April 17, 2012
Inspiration Board : A Love Letter to My Mom's Quilts
Posted by Kirsten Earl
Daryle Earl (a.k.a. My Mom) has been quilting for 35 years - her first quilt being a baby quilt for me. I remember my mom hand-piecing quilt blocks on the beach in the summers while she watched me frolic in the ocean, and the giant quilt hoop in her lap (usually with a cat underneath it) in the winters. My young life was consistently decorated with the shapes and colors of her projects, and I am sure that has something if not everything to do with how I make my living now.
the guest room quilt (and my son's bunny)
I learned from my mom that to truly master an heirloom craft, you have to enjoy actually doing it - and not just itch for the finished product. I give this advice to anyone who wants to take up quilting or any other long-term craft project. So my mom must REALLY like quilting, because in the time she's been a quilter, she's made dozens upon dozens of beautiful quilts.
hand-quilting the border of a current project
You'll notice my mom's work tends toward the traditional American pieced quilt, which I love. However, even though she started out exclusively hand-piecing and hand-quilting, she has since delved into (and mastered) machine-piecing, machine-quilting, hand- and machine-applique, embellishing and dyeing, and myriad other techniques.
I am so inspired by her quilts and I wanted to take some photos for both her and me to show off - and she generously agreed to let me also share them here. Click through the gallery below to see more (but only a fraction of!) her beautiful pieces.
1 The bed in "my" room - log cabin design in my favorite color.
2 A second, appliqued quilt in the same colors drapes the bottom of the previous
3 Even the bathroom has a quilted wall hanging! I recognize these as my favorite "pineapple" blocks.
4 A beautiful pillow in the living room.
5 Another wall hanging - a little town with ribbon-embroidered weeping williows.
6 The well-loved blue-and-white quilt that draped my bed in elementary school is now a perch for the cats.
7 Perfect sunroom pillows
8 Piecing in progress in the dining room ...
9 Inspired by this LL Bean quilt (I think hers is better, and it's made in the USA!)
10 A jelly roll and some scraps neatly collected
11 A long-arm machine for quilting the big stuff - one quilt is usually on this while another is being quilted by hand.
12 Blue pillows (I made the top - not as good - one).
13 Probably my favorite pillow.
14 Paper-pieced american flag above the mantle. Glorious!
15 A quilt drapes the banister in the stairway - of course. Like in most houses.
16 The other side
17 The perfection of these corners almost makes my head explode.
18 A pillow to match almost every bedspread - this one has ferns machine-quilted in the center.
19 Hand-quilted medallion within each block
20 A white-on-white quilt drapes the bottom of this bed.
21 White on white HAND-quilting. I am amazed.
23 I love this new quilt. The colors remind me Bermuda.
24 Appliqued leaves surround the border.
25 Machine-quilted leaves pick up the border motif within the quilt.
26 A mat for the center of the kitchen table - salt and pepper goes within the diamond!
27 Even the fax machine (?) gets a quilt.
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