The Masterpiece by Javan

The Masterpiece by Javan

We are born into the world like a blank canvas and each person that crosses our path takes up the brush and makes his mark upon our surface - So it is that we develop - But we must realize there comes a day that we must take up the brush and finish the work. For only we can determine if we are to be just another painting or a Masterpiece.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Storing Quilts and Golden Girls

Quilt Storage...  have you kept your quilts?  have you given them all away?  I have one stack waiting for labels and another stack waiting to be quilted.  At least the stack waiting to be quilted is now down to four quilts.  I had several quilted this summer by Joanne at her blog http://www.insanelycheapquilting.blogspot.com/. What an excellent job she did and what a burden off my shoulders.  Machine quilting hurts yours arms and shoulders and since I have a low tolerance to pain - Joanne is a wonderful blessing to me and my journey.

My Quilt Storage Solution

Quilt Storage Closet

  
My quilt storage is in a double-wide closet in our computer room.  We never used this space for much more than photograph albums and some winter clothes storage.  My local department store (Belks) gladly gave me the skirt/pants hangers free each time I asked and I really like the ones with three hooks on them so look for them next time you shop. The Colorado Star quilt folded over was too heavy for hangers because of wool batting and is on a drapery hanger that came from the cleaners, and they are not as free with their hangers.
   
I have given away quilts to friends and family.  Six children have quilts and some have two - seven grandchildren have quilts and some have two - three great grandchildren have quilts and all have two.  There are three more grandchildren that I will be working on quilts for in the near future.

I keep my quilts because I love them and want them in my life.  I recently read about a wonderful person who now makes and keeps all her quilts.  She wants to make sure she leaves enough quilts for all the milestones and celebrations in her children and grandchildren's lives after she is gone.  There is more to this story but it is her story to tell, I just know she really touched my heart.  My quilts will become my legacy and what a wonderful reason to keep as many as I want.  I wish my family shared in my quilting world - they remain recipients only of my passion. How many quilts do you have in your home? Who do you quilt with? Is your family involved in your quilting?

Yesterday was our Golden Girls Gathering at my house.  Four of us sewed, chatted, laughed all day and generally solved all the problems of the week - we can only do a week at a time.  We usually start out making pillowcases for ConKerr Cancer, A Case for Smiles - Phyllis did four and I only got one done.  Guess I was busy waiting on them with lunch and all !!!  Joyce was able to get her three-yard quilt made,  and Karen worked on her quilt in progress which has a lot of little pieces.  I managed to get two of my BOM blocks done.  I am almost caught up. Yeah!
 
Phyllis' Turning Twenty Quilt
Phyllis had a beautiful Show and Tell (sometimes  called Bring and Brags), and what a wonderful job she did. I believe this is a granddaughter Christmas present. I have never met a red/black/white quilt that was not gorgeous.

Last year DWH took us Golden Girls on a field trip to three local quilt shops and while we were looking at sales and everything else, he saw a Turning Twenty sample quilt and started collecting fat quarters on his own in red/black/white.  Yes, DWH did get his quilt made and I will a post a picture next time and until then.....


Happiness in your Journey from Judy





4 comments:

Jenni said...

I think that is a great way to store your quilts! And good for you for keeping them. I guess I feel guilty if I keep too many. lol That turning twenty quilt is gorgeous, please tell her an anonymous quilter loves it:)

jajckj said...

Really enjoyed reading all the postings. I recognize many of those treasurers you showed hanging up. Yes, I am one of those children who have not taking up quilting. BUT only because I have not retired yet. Currently busy keeping up with job and three adorable grandchildren. Looking forward in the years to come in learning all about quilting from one of the best!
Love ya! C

Joanne Lendaro said...

How wonderful that you are blogging! I can't wait to read more about you and your wonderful quilting and life stories. Absolutely love this post...I have many, many blocks and very few quilts. My daughter calls me the queen of blocks..aaahhh, someday maybe they will be quilts, but I think the finality of it for me is the frightening part. If I finish it, I can't change it....see why hubbie (engineer) and I get along so well?? It is an illness.

Hugs to you my sweet friend!

Nanato4 said...

I haven't kept a single quilt I've made ... all, with the exception of two (one a baby quilt for a friend and another a wedding quilt for friends), have gone to DD and my grands. One of these days I'll make a quilt for us ... I have the fabric, does that count? I handquilt my quilts, so each quilt takes a little while to make (although now that I'm retired, I hope to be able to be more productive).