Natalie's Quilts

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My oldest daughter Natalie likes applique and is a sometimes quilter. Natalie is funny. When she does something, she really does it.
Natalie and her husband Justin like to camp and like to go to the desert. When they were on vacation in Arizona, a while back, she was struck by the colors and the shapes of cacti. I think she cut out nearly 1000 (not kidding) cactus in all different colors. I believe she has 5 cactus quilts planned, but she could do so many more with all she has cut out. Natalie has her own style and I like that. She likes vintage but modern, too. Above are 2 baby quilts she recently made for friends. (I wish they were for her!)
Monday when we both had time off work, I helped her get these 2 quilts finished. She hand appliqued the cacti and sewed the blocks together. Then I machine quilted them.
I sewed the binding on for her and then she hand stitched it. I think the baby quilts turned out so cool. She wanted straight stitch quilting to enhance the modern feel to the quilt.
I'm really proud she likes to make quilts. I'm glad I could hand down some of the skills my mother taught me.

-nanette
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Darlene said...

They are stunning! I think she truly captured the traditional/modern look. Wow!

Trisha said...

I love all those colorful cacti. Those quilts have such a great look. I love when your daughters post on here. Especially when Shelbie shows her finished knits.

Nedra said...

I think she needs to spend some time with Cactus-Needle!
Love, love, love the quilts.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

You two are quite the team! What gorgeous quilts.

Jackie said...

I think it is wonderful that she shares an interest in quilting with you. Although her style is slightly different, it is uniquely beautiful. Great team work and beautiful quilts.

Blakely said...

I love them. The are a true piece of art.

nettie said...

oh, i love them!

Lynne said...

Those are sooooo cool - me and my kids love them!

AnnieO said...

Oh, I like those quilts! Great twist on the baby quilt, sure to be popular with the bright colors and modern fabrics. My girls both know how to sew but neither of them are, currently. I'm hoping they will catch the bug later!

Brandie said...

Those are too cute! She did a great job. I wish my Daughter would learn to like the sew machine. Oh well, there is still time. Great job Natalie!

Lori Holt said...

yay! i got my computer back...
Natalies quilts are fantastic! I do like how you quilted them, it fits the style just perfectly.
It was great seeing you yesterday!
x
lori

kpaints said...

Isn't it the best feeling when you know you have handed down a family skill! Love it...now I have to work on my daughter, I think she might be coming along....she's thinking about it. Ha.

kpaints said...

Silly me, I love her quilts and the cactus theme! Adorable and all that hand sewing and cutting....she is made from your mold! Beautiful!

Pots and Pins said...

Her quilts are fabulous - she could sell them!!! Did she hand applique all of those cacti?!? Amazing job- a chip off the old block! xo, The Other Nanette

Sherri said...

Thanks again, Nanette! It was great to get together yesterday! And we did make it to Quilter's Haven too...and you were exactly right...more Lecien, and some older ones too...think I have about what I need for my basket quilt!

Nanci said...

Love the quilts. Can't imagine loving 1000 cacti, but they look just spectacular!
I love her style of making what she does original...Modern vintage..now there's a combination!
And help from MOM, it just doesn't get any better than that!

Thimbleanna said...

Yay! You have a quilter in the family! Those baby quilts are adorable!!!

Rumi said...

Whew! That's alot of cacti! Looks great though!

AnyoneCanQuilt said...

I love the cactus quilts! Your daughter rocks. I lived in Tucson when I was a kid and these quilts totally remind me of that time. I hope she makes a big one for herself!! p.s. Allison in her skirt is killing me, she's so CUTE!!! x

pratima said...

Stunning!!! the fabrics Natalie chose for the cacti are pretty cool with the brilliant backgrounds. This is just amazing and so original. Love the binding too :)

Sandi said...

These are just adorable!! I love the use of such colorful, solid blocks and all those fun fabrics for the each cactus. I think she should make placemats with her cacti, and a table runner, then perhaps a giant quilted tablecloth and a wall-hanging and.......since she has cut out bunches of them, she's ready to go! I bet I have some fabrics that would make a great cactus quilt. So is this going to be a pattern?

SarahVee said...

I love these quilts. I still remember the one she made for her wedding. Maybe she'll set some cacti aside for her own baby quilt - someday! The straight quilting lines are the perfect finish. Congrats on making the quilts together!

PamKittyMorning said...

Super cute!

Lily Boot said...

so unique and so lovely! the colours are gorgeous - especially the plain squares. I straightaway thought of the story of the painted desert when I looked at them. What wonderful patience she has shown :-) It is lovely when we can sit down with our girls and share the moment isn't it - such a sweet and close connection.

Janet said...

I love the cactus quilts and the quilting does make them look modern. It's lovely sharing an interest with a daughter.

Shari said...

These are really interesting and eye-catching! And that's a lot of cacti! And don't worry - they will present you with a grandchild in due course...

Marcia said...

Wonderfully unique quilts.

Marcia said...

Wonderfully unique quilts.

dee said...

The cactus quilts are so cool! I still can't get over Allison's skirt from yesterday. Just makes me smile-not easy at 6 am.

Pat said...

I remember when she was working on a cactus quilt before she got married. I didn't realize she had so many leftovers, though. What fun quilts for babies...they will love the simple shape and all the great colors!

Karen said...

How different and original! Great job. And how special that you and your daughter have this in common. I see many more quilting memories in your future.

Momoo said...

Neat baby quilts, not the traditional pink and blue. So neat that you are able to work on a project together :)

Momoo said...

Neat baby quilts, not the traditional pink and blue. So neat that you are able to work on a project together :)

Muddling Through said...

I love those quilts! And see, she's a quilt designer just like Mom. Awesome!!

Vicki said...

These are really, way, cool. Beautiful work and such a unique idea!