Tuesday, May 3, 2011


Blooming now in Miss Martha's Gardens

Wishing Miss Martha a Happy Mother's Day 
with love, Jim and Emily 2011

Miss Martha's Hand Sewn Quilts 

Anytime Miss Martha has time from her busy schedule of cooking, working in her vegetable and flower gardens you'll usually find her with a sewing needle in her hand and a large quilt in her lap. Miss Martha loves to sew for her family and for gift giving occasions . Over the years she has made baby clothes, bibs and little dresses. When our son Jay married his sweetheart Catherine she made the three youngest little granddaughters dresses to wear to the wedding.

Christmas is a special time for unpacking home sewn decorations to enjoy every year. My Mother-in-law made Tree Skirts and Christmas Stockings for everyone in her family. We all enjoy our beautiful gifts at Christmas.

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"Cathedral Window" Pattern

Miss Martha has a love for and a special gift for sewing. 
She learned early on from her Mother how to make a proper stitch, with each stitch looking just as the one before it. On a recent visit with her a few weeks ago she said she had something she wanted to show me. She carefully unwrapped the dress her Mother had made for her before she was born. She had it packed away all these years. As all of you know, you never ask or tell how old a lady is, so I won't tell the age of Miss Martha, but the dress is almost ninety-one years old. All of you can do the math. 

My Mother-in-Law's Baby Dress made for her by her Mother before she was born
Dress is almost ninety-one years old

Imported French Batiste Fabric and Lace Trim

This Lady has many of these ~  First Prize Awards from Quilt Shows

The "Cathedral Window" Pattern

The "Dresden Plate" Pattern

Notice the Rose Pattern hand sewn into the fabric

The Back of the Quilt is also beautiful

Miss Martha designed the pattern for this quilt

Notice the Hearts hand stitched into the squares

Back of Heart Quilt

Handkerchief Quilt

Wall Hanging Quilts

Detail on the trim

Miss Martha's
Christmas Stockings


 Project and Sewing Room

Sewing Notions

Beautiful fabrics neatly ironed and folded and ready for next project
Humpty Dumpty is an original she made for her children. Its about fifty plus years

Miss Martha made gifts for all her grandchildren and great grandchildren
This is Connor, our grandson when he was four months old, her newest great grandson with his new Humpty Dumpty. The fabric was purchase in Paris on a trip we all made together about ten years ago

More Fabrics

Yards and yards of ribbons and lace

Selection of Miss Martha's vignettes

This is one of Miss Martha's lovely stoneware sets
A shabby chic tea set in creamy white displayed in LR
given to her for Christmas from her DIL, Tammie

Colored glass iced tea pitcher and shoe cups

Picture of Miss Martha as a young woman and newlywed on white doilie
 picture of her Mother as a young woman
antique plate on stand 

Meet Miss Martha

I hope you've enjoy visiting with my MIL, I know she has been happy to share her hobby with all of you. These days I never forget to bring along my camera, I never know what she may have for me photograph. Next trip, this Sunday on Mother's Day, my husband Jim and I will go to spend the day with her. I hope to get more pictures of her lovely flower gardens..........



  1. Oh, my gosh, I'm flabbergasted! All this from one pair of hands? I bet she's never touched a computer, if you know what I mean! That baby dress is so touching, it should be framed!

  2. Your MIL is really a talented lady. And she is so beautiful!!!. Her flowers I can almost smell from here. Happy Rednesday.

  3. Your MIL is such a lovely woman and her quilts are absolutely stunning. Such a talent. I havn't ever seen a handkerchief quilt before, what a treasure for sure. Her garden is fabulous also. I hope you have a very Blessed Mother's day. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  4. Miss Martha is my hero! She has made so many beautiful things, and I hope she never stops. Everything is so lovely, but I think my favorite is that handkerchief quilt. It's simply stunning!
    Happy REDnesday,

  5. BeAUTIFUL QUILTS! I am in love this the hankerchief one. I have been collecting old hankies to make a hankerchief quilt as well!

