Friday, January 04, 2013

Winter Blues

I know it has been a while, with Christmas, New Year's, etc. all taking a share of our time. I actually have a few things to show, but the thing I am most excited about right at this moment is this:

My granddaughter Becky, mother of the twins, made these darling quilts for her boys! Aren't they terrific? She wrote all about it on her blog. I am just so proud of her. She made two other bed quilts also in big bright colors. Her fabric choices are young and vibrant and suit her. 

Becky lives in Salt Lake City, and I am currently in our home in Mesa, AZ. One thing I have noticed is that these two areas are big on the bright, young designers. I personally am into the reproduction fabrics and favor the traditional quilts, leaning toward old fashioned. I'm old and I'm not afraid to say it! Ha! I know I told this story once before, but Becky and I were in a fabric store one day and they had some Judie Rothermel fabric on sale. I bought several yards of this brown print. I told Becky that one day she would inherit all my fabric, and she said, "Well then don't buy that"! I have been laughing about it ever since! 

I seriously don't know where I am going to shop here in Mesa. I may be shopping mostly on line or on trips. Can I adapt? I like the modern fabric, but I seriously don't know what to do with it. Pretty funny, huh? I guess that as long as Jo Morton and Judie R are designing fabric, I will be buying it.  
I made the little quilt above for my friend Karen Mowery of Sew Primitive. I was able to spend some time with Karen when I was in Atlanta in December visiting my daughter. 
Take a close look at this photo and you will see that our clever Karen has put pieces of straws on the pegs for the spools so that she can stack them two high. Genius!

Oh, I should mention that I finally opened a Facebook page for Patchalot Patterns! I would love it if you click LIKE on it!

Best wishes for a very happy 2013!
 




26 comments:

*karendianne. said...

Enjoyable post! Becky cracks me up!!!!

Lori said...

You are too young to have a granddaughter that makes quilts for her kids! Seriously that makes you a great grandma?!
I love your fabrics too:) But it is nice to see young quilters finding fabrics they like and making quilts.

pcflamingo said...

OK, I have to follow Becky now because she is freaking HILARIOUS! Clean-up on aisle 3! I about spit coffee on my monitor. Seriously silly young lady.

Darlene said...

Your granddaughter's quilts are fabulous.

Take a drive up to Olde World Quilt Store and you'll get a huge treat - right up your alley. :-)

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Paula, the quilter said...

Becky is great! And it is so cool that she is quilting in her grandmother's footsteps.

Sue said...

Your granddaughter did such a great job on those quilts.

I'm with you though...love the reproduction fabrics. I guess if they quit making those I'd have to quit making quilts! Haha

So are you all moved out there now?

Janet said...

I think it's wonderful that your granddaughter likes to quilt too!! Her quilts are lovely. I love your colorway best of all :0)

AnnieO said...

I'm with you, I like the repros best, but some of the bright and beautiful prints do catch my eye (I like Kate Spain!) Take Darlene's advice and make a trip to the Olde World Quilt store. I haven't been there but have been wanting to whenever I visit AZ. Your granddaughter did such a beautiful job on those quilts, you are rightfully proud. Love your little quilt with all the cheddar there :)

regan said...

That comment of Becky's is too funny! Give her a few (?) years, though, and I'll bet she discovers the repros! And I say "Thank God" for Jo, and Judy, and Barbara, and all the other great repro designers keeping 'us' happy! :o)

Me and My Stitches said...

Love that Becky is making quilts, but I'm with you - the reproductions are about all that find their way into my stash. Also love the little quilt you made for Karen - I bet it has given her some smiles.

Lorene Holbrook said...

i live in mesa too! in fact across the street from the oasis! great selection of civil war fabrics and they have a civil war club. welcome to az!

Sue said...

Love Becky's comments. As she grows older she my begin to appreciate vintage quilts and see what we see.
I hated gardening until I was in my mid 40 's I thought it was what OLD people did. Lol
Happy New Year to you Marcie,

Kindred Quilts said...

Love the blue quilts... wonderful treasures for the boys. Me too though... I'm partial to reproduction fabric, but I appreciate the beauty of the more modern day fabrics.

Kindred Quilts said...

Love the blue quilts... wonderful treasures for the boys. Me too though... I'm partial to reproduction fabric, but I appreciate the beauty of the more modern day fabrics!

SandyQuilts said...

There's a large group of ladies from the phoenix area who quilt together (most are not modern quilters). In fact, every Feb. they hold a retreat, people come from all over the country and I know there are still openings. They post at About.com/quilting. This is the link to their current thread. You should be able to read without being a member. But you do need to be a member in order to post.

http://forums.about.com/n/pfx/forum.aspx?tsn=1&nav=messages&webtag=ab-quilting&tid=64332

I think you'd love them. I use to attend the retreat when my daughter lived in Gilbert. I certainly miss getting together with them. They are a GREAT group of women. Hope you'll check them out.

Rosa said...

Love the quilts and it`s great that your granddaughter love quilt.
have a fun weekend.

Ruth said...

I love Becky's quilts, but I'm with you when it comes to fabric choices. I just LOVE CW reproduction fabric! As well as traditional quilts! I'm old too! Hee Hee!

Angie said...

Becky did an AWESOME job!! Love what she said about the brown fabric...LOL

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Gypsy Quilter said...

I think I know who Becky gets her eye for design from. What I need to know is where she gets her energy. Looking after 2 small boys AND having time to quilt . . . there must be a special vitamin she's taking. I'd like to order a dozen bottles please, LOL.

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MARCIE said...

I have noticed more SPAM popping up in comments. Do they think they are making friends?

Libby said...

I remember always enjoying The Quilted Apple in Phoenix. A quick Google search shows that they have gone out of business. Guess that means you might just have to cross the border and shop in San Diego -- we have some pretty awesome shops here. Just sayin *s*

W. Latane Barton said...

Love the tip about the extender straws on the spool holder. Hope you are off to a rip-roaring start of the new year.

Marina Vita said...

Fantastic Winter Blues