Friday, January 4, 2008

SHOW & TELL '08 #1 - Embroidery Quilt

Welcome to my first Show & Tell of 2008. Drop over to Kelli's at There Is No Place Like Home and check out the event. Post your Show & Tell item and then go back and list it on Mr. Linkey. Then enjoy viewing all the other wonderful Show & Tell items for this week.
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This is a quilt that I spent hours embroidering in 1980-81. It was a kit top that I purchased. After completing it I just folded it up and put it away because I do not quilt and did not know how to get it finished. About 10 years later my sister-in-love in Memphis told me about some women in a church in a smaller town in Tennessee who still got together and did hand quilting. I sent it to her and told them to take as long as they needed to finish it. I waited over a year and then it came in the mail one day.

Here is another view of it. I use it on the antique Jenny Lynn bed in our guest bedroom, Both the bed and the quilt are treasured items,

Thanks for letting me share these two items with you.

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45 comments:

diana said...

the quilt is absolutely beautiful, susan. and i'm sure it's even more special that you did the embroidery on it. i would make a trip into that room every day just to admire it. thanks for sharing.

Mrs.T said...

What beautiful work -- a work of art and a labor of love. Thank you for sharing.

Hootin' Anni said...

Now, honestly, this gives me chills!! Wow...what very intricate and LOVELY work!!! I'm so impressed...it's a great Show N Tell again this week dear lady!!!

ellen b. said...

Susan,
The quilt is so lovely and how perfect to keep it on that bed in the guest room. Blessings...

Judy said...

That quilt is soooo pretty. You have put a lot of work into it. What a wonderful way to have it finished for you.

Nora Lee said...

Susan the quilt is georgeous and I love jenny lynd beds! I don't think I would ever have the patience to do that much work. Thank you for stopping by and visiting my show and tell also!

Sandra

Jessica said...

Great post for Show & Tell. Hard work does pay off. Blessings.

nannykim said...

That is so funny because I did the almost same thing! I embroidered a bedding thing---it had even more on it than yours and it was back in the 80's too. Then I tried quilting it and it was taking so long I tried sewing it with the machine and I ruined it!!! I saved it for a long time because so much work had gone into it and I thought I would try fixing it; but unknown to me the closet I stored it in was damp and it got ruined!!!! YIKES!!! Glad you had a success story!

Barbara said...

What a work of art this is and what patience to finish it, and so quickly in my opinion.

annie said...

I love it Susan! I've never attempted anything that big! I wouldn't want anyone to sit on it (:

MammyT said...

Susan. I love it so much. Everyone, if you did not click to enlarge these photos, you must. Look at all that beautiful hand-work. They don't make 'em like that anymore. Even the super-expensive quilts are usually machine quilted. This is gorgeous.
(also the bed)Nancy

Momma Roar said...

The quilt is gorgeous! I know my mom would have loved to quilt that for you!!

The bed is gorgeous too! They look great together!

Have a lovely weekend Susan!

Daughter of the King said...

oh Susan...I really love this..it is beautiful.....thanks for sharing...I love embroidery, my mom taught me when I was in 4th grade.
Deby

Martie said...

What a very beautiful quilt! It looks absolutly lovely. I am sure it took A LOT of work. Thanks for sharing.

Blessings,
~Martie

the teach said...

Susan, the quilt made me "oooh" and "aaaah" when I saw it. It's absolutely beautiful! Thanks for stopping by my first "Show and Tell" :)

Sondra said...

Beautiful quilt. I have always wanted to try and make one...one day...

Simply Stork said...

ohhh my! that is just beautiful.

~simply~

kbbryant said...

Oh my goodness that is a beautiful quilt. It looks perfect on that bed. I can understand why you are fond of them. Thanks for your kind words on my blog.
Kathy b

Daughter of the King said...

I came back a second time..this is really a treasure..and so much work....just beautiful.
Deby

~Just A Thought Ginger said...

I love it Susan. I so wish I could have stopped over and spent a night in that bed. We didn't go throught your state as the weather that way was worse following all the ice and power shortages.

I did spend my vacation time in a nice bed with a similar quilt that Lindsey bought from the Amish.

Susan said...

This quilt is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing it. I love it!

:-) Susan

Sharon said...

It is so pretty! You did such a wonderful job!

:0) Sharon

Tina said...

oh, that quilt is gorgeous and the bed is very pretty too!!

Cheryl said...

That is a beautiful work of art. You are very talented. That takes lots of time and talent. Thanks for sharing.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Your embroidered quilt is absolutely gorgeous!! It's perfect on the Jenny Linn bed! Thanks for sharing.

Katherine

Dawn said...

That is absolutely gorgeous! I am so glad you finally got it quilted. I would have been in the same boat.

Mommy said...

It is sooo beautiful! It almost takes my breath away. That will surely become and treasured family heirloom.

Nadine said...

That is just so beautiful. You are very skilled. I always wanted to learn how to quilt.

Cathy said...

Susan, what an absolutely beautiful quilt! I love the Jenni Lind bed too. Definitely a treasured heirloom!

Cathy :)

Folded Wings said...

It is the most beautiful quilt I have ever seen and very special.

Praise and Coffee said...

Susan,
That is beautiful!!!

What a precious keepsake.
Blessings,
Sue

Edi said...

Beautiful! I've done embroidery so I know how much work and time and love you must have put into that quilt.

Wonderful how you finally ended up getting the quilting work done.

And it's great that you are able to use it and display it, rather than have it hidden away and enjoyed in secret.

MightyMom said...

wow, that's a lot of cross stitch! and the quilting is beautiful, well worth the wait!

retha said...

Oh, Ma'am that is so lovely!
And neatly done. Kit or no kit this is beautiful.

Lori said...

Wow Susan that is a beautiful quilt.
You did a fantastic job. How nice that your SIL could quilt it for you.
Hugs, Lori

Jackie said...

The quilt is amazing. I don't know that I have ever seen a prettier one.

Jungle Mom said...

You have the coolest show and tell stuff!!!

Janice said...

OH, it is so beautiful!! You did a wonderful job and look at all of those stitches! I'm so glad you were able to get it finished and now proudly display it on such a beautiful bed. Thanks for sharing! Happy New Year!

Kelly said...

Susan - I love that quilt! Of course, I have a "thing" for blankets/quilts and socks! Ha! I even got a sewing machine for Christmas! Can hardly wait to get started....

Meredith Teagarden said...

Susan, That is gorgeous!

groovyoldlady said...

Wow...That quilt is AMAZING. I have a four generation patchwork quilt, but I only tufted it instead quilting it. My MIL's grandmother started it, her daughter added on, my MIL added on the last squares and bought the backing. I sewed it all together and tufted it.

Maybe someday I'll sit down and actually quilt it...Or maybe I should send it off to some real quilters like you did!

Charity Grace said...

What a beautiful quilt! Thank you for stopping by my blog...s

Cookie Sunshine said...

What a treasure!

Lori Stilger said...

Wow, what a BEAUTIFUL quilt - and love the bed, too! You did an AMAZING job on the embroidery; I'm SO glad your SIL was able to assist you in getting it finished. Congratulations!!!! That's REALLY special!

Alisun@ A Brooke In The Forest said...

Wow I know how much work went into this I love to embroider! Just not on this grand of a scale wow