Thursday, August 13, 2015

Blue and White Quilt

I’m absolutely in love with solid  two colored quilts. Red and white, blue and white, gray and white, you name it. So many gorgeous antique quilts fall in this category and my modern aesthetic approves.

Well yesterday my hand-quilted ‘Storm at Sea’ quilt in blue and white arrived from New Holland, Pennsylvania. Isn’t it dreamy?




Paul and I were in Philadelphia in June for a conference he needed to attend. I tagged along and wandered the streets of Philly for four days, eating my way through the town and going to all their glorious museums. After the conference we took a road trip out to Lancaster County to see the Amish homes and of course to see the quilts. I went with high hopes that I’d find one for my king-sized bed. Oh and I wanted to see an Amish buggy. I know, what an amateur.


I looked and looked for a blue and white quilt to no avail. All were gorgeous and well made but most were busy with dated fabrics. Dust rose and burgundy ain’t my favorite colors.


I would’ve happily looked through every stack in this shop above! And then I did look at every stack in this shop below. It it called Witmer’s Quilt Shop in New Holland, Pennsylvania.


How cute is Witmer’s Quilt Shop from the outside? Just a little old house turned quilt shop.


I saw this red/white quilt with the classic ‘Storm at Sea’ pattern in her shop and thought….. “Now we’re getting close!” (In fact I’ve since seen this exact quilt on her daugther’s etsy shop. Click here.)


I’ve been eyeing this pattern in one of my quilt books for over 10 years now. But dang it I am one lazy quilter. You know what they say about good intentions.Not gonna happen.


Once I saw this blue and white version of it hanging to dry on her back porch I knew that was the one I wanted, but with no border. This one was heading off to a customer but the owner Emma assured me she could make me one of my own.


That was June 4, 2015 and yesterday August12, 2015 it arrived! (I know the turquoise dresser doesn’t match the room anymore—time to strip it and stain restain it.)


I’m gonna be in a a lot of trouble when navy blue goes out of style and dusty rose takes its place. Even my doors are blue now. Read here about those doors.

Did I mention this king size quilt is hand quilted?


Look  at those tiny stiches? A thousand years ago in 1997 I hand quilted a baby quilt in anticipation of our son’s arrival. I swore on a stack of batting I’d never do that again. But I love the look of it. Leave it to the Mennonites and Amish in Pennsylvania to keep that skill alive. God bless them and their fingers.


I’m tickled pink at this quilt. I wanna spend all my savings and order quilts for every bed in my house.


Oh and I got new carpet for our room last week. Isn’t that basket weave pattern classy?


Between the new carpet, new paint (Benjamin Moore’s Balboa Mist) and now my quilt my master bedroom has gotten quite the overhaul this summer.


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