Thursday, January 1, 2009

I WAS A QUILTER ONCE UPON A TIME!!


I have mentioned in this blog before that I spent 20 years making quilts for publication in books and magazines. In addition, I traveled to conferences and to teach quiltmaking throughout the U.S. The above quilt, entitled "Starshine", was the first quilt I had on a cover of a magazine - way back in 1990. Whenever I would speak to a group of non-quilters, I always got the same question, "How long does it take to make a quilt?" Well, of course, it varies on the complexity and size of the quilt. But for this particular quilt which is 78" x 78", I kept track of the statistics so I could answer the usual questions. So, for you non-quilters out there, "Starshine" took a little over 800 hours from conception to completion. The 3001 individual pieces are sewn together on the sewing machine, but the layers (top, batting, and backing) were hand-quilted together. There are 96 different fabrics used in the quilt and it took about 500 yards of thread to just hand-quilt the layers together. (You can click on picture to enlarge.)



Over those 20 years, I made a bunch of quilts which I have stored in "the quilt closet"! Be forewarned, if and when my blogging brain goes dead (like today); I will probably drag out another quilt to show you. If you get tired of seeing my quilts, please let me know. Hopefully, they won't show up on the blog too often.

26 comments:

Jill said...

Oh Sally I think I have lost everything!!!!!! I have contacted blogger to see if they can get it back for me...I have lost all my addresses!!!!
AGGGGH....
JIll

A Romantic Porch said...

Oh My that quilt is so beautiful. Happy New Year Sweet Sally. xo rachel

Tamara Jansen said...

My sister is an avid quilt maker. It's so fun to see her get all excited about a new pattern :)

Happy New Year to you and yours!

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

What a beautiful quilt!! And all those hours that go into making such an heirloom!

We are going to AZ for Bill's parents 60th anniversary next week. Her step mother quilted and I have probably at least 5 quilts from her-I really do treasure them!

blessings
mary

imjacobsmom said...

Sally, that is just gorgeous! You can show me a quilt any old time! Here's to 2009! ~ Robyn

onlymehere said...

I for one hope to see a lot of your quilts so open up that closet and give us a peek!! This is an amazing quilt and so out of my league!! Beautiful. You inspire me to become better at it! Cindy

Coloradolady said...

Well, this is just a beautiful quilt. I am not a quilter. It is my GOAL this year to learn how to quilt. It is something I want to know how to do but am so afraid I can not do it.
I am going to visit you often, love looking at your quilts, hopefully I will have one of my own at the end of this year to show off! (I hope)

You are most talanted! Lovely.

Smilingsal said...

Oh, I'm honored to know a famous person! I don't quilt, but I can admire this beautiful work.

nikkicrumpet said...

AMAZING! My mom is a quilter...I know I would never have the patience to do it. But boy oh boy what a gorgeous end result!!!

bj said...

Oh, I never get tired of looking at quilts...You are so good at it..I wish I could do some of the fancy ones...the quilts I've made have all been very simple 9 patch...
I have a good friend that is just wonderful with quilts...and my mother was good at it, too.
Have a wonderful day...

Peggy. said...

I feel sorry for anyone who gets tired of looking at quilts. I love quilts, I love looking at them, I love planning them, and I love making them! Keep showing them please.
Peggy

Shelia said...

Good evening, dear Sally! Oh, you're so famous with your beautiful quilts! I love seeing them. I sew and do needlework but have just never quilted. My Mother has and we have many quilts from her. Dear Sally, thank you so much for your prayers and concerns for my Mother. You're so special to me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

laurie said...

Personally, I don't mind if you show every one of your quilts. This one is beautiful! Quilt making is such an art, and I am so glad that there are still some quilters around. I love seeing this beautiful art form. laurie

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Sally, how on earth could we "ever" get tired of such beautiful pieces of art? It is a lost art, one that many don't do anymore. I've quilted for years and have many..so don't be surprised if you see one or two show up on my blog from time to time. :-) hugs ~lynne~

Happy To Be said...

Just one word for this BEAUTIFUL..this is amazing...please show us more...hugs and smiles Gloria

Sue said...

Hi Sally...Happy New Year!! and your quilt is beautiful...I would love to see more..Please show more!!

Raggedy Girl said...

The quilt is beautiful. I also quilt but only for myself or any family member that wants to take one away. I would never need to ask how long it takes, I know. And maybe I will post some too as I go brain dim from time to time.
Roberta Anne

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

That quilt is gorgeous! I've always wanted to make a quilt but the time commitment as always scared me! So I thought I'd do something quicker like a quilted table runner to get started.

Manuela

The Muse said...

I applaud you...and say oo and ahhh in the most admiring manner...good golly~ beautiful!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Sally, thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a wonderful New Year! Glad to have met you this past year & I look forward to another fun year of blogging.

CurtissAnn said...

Oh, thank you for sharing your quilt! Amazing and beautiful, such talent and skill. I used to (long time ago,) sew a lot and want to quilt, never did. I sure do enjoy quilts, though.

CurtissAnn, waving from Oklahoma
http://curtissannmatlock.com

ceekay said...

Oh, will never get tired of seeing quilts. Beautiful.

Nana said...

I love looking at quilts!! Never could do it myself. Not enough patience. I found you on the blah blah blah blog. Nice to meet you.

judicreations said...

Hi Sally
This quilt is beautiful and I just can't imagine the patience and dedication and talent you have for making it. Its sooo beautiful. I could never have that patience and never realized truly what is involved...please do share more with us.
Judi

Marie said...

WAS a quilter?? You are always a quilter! lol Your quilt is gorgeous and I insist you show photos of all of them! I wonder if I have any books or magazines with your quilts in them??? Oh FUN! I had no idea you were famous! lol

lvroftiques said...

Girlfriend please bring out more of your quilts!! Yowser that is one beautiful baby! And oh my goodness the work that went into it is staggering! I have a few old quilts that I've collectd over the years and I always imagine all the women sitting together sharing their lives and stitching up a storm. Some of them are kind of tatty, but I still love the soft old fabrics soo much! Vanna