Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Q is for Quilt

Quilts have always been a part of my life. Let me share a few from my collection..,This quilt was the last full quilt quilted by my great grandmother. It was the quilt on my childhood bed. It doesn't have a fancy design or any intricate piecing, but it is completely hand quilted by her. I am proud to own this heirloom.

I made this quilt as a project for church when I was a teenager. The Young Women values are embroidered on fabric squares. It is machine pieced and hand quilted . It think I did this by myself, but I'm not sure. Mom - do you remember if you or grandma. helped me quilt this? I plan to hang this on my studio wall - once I have one, that is...


This is the wall hanging in my living room. It took me ten years to finish this. I started it in a quilting class that I took in college with my good friend Cayenne (who doesn't do much quilting anymore, but is an amazing knitter and spinner). To pass the class we had to finish the piecing and had to do it all by hand. I did that, but then it took me ten years to quilt it and bind it and such. I actually just finished it last fall. I love that it is done completely by hand - I am in love with totally handmade items, I just don't usually have the patience for them.

This is the quilt that my Grandma made for our wedding. I picked out the pattern and the fabrics and she made it. (How great is that?) I love it because it was made with love . I also love it because I remember my grandma not being so sure about my fabric choices, but really loving how the quilt turned out. I now will sometimes get consulted when she is picking out fabrics for quilts - she's making one for each of her grandchildren.And lastly, this Irish chain. I pieced it before I left for Argentina and I came home to a quilted quilt! Thanks Mom!

I love the art and the warmth of a quilt. I hope I make many more, some to keep and some to give, in my life. Do you have a quilt that you love?

10 comments:

Christina said...

I love quilts, too. I have one my grandma made that I love and use every night. Many of the fabrics in it were once dresses for my mom and aunts and they were growing up.

Jenn Maruska said...

I too, have a quilt that my Grandma made for me. It has little pieces of fabric that she used since I was born to make dresses, skirts, etc. It is priceless to me : )

Heidijayhawk said...

that may be my favorite collection ever. what a lucky girl, and talented girl you are!

Mom said...

Hey Sweetie ... I think you did the Young Women's quilt all on your own ... I probably helped you put it on the frames but I don't remember helping with the quilting. You do have a good eye for colors ... you've helped me with several ideas ... sometimes we get too close to a project to see what's throwing it off ... it's been fun to share this interest with you ...

Beth H said...

aaaawwww quilts. I just love the idea and each of our beds have one on them, both of which were made by the same loving aunt. I on the other hand do not have the patience right now. I made a few when I was in high school, yes high school, but not since. thinking of a scrap quilt now though???

Mary Beth said...

Wow, great quilt collection. I love that you persevered for *ten* years to finish your quilt from quilting class! And I love your wedding quilt from your grandma.

Lucy said...

Wow--love all of your quilts- awesome sewing talents must run in your family!!

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Laurie said...

Thanks for sharing your quilts. I have so much respect for people who quilt. I've only made some wall quilts and that was tough enough for me. You've got a wonderful collection.

Windybrook Spinner said...

Your quilts are gorgeous and I had so much fun taking that class with you. It's definitely a treasured memory. Thanks for linking to me! I feel very privileged.

Angela said...

These are so nice. There is something beautiful about quilts, just knowing they were made with love and time.