Backstory for my Quilt Sale begins in 1971!

After I fell and broke my shoulder in Crete last fall, Jeanne and I decided to continue despite the challenges. Jeanne took this photo at a small taverna as our group headed up into the mountains. I was delighted by the unexpected vision of garlands of grape tomatoes strung above our heads. This became my favorite photo. My participation was limited by that broken shoulder.

I want to return to Crete one last time. Fifty-two years ago Mother and I flew to Greece using my TWA employee passes. To turn my current dream into a reality, I’ve decided to sell many of my quilts to finance the trip next fall. I’m hoping to find a good home for each of them.

On Saturday, December 2 (the first Saturday in December) I’ll be selling quilts. They range in size from wall hangings to full size quilts. Included are a variety of styles from Amish, to eclectic, to quilts of my original design. I will still be offering programs which always include a visual feast of my quilts.

The quilts for sale are ones I treasure. Every quilt has a story documented by the label on the back. All have a sleeve allowing the quilt to be hung for display. Each quilt sale will help finance my trip to participate in the Goddess Pilgrimage once again and to work with the new leader. If you are curious about my fascination with the Mediterranean island of Crete, you might be interested in reading my earlier blogs about time there:

The sale will be from 10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. held at a local women’s center adjacent to Gulley Park in Fayetteville. Address is 2610 N. Old Wire Rd., Fayetteville, AR 72703. This rambling house is easy to find and has lots of parking. There is overflow parking at the Gulley Park lot south of the house. Cash and checks accepted. Layaway is possible. Door opens at 10:00 a.m.

Please know that the quilts shown here are only a small sample of what will be at the sale!

Antique quilt top, circa 1890s. A true “library of fabrics” from the era! I added a border and a backing for support .

Huge ‘Oak leaf & Reel’ in style of 1800s large Four Block quilts. Hand appliqued! Now with borders and backing. Not quilted. Needs to be finished by you or by me.

Every quilt is composed of three layers: usually the top, then the batting or filler, and the backing. The quilting stitches holding the three layers in place make it a quilt! A quilt can be many things to many people, but a quilt is not blanket. Treated with care a quilt will last many decades.

Your quilt may be hung on the wall, or cover your bed, or drape around you for comfort. I’m grouping the quilts I’m selling by size. The price will reflect the amount of work involved in that particular one especially if it involves hand beading, hand applique or hand quilting. Contact me here with any questions.

“Paris, Without Jet fuel!” Stating with a Paris-themed fabric, I offer a “slice of life” as imagine it on a Paris street–complete with bicycles.

TimeSpan quilt! I found this vibrant top at a thrift store. Valerie Doyle hand quilted it and I did the label and binding–very large quilt.

This class sample from a class I did on pieced circles indicates my interest in circles is long-standing. Photo is suppose to be rotated 90 degrees to the left, but the program will not cooperate–I gave it three tries to fix it!

TimeSpan quilt built around a vintage flour sack, small wallhanging

This large wall hanging features cotton sateen fabrics in a “strippy” vertical setting with a bright border

Titled “Confetti”. This large wall hanging uses the “strippy” vertical setting highlighted by hot colors and a bold border

One fabric cut apart to repeat adjacent designs keeps the eye swirling along the path, large wall hanging or a throw

Large wall hanging with dupioni silk sections and bead work, Some parts are repurpose fabric.

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4 Responses to Backstory for my Quilt Sale begins in 1971!

  1. Susan Wiseheart says:

    I have seen others passing along the news that the quilt sale is happening., raving about your quilts.

    Hope the sale goes wonderfully well.

    • Paula says:

      Thanks for your ongoing enthusiasm and encouragement. I have vivid memories of you helping Jeanne and me hang the fifty quilts of my one woman quilt show in 2008 at The Arts Center of the Ozarks. In those days, we easily climbed ladders to hang the large ones! We have another “back story” there too!

  2. Therese Ramsey says:

    The members of Eureka! Quilters Guild so enjoyed your beautiful quilts and wealth of knowledge. Your design and color sense makes for the most wonderful quilts!

    • Paula says:

      Your enthusiastic response is much appreciated. Sharing my quilts with the Eureka quilters is a highlight of my month. A “home town” crowd” is always encouraging as we share ideas and strategies for our quilting projects.

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