  6. Wow, what beautiful quilts!!!!!! Thank for dropping by my blog and sharing this on Masterpiece Monday. Mary :O)

  7. Oh my gosh isn't that dress beautiful? Love it!!!!
    XXX Ido

  8. Happy Mother's Day to Miss Martha! She is an accomplished gardener and quilter. Thank you for sharing her wonderful hand stitched quilts and the beautiful flowers in her garden. How fortunate that she lives close by.
    Happy Mother's Day to you, Emily! ~ Sarah

  9. Wow Emily, this is such a beautiful post! your mother-in-law is an exceptionally talented lady.Her quilts her simply amazing and they show her love of creating all things beautiful! and I loved the baby dress.. a piece to be treasured forever. The dainty glass shoes are simply adorable... Happy Mother's Day to you and Miss Martha!Thanks for stopping by the other day and I hope you and your family are doing well.~Poppy


  10. Emily, a beautiful tribute to your MIL. Love the quilts. I sew myself so truly appreciate her beautiful work. The baby dress, well that is exquisite french heirloom sewing at it's best. Happy Mother's Day.

  11. Beautiful quilts--what talent and love goes into each one is very obvious. Lovely blog! Patty

  12. Your MIL is a very talented lady, Emily! I bet you do indeed look forward to Christmas gifts from her. ;)

    Thanks for linking to the party.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  13. Wow! Such treasures, such talent AND she's your MIL! Perhaps you'd like to link this post to Seasonal Sundays for Mother's Day.

    I appreciate your comment on my Royal Wedding Breakfast Part I and thought you might like to know that Part II is up now.

    - The Tablescaper

  14. Absolutely wonderful quilts. I love the handkerchief one, because I love handkerchiefs. But what beautiful handwork and items. I think about all the details and that's just amazing. Enjoyed my visit - came by way of Brambleberry Cottage Time Travel Thursday. Thanks, Jenn

  15. Miss Martha is one amazing woman!!! Her quilts are incredible.
    And, I am in love with her baby dress made by her mother. Such fine work.
    Thank you so much for bringing it to Treasure Hunt Thursday.

  16. love the plates and quilts.

    you rock.

    Have A Blessed Mother's Day!

  17. Lovely textiles. Thank you for stopping by. The rhododendrons are beautiful.

  18. Oh what wonderful quilts! My Mother has always wanted to make a cathedral quilt but she is 90 now and says. . .no more quilt making. Beautiful post. I am your newest follower.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  19. Beautiful! I love Holly Hobbie and Sunbonnet Sue! I don't see too many things with Holly on them...cute!

    HaPpY pInK sAtUrDaY!

  20. Oh, my goodness! What a special lady and what a special post ... perfect to pay tribute to such a talented lady on Mother's Day! Happy Day!

  21. Hi Emily, Your MIL is a very talented lady and her quilts are so beautiful. Her baby dress is gorgeous and how wonderful that she has kept it all these years. Happy Mother's Day to you and Miss Martha. Thanks for joining my party.

  22. Miss Martha is one talented lady. I'm a quilt lover, and my mil has given me so many, including 2 of the Cathedral Windows. Thanks so much for linking up with VIF and sharing all the beauty!! xo Debra

  23. Thanks for linking to Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  24. Your mother-in-law is a talented lady. I enjoyed seeing her beautiful handiwork and I also enjoyed seeing her sweet little dress. Very special.

  25. Hello,
    Miss Martha is an amazing accomplished woman! So very inspiring! Thank you for sharing this with A Return to Loveliness!
    God Bless,

  26. What wonderful quilts. I love the butterfly one, so creative. I thank you for linking it up to HSH party!

  27. Awww, what a lovely MIL you have!! Miss Martha's quilts are just beautiful!! I especially love the cathedral window quilt. I noticed her glass slippers, just like the one my Grandma had. The beanbag Humpty Dumpty sitting on the shelf reminds me of the ones my Mom sewed for my sister and I when we were girls.

  28. Wow...Miss Martha is one busy lady!! I love all the pics...the glass shoes...oh la la!!

    I invite you to visit my blog, I'm giving away something pretty! http://luluscottage.blogspot.com





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