Monday, May 21, 2012

Story Quilts Tell So Much-Sharon, Laura and Charlotte Show How it is Done!

 The darling quilt above was made by Sharon Woods who lives in Sante Fe and has bought all of my books and studied them. She really "GOT" the concept of story quilts and getting out of the box. This quilt is for her Grandchild to be...isn't it wonderful? So colorful and so happy and such whimsy. This will be a keepsake for sure! Sharon we LOVE this wonderful quilt! Thank you so much for sharing it! Sharon added this little note to her letter
Dear mary lou,
Wanted to send you a shot of my latest quilt that I did for my grandson to be. My son-in-law was born in Russia. The crocodile in the corner playing the accordion is named Gena and the little mouse on the elephants back is Cheburashka. These were two of his favorite Russian characters that he grew up with.
Sharon Woods
The quilt below is by Laura who I talk about as you read this. Laura has a style all her own and we love what she does and how she does it.
Laura always has great story quilts. She and her sister Charlotte have more stories for quilts than I ever dreamt off and they alway mention "Mother" and "Daddy" and then they tell as story and we all laugh! Laura met her husband (who was from Hawaii) on a plane and they hit it off and he started calling her in Texas and she was going to law school and before you knew it, they got married and he moved to the continental US. Vern is a great guy and Laura is a wonderful Grandmother and Mother.
The last quilt (the quilt above) that Vern sent you the picture of was the one where I
illustrated a poem that was written by my granddaughter for her Mother.
I think Mallory (granddaughter) was 10 or 11 as she was old enough to be
playing softball. We sent her a picture at the same time we sent yours
and she was blown away and loved it. She is now 27 so the poem was
written some time ago. Her Mom keeps the original on her fridge---even
after all these years. I knew it was important to Laura-Lee (daughter)
to have the poem and I know she will be thrilled when she is given the
quilt. That won't be until Christmas. The poem in it's entirety is
embroidered in the border on the cheddar fabric.
Charlotte sent me a photo of her quilt that is ready for quilting....and of coarse she talked about their Mother and Daddy and how she worked at a drive in hamburger place and wore roller skates....isn't that a fun nostalgic picture? Notice cupid and their dog and the restaurant which I think wa the Wagon Wheel
I got this letter from Charlotte about the quilt below, today.
"  I checked out your Mary Lou and Whimsy today and there we were!! The Webb Sisters’ quilts. It is always a thrill to see them on line. My Mother did work at the Wagon Wheel Drive In and it might not show up in the picture but my Dad was working at Bruce’s Juices which is where the road leads. I really like this quilt and can hardly wait to see it quilted and finished. They always look so much better then. "
Laura and Charlotte please chime in and I will post what you girls have to say about these story quilts! It is fun for us to know ALL of the details....
I get to spend a week with them when they fly from Florida and Texas to join the girls who come for my retreat in Idaho. If you didn't sign up, you will missing a super time and a wonderful chef's meals. We will miss you!
Charlotte has a Grandson and she asked him one day after something simple happened  "Does that make me a bad Grandma?" And He answered "there ARE no bad Grandma's." Now isn't that sweet and just what we all want our Grandkids to think! Right?
NOTE her Grandkids names are in the borders stars...history in the quilt and that is what we love!
Story quilts show in years to come who and what people hold dear in their hearts...they have real power and potential for sentiments.....


  1. Wow Hoochy MAMA!!! These pictures are amazing and soooo inspirational! You go girls!

    Kim in VA

  2. Those are darling and such an inspiration. After working on mine and not making much progress I was ready to give up, but not now. These are wonderful and have given me courage to go on.

  3. Those are wonderful story quilts and wonderful for kids to treasure when they get older.