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Monday, April 11, 2011

My Favorite Quilts From the Seacoast Village in Dunfanaghy


Madame Samm asked me to be a guest speaker on her blog, and I am so honored ! I wanted to thank her so much, not just for this honor, but for being my friend. Let me first introduce myself. My name is Micki Butler and I have a blog called Irish Muses. Yes, I am lucky enough to live in Ireland in a beautiful seacoast village called Dunfanaghy, in County Donegal. I started quilting about ten years ago, and the only problem is that there is not enough hours in the day to do all that I want.
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Madame Samm asked me to talk about my favorite quilts that I made. I didn't have to think too long about that one. I have three that I made that are very sentimental and special to me. My all time favorite one is the Sylvia Bridal Sampler. I read all of Jennifer Chiaverini's books, and I fell in love with this quilt which was highlighted in one of her books. I worked on that quilt each day over a four month period, and I enjoyed each and every moment that I spent on the 140 blocks that I sewed. Sylvia, who was the main character in the book, had this quilt given to her by her friends, who made a wedding quilt for her, and each block represented what Sylvia meant to them. I did the whole quilt in batiks and Michael Miller Fairy Frost fabrics. I can't begin to tell you how much I learned from each and every block that I made. It was a wonderful learning experience, and a magical journey for me!


I also have a great love for paper piecing. I learned how to paper piece from Carol Doak, and I have all of her books. I then went on to learn the more advanced techniques of paper piecing from Deb Karasik. I found out she was going to be in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and I went with the Sheephaven Guild to take her workshop, where we were going to make the Carnivale Wallhanging. I was so thrilled to meet her, and I was determined to finish the quilt when I got back from the workshop in Belfast. It is definitely my favorite paper piecing quilt that I made, but I have made many of them. I just love the whole process of paper piecing, and how exact you can make the blocks.


Last but not least, I had to mention my other love which is applique. I do machine applique too, but I thoroughly enjoy hand applique. I learned how to applique and fell in love with it. My first applique that I did was a fairy pattern developed by Reva Roark Stewart. If you love to make fairies, check her patterns out. They are magical! I did needleturn stitching on it, and I so enjoyed the weeks that I spent sewing each and every part of the beautiful appliqued wallhanging. I just love hand sewing, as I find it so relaxing, and I enjoyed making the fairy wallhangiing sitting in my lounge chair while I watched tv. My husband could never understand how I could do the two things at the same time.


Hopefully, you can see how much I love sewing! I began sewing as a child, as my mom was a seamstress, and both my parents owned a fabric store, thus my love of fabric too. My mom taught me how to design my own clothes, and to sew home decor, and then I discovered quilting, and the rest is history. Once you make one quilt, you cannot stop.


It was so much fun telling you about myself a bit , and I always enjoy talking about quiting. It is my passion! I included a pic of me and my husband, as he is the reason I came to Ireland from Philadelphia. I fell in love with Joe and landed up here in 1997. I am lucky to have found my soulmate, and now have the time to do my hobbies....You can't beat that!



68 comments:

  1. It was fun seeing you interviewed, this time;)

    Debbie

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  2. Hi Micki, lovely to see you on here. I enjoy reading your blog very much as well. Hugs, Sandy.:)

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  3. Hi Micki~ how fun to see you posting here! Love your quilts!

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  4. thanks for sharing your story :)

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  5. I love the Sylvia Bridal Sampler quilt. Wow, that must have really taken some work! You did a great job!

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  6. I love your Sylvia's Bridal Shower quilt. I have the book and plan to start after I choose my fabric. Your work is inspirational.

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  7. Beautiful quilts! Thank you for sharing a bit of your story & your quilts. :D

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  8. What a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing pictures of your lovely quilts.

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  9. What a delight to see you here, Micki! You shared three really lovely quilts. The paper-pieced one is just gorgeous. You know how much I would love to visit Ireland. Thanks for sharing your story and your quilts. You are blessed!

