Monday, May 10, 2010

ABC Wednesday - Q is for Quilt

This week at ABC Wednesday the letter of focus is Q - for Quilts.

My first thought was of the beautiful quilts I have received in the past year. One was a gift from a retiring teacher - she wanted me to have something to remember her. It is all hand-sewn and exquisite!.

The other is one I bought at a yard sale for $2.00!. (The top quilt with the dragonfly)
A good wash and it is as good as new.

In our area the Mennonites put on a yearly Quilt sale to raise money for their relief efforts. It has a huge turnout and the quilts sell for hundreds of dollars.

There is a story of how the Mennonites leave one mistake in each quilt so that it is not perfect - only God can be perfect. Not sure where this is from but it sounds true!

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Leone said...

How lucky you are to have these lovely handmade quilts. I have heard that about the Mennonites also, I often think of it when I make a mistake and want what I am doing to be perfect. It really helps.
Your flower ATC's are cute, look forward to receiving one.
Take care.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, I love the quilts I have seen by the Mennonites! I have heard that about the one mistake, and like Leone wrote I try to remember that, too, when I'm trying to do something perfectly and it does help! Hope your week is going well, Beverley!


photowannabe said...

Gorgeous quilts and you are so fortunate to have some hand made ones. The gift from the teacher is a real keepsake and my goodness $2.00 for a beautiful quilt...amazing.

Mara said...

I machine made one years ago (only squares though) and still use it almost every day! I could never make one by hand.

Roger Owen Green said...

Wow, WE have a quilt with largely the same color pattern as your lower quilt! It's very nice.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Kim, USA said...

Because I don't know how to do quilting I so long to buy one ^_^. Your quilts are pretty!

ABC Wednesday~Q

Hildred said...

I am amazed at how incredibly beautiful quilts can be - all those little geometric scraps of fabric create such beautiful works of art. To say nothing about the millions of tiny stitches. Amazing.....perhaps in my next life :)

Kate said...

I think that I'd better start visiting some garage sales. I have one Amish quilt which I love and would really like more!! Such a wonderful entry for today!

Kim, USA said...

Hi Beveryly, about my quail eggs, in the Philippines we cook it like how we cook with the ordinary egg. Thanks for the visit!

ABC Wednesday~Quail eggs

Rinkly Rimes said...

I have a good excuse now to make a lot of mistakes!

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Beautiful quilts. I do love to see them, they are works of art. A

Unknown said...

How nice...
Mine is here
Happy Sensational Wednesday!

Jay said...

$2 in a yard sale??? Wow. You were lucky!

K(Banterings of a Basketcase) said...

Native Americans are said to do that in their beading as well. I love the quilts. I am fortunate enough to have a mom that handquilts and she has passed about 5 of hers to me- I love them!
Keep garage sale-ing- and try estate sales as well!

Tumblewords: said...

Quilts are such wonderful keepers. These looks superb. Love the dragonfly design.

Carol said...

I used to quilt - never liked the piecing process (which I did by machine). For me, it was the hand quilting that appealed - something I could do as I watched TV. I have moved on now - to blogging.

The Mennonite philosophy sound similar to the Japanese Wabi Sabi philosophy, where the artisans would always leave one unfinished section - a mistake for all intents and purposes.

Unknown said...

Love quilting; but it takes such a long time, if you do it by hand.
It says a lot about the skill of these Mennonite women if they have to consciencously leave a little mistake in each quilt! I am still learning and those mistakes are there without any theologial ideas about them.
Thanks for sharing.
Best wishes,