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Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

I started quilting many years ago, then took about a 35 year break.  Over the years the quilting hobby changed drastically.  This year I noticed that quilters incorporate much more bling and texture into their quilts than I’ve ever noticed before.  Bling might come in the form of fancy machine embroidering with multi-colored or metallic threads or objects sewn onto the quilt.  Quilters also bling their quilts in the same way they glitz clothing – with beads, and shiny things.

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Clothing changes over the years, sometimes gradually, sometimes drastically.  In this entry, the artist created a doll from a picture of her grandmother.  She used fabric from some of her grandmother’s trousseau to make the dress.  In just two generations clothing styles have changed drastically, but beauty is constant.

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This quilt reminds me of many changes that I have seen since I’ve been reintroduced to quilting.  First of all, I don’t remember seeing quilts of scenes.  In this imaginative quilt actual photographs are printed on fabric, then appliqued to the  quilt.  Finally the quilt has a bit of bling, such as lace curtains.  Did you all notice the Prius taxi?

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Another change is the amount of texture I see in quilts.  It used to be that the primary texture came from the quilting itself.  Today we see a tremendous amount of texture appliquéd onto the quilts.

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Change is often overwhelming to folks.  I hope you don’t feel too inundated by all of these examples of change.

Not to CHANGE the subject, but don’t forget to vote for my bloggy friends in my sidebar.  Lots of love to you all, Marsha 🙂  🙂

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  1. Wow, some of these enhancements are amazing. Afternoon Stroll is amazing. Thanks for sharing all of this information, Marsha. I have no desire to quilt, but I certainly do enjoy seeing them. They are truly an art form.


    • Yep, that’s quite a break. Lucky for both of us, our break didn’t leave us broken! 🙂 AND you’ve still got it! The birds haven’t changed nearly as much as the quilts! 🙂


  2. Wonderful quilt pictures, Marsha! These are tremendous.
    As much as I love the delicate flowers and great colors, I’m still laughing and loving the chicken (or is it a rooster?) So much fun.


  3. Haha, I love your 35 year break. They are certainly different to what I thought they would be. I must visit the show this year to see what they are doing here. They look so colourful and vibrant.


  4. amazing quilts. Wishing that someday I could make one, planning it actually, for my two dearest son, my piece of love, my patience, my strenght and hope. thanks for sharing this! overwhelming change, creativeness does evolved too fast now how could I ever run besides it?


    • I think that when you’re running with it, Taniamend, you don’t notice the changes so much because you’re making little changes along the way. But to the outsider all those little changes are overwhelming. 🙂


  5. Thank you for the quilt tour! I’m totally amazed, these people are just too creative and talent. Love your quilt posts!


  6. I’ve honestly not ever had the quilting bug, Marcia… However, this may now change with the advent of ‘bling’… Not saying I’m about to ‘take it up’ but, one day I may (when my legs can no longer dance, and I still have sufficient sight to see).
    This is an amasing post, Marcia; you have certainly put an enormous amount of effort into showcasing some wonderful craft…!


    • Thanks. I spent a couple of hours. These quilters spent months and years. One quilt had squares of cross stitch each one finished in a different year since 1998. Thanks for taking the time to read about them. It was a wonderful way to spend about 4 hours with my good friend, perusing, meandering and visiting with artists and docents, and other friends we met. 🙂


  7. I have not commented on your other two quilt posts as I was saving myself for this one MVBFM.
    I have been to quilt shows in England a few years ago and I am amazed at how quilting has moved on to almost a tapestry level. 😀
    You have taken some great photographs and you must have worked hard on your draft to create such an informative post. Thank you. I enjoyed it. Ralph xox 😀


    • Thanks, MFR! It does take a good two or three hours to create a post like this. I have over 220 pictures, and they will fit nicely in themes. I always think I’ll get back to post a series of things about an event, a most of the time I just don’t, but I may post several more about this show before I quit. I think it was the best one ever! I sent you some of the pics on dolls. There are lots more on those, and that may be my post tomorrow. I loved your post. I’ll have to stop back by and see what the rest of the ladies have said about it. You are probably busy responding to comments galore today. 🙂 RVBFM 🙂 xox


    • I even met a man yesterday who quilts! Actually there were several. You could make one in honor of your mom. It’s easy to sew straight lines, and, believe it or not, men get really into some of the challenging patterns, and you would love using a long arm quilting machine. What is your favorite quilt that your mom made? 🙂


      • It is about a little girl walking with a flower basket….she misplaced it, but when I found it years later, I framed it and gifted it to her…:)


        • How sweet. That makes it special for both of you. What a kind son you are. My mother embroidered, and I cut up one of her table clothes because it was badly stained from constant use, and I may do something with the pieces after seeing these quilts yesterday, and you just reminded me of it right this second. Thanks again for the visit! 🙂


    • Yes, come here to CA, and I’ll introduce you to some fantastic teachers. Not me, I just barely do the basics! 🙂 Are you back???? 🙂 I miss checking your blog! 🙂


  8. These are more like Textural Scrap Books, than quilts. More of art form than of useful warmth. Have you ever read Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use”? This is a beautiful short story. I would highly recommend it. Thanks for sharing your beautiful images and craft!


    • Hi Lisa,
      I like both, and I actually knit more than I quilt for that reason. I don’t like having to drag out my sewing machine and set things up. I sewed a lot when I was younger and had my sewing machine set up upstairs out of sight! 🙂





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