Tuesday, April 28, 2009

what's my style?

I've been quilting for over thirteen years and I've been waiting all that time to discover what style of quilts I would get to love the most and make it my style. Here are some quilt tops off the quilt ladder I keep in my spare room, yes, that's right, I'm coming clean.

scrappy
retro
a-la Freddy Moran
country
shabby chic


traditional
The one thing I am sure about is that I don't want to be restricted by a style and that's a good thing for me. I recently came to appreciate 19th century reproduction and 30's quilts so along with applique, that's where I'm at right now. I reserve the right to change that at any time! Applique has always been my first love and I doubt that will change but if any of my family need a quilt, hey I have these tops. I know that some of these will never grow up to be a quilt, some were made as teaching samples and they've served their purpose. I'm OK with that.


Good news this week, welcome to Bethany, our new granddaughter born on the 26th April, to my step daughter, isn't it wonderful, I just love babies!

41 comments:

Karen said...

I love all your styles and Bethany is beautiful!

Kim said...

She is beautiful!!! :o) I can totally relate to all your styles....no way could I have just one either! :o)

Darlene said...

Bethany is adorable and I do love your style - all of them. :-)

Darlene said...

I failed to mention that I don't have a style either and I like it that way. :-)

Juliann in WA said...

I too have a varied "style" and wouldn't have it any other way. Beautiful granddaughter.

Nedra said...

You have been very good to step out side the box on many quilt styles. Good for you! I notice my tastes change every few years as new patterns and ideas come onto the market. Who knows what we will like next!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Guess I have always liked scrappy and traditional quilts. But I am getting to like Amy Butler type prints too. What a beautiful baby. Congrats to the new parents and grandparents. Another quilt in the works??

Lizzie said...

I think I love the scrappy style best or maybe it's retro or traditional, lucky we don't really have to choose. Your granddaughter is adorable of course.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous quilts all of them and an adorable baby for the family. Congrats. Penny.

not so zen -quilts in Paris said...

Love all the quilts, but Bethany looks like a little rosebud! All the best for her and your family, Will in Paris

Stina said...

First of all...Congratulations to the new faily member!! So so ssweet..:o))

I cant decide on what I like either..and as long we are having fun I dont mind.. because that is what I want to have!! :o)
Love your quilts.. :o)

Fiesta said...

Congratulations. Your grandaughter is an angel.
I think having many styles keeps us interested.

Anne Ida said...

Congratulations on the new arrival - she is beautiful!

I think most of us have tried out different styles in quilting, and I think what our favorites are changes by days and mood :o) You have a beautiful collection on your quilt ladder!

Kathie said...

Bethany is just adorable, oh I would never want to put her down!
Ahh quilt style
I think we all go thru phases and its a good thing.
I love working with reproduction fabrics from the 1800's love the traditional style
but every few months out comes a quilt from me in 30's , primitive style or brights!
just the way it is and I wouldn't change it for the world.
For me I have to be happy with what I am working on and inspired.
The trouble right now is that I am very inspired by quite a few quilts so I need a few hours more a day to accomplish them all!
and yes they will be finished in my own timeline and thats fine by me!
LOVE Your quilts the first one is beautiful, love the colors and well the country one is one I still want to make one of these days!
Kathie

Stephanie said...

Love your projects. I have very eclectic tastes. I do gravitate towards certain colors but I love working with different prints, styles, colors; otherwise it would be too boring to do the same over again. Precious little one.

Annemiek said...

I moved from pastels, to Debbie Mumm country and now I'm at Freddy Moran. Love the bright colours!!
That baby is a real beauty; sooo cute!!

erica e said...

how fun to see all these different styles. i love that about quilting- there is so much variety! and what a beautiful new baby!

Eileen said...

What a beautiful baby!

And I love all your quilts from the ladder. Good thing.. being diverse.

Jackie said...

I agree, don't limit yourself to any style. If you like it that is all that matters. Congrats on your beautiful new granddaughter!!

