Sunday, February 13, 2011

About Quilts and Closets

Are you sitting down???...because believe it or not, I finally finished the quilt top that I've been working on ever since I started Blogging a few years ago. Yippee!!!
And speaking of quilts, I've decided to store my future quilt projects on the top shelf of this closet I've been trying to organize lately. I finally found the perfect use for all those paper-type suitcases I have. (confession: you should have seen the disaster at my feet and behind me, from everything I had pulled out so I could organize!!!)
Then I decided to make tags of what project was in which suitcase.

This is a little Mary Engelbreit red and white quilt, below.
And speaking of ME...are the rest of you as guilty as I am...(see below). Ha!
Lucky me!! I just happened to be at Walmart the day they threw these onto the clearance shelf. So I picked up three at that price.

Below, is the quilt I made for my little Grandson for Christmas, to inspire him to become an Eagle Scout like his daddy one day. These fabrics are made by Robert Kaufman. They have Girl Scout fabrics too. I ordered these on the Internet from a Website called Beverly's Fabrics.

Can you read the words from the Scout Oath in that red strip of fabric, below? How great!
Daddy's quilt, below.
With an Eagle quilted on the back, which my friend Margie did for me (thanks sweet friend)!
Happy sewing!


Liz said...

Wow. That's way too much work. I made one quilt way back when. I was in high school and made it a queen size for when I was an old married woman (since I was NEVER going to make a quilt again). Ironically enough, our bed is a king and the quilt is tucked under the bed where we never see it. :(

Scrap for Joy said...

Hi ML~
Your basket quilt makes me the colors and the flowers really remind me of our favortie ME. Will you hang it on a wall? I love quilts as wall art. Speaking of
"The Mary"...why would anyone feel guilty for squirreling away those mags...they're all we have. Wish I had bought those cute magazine holders.
I am so happy to see your scouting quilts...a labor of love. My Dad would have loved one of those.
Your talent never ceases to amaze me. Your organization makes me hang my head in shame-LOL!
Have a great weelk.

Scrap for Joy said...

When I grow up-I need to check my typing more closely...YIKES!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Those are some pretty quilts !! You really do have a lot of sewing and craft talents. I never have done any quilting.
Have a great week.

Suzanne said...

Your quilt is gorgeous and well worth the wait! Your organized closet looks so nice. I'm going through boxes in the living room and every surface is covered in stuff I'm sorting, boxes on the floor and stacked in corners. It will feel just that much better when I finish! I love that closet of yours.

Sandy said...

I got htose sweet suitcases years ago at Gooseberry Patch and a gift shop in Colorado...I had two sets....I gave one of the second set away and I am not sure where the other two are of that set....if I can find them would you like them???? LOVE the quilt projects! We like the same styles and colors! :)Sandy

Sara Shoemaker said...

wow someone has been hard at work! Good for you Mom! The closet looks store-made, I almost didn't recognize it! (heehee) I love the green organizers too. Fabulous job on the quilts-as usual! love you :)

Sue @ Not the Good Scissors! said...

Congratulations on the Quilt and getting the closet organized. You did a fabulous job on the closet and I LOVE the Quilt. I am partial to ME BIG TIME! You can be in a blue mood and she can just snap you out of it. The Quilt for you grandson is priceless. That is cetainly a family heirloom already.
Happy Valentine's Day

Heidi said...

Your finished quilt is lovely! I'm in awe of your beautiful quilted creations! Your recent organizing is looking mighty fine as well! The tags are cute!

Yes. I, too, have every single ME issue! And use them for inspiration ALL the TIME!
Hugs, Heidi


Happy Valentine's Day! Love the heart Joyce made for you!
Nice quilts and your closet looks great. Wanna come over and help me when I get my craftroom, someday!

Jacqueline said...

Well...I'll bee...I had no idea you could quilt and sew such beauty. Have you ever entered a sewing bee, because you'd be the cutest bee!

Your boxes are fun and your storage idea rocks girlfriend. I'm a nut about boxes and yes, I have all those "ME" magazines too. Would not part with them for all the tea parties in china.

I'm still talking to my friends about that spectacular wedding you put on!

