Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Quilts and More

Photos used with permission from Quilts and More  copyright2012 Meredith Corporation All Rights Reserved
In the next week you should see copies of the Spring issue of Quilts and More magazine hit stands. It will have one of the above covers. They are the same issue just different covers. I have a quilt in this issue. It is a bow tie quilt and at first glance might seem a little out of my box.
It is made with a polka dot background. The bow ties are made of big dots and lively prints. I love this quilt! I tend to work with muted shades and go for a folky, vintage feel but there is a story here. This quilt was inspired by a quilt made by my great grandmother Minnie Dougherty. I never met her in person but I have a connection with her through the quilts she made and left behind. I have a collection of tops that she made late in her life. They are all made from feed sack scraps and sewn by hand. She was an extraordinary piecer. Her stitches are nothing short of amazing. Especially since her sight was so poor that all the grand kids threaded her needles for her.
This is her quilt. Isn't it amazing? It has such energy and that is what I wanted to recreate in my quilt. Thus the busy prints. Hers is not only pieced by hand with feed sacks but she pieced hers the hard way with little set in seams. My version is very fast and easy to piece. I think she would be pleased with my attempt to reproduce her work.
Happy Quilting, Dawn

15 comments:

  1. It's gorgeous! And what a great story. How inspiring to read that she made many of her quilts late in life. So sweet that you are recreating it.
    I am working slowly but surely on a GFG trying to recreate a quilt that my grandmother made back in the 30s with feedsacks. It will be such a treasure for me.

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  2. Oh what a sweet tribute! I only can wish I had any of my grandmother's quilts. I'll be on the look out for the magazine! Have a happy day!

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  3. I love the idea of a polka dot....congrats!

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  5. Beautiful quilt and love the fabrics you used. Will have to check out the new issue.

    Debbie

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  6. I love how you have interpreted your grandmother's quilt. Both quilts are fun and full of energy.

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  7. Your quilt is wonderful and your grandmother's knocks my socks off! Truly a work of art. I can't wait to get my hand on this issue. Congratulations!

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  8. I'll be hunting this issue down, congrats and wonderful story shared

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  9. Both quilts are amazing. Thank you for putting your grandmother's quilt into a pattern that we can use too inspire us.

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  10. That is a great story and tribute to your family. Your grandma would be so proud of you!

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  11. I love both your grandmothers and your quilt. I also like the "trip around the world effect" she achieved with her bowtie and background colors. Do you think it was intentional or just the way the blocks fell?

    I usually don't buy that particular magazine but I already see things on the cover that are interesting so I'll definitely be picking up a copy. Thanks for the heads up!

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  12. Congrats, Dawn! I loved seeing your beautiful quilt in the magazine. How neat that you inherited your grandma's talent for quilting. She would be very proud of your reproduction of her work!

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  13. Congratulations! The polka dots certainly do give it a really neat look. Love your great grandmother's quilt too.

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  14. That is a great quilt! I really like the bright colors you used. I'll be looking for the magazine.

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  15. I got the magazine today! Your quilt is really nice and the directions look easy. (The rest of the magazine is good, too.)

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