Meredith said...

so so cute! Congrats. I do not have any quilt tops or UFOS and I am trying to keep it that way. But I must tell you forcing myself to finish this one top (that has no applique) really is not fun. I so enjoy you sharing your different quilts with us. I just finished a 1930s quilt which I will post once I can get some photos

Shari said...

What an absolute cutie! Congratulations!

Don't put yourself in a box with styles - we change and styles change - just enjoy!!

Crispy said...

It looks like in each style you like scrappy regardless of the pattern. I'm with you, applique is the funnest and I've been doing more scrappy...but controlled, I can't give up my control LOL.

Your quilts are wonderful and Bethany is BEAUTIFUL...Congrats Gramma!!

Crispy

Carrie P. said...

She is precious and looks like a girl too. Congrats!!
Your tops are fantastic. You are so great with color. Come teach me.

Bernadette said...

congratulations aren't grandbabies the best! I so agree with you on quilt styles I too like them all, I think that's what I love about your blog.

Maree said...

I Think we can all Agree with having different Styles...that's what make patchwork Interesting...& the Challenges we give ourselves to think outside our comfort zone...All Your Tops are Fabulous.!!
Bethany is just Beautiful...Congratultions...

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I'm with you on quilt style. I like them all!
Bethany is precious.

Sheri Howard said...

I totally get the scrappy part....there is something so down to earth about scrappy quilts! Yours are beautiful, as is your granddaughter! You are right, NOTHING, like a baby!

Sherri said...

I can't really name my style, either...there are so many I love! And what a precious, precious baby!

phyllis said...

Wow! This is a treasure trove of really great quilts, beauty, and color all rolled into a lovely blog. Congrats on Bethany. How sweet she is, and I do think pink is her color. I love the quilt on your banner too.

decafplease said...

you just keep on making what it is that you love making. that is the important thing!

that little girl looks so peaceful and precious! congrats!!

amy said...

It is fun to dabble around in various styles and colors! Your quilts are all wonderful! And that is one GORGEOUS baby!!

Janet said...

Bethany is beautiful!!! Congratulations. It was fun to see your quilt tops - lots of inspiration there.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful baby! Same for the quilts.
Blogless Me

Janet said...

First of all, congratulations. She's beautiful. Being a grandma is the best. I with you on style. There are so many ideas to try, I don't want to limit myself. I love your variety. Still piecing my hexagons, on row 10 out of 12.

Rhondi said...

Hi Janet
ALl your quilts are beautiful, but your new granddaughter Stephanie outshines them all. Congratulations.
Hugs, Rhondi

Lurline said...

Sorry, Janet - I did read your blog yesterday and didn't comment - how strange? Never mind - first of all, little Bethany is just gorgeous, I hope she is truly blessed and has a long and happy life!
Your quilts - wow!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Debbie said...

I love your quilting style! All of your quilts are beautiful! And your granddaughter looks perfect. My daughters name is Bethany also. Its such a pretty name!

Kaaren said...

I think it's wonderful that you've experimented with so many different styles of quilts. Our likes and dislikes change and I can certainly attest to that. I find myself on that exact journey now. Styles and fabrics that I wouldn't have looked twice at a short while ago now captivate me.

We're women, right? And we're allowed to change our minds, styles, likes and dislikes, etc.

They're all beautiful Janet. Thanks for sharing.

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Bethany is so precious!

I love ALL your styles. Isn't it fun to work with different fabrics? It keeps things interesting.

aneela said...

I can only hope that in another 12 years or so I will have as many amazing quilts and tops in all those gorgeously different styles. I especially love the scrappy and shabby chic ones, they make me want to get stitching NOW!
Bethany is a beauty and no wonder she has a little smile on her face she is probably thinking of all those lovely quilts she has to look forward to!!!!

mmae said...

Goodness, that baby is beyond beautiful! She looks like an angel pie! Everything from your blog + site are safe with me, but i sure covet that grand-baby :]
Thank you for all the great tutorials and inspiration and for sharing Bethany.