Friday, February 6, 2009

I love textiles of any sort.  Beautiful linens, crocheted pillowcases, embroidery, lace, monogramed anything especially towels and napkins....and of course quilts.  This is the very first quilt I ever made.  It is hand pieced and quilted.  I made it in 1977 for our first child.  The pattern was made of cardboard covered in sandpaper and cut out with scissors.  Of course this was long before the days of rotary cutters and mats!  This particular quilt was a favorite and has been mended many times. 

Up a little closer
This is the last quilt I  finished.  It is all hand applique'd and hand quilted.  I used wool batting. (It is a dream to quilt through!)
Up close
This was an exchange my quilt group did - nine patches no rules.  I love it because there are many fabrics in it that I never would have selected.  Once finished this quilt will fit in anywhere since it has such an eclectic group of fabrics.  It is also a nice reminder of the ladies in my group because I know who created each block.
We each put our blocks together differently so each of our quilts are unique.

One of the ladies in my quilt group showed me how to do applique' using the starch method. This was my second project using her method.  It is hand applique'd and hand quilted.

One of my daughters graduated from William and Mary with a degree in History.  This quilt was one of her graduation gifts.  I created the pattern myself around the medallion fabric in the center.  It too is hand quilted.  (I really do enjoy doing the handwork!)

The fabric it all started with...

This project I made because I really like the look of hand quilting on muslin.
Just a fun quilt I keep handy in the family room for those cold nights when you want to cozy up on the couch.
One I made years ago that has grown very soft from all its washings.  I love that!

This was the first quilt I made for my husband.  (1980)  It is a tie pattern 3D.  I used many of his old silk ties that I had been saving.  I sewed the tie bars from each of the ties onto the backing.  

This was a fun project.  I loved embroidering all the baskets.  The baskets are done on muslin, and the boarder is velvet.  

Up a little closer...


and one more.

Over the years I have probably created close to 100 quilts.    Many I have given as gifts.  Many I have made for my husband and children.  I didn't plan to become a quilter.  Fate just intervened I guess.  After enjoying the satisfaction of wrapping  my first born in something warm and soft of my own creation...I was hooked!  Now, when I see my family wrapped in quilts I have made on cold winter evenings it gives me tremendous pleasure!


  1. You do absolutely beautiful work. I'm surprised Kathysue hasn't confiscated the black and white one lol. Really, these are gorgeous, you are very blessed to have this talent. Kathy

  2. These are unbelievably beautiful examples of a dying art form. Or at least, I am afraid it is dying. You seldom here of quilting bees anymore.

    The tie 3D quilt is fascinating to me. I don't believe I've ever seen one like it before. Of course there couldn't be another like it, but I mean fashioned like it or with this type of pattern.

    These are truly family heirlooms to be treasured for generations to come.

  3. WOW!! Paula these are just works of art..I love the baskets one with the black velet just amazing the beautiful work you do..and what great things for your family...just Priceless..thanks so much for sharing with us..hope you have a great weekend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  4. Oh Paula...Incredible! So much love adn attention went into each one of those! I am from a family of mountain women who quilt...and it came to a screeching halt with my mom! lol I do have one that was done by my great gradnmother when she was 16...made of flour sacks and old dreses. I love it! I have often thought I would learn, but no...never have! Now I'm not sure my eyesight would allow all the detail work! You have so many treasures...your family will enjoy them for generations to come!! Have a great weekend...Debbie

  5. Paula, You know how much I admire your hand work on all of your beautiful and sentimental Quilts.You also know my new favorite is the black and white go figure,but I am sure that your next quilt will also become my favorite.As we have talked about before we were just born in the wrong century.Love ya,Kathysue

  6. Your quilts are beyond gorgous!! I am in awe of the amount of time and talent it would take to create anything so lovely!Bravo! Vanna