Thursday, May 10, 2012

Purple Haze...Summer Days & Rube

There's something about purple petunias that steal my heart.  First of all petunias were my Mom's favorite flower, but she favored white petunias.  Mom (known to those who loved her as Rube) always played it safe whenever it came to colors.  I've always been considered the 'gaudy' one in the family because of my love of bright and bold colors.  When you love purple and orange together I guess it borders on wild and raises an eyebrow or two.   Being from an ultra-conservative midwestern family this bordered on being a major character flaw! 

Being relatively fearless about color has been an asset to me as a quiltmaker.  By and far my favorite quilts are scrap quilts with every color of the rainbow mixed together.  Rube came to quilting later in life, deciding to take the plunge at the age of 65....and I was her teacher!  We immediately discovered that rotary cutters were not her thing - nor was piecing.  I was beginning to wonder if quilting was going to be a good fit for her when....Eureka!!!  Rube really came into her own when, after very little practice, she could produce consistently beautiful hand stitches.  She was off and running, especially when she discovered cheater panels....nothing could stop her now...go Rube!! 

 I have a lovely hand quilted star tabletopper in shades of green and PURPLE that Rube made me one year for my birthday from one of her beloved cheater panels.  Do I need to say that it's my favorite!!  Although she said she needed to wear sunglasses while she quilted it, in my heart of hearts I think she had a secret passion for purple and orange together!  Rest in peace, Mom, I'm still your gaudy girl!!!

Below is the Lone Star baby quilt I made for my second daughter Suzanne.  It is hand pieced and hand quilted.  The picture doesn't do justice to the pretty colors in the center of the star. 

Thank you for stopping by to visit.  Please leave a comment if you have time.  May all your quilting dreams come true! 

Hugs & Happy Stitching....Barb


  1. I love purple too, all different shades and my GDG has a passion for purple and pink. I had a purple and pink necklace and earrings made for her 18th birthday. She loved it.

  2. right now I'm wearing a purple and white striped blouse, dark purple pants and light purple shoes. That goes without telling I just love purple. Used to color my hair red. You could raise 2 eyebrows I guess. Right now they are returning to grey. But grey and purple works super.

  3. I am with you on bold color combos. That is one reason I like scrappy so much