrived. She was so excited and had so much fun. They split up into teams and went on a scorpion hunt. Yes, for real. Her team caught 20. They had black lights and leather gloves and went around in backyards of local residents searching for scorpions! You have to admit, not every church group could pull this off!





13 comments:

Janet said...

What lovely quilts! I especially like the pinwheel arc quilt. That is quite the youth group event!!

Sue said...

Oh I love those thirties prints and the quilts are just beautiful!

I need to pick up the McCall's mag. with your new pattern in it. That's a lovely one!

sewprimitive karen said...

Oh gak, I would have skipped that particular church activity lol! The real 30s quilt looks so fresh and new; what a magnificent copy she made of it.

SheilaC said...

yikes! scorpions!??

Pretty quilt though :)

SheilaC

Mary Lou Casada said...

Yikes -- I guess that's one way to get kids saved! LOL :-D I bet they had a ball doing it, though!! Funny! The quilts are scrumptious, aren't they! I keep asking the Lord to let me live long enough to make all the ones (and reproduce all the ones!) that I want to -- but since I'm already 47, I'm thinking Methuselah already set that record!
Blessings,
Mary Lou

onlymehere said...

Augh! I wouldn't want to be a leader in that group, lol! Bugs of any kind freak me out! My son has scorpions in his apartment in Hawaii along with the blue centipedes. He used to be so scared of bugs but now he just laughs about how many he kills before bed! Love the quilts. Our local shops don't have many pastels but I would love to do a pinwheel quilt in pastels just for fun!

Kelli said...

Love the quilts! The pastel string quilt gives me some ideas - if only there were more time to sew! Glad you had a great visit - thanks for sharing!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Bet it feels good to be home! I Love that log cabin quilt! Wow - it does look like the original! And I would NOT go on any scorpian hunt!

May Kristin said...

Lovely quilt! So fresh and clean!
It sure makes you want to start to collecting 30's prints!

Elaine Adair said...

How nice to see how the new blends with the old - they are both lovely, all crinkly, and look deliciously cozy.

Lori said...

The log cabin quilting are so wonderful! Your friend did an awesome job of reproducing teh original!! Wow!
Your Aunt's quilts are very charming too! She is so creative.

Annette said...

The copy is so amazing! You really can't tell the difference. How fun it would be to try that sometime. I loved hearing about your GD's activity. Very interesting!

Karen said...

I have never heard of a scorpion hunt! Not my cup of tea but I can imagine that it was fun for the kids.