Sunday, March 14, 2010

Celebration of Quilts

National Quilting Day is fast approaching so I will take this week to feature  the Etsy Quiltsy Team and their beautiful creations. Quilts come in all shapes and sizes and can represent many things to many people....

Quilting is no longer just your grandma's traditional bed quilts.

Quilts can convey a sentiment:

In this piece the quilter combines both hand embroidery and machine embroidery to create a lovely 12 X 14.25 wall hanging.

They can represent a religion, a culture, an expression of faith:
Sieber Designs uses machine appliqued Hebrew lettering and accents her flowers with a sparkle of beading.  She has machine pieced and machine quilted her designs. 

Artfully Sew uses hand dyed fabrics and wax pastels in her original designs.  She accents her work with hand embroidery and machine pieces and machine quilts her creations.

They can be entertaining and fun for both boys and girls:

In this original design Jensport has pieced a  variety of blue fabrics and a solid white and used her sewing skills to add a zipper pocket to secure all those wooden checkers pieces.  The board is machine quilted in what is called a cross hatch design and with the binding she has added string ties to keep it nicely rolled for easy carry or storage.

Kims Crafty Apple makes these whimsical little "paper" dolls that so many of us remember from our childhood.  The dolls are quilted in an outline stitch to frame the "dolls" and secure the layers of fabric and batting.  There is also a pocket on the backside to store the clothing pieces.  She as also added string ties along the binding to secure it closed and make it a great carry along item.

They can be used to document history:

In this piece SuzyQQuilts has used machine applique to attach leaves and tree trunk to the quilt background.  The leaves contain names and birthdates of family members making this a family heirloom piece.  This is a custom order item from her shop that can be ordered with your choice of border color.

and they can bring comfort after the loss of a loved one.

This piece is one of my own designs that was created for a customer after the death of her father.  My customer supplied me with 3 large shopping bags of flannel shirts that had belonged to her father and this is one of the two designs I put together for her.  It is machine pieced, machine appliqued and machine quilted.  I offer this as a custom order in my Etsy shop and the quilt can take on a totally different look depending on the type and color of garments used. 

Quilters of the Etsy Quiltsy Team have taken their craft to a new level and they have filled their shops with items that are perfect for anyone and for any occassion.  They recreate traditional or reinterpret designs, create unique designs of their own and work with customers to produce one of a kind items.  The Quiltsy Team members are professional individuals that create items of the highest quality and workmanship and you can not go wrong when you purchase items from anyone on this team.

For more items by this group search Etsy sellers for "quiltsy team" or check out tomorrow's blog for more featured quilters. 


Sewinggranny - Mona said...

Beautiful selections, QuiltingFrenzy! I am so amazed at the talent on the Quiltsy Team. Look forward to your next post.

Kim's Crafty Apple said...

What a great look at all the different types of things a quilt can be. Thanks for including my 'Paper Dolls'

QuiltieComments said...

Thank you for including my quilt in this nice story about quilting! I'm honored and well done.

FabricsNQuilts said...

What a great feature! It is an honor to be a member of this awesome group of quilters.

Nora said...

You choose a very nice selections to represent the various techniques of quilting

Terry Aske said...

Great feature illustrating the wide variety of quilting techniques, as well as some of the purposes and uses of quilts.

Linda/ Thistledown and Co said...

Nice blog QuiltFrenzy, I am making a wedding quilt for my nephew and I am including pieces that are cut from my brothers shirts. He passed away 4 years ago and I haven't been able to bring myself to cut into them until now. Your Memory Quilts are a great service to families.Speaking of families, I also love the family tree quilt by SuzyQQuilts.

For Quilts Sake said...

Great quilts from great quitlers!