Autumn song

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A Tribute to Mother

I would like to introduce everyone to my mother, Melba Merritt. She was there for me threw thick or thin. A day did not go by that she did not let me know how much she loved me. The last few years of her life she suffered with diabetes, congestive heart problems and the list goes on. But she never complained.
After she passed away, the family had to go threw all the "stuff" she, Dad and 3 kids had collected over 50 years in our home. Mom was a pack-rat. She had report cards, pictures, magazines, dried flowers .....anything she thought she might need.
While going through her quilting things, my sister placed 12 of mothers' blocks she had made in the trash. I went behind her and put them out of the trash. Mother was a craftier, a flower show judge, a knitter, a hand quilter...the list goes on and on.
This is the quilt, I placed those blocks into. These blocks date back to the mid 80's. I believe they are the earliest form of what we know as a
"Stack and Wack".
Each of mother's hand stitches were evenly spaced and stitched. She took much pride in her hand work.
After completing the quilt top, a dear friend, Kay Preston, offered to quilt it for me. Mother loved birds and butterflies. As you look at Kay's beautiful quilting you will find them intertwined in the feathers, leaves and bubbles.

Mother would be so proud of this quilt. But not as proud as I am for being able to pass her blocks on to her grandchild.
I love and miss you Mom.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Just a few more.....

Here are a few more from the
Mid-Atlantic Quilt Show..





It's own way!

Monday, March 2, 2009

More eye candy.....

Just a little more eye candy for those who did not get to
The Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival.
This is a detail of.....
It is raw edge applique with
wonderful thread painting to show
the details of the leaves and pea pods.

More Trees from a different perspective.

Ah-h-h-h-h..... the quilting was unbelievable.
This is the back ,

and this is a front detail

of this!

This is a whole cloth composition.

Another abstract compostion that is pleasing to the eyes. Love the placement of colors and shapes that were used to create it.

Hope you enjoyed the show. I have pently more pictures to share.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Just a few.....

Here are just a few of the fabulous quilts I saw at the
Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival.

There were about 17 different Special Exhibitions from Quilters all over Virginia, as well as the Juried Competition Quilt Show.

I especially enjoyed the
Black & White Challenge.
"My World in Black & White Revisited".

Then there were the trees.
I'm not sure of the title for this group.
Each tree is from a different perspective.
This is a tree that is
shown in the four seasons
of the year.

And the quilting was unbelievable. I was
amazed at what could be done with
cloth, thread & needle.

This New York Beauty also caught my eye.
"Name That Tune" is the name of this challenge. Each participant chose a song title, then with fabric, thread and needle they created their version of the song.
Can you guess the title of this song?
"Ring of Fire"
The artist name her quilt "Radiant Fire"
One day I hope to have my
New York Beauty finished.

Over the next few days I am planning to
share more of these beautiful
pieces of art.