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Helen Kelley Patchworks » All My Quilts

Helen Kelley Patchworks

Quiltmaker, Teacher, Lecturer, Designer, Author, Judge

Cassidy

Cassidy


Cassidy – Our first Great…. Was a little blond with blue eyes. I made her a quilt in the genre style of portraits done in the 1700’s. She sits on a chair with Irish chain quilt behind her and raggedy Ann in her hand. This was built from an old picture of myself as a baby sitting on my own little chair.


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Connor

Trey


Conner – Great-Grandchild #2. This young man loves motors. So I made him a tractor quilt. Toy blocks from his grandfather’s childhood lie on the floor at his feet.

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Trey

Trey


Trey – Great-Grandchild #3. The highlight of each summer since he was tiny has been a trip to the Minnesota State Fair. Here he rides his favorite carousel animal while the lights and stars light up the night.

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16 – Florida

Florida Postcard Quilt


January, 2000 – Florida – New Years was welcomed with fireworks at this well-known spot in Florida. The quilting swirls among the stars.
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15 – France

France Postcard Quilt


September, 1999 – France – This cafe is found in the town Yvoire. In the background you can see the ancient town wall. The first, and most useless phrase that is taught to a beginning French student in America is about “my aunt” and “her pen which is on the table.” Notice that the “aunt” on this quilt has a pen on the table in front of her.

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14 – Switzerland

Switzerland Postcard Quilt


September, 1999 – Switzerland – The houses in the Swiss Alps are lavishly trimmed in red geraniums. Behind, in the flawless, crystal mountain air, the sun breaks into a star pattern. The corners are trimmed with Edelweiss, that delicate flower that blooms in the high mountains in early spring.

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13 – Ireland

Ireland Postcard Quilt


November, 1984 – Ireland – The streets of Dublin are lined with Georgian homes, each with it’s bright colored door and brass knocker. The basement kitchen area at the front of each home, is fenced with ornamental iron. You can see the park across the street, that private, outdoor green space that gives relief in an area where buildings come down to the edges of the sidewalks. At the top, quilted smoke curls from the chimney pots.

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12 – Wales

Wales Postcard Quilt


May, 1998 – Wales – In the Church of All Saints’ in the little town of Gresford in Wales, you can find three of the strange, pagan faces of The Green Man that were carved there by ancient church builders. The face that is framed in the leaves at the top of this quilt can found carved into the pedestal in The Lady’s Chapel. Dark, ancient yew trees surround church.

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11 – Mexico

Mexico Postcard Quilt


January, 1989 – Mexico – The Yucatan Peninsula shelters wondrous Mayan ruins. This pyramid stands with the sea at its back. On the steps is the ghost of a Mayan priest. The Mayan Sun God warms the scene.
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10 – Maryland

Maryland Postcard Quilt


October, 1998 – Maryland – This Victorian home stands on the banks of a tide water river off the Chesapeake Bay. In front, in the salty water, sails a Log Canoe, indigenous to the area. The sky is sparkling blue, but the constant, fresh wind makes quilted ripples in the air.
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