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  10. Hi Micki, lovely to hear your story, I love paper piecing too. Seeing your Sylvia Bridal Sampler quilt is making me thing about putting it on my "To Do" list now.

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  11. Great post Micki. You do such great interviews of others that it is fun to see you sharing insights about you on Stash Manicure.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  12. Hi Micki, your quilts are beautiful! That first one looks a little intimidating with all those blocks, congratulations on finishing it! I also love paper piecing and applique.

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  13. I enjoyed reading your story, and your quilts are beautiful. Thanks.

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  14. Hi Micki, You tell your story very nice! Isn't it wonderfull I can get to know you a little bit, while I live in Europe, the Netherlands? Internet is great, isn't it? I love how you made your SBS!
    greetings,
    Christine

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  15. Good Morning Micki, there is something about seeing someone's quilts and reading their stories...I do believe it is my fav thing here. I wish more would offer to do that....Today I will know Micki just a bit more, and I along with others are better for it... and yes your first one oh my..that is a lot of sewing...the colors are simply as fresh as the ocean..( I would have called it ocean 140) lol your second one, is a design I have seen, I think Karen did one in golds, like that one too, reminds me of fire...and your last one reminds me of fairy dust...simplicity is certainly not in your vocabulary...All of these are very detailed...thanks to both you and Joe for the view..

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  16. Thank you for sharing your beautiful story and exquisite quilts. You are truly blessed.

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  17. Just love the colors in your Sylvia Bridal Sampler - very soothing. And to tackle one of Deb's paper piecing projects is encouraging. Your sweet 'fairy' quilt would be loved by a niece of mine. Thank you for a lovely side of the 'interviewer'.

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  18. Thank you for sharing. I have also read the story of Sylvia's wedding quilt. I also have a love for hand applique and will look into some of the books that your mentioned. Will be retiring at the end of the year and plan on devoting a lot of time to my other love 'quilting.' And of course developing my own blog.
    carolyn.briese@yahoo.com

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  19. Love LOVE your sense of color, Micki.

    Thank you so much for sharing your exquisite quilts and the names of the artists who have influenced your quilting development.

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  20. They are all beautiful, I do love the first one though! I hope to be able to quilt like that some day. I also started sewing clothes for my childre, did a lot of home decor and now I am quiliting. I agree there's nothing else like it!!

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  21. I love both paper piecing and hand applique. I don't do so well on the machine but by hand -- oh my I have gotten very good.

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  22. Really enjoyed your post today - I have Sylvia's Bridal Quilt on my "to do" list also. Yours is very beautiful and the colors keep it lively. Love it. Judy C

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  23. I love your fairy wall hanging, that is just too sweet!

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  24. I love your Sylvia Bridal Quilt. This is a quilt on my bucket list. Your colors in this quilt are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

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  25. Micki, thank you for sharing. Your quilts are lovely and your stories about them are great memories. My personal favorite is Sylvia's Bridal Sampler ~ someday, someday! :)

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  26. Enjoyed your post and like everyone else Sylvia's Bridal Sampler is a beautiful story.

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  27. How do you pick a favorite of those three. I ohhed and ahhed to all three. So my question is, which method of appique do you prefer....i.e. needleturn, freezer paper, backbasting? Can't wait to hop to your blog. Thank you for sharing.

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  28. Your Sylvia Bridal quilt is wonderful (as are the others), four months seems like a short time to accomplish such a big project. Love your bright color choices.

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  29. Beautiful quilts! Thank you for sharing them! You do wonderful work, I love the first one very, very much!

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  30. Thanks for sharing your quilts with us, they are beautiful! I also enjoy hand work and find it so relaxing, plus I can do that and spend time in front of the TV with my husband. I really like your little fairy!

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  31. What a wonderful glimpse into your irish world, Micki. The Wedding Quilt is beautiful! Thank you for sharing about your life. Great bundle, Carrie. When did you sneak that in here? Love ya!

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  32. Thanks for sharing- love the bridal sampler- also ppiecing and applique. I have to keep my hands busy when watching TV.

