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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Little Quilts

My Mom has been quilting since forever. I have attended quite a few quilt shows with her.  I have been an honored recipient of a few of her quilts.  And I have had challenge of making a couple with her too.  She is a very good, kind, patient teacher.  She has tried with me.  The fault is all mine.  I just am not at ease with a needle and thread unless there are beads involved.  The first quilt I made with her was a Star Log Cabin.  To help me along, she asked me to put a few beads on it.  My breaking point was that damn rotary cutter...I had to cut 144 triangles.  144!!!  TRIANGLES!!!  I swore I would never quilt again.  The next quilt we worked on was called Burgoyne Surrounded.  There were 100 pieces in a 12" square.  ONE HUNDRED PIECES in a TWELVE INCH SQUARE!!!  I was done after that.  Truly done.  Mom understands.  She still invites me on her quilt weekends and I bead and the quilters quilt and there is peace.  Cynthia came last year :-D  We had a great time!

It is no wonder some of these quilts seeped into my brain.  I sleep under 2 of them these winter nights.  They were bound to make an appearance in my beadwork at some point.  I am not sure if these designs are specific quilt patterns.  I think they probably are not.  Maybe someday soon I will take some actual quilt patterns and bead them.  Maybe I should start with Star Log Cabin and Burgoyne Surrounded.  Maybe you will join me?

On Monday, I showed you these Little Quilt Bracelets :






I made two others, because I wasn't ready to stop yet.





This one is a sampler.  I used the same 4 colors, but each square is different then the next.








I linked this next one as diamonds instead of squares.  I like it!  



I have a strong feeling these Lil' Q Bracelets will be showing up often in my stash :-)

Thanks Mom!!!

13 comments:

AntiquityTravelers said...

These are so perfectly you my friend! I can absolutely see the influence of your mom and the quilters here, and it is peacefully beautiful. The second I saw this I thought of how much your mom's group would love these! You might have to show me how so we can gift a few to them ... :)

Maryanne said...

These are beautiful! There are many ways to use quilt patterns and it looks like you've found your way and I'm sure your mom is pleased!

Therese's Treasures said...

I am loving all of your Q square bracelets I agree with Cynthia you should make up some to give as gifts to your Mom's quilting guild.
Therese

windrock studio said...

Lucky you to have a talented, kind, teacher Mom ... but I don't blame you a bit about the quilting. These are all real beauties! stick with what you love.

Liz E said...

I love the bead quilted squares. I see so many possibilities in them. What a great idea!

Bobbie said...

I love them! And how funny is it that you can play all day with hundreds and hundreds of tiny beads, but the thought of cutting 144 triangles is enough to send you around the bend? I feel your pain...it's not that we're crazy, it's just that we all have our own particular brand of crazy!

Skylar Bre'z said...

I got my start with quilting, too. Never did get the hang of it. I think it's the rules, the following of a pattern. (So not my thing.) My grandma also tried to teach me to crochet. Unsuccessfully. But embroidery, that stuck.

I LOVE your art quilts! And the idea of doing more.

Miss Val's Creations said...

Oh, I love the little squares used as diamonds! The squares definitely have a quilting feel.

BIKBIK AND RORO said...

O wow, you are amazing! These are brilliant, and so so sweet. I'm always in awe of quilters too -- the patience required alone is awesome lol.. Trust you are doing super, dear friend :)

LisaS said...

Oh these are very pretty! Fun to make and contagious too, I may have to try one ;)

kimmykats said...

Oh I am laughing...sounds like my quilting history.....love what you have designed!!

Wendy said...

what a fab idea! They are just lovely

Shirley Moore said...

I adore these bracelets! What a great way to honor something your mom loves, and keep your sanity...;)