Hotel Inspirations

This weekend we have been in Abilene, Texas for my sweet Mother-In-Law’s funeral. We always stay at the same hotel…..a Holiday Inn Express and, once again, I was struck with inspiration while I was there.

When we were here 2 years ago, I took a photo of this wallpaper and mused how much fun I could have with this design…..

On this trip, they had changed some of the artwork and I was impressed to find these two photos in our room……

Did they know that a quilter was staying here???

In the dining area they had this picture…..

Can you say English Paper Piecing????

Finally, they had this fun wood piece……

SO much inspiration and not a piece of fabric in sight…..

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TBT – Grandmother’s Flower Garden

Another of the 5 quilts that Mom made for my Hope Chest was a Grandmother’s Flower Garden.

Grandmother’s Flower Garden

She made this in the late 1970’s and it is entirely hand-made using English Paper Piecing and hand quilting.

When I talk to kid’s groups about quilts I use this quilt to show repetition and how it helps in design. In this quilt, Mom used the same fabric for each flower center. She used a solid fabric for each of the first rounds and then she bordered each flower with white. Those elements make it an enjoyable quilt to look at!!!

I particularly enjoyed these two blocks as I had favorite clothing made from the print fabrics…..

The brown was a fun shirt (NOT a cotton fabric) and the blue flowered was a cute short dress with capped sleeves and a sash….remember it was the 1970’s!!!

I remember her agonizing over how to finish the edges of the quilt and believe that she ended up appliquéing the flower sides to the border…..

One thing that I notice in this photo is that the red fabric has bled!!! This quilt has been well used and washed many times so this isn’t surprising. It was the only quilt that we carried when we moved to Australia in 1981 and it was used daily for almost 6 years!!

She kept the quilting fairly simple, stitching inside each of the hexagons and then adding a fun clam shell border to the top and bottom…..

As I said, this was a much loved and used quilt and I still enjoy snuggling under it today!!!