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Lap Quilts made from Bandanas.


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I want to share with you a creation that is my mother’s, Mary Gary.  She had the idea to make lap quilts out of bandanas.

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These are 5 of the numerous that she has made.  I must admit that I have the most because I took them.  They are most convenient to help to keep the chill of on a cold winter evening.

The gray and blue ones on the left in the picture are the oldest ones that I have in my collection.  The are approximately 20 years old.  Believe me they have been used.  The remaining 3 in the pictures are the newest less than 10 years old.  Mary wasn’t sure if the bandanas would last very long.  She has the first original bandana lap quilt that she made and it is more than  20 years old.  She uses the lap quilting method for quilting and joining the blocks together.

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All of the quilting on these quilts in hand stitched that Mary did by hand.  She always tries to get 4 to 8 stitches per 1 inch.  She debates exactly what counts as a stitch.  Here is her philosophy on hand stitching per inch.  When doing machine quilting the ‘bottom stitch’ is not really a stitch but rather the bobbin thread wrapping and securing the top ‘stitch’.  When doing the hand stitching the needle is drawn down and up through the quilt so that there is ‘stitching’ on both sides.  Where ever a stitch is not seen on the top there is a real stitch on the bottom.  Therefore she counts the stitch on the back of the quilt as one of the stitches per inch.  It is too bad that the judges in the quilt shows don’t see it that way.  I am not an unbiased observer in this situation but I do think that her hand quilting is marvelous.

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In this photo you can see the hand quilting.  Mary even made the biased binding.

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This is a view of the back side of the red bandana quilt.

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To make these bandana quilts, Mary has used the lap quilting method championed by Georgia Bonesteel.

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This is the latest bandana quilt that Mary has made.  It is a baby quilt and she did the quilting by machine.  She says that it is so much easier to do machine stitching on a block rather than an entire quilt.  This baby quilt is for sale in our shop.  Mary has told me of the next bandana lap quilt that she is working on and it is going to be great!


Mary’s new creations.


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This is a new creation by my mother, Mary.  She was inspired to create a personal place mat.  It is smaller than a regular place mat but it is not intended to be used as a regular place mat.

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This place mat is the perfect size for folding up and putting into you luchbag to take with you to work.  Then you put your personal place mat in front of you on the breakroom table for your own personal space during lunch as show in this picture.

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It also works great with a bowl.

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It also works great when it is a day when you just want a bowl of soup and to sit in front of the TV curled up on a couch or in a comfie chair.  It is the perfect size to keep you from burning your hand.

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Mary was also inspired to create these bookcovers/bookmarks.

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As you can see in this photo, the back of the cover is long enough to mark your spot in the book that you are reading.

Mary’s Quilts


This is one of the countless quilts that my mother has made.  Actually, this is called a French coverlet because there is no batting between the layers.  This quilt was inspired by the Irish Trip Around the World design.  My mother was inspired by that design and this is what she designed and made.  My mother, Mary, did all of the quilting by hand.  She does it not my making the entire top of the quilt all at once.  She does it in the method that Georgia Bonsteel promotes – Lap Quilting.  Mary makes a small block, sandwiches batting between the top of the block and the piece that is the batting and then she does the hand-quilting.  When all of the blocks are completed she sews them together by machine and then completes the joining of the backing by hand.  Then the only thing that remains is putting the binding around the quilt.  Mary is an expert at quilting.  She has been invited to teach classes.  She has not entered into contests though.

All of Mary’s quilts are extremely good, although, some are absolutely stunning.  Wouldn’t you know it – none of them were ever for me.  I did get my hands on some of them though.  This one is one of them.  I do have one that Mary made, partnering with Trisha Cribbs.  Trisha did the machine quilting for my mother.  Trisha had stopped doing custom machine quilting at that time but Mary convinced her to do it for her.  I don’t believe it but she has quite a knack at getting people to do things for her.  I also have a quilt that Mary made for my grandmother.  My grandmother passed away and I made sure that I got her quilt.  It was my grandmother’s and my mother made it.  Needless to say, it is special to me.  I will be posting photos of those two quilts soon.