This page is following the Blogging 101: Make a New Page assignment.  Revisions will follow after the post has time to sit and simmer.  In one sense this also fulfills the requirement for My Personality on the Page.

I am not obsessive compulsive, but I have always eaten the last few nuts in the dish, cleaned my kids plates (as in eat their food) if they did not finish a meal, made sure spoons were large enough to stand in a bowl without sinking into the food, and rinsed my dishes before I washed them by hand.  I always enjoyed placing my cups and glasses in a straight line in the cabinet.  If you watched me put away dishes, you might think I did a lot of unnecessary work to line them up like little soldiers, but the organization made me happy.  I felt clean and valiant after an hour in the kitchen.  House guests who wanted to help me do dishes after a meal have whined, “Can’t you do it differently just while we are here?”

With that as a background, can you imagine just how much time I spent planning and organizing this quilt for my son and his wife?  I have been years in the process.  It is mostly finished, and I wanted to share it with you today.

Palace Windows

Putting on the first border was the last step before adding the drop-down borders to make the quilt fit the bed.  The “windows” are tiny cross stitched pictures of Indian daily life done on linen–all memories from the time of poverty in the development of the nation.  Black sashing represents the iron bars which cover every opening, thus preventing thieves from entering windows or doors.

Palace Window

Readers should know this story about our son before we move on.  I first thought of calling the quilt Seraglio WindowsEven though the verse below seems to fit, I certainly do not want to call it Prison Windows.  The theme idea is that someone is on the inside looking out upon the spectacular world where our son was born and grew up.

Stone walls do not a prison make,
Nor iron bars a cage;
Minds innocent and quiet take
That for an hermitage;

If I have freedom in my love
And in my soul am free,
Angels alone, that soar above,
Enjoy such liberty.


Lines 25-32 from a poem called

“To Althea from Prison”

by Richard Lovelace

Palace Windows Sashing and Borders

Border cloth was chosen to approximate the appearance of the houses, the little cement fortresses found in most Indian architecture.  The fabric line is Stonehenge but has no relationship to the place in England.  Finally, the pillow shams are extensions of the whole quilt–just a smaller version.

M n B Sham Backs

Palace Windows BackMy daughter-in-law, Becky, sent these pictures of the quilt on their bed.

Palace Windows 3

Palace Windows 2

Palace Windows 1

While I was trying to finish the last trimmings on the king sized shams I was working at Brett & Cindy’s home (eldest son and his wife).  Their second son, James, has a tomcat.  Enough said…

Sammy in the Sham

Sammy on the Sham

Just try to sew on a binding when a cat is around.  You will find you are wasting your time trying to chase him away!  What is it about cats and quilts?

Sammy in the Quilt

I can’t possibly forget this unfinished beauty! This is the pillow meant to draw the quilt front and back together.

European Style Pillow
European Style Pillow

One short update with photos to let you see the progress of the pillow under construction.  My eldest daughter couldn’t let this one go for some reason and has taken time to learn to do the long and short stitch from Mary Corbet’s Needle and Thread found at


AND a little bit more of the same regal bird.


And one more for detail.


For All Quilt and Cat Lovers Who Also Love to Color

Cats and Quilts Coloring Book

Selected yardage from

Timeless Treasures Plume Collection
Stonehenge by Sunshine Cottage

26 thoughts on “INSIDE OUT (Palace Windows)

    1. Kate,

      Thanks for dropping by and for poking around to see what all I have included. You might search the word crochet and see another aspect of my life. So much to do and so little time… I hope to post other such things as time goes on.

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    2. I used to do a lot of baby quilts so I have some idea how hard that was. The little windows are fascinating. What a labor of love. And it looks so beautiful on the bed. You’re a true artist.


  1. I am floored (a pun, if you caught my last post The Floor I Couldn’t Reach). The quilt belongs in an exhibit. And yes, it absolutely speaks of your personality as well as your values and insistence upon organization and clarity, and your longing to tell stories. Simply amazing.


    1. Diana,

      There are times when my dreams are more like nightmares, but I couldn’t let this dream go for some reason. I have another dream brewing. This time it will be for my youngest daughter and her husband–done in rainbow shades of batik. She loves color and the more color the better.


    1. I remembre a saying my mother used so often: Jack of all trades and master of none. That was how she answered me when I wanted to do everything I saw anyone else doing. I crocheted, knitted, wove a bit, painted, smocked and did other types of embroidery, so I guess that makes me Jack–not professional at anything. 😉


    1. Sarah, I have not met you yet, but I certainly appreciate that you took time to comment on this page. Thanks and let me go find out what you do and what you write about.


  2. Simply Beautiful. What talent and dedication to perfection you have. I have always wanted to learn to quilt; however, I’ve yet to stop to make the time to learn. Someday, I’d like to make that “stop.” Thank you for sharing.
    Ps. Thank you for following my blog. I look forward to reading more of yours as well. 🙂


    1. Quilting is an art I have not mastered, but I appreciate being able to share what few I have finished. As the blog begins to grow, I hope to share more of the crafty items that will encourage others to try their own skills. We are here for each other.


    1. It isn’t quite what I had envisioned, but it has potential to tell the story. I hope you were able to use the magnifying software at the bottom of the page I linked to. That shows the little cross stitched pictures plainly. And the pictures of our son were there as well.


  3. It was a bit much to wade through, but necessary to show what needed to be told. Maybe my other “crafty” things will not be so detailed. 😉


  4. This quilt is rich in so many ways–in beauty, in hours invested, in its representation of life in India, both past and present. Thank you for sharing both the quilt and Matthew’s story (via the link) with us, Beth.

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