Bernadine's Quilts - Part 1
Bernadine's Stillman Inn
Galena, IL 815 777-0557
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!