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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Sharing Threads

I would like to thank Madame Samm for having me back again. This is Sharon from VroomansQuilts who shocked you with the shopping trip. Today I am sharing my family threads with you. This post is shared with my mother, Arlene, who has been sewing since she was 12 yrs. old, was a reknown seamstress, and began quilting in 1965. She was inducted into the Catskill Mountain Quilter's Hall of Fame in 1987 and one of the founding members of the Schoharie Valley Piecemakers Quilt Guild (1987). But my mother didn't teach me to quilt. My knowledge is from the computer: on-line resources and bloggers. BUT, we share common threads.


BABY QUILT






Arlene - This scrappy string baby quilt is from 'Bright Ideas for Lap Quilts' by Georgia Bonesteel - 1990.






Sharon - This is a scrappy string spider web baby quilt - 2011. (Bonnie Hunter)













COLOR PLAY


Arlene - This 'Crayon Box' quit is from 'Baby Quilts from Grandma' by Carolann Palmer - 1988.






Sharon - This is 'Broken Crayons' that was inspired by my granson's love of matching my broken crayons with frabric to learn his colors - 2011. (original)








FLOWERS








Arlene - 'Summer Blossoms' from 'Summer Weekend' by Black Bird Designs - 2001






Sharon - 'Jezebel' from Red Rooster Studios - 2011.














PLAIDS


Arlene - 'Serendipity Sampler' from 'Simple Comforts Lap Quilts' by Kim Diehl - 2009.






Sharon - 'Going North and South' an adaptation of a Quilt Along from PatchKat Blog - 2010














DIMENSIONS










Arlene - combination of stack and whack and dimentional boxes - original - 2010.






Sharon - A play with the Hidden Wells technique and piano key border - 2010.














BIRDS










Arlene - original teaching technique of cutting and sewing several Birds in the Air blocks using Fat Quarters -






Sharon - 'American Birds' from Silverlinings by Linda Hibbert - 2009. (my year of learning paper piecing)








ORIENTAL








Arlene - collection of Asian frabics in original circle design - 2011.






Sharon - 'Lena's Poppies' designed for the memory of my greatgrandmother's love of poppies - 2010








LADIES










Arlene - 'Let's Dance' - original design of southern belles on the dance floor (made of the old pattern - the bow tie) - 2004




Sharon - the piece that led me to quiting - original cross stitch design for 'Celebration of African Women' in 2008. I experimented with fabric framing, thread techniques, beading, and quilted the whole piece by hand with silk and metalic thread.






Although we had different beginnings and endings, we share many common threads in a love of a heritage craft. I am sharing with my daughter and friends. So no matter who shared their thread with you, pass it on to someone else. Our paths may lead us on a different journey, but they all started with the same thread.


Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

35 comments:

  1. Beautiful quilts but that last paragraph is priceless. What beautiful words!!!

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  2. Sharing threads ... I enjoyed reading your touching, beautifully illustrated post about you and your mother sharing threads. So timely, only three days after Mother's Day. The quilts you and your mother made are lovely. Thank you for sharing.
    You're right. It's important that we challenge ourselves to share and pass the thread to someone else.

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  3. Thanks for the show and tell Sharon (and Arlene). It must be lovely being able to share quilting with your mother. Unfortunately, my mother doesn't sew a thing, not even a button! As I've got 3 boys, hopefully one day I'll have at least one daughter in law who might be a quilter. I can always dream of having a granddaughter to teach to quilt. Hugs, Christine

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  4. Lovely to see these and hear how you and your mother share this lovely craft...
    Hugz

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  5. What an amazing collection of quilts!! Thank you for sharing these with us.

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  6. Sharon, Such beautiful quilts! I love how you showed us yours and your mom's quilts.... Great way to show the common thread. I love it! And Congrats on being here too! Enjoying May! Marcia

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  7. Amazing and inspiring! I remember learning to sew, sitting on my mom's lap while she would make the sewing machine "go" for me. Love the quilts each of you have done - creativity obviously runs in the family!

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  8. You and your mother bring forth such a deep love of family tradition and values to your quilts. It's an honor to know you...