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  33. Micki, thank you for sharing, both your quilts, and the stories behind them. You certainly are up for a challenge! All of your quilts are gorgeous. Such talent! I too love Jennifer Chiaverinis books.

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  34. Beautiful quilts. Thanks for sharing.

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  35. Oooo! I just love the Sylvia's Bridal Sampler quilt...just beautiful!

    In stitches,
    Teresa :o)

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  36. Great interview and fabulous quilts. Micki is such a fun blogger and I always love hearing her tales and travels about Ireland.

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  37. The quilts are beautiful. I'm reading the Elm Creek Quilt series now and might try to make Sylvia's Bridal Quilt next. Your color choices are superb.
    Gita

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  38. HI Micky, what a lovely story..... Love the first quilt, don't know this book but the quilt is GREAT

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  39. The quilts are so beautiful and a great interview you did.

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  40. Thanks, Micki, for sharing your beautiful quilts! The Sylvia is just awesome!
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  41. I was in Ireland and in Donegal last year, you are so lucky to live there. Your quilts are gorgeous.

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  42. Hi Micki :)

    Your quilts are absolutely beautiful....but not nearly as beautiful as you are.

    Hugs,
    Kelly

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  43. I love the top quilt. What a beautiful use of color. Thank you for sharing your quilts!!

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  44. I just tried paper piecing for the first time the other day and really enjoyed it!! Yours is amazing, thanks for the inspiration

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  45. Delightful quilts, and a sweet story. I especially love the paper pieced one! Fabulous colors.

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  46. Nice to read about you, have a nice time. Loredana
    Regards to the Lady which arranged this.

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  47. Hi Mikki, what an honor indeed! Happy for you, and I love the quilts you showed. I didn't know your parents were into fabric and sewing, quite a background you have! Thanks to Sew We Quilt for having you.

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  48. Wow, that sampler quilt is amazing! I can see why it would be one of your favorites. Enjoyed reading your blog post.

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  49. WOW, all I can say is amazing! Lovely work and the colors are beautiful.

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  50. Micki nice to see that you have been featured in this interview, a great honour!!

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  51. Hi Micki!! How lovely to see your beautiful quilts here!

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  52. Wow. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  53. Oh how beautiful they all are! But I especially love Syliva's Sampler - I have that book but haven't yet attempted it. I keep thinking I'll get all my UFOs done and then that one. :) blessings, marlene

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  54. Beautiful quilts! The first one reminds me of Dear Jane and what an accomplishment to have made this!!

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  55. Oh, what beautiful quilts! Thanks for sharing.

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  56. The internet is really something isn't it? You get to "meet" people from all over the world! LOVE your quilts!!

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  57. Thank you for sharing the quilts...my favorite being the lovely sampler.
    How fortunate for you to live near the seacoast. That has always been my dream; but only time I live there is when I am camping at an ocean campground lol. Better than nothing though.

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  58. Thank you for the lovely post. I too like to sit in my recliner and hand sew -- though haven't learned to applique yet. Your quilts are lovely. I first landed on your blog some time ago via Gene Black's blog.

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  59. I love your Sylvia's Bridal Sampler. I have the book, the templates and the fabric. All I need is some more time :)

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  60. I love all 3 quilts, really enjoy hand applique myself, but that wedding quilt is just absolutely beautiful.

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  61. Congrats on being featured here! And thanks for sharing your wonderful quilts.

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  62. Your Sylvia Bridal Quilt is so beautiful. And I enjoyed your applique quilts as well. Thanks for sharing your story. It must be quite a change for you living in Ireland.

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  63. Wow Micki, I've been a follower of your blog for over a year now & I thoroughly enjoyed reading more about who you are! Loved your quilts & the background of each. Thanks for the sharing!
    :) Jackie in NC, USA

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  64. What a wonderful post! You and Joe are a cute couple.

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  65. I enjoyed your interview - and your quilts are beautiful!
    Susan
    susie.galasso@gmail.com

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  66. Thanks for sharing! Love your quilts!!!

    gale
    galew417@comcast.net

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