Love to you on this Sunday night. At daybreak, Valentines Day will be here. Sending Cupid with directions to your house. Sending warm hugs and thankful for our friendship.

Mimi said...

Those quilts are Awesome!!
I love them all!!
you amaze me!!
great job!!
have a lovely day

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You are so clever and talented, ML! I don't have an ounce of that in me!

But your organizational skills? Only ALMOST as good as mine. I think I'm more OCD. :)

GrandmaBev said...

Good for you on cleaning out closets. Your quilts are beautiful. Margie is such a special friend to everyone. She is always helping someone. We are so lucky to have her as our friend.

marie said...

That quilt is beautiful ~ love the bright & cheery colors! Love the one you made for your grandson too. It will be a great inspiration for him, I'm sure.

Now about that closet...
I've been trying to get my life/house in order for weeks and I would love a closet like that. Actually I would love to have you come and help me organize what I have! : )

I recently started using tags to label the contents of boxes and I love how that works out. Those boxes from Walmart were a great deal. great colors too!

Cindy said...

Congratulations on finishing your quilt top. I remember you working on that one. Your organization looks wonderful. You are so creative even in mundane things. I love the boy scout quilt. The fabric is darling!

Mercy Otis/The Stone House said...

Beautiful quilts! I'm inspired!!
I NEED some of the BSA fabrics!!!!! I love you closet. I got a good visual of the floor behind you. lol Isn't that the way some things go!
Happy Valentines day.

Scrappi Sandi said... far as the organisation goes we are on the same page...& I also have a library of scrappy magazines I won't part with!! But....I knit, I sew, I scrap but I have never quilted!!! I am inspired!!! note to self: keep an eye out fo a quilting 'How to...' book!! TFS ♥

amy said...

Those are beautiful quilts!
I wish I had been at WalMart when they had those suitcases on sale. I KNOW I need to organize something...okay, everything! I haven't been sewing lately because my poor sewing machine is buried under all the stuff I need to organize....

CosmoGirl Carla said...

MJ, that quilt is just fabulous! I definitely can relate to taking a bit of time finishing up a quilt! I still have many, many unfinished pieces laying around! Your craft closet is amazing. I love how you've organized it with the coordinating boxes. I'm such a sucker for cute colored organizing stuff! Yes! I'm also guilty of hoarding my past issues of ME. So sad the mag's out of publication. I miss it :o(

Thanks for sharing! You've inspired me to get my craft room a bit more organized. Seems like that's all I do in here!

Have a great week!

Celestial Charms said...

Hi ML,
I'm glad to be back to blogging in time to see this lovely post of yours. Such pretty quilts. Your organizing skills are so inspiring. Love how you made those project tags. Just perfect!

Mimi Sue said...

Gorgeous! You've been a busy girl. It always feels so good to have a project completed. Love what you're doing to your storage too. Mimi

Creative Breathing said...

Oh Mary Lou! I did not know that you quilted! What wonderful projects you have shared in this post. And organizing! I love when you share organizing. For me this is like an even I would buy a ticket to see. It's such fun to me. I am always looking for great tips. Your Valentine gift to Joyce was just perfect for her. It is so lovely to see your friendship bloom! Happy Valentine's Day to you! Elizabeth

Jacqueline said...

Hi my friend,
If you find a free minute, come and see my post today on Nan's quilts. She reminds me of you...beautiful work!

mimi said...

Hi Mary Lou,
Oh I loved seeing all of your quilts. I just finished a blog post on my very first quilt. My mom has been wanting to teach me for years so I decided this would be the year. I think I am hooked :)
You have inspired me with your wonderful organization. It is snowing here in Pgh again--that might be a nice project for a snow day.
Thanks for sharing your talents,

vivian said...

wow! your quilt is just wonderful!!! I love it! I wish I could get going on a quilt that I started to cut out.. it will be so pretty someday! thought I may have to hire someone else to make it for me!! haha!
anyways, I love it and I love the boys quilt too!
Youve been busy with all your organizing I see.. all looks great!
see ya next week!
happy weekend

Joyce said...

Your quilt is a labor of love no matter how long it took you to finish it. I hope you display it on your wall for all who enter your home to enjoy it too. I give you an A+.