My Husband "Subvet" says that when our first son "Sonshine" was born the sun rose on our world, when our second son "Gator" was born the sun laughed and when our daughter "Sugars" was born all the flowers bloomed. That says it all.

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
It's about learning how to dance in the rain."
Anonymous

Your mind is the garden, your
thoughts are the seeds, the harvest can either be flowers or weeds. — William
Wordsworth

Monday, April 20, 2009

Quilt Festival






To see about 300 other quilts in this festival click on the picture above. Thanks to Park City Girl for hosting this fun even!






This is my and my grandmother's quilt.

Back when I was first married my Grandmother decided that she couldn't do any more quilting and gave me about 5 large boxes of all her material/scraps/quilting stuff.

In it I found all of her "tester blocks" and 7 blocks plus a lot of extra fabric for a lap quilt she didn't get finished.

When Sonshine was a baby I was going to my Grandparent's house about every 3 months. About 2 weeks before one of these visits I decided that I just had to make her a quilt. So I took all those tester blocks and the unfinished lap quilt and made them into same sized blocks then put them together with sashing to make this quilt. Due to how fast I needed it done I tied the quilt instead of quilting it. Then I took it to Grandmother.

Later, she replaced one of the blocks that "didn't match" with another one, and she went back and quilted the whole thing, taking out my ties.

From all I've been told this quilt was very special to her, when she became hospitalized due to her strokes, she asked especially for them to bring it to her.


Many years ago when I was about 11 or so she had me trace templates and cut them out...then start piecing blocks. That quilt never did get finished, sorry to say...but we did get this one made together.

:-)

17 comments:

Vicki said...

Hi--so pretty and a great story to go with it.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a very sweet story. So glad that you were able to make that quilt for your grandma. I am sure she loved it.

Lisa said...

What a wonderfully special keepsake for you of your grandmother. I envy this talent of yours ~ and your patience!

Zonnah said...

very stunning!

Sarah (JOT) said...

What a sweet story and a lovely heirloom!

ellen b. said...

What a treasure!

Sarcastic Quilter said...

What a lovely story and quilt! I'm so glad she loved it as you intended.

Stephanie D. said...

That's what we all hope for, isn't it? That someone will love what we do, what we make, as much as or more than we do. I think this quilt counts as a success in more ways than one.

Miri said...

Lovely quilt and a lovely story-a favorite quilt for both of you!

ABNPOPPA said...

MM,

So much talent and so little time. How do you raise 3 children and a husband?

LOL

Pops

diana said...

i think quilts are so special because they each have a story. plus, they are simply beautiful - like this one here.

thanks for sharing.

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

Sweet memories in this lovely quilt - thanks for sharing :)

stitchinpenny said...

your grandmother loved the quilt because you cared enough to take her blocks and make a quilt for her. The quilt is so filled with love between the two of you that it is a treasure that should be handed down with the story with it.

Rhonda said...

What a beautiful story to going along with a wonderful quilt.

Mrs4444 said...

It's beautiful!!

SherryTex said...

A beautiful story --you come from the same cloth.

My grandmother made quilts and I sat at her feet, I would have learned I suspect if she had not died. As it is, I can barely thread a needle. It's on my...to learn list.

BTW, have you seen the musical, The Quilters? You'ld love it.

SewCalGal said...

I love your quilt too. Just looks like a fun quilt to snuggle up to. And it certainly would cheer up any room. You did a great job.

Thanks for sharing.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com