Saturday, November 21, 2009

Adorable Applique ABC's


My Mom has been part of a neighborhood quilt group for some time. Over the past few years this group has combined forces to create a quilt to donate to a bi-annual fundraiser for a local hospital charitable foundation. This fundraiser has become a big deal over the years and the auction event is always preceded by a show to display all the donated quilts.

And so I wanted to share the incredible quilt my mom's group made this year. This gorgeous vintage-ABC's quilt is all hand appliqued. Each block is wonderful and whimsical. The quilt was then hand-quilted by volunteers.
Here are a few close-ups of some of the blocks.
I apologize the photographs aren't great.
The lighting was not very good and
I didn't have time to play with camera settings
because I was racing against
the "get the 5-year-old back for Kindergarten" clock.
I love this little robot!
Lots of little appliqued pieces and embellished with embroidery.



Again, these pictures just don't do the artistry justice.
*Sigh.*
And here is my cute mom in front of the quilt.
Her group attended the auction last night and it sold for over $3500 buckaroos!

I have pictures of many other quilts from the show and will post them soon. Not only is my mom a talented quilter, she is also a talented grandma. We met up at the hotel where the quilt show was taking place. And knowing that I had to drag two little boys with me, she came armed with Richard Scarry's What Do People Do All Day (one of my boys' favorite books) and sat on a couch in the lobby and read to them so I could look at quilts in peace. Lovely.

Many thanks for all of the kind comments and thoughts for my friend and her family - as well as the helpful information. I am so grateful.

It has been a busy week here. I have been going to town finishing unpacking my house - the basement in particular. And it feels good. SO GOOD. I finally feel like I am living in my own house. Bedsides the house work, I nursed a cold and may or may not have heard UFO's at 3:30 in the morning. (A story for another day.) As a result I have been really bad about getting to my email - I'm sorry. (You are all so kind and understanding.) It's amazing how much stuff you can accomplish when you ignore the computer for days. :) But I am so excited to get my house in order and I am feeling so much more peaceful and much less discombobulated.

21 comments:

Katy said...

the quilt is stunning - I'm not surprised it sold for so much money, it's a true heirloom! Cute mom too - you're right! (should have known, her daughter is pretty cute, isn't she?!)

Oh, Amy, I am so very very sorry to hear about Sarah's passing. I cannot imagine how terrible her poor husband and family must be feeling at a time when they should be overjoyed. My thoughts are with you, and her family and precious baby. x

searchfamilies said...

What a beautiful quilt well done you should be proud i can see your mum is
Hugs Janice

Quilt Hollow said...

Wonderful quilt and fantastic bid!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

That quilt your Mom helped make is absolutely amazing and I am so happy that it raised an appropriate amount of money. Your Mom sounds like a special women. Glad things are falling into place for you.

Nedra said...

I miss going to the Deseret Foundation's Quilt Show. Every quilt and every display is always so well done. The quilt your mom's group did is amazing. What a fabulous offering for the hospital.

Crafty Mama said...

That quilt is amazing! So adorable, I am not surprised it went for as much as it did!

Aunt Spicy said...

Wow! That quilt is amazing! I am so glad that the workmanship was recognized and valued!

paulette said...

And it was worth every penny!! Well done ladies! Just gorgeous!
Paulette

Angie's Chit Chatting Corner said...

I wonder what someone does with a quilt that they purchased for that much money???

angela said...

Wonderful quilt - and what an awesome amount of money it raised!

Karen said...

Oh, how cute and so well done! It is hard to get a group quilt to all come together but obviously this group has had some good practice.

Emily said...

I am so glad your mom's quilt fetched so much money because it is UNBELIEVABLY Gorgeous! I love the vintage-y feel. Those ladies have got some skills!! :)

Laura-Lu said...

Yay for our Mom! The quilt turned out beautifully. P.S. I'm sad I missed out on the "aliens" sounds incredible.

Sherri said...

What a wonderful quilt...it's stunning! So much work...and how fun that your mom has now made an appearance on your blog!

A. said...

Great gravy, what a quilt! I think those ladies must have more patience than I do.

GloJoeSews said...

What an absolutely charming quilt. I adore those "old school" style quilts--all 40's and 50's looking! That a group of neighborhood women get together and do this work by hand is awesome. And---$3500! Wow! What a lucky organization that will receive this support. On another note--I'm sorry about ur friend's passing. We have a friend who passed after giving birth as a result of complications from the spinal tap/anesthesia. It is so shocking and sad that with all our advancements we cannot save a mother who is simply doing what millions before her have done. But, there is a purpose for all things and only time reveals it. Bless u and Amy's family.

Laurie Anne said...

What exceptional detail! A true heirloom...Congrats to your mom and her fellow quilters :) xx

live a colorful life said...

Really beautiful quilt. Worth every penny.

Terresa said...

Presh quilt!

Aimee said...

That is truly adorable & I am astonished at how much money it raised! That is wonderful!!

jaybird said...

wow.. beautiful quilt.. and its great that it raised that much money!