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Bernadine's Quilts - Part 1

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Bernadine's Stillman Inn

Galena, IL 815 777-0557

 

Redwork detail

 

 

Welcome to my wonderful world of Quilts! - Part 1

 

I have been quilting for about 27 years now.  The first quilt I ever made was for my daughter, Becca.  It had a variety of pink calico hearts pieced together in strips and sewn on to ivory muslin.  It was so much fun and she loved it!  What a blessing it was to have a daughter to make a quilt for.

 

The second quilt was for my son and it was a "Trip around the world" quilt using a variety of calico fabrics.  It is lovingly stored because it is quite worn out from all the use.  

 

Our kids are adopted and I started their quilts as we waited to bring them home.  East square was made with a special prayer that everything would go well and that we would be happy together!  We are!

 

I then went on to make a couple of pieced quilts. One has paisley cats on it the other is a field of Christmas trees using as many green fabrics as I could find.  Right now I can't find any of these quilts.

I WILL find them and I WILL put them in part 2!

 

Antique Crazy Quilt 2

 

 

You Don't Have To Make Quilts to Have Quilts!

This is an antique crazy quilt we found at an antique store in Kalona, IA.  It's unusual because it uses orange.  Also, this was a quilter after my own heart as she tried many things on this quilt; embroidery, painting, ribbon work, etc.  It was an unfinished top so I had to square it up and put a back on it.  It is beautiful.

 

Buy One

 

Another quilt, this one was finished.  I found this at a quilt store.  It is all hand pieced and hand quilted.  I love thinking about who made these quilts.  Life without cell phones, Netflix, computers and all that.  This was something special to someone at one time and I continue on with the tradition of loving it.

 

Red Quilt

 

 

This is an antique redwork quilt. The detail photo is at the top of this blog.  It has stains but I still love it.  I imagine someone resting at night after a long days work, pulling out her sewing basket and just relaxing and loving what she/he was doing.  This came from my mother-in-law.

 

UFO I finished

 

 

Another unfinished quilt I found at a local antique store.  The top was all hand pieced and the stitches are gorgeous.  It cost $45 and I needed to try out my new mid-arm quilting machine so I didn't have much to lose by choosing this quilt to try it out on.  It was beautiful unquilted but like most quilts, when you put together the layers, top, batting and backing, and then quilt it it comes to life.  It is yummy and cozy looking with a feel of antiquity!  Again another quilt that someone put a lot of effort and time into and I finished it for them!

 

I have attended a lot of quilt shows which are so inspiring.  I have made many friends because of the art. I have gotten together with friends to quilt for hours on end.  It is a pleasure in my life I can't imagine being without.  It reminds me of the slower days when people had time to do this kind of thing and it was considered valuable.  I especially like stories of the Amish young girls who have had a goal to make so many quilts by the time they were married for their home.  There are plenty still doing that today and I find that refreshing. 

 

I hope you have enjoyed my Quilt blog and will return for Part II when I share the ones I've personally made from beginning to end!  They each have a story and I hope they inspire you to pick up some fabric, a needle and thread and some scissors and get to it!

 

If you are interested in seeing these quilts first hand, visit me at Bernadine's Stillman Inn.  I love showing them off!  If you are coming to stay with us and want to quilt with me just let me know and I'll meet you in the parlor with my current project!

 

Have a terrific Quilt day!

 

Bernadine

 

 

 

 

 

Great New Antique Mall To Visit During Your Next Stay!

 

Elizabeth's Antique Mall

On Route 20 just 15 minutes from our Inn

 

mall name

 

 

This was the old school in Elizabeth.  Part of the facility is being used by Highland Community College and now this part is overflowing with a terrific mix of antiques, reproductions and new vintage items that all work well together.  What a treat!  The owners, Michael and Ashley, are obviously great visionaries and the place shows it from the fresh outside paint colors to the interior where the spaces are divided by wood palettes.  Amazing!  Way to go Michael and Ashley.  Here's to years of thriving business!

 

booth 1

 

Look at this display.  It is charming.  The space is well lit and there is a variety in this mall like none other.  Here are a few images of what you can expect to find!

green lantern

 

Here is a SMALL sampling of the books they have all neatly layed out in book shelves on the second floor.

 

books

 

I've been watching the "Burlap Craze" lately and they have some really cute tablecloths, bows and wreaths here.

 

burlap table cloth 2

 

Piano anyone?  Lots of furntiure here not just pianos.  And they have plenty of space to expand but while you are there, right now, you won't feel like it's half empty.  It feels full!

 

 

pianos two

 

Dave on the throne!  Lots of dressers, hutches, desks, etc.

 

Dave on chair

 

This pic is for my friend Jeff who plays the congas and the djemba.  I think this would be a great addition to our worhsip team!

 

drum

 

See, things like this.  Altered reproductions.  But somehow it all just fits together and works!  I love this cabinet.

 

painted cabinet

 

Beautiful and affordable!  I could go on and on forever!

 

repro lamp

 

Who can resist this white stove.  Lovely isn't it?

 

stove

 

You don't have to wait for the farmers market to open now to get homemade soaps and scents.  I love the soy bean jar candles.  They are wrapped in thing gauze so they look as unique as they smell.  You have to check this out!

 

soaps

 

This wa sour take.  My Dad collected venetian glass clown statues.  Over the years they've been lost or broken.  Mom still has several but she needs this guy to add to her collection.  Can't wait to give it to her.  I'm working on a quilt that is all wool.  I found these yummy bundles at a terrific price.  Can't wait to get started now.  I did leave some behind but not for long...so if you are looking for affordable wool you better get there quickly!  Oh, and of course we had to buy some of their fresh cookies.  When you walk in there is a very comfortable seating area with a TV.  You can buy a great coffee drink and rest between floors!

 

our take home

 

The Owners: Ashley & Michael

Wishing you great success in your new venture.  The place is great and we will be sending our guests to you for sure!

By the way; turns our Ashley and Michael stayed with us a few years ago.  How fun is that?

 

owners

 

This is one of those great "by chance" photos.  There's Ashley working in the background.  Looks like I planned the cool blurred effect but it just happened.  Photo rule #1 - if you take enough photos you are bound to get a few really great ones!

 

owner info

 

Have a great day today!  Keep your chin up and keep running the good race!

 

Bernadine

 

 

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