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  9. Thanks for sharing the lovely quilts. I'm first generation quilter although my mum is a very talented seamstress, but my girls are starting to show an interest in patchwork as their friends have babies, so there s hope :-)

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  10. Thank you for sharing, how lovely to sew, I never had that with my Mum. All of your quilts are lovely.

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  11. Our mothers give us inheritance in so many ways, and it's wonderful to have something like this to make the bond even stronger. Thanks for sharing/

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  12. Amen sister! You said it all. I am delighted to see a Hidden Wells quilt in there too. I have a mad passionate love with Hidden Wells!! :-)

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  13. Beautiful post, Sharon; thanks for sharing your common threads!

    Linda

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  14. Sharon, this was lovely, especially your last paragraph. Though I don't share the thread with my mom (she can sew on a button for dad, but that's about it) my daughter is picking up on the joy of creating with fabric! Love the beautiful quilts you showed us; thanks for sharing this.
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  15. Beautiful Quilts! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Wow stunning quilts the two of you have made. What a wonderful thing to share with each other. I have 4 daughters (one of them named Arlene) and they have no interest in sewing yet, maybe some day, but not today. I loved the last paragraph. My grandsons love to sew every time they come over, especially when they get to practice the "fancy" stitches on the machine. Maybe that's where I get to pass the thread. Wonderful post!!

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  17. I remember sitting in admiration watching my aunt sewing dresses for me - my love of sewing was born. Twin great granddaughters, five years old, are the closest to show an interest in fabric and Gramms' room. Lovely quilt show and love that last paragraph of your post, Sharon. Judy C

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  18. Wonderful post, Sharon. The artistic thread definitely continued from your mother to you :)

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  19. What a lovely post! Thank you for sharing all those wonderful photos!

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  20. Good Morning Sharon and your dear Mumm, my how lovely to be able to create together. The memories you both share under those quilts, reminds me of American Quilt, with Wynona Ryder ....your hearts were stitched into every one of these quilts...we can feel it...

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  21. Oh, how cool. I loved seeing your journey tied to your mom's journey.

    My mother was a garment seamstress as were her mother and great aunt. They forced me to sew when I was very very young and i hated it. I had to find quilting to fall back in love with it.

    glen

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  22. I thoroughly enjoyed this post. You have shared many of your beautiful quilts on your blog, but this was a wonderful opportunity to see them in context with your mother's work. I am totally bowled over by your mother's quilt which combines stack and whack with dimensional blocks. I have never seen anything like it. I think your combination of stitchery and quilting in the African Ladies Dancing quilt is one of my favorite quilts that you have created. Thank you for an outstanding post and for all of the encouragement you give to other quilters.

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  23. Wonderful!! Sharon this is so cool to see you work with your moms. It is special to see how far your thread goes.

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  24. Beautiful! Sometimes all it takes is a few minutes looking at wonderful quilts to inspire me, so thank you! I'm off to "play/quilt! xo, Nan

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  25. How lovely to create a legacy of talented, delightful women within your family!
    Thank you soooo much for the sew and tell - I love seeing other quilter's trunk shows!

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  26. Love, love, love your post!! All your pics are amazing and I particularly love the string quilt baby buggy! What an inventive string quilt--love it!

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  27. Oh Sharon! How neat to see all your beautiful quilts! And to see your Mother's as well...what a special post this is. I'm so glad you are sharing your thread with your daughter. I will be attempting to share with my niece. :) Great post!

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  28. Great post Sharon, I loved seeing the quilts you have in common with your Mom. I'm glad that you reminded us, Each One, Teach One!

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  29. This is a great post. What a wonderful quilting journey of sharing.

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  30. Great post! Thanks for sharing the pics!

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  31. The memories we share with our Mamas are to be cherished especially once we are no longer together. Your Mama must be so proud of you!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  32. Thank you for the generational quilt trunk show.

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  33. OH, I really enjoyed your post!! Loved seeing how both of you interpreted the same idea into two different works of art! Thanks to you and your Mother for sharing with us. How lucky to share that love of quilting!

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  34. How fun to see all these wonderful quilts! Sharing a common thread of quilting is so wonderful.
    xx, shell

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  35. It is so neat to see what you and your mom worked on! And I LOVE the African quilt. I always am drawn to African style quilts.

    My other favorite is Broken Crayons. It is really wonderful! Where might I find that pattern?

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