I am a long-time lover of quilts. To me, they say cozy, comfort, home, beauty, tradition, and….an inexpressible quality that conveys something of the good, simple, wholesome things I so dearly love.
I am no pro quilter, though. I dabble in it from time to time, creating quilts that aren’t entirely perfect (or even close!) just for the joy of making the fabric version of homemade chicken noodle soup. But there are those whose mad quilting skills and ability to gorgeously combine fabrics will forever leave me in awe.
One such person is Bernice.
She recently joined our family, and I am tickled to death that she is a part of the clan now! Talk about a kindred spirit. Goodness. My husband’s uncle recently made her his bride, much to all our joy. She is truly one of the loveliest people I’ve ever met. Plus, she makes Uncle Lyle beam, which is awesome. 🙂 Bernice is also an amazing quilter.
On our recent road trip across the country to our new duty station in Arizona, we took the long way and went through Nebraska to visit family. We spent a couple of days out at the farm where the newlyweds live, and I got to ooh and aah and revel in Bernice’s gorgeous quilts. I want to share pictures of a bunch of them on here so you can drool over them too….though the pictures truly do not do these beauties justice. She has others, too, which you can go see on her Etsy shop page. Yep. Bernice recently opened up an Etsy shop. You have got to visit her site and check them out. The darlingest little baby quilts, and all of the ones I’m showing you here are also on her site.
Pass the word on to anyone you know interested in getting a quilt- I have seen ’em all up close and they are so so so well constructed and quilted! Not at all like mine, heh heh…
Ok, without further ado, here a few of Bernice’s beautiful creations. Oh….ahem….please disregard the tacky date stamp. Forgot to take it off. Oops!
Firstly, the yellow and blue quilt:
So pretty and feminine without being overly girly.
Each block is different, but blends together in a cohesive whole.
This one is entirely made of high quality batik- so in vogue these days (I’m told). Love the earth tones!
This is another one in earthier tones, but to me this one takes the class factor up a notch. It is so elegant!
I just love how she combines fabrics- the grey and tan, black, brown, with gold stitching. Lovely.
A 1930s reproduction quilt. Gorgeous, isn’t it?? Bernice showed me a stack of true, vintage 1930s feed sack squares and I can’t wait to see what she does with them.
Here’s one bursting with autumn colors- which the setting sun happened to catch just right to display the richness of the tones:
And a wee little baby girl’s quiltie:
I’ve saved my two favorites for last. They both are just….just beautiful!! Either of these would be welcome on my bed any day. Again, the pictures only give you a taste of their beauty. The hand of these fabrics… (how they feel)…it’s like buttah. Mmmhmm.
The first one: glorious black and white, super elegant with the subtle detail of golden stitching that warms it up perfectly. Behold!
And my most favorite of all time, with Civil War style reproduction cotton. Don’t let the apparent simplicity of the star pattern fool you. This is one complicated quilt- check out how the stars aren’t all in a straight row- the blocks intersect, giving it added elegance in my book. It’s so lovely!!
The colors! The craftsmanship!
I leave you with one final picture of this stunning quilt and the link to Bernice’s Etsy:
Head on over and check out her lovely quilts!