Welcome to my mom’s house! This is just a tiny glimpse of some of the lovely handmade touches she has added to her house to make it a home. Here is a shelf in her TV room. The folded quilt is all made of fall fabrics and is displayed seasonally. The red white and blue quilt and begonia applique (design by Primitive Gatherings by Lisa Bongean), while designed to be overtly Fourth of July, become more subtle and year-round when part of a broader decorating scheme that includes other colors (yellow) and lots of pattern.
Guests stay upstairs in a little cabin that mom built next to her house. Taking decorating inspiration from a quilter’s aesthetic, she combines lots of patterns into visually pleasing arrangements by keeping them within a set color palette. The pineapple embroidery (another pattern by Wooden Spool) reads ” Our Guestroom. We’re glad to have you as our guests; And hope you have a good nights rest. Tomorrow you again may roam, But while you’re here just feel at home.” The quilt on the table is many years old, was mom’s design, and was one of her first explorations of applique on a pieced quilt. The cross-stitch is much older, 1986 to be exact! I can remember it hanging on the wall of my childhood home.
Special quilts get prominent positions on mom’s wall. This dresden plate quilt (a traditional pattern, this one Fons and Porter Magazine November/December 2009 called Granny’s kitchen, designed by Rhoda Nelson) features machine piecing, hand applique, and my mom’s machine quilting. It’s made from reproduction 1930’s fabrics. I think it strikes the perfect balance of pretty but not cutesy with vintage flavor but still clearly my mom’s aesthetic.
There are lots of pillows around the house. Lots of them. Many are handmade by my mom, like this one featuring vintage redwork technique with a modern design from the book Little Birds.
One of mom’s most recent pieces decorates a coffee table in the living room. It’s entirely her design and features wool applique on cotton backing with machine quilting making the back look like wood. It’s not that common to see wool and cotton mixed like this and I think mom does a phenomenal job.
Mixed in with her vegetable dish are hand sewn vegetables from a pattern by Fig Tree Quilts by Joanna Figueroa. Made from wools and cottons, they add a touch of kitsch while maintaining the country elegance of her home. I think these are a perfect metaphor for my mom’s aesthetic, fun and elegant simultaneously. Not an easy balance to strike!
Even the dog beds get their own quilts! Beauregard the Beagle loves snuggling up in his red white and blue nest.