Sunday, September 23, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
I have always loved to quilt, but raising 6 children gave me very limited time to quilt for many years. It hasn't been until the last 6-8 years that I've really gotten back into it. What got me back into quilting initially was wanting to carry on my mother's tradition of making each of her children a quilt when they got married. So, the first major quilt I made was for my oldest son when he got married. (I'll have to scan that picture in, sometime....that was before digital cameras.) A year later, my daughter got married and this picture is the quilt I made her for her wedding. She loves blues and wanted a blue quilt.
I started keeping a journal of my quilts a year or two after I made these quilts, so I hadn't taken pictures of these first two quilts to begin with, but when I visited my daughter a few weeks ago, she got this quilt out and let us sleep with it on the guest bed so I finally got a picture of it. It brought back fond memories seeing it again. It's a special time, when your daughter is getting married and you're deep into wedding plans with her. All of those feelings and memories came rushing back when I saw it again. I just thought I'd share it with all of you since I just got a picture of it.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
I'm not too good with my photography so you can't see too well. It's a row of polka dotted ribbon and some little flower buttons and a row of narrow pink ric rac underneath. Well, of course, I didn't get picked, because there were some very creative things other women did which was fun to see. But It was still fun to do. The only disappointment I had was that it was called the "Perfect Fit Apron" because you draw owt the pattern by using measurements they tell you to take and it did NOT fit me perfectly. It bags out in the front and the waist was too long. I should have checked better before I finished the whole thing, but I felt confident with measuring like I did that it would work. When I got to the meeting, most of the women were complaining about the same thing. I was glad it just wasn't me.
Next months project is a picnic quilt. I needed 12 fat quarters to make it so I got those picked out. I was drawn to the pastels this time. Now I just need to find my sashing. I'm still trying to decide what color to do. Any suggestions?
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
I thought I'd also share with you a "Labor of Love" project that I have been given, which is a very special project to me. I had a wonderful step-mother who has been part of my life since I was 16 years old. She loved to quilt also and has made literally hundreds of quilts during her life. Many of her quilts are in my home and are some of my kids favorites. She was diagnosed 3 years ago with ALS (or better known as Lou Gerigh's Disease). She just passed away this past Spring. When I went down to her funeral, my sister-in-law, who lives next door to her, showed me this unfinished quilt she had been working on while she was battling this disease and finally had to quit because her body just would not let her any longer. She was trying to make it for her daughter who loves these colors and is going through an especially difficult time in her life. No one else in the family loves to piece quilts as much as I do, and no one wanted to tackle trying to figure out how to finish this without a pattern -- no pattern could be found. I am so excited now to finish it and feel it an honor and a way to give myself some closure to her death to help her finish this. So here is a picture of what she got done and what I was given to finish!
So I'll take more pictures when I get this further along and share how its going with all of you. Thanks for letting me share with you this very special project I'm embarking on.