October 28, 2010

Bloggers' Quilt Festival - A Tale of Two Quilts

There are so many reasons for why we quilt. Isn't there? There is therapy, money, recognition, need, love... I received a gift, a while ago, that got me started on this quilting thing and here I am. I will share my grandmother's quilt gifted to me and my first quilt.

This quilt was my grandmother's creation. Now, that I quilt, I can appreciate the treasure.


Look at that binding technique. She blindstitched the front to the backing!

All of it was handquilted. The hand stitching is about 12 to 14 stitches per inch.

Are you in awe of the borders? Can you see the stitching in the ditch? I love that I can see her sketching the designs that she later quilted.


It laid on my bed when I was in high school, no damage, except where my favorite pen leaked on it my sophomore year. I love how the label was cross-stitched. Yup... she did that too! I realized my grandma misspelled my name, but there were almost thirty of us grandchildren. She died a couple of years ago at the age of 95.


When I got the bug to quilt I had to hand quilt it. With this as inspiration, how could it be made otherwise? My first, as with many of our first quilts, was simple squares. The reason to make it was love of a new baby.

Anna at 6 months?
I didn't have anyone to teach me and I pulled out so many stitches to make it just perfect. I didn't realize how hard it was to make the back and front the same length like my grandmother's! There were so many starts, stops, callouses, and pricks of the needle until it was done.


It took me until she was three, had a little brother and was already in a big girl bed.


The whole crew helped to take the pictures today. Her little sister had to get in the photo.

The neatest part is everyone gets into the quilty action and I wouldn't have it any other way!

Thanks for the inspiration Grandma!

Amy's Creative Side - Blogger's Quilt Festival

57 comments:

  1. I love how the special gift of quilting from one generation to the next. Thanks for this special look into your quilts.

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  2. What a wonderful quilting heriatge you have. Its great that you are continuing it. Thanks for sharing the wonderful quilts.

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  3. thank you for this story! and the pictures of the beautiful quilts and babies!

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  4. Love all that you shared!!

    Blessings,

    KT

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  5. BEAUTIFUL quilts and such a sweet story!

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  6. Thank you for the wonderful story!

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  7. What a beautiful crew of helpers you have. And a lovely story.

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  8. Fabulous.
    What a treasure you have from your grandma and the quilt you made is adorable.

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  9. Thank you so much for sharing the quilt your grandma did - and your own. It's something special to kind of "see" the connection between generations!

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  10. I love the layout you used with those colors! It gives a nice girly rainbow effect :-)

    ~ Meagan
    SnippetsAndYarns at gmail dot com

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  11. Thanks for sharing your quilt. It is lovely.

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  12. Aw, that is a lovely post! Imagine having 30 grandchildren and quilting for them. I love amazing stories about amazing grandparents. Thanks for sharing that beautiful quilt, and your baby quilt, too - sweet photos of your babe!

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  13. What a wonderful story to go with your quilt and the quilt from your grandmother. I like how it ties together the generations.

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  14. Beautiful quilt and beautiful story. Your Grandmother was a wonderful seamstress!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your kind words!

    Genevieve
    The Three Spinsters

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  15. Nothing better than PINK, very nice work.

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  16. Your grandmother's quilt is beautiful, her stitching gorgeous - and so is yours!!! She would be very proud, I'm sure!
    And your babies are too darling!

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  17. What a lovely story! I too have a heritage quilt - my great-grandmother made mine! I still love to look at all the different fabrics in it and think of her making it for me.....

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  18. how cool, great story and awesome quilts both old and new!

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  19. I'm so glad you're carrying on the tradition. I love your colorful quilt! Jo Anna

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  20. The quilt is so colorful and happy-- and the story truly made me smile. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  21. What a wonderful legacy. Not only have you been given a beautiful quilt but you were also given a love for quilting. I think both quilts are beautiful and the story behind them makes them even more so.

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  22. Beautiful quilt full of a Grandma's love in every stitch. She started a great legacy. Thanks for sharing your quilt's story (and the adorable baby girl pics!)

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  23. Thanks for sharing the old and your new. I can relate I didn't have anyone to teach or help either. We both learned the hard way.

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  24. I love the story... and the quilts! This is truly a reminder of how quilting can "bind" generations together, isn't it?

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  25. Lovely post-perfect to share your grandmother's quilt (btw, I'm sharing a quilt with the same basket pattern today) and your first quilt! It was like a quilt history lesson-seeing the fabrics from 1991 and your bright cheery fabrics of today.

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  26. Hai avuto in dono dalla nonna un tesoro!
    Ciao Domenica

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  27. How lucky you must be with your grandma's quilt!!

    GREETings from France

    http://busybeefree.blogspot.com/2010/10/bloctoberfest-and-giveaway.html

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  28. thanks for sharing your grandma's and your quilts!

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  29. Thank you for sharing the story of the quilt your grandmother made, and your own. They are both treasures :-)

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  30. Both quilts are beautiful and special! Thanks for sharing the story:)

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  31. Wonderful story -- thank you for sharing it and the two quilts, both so special!

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  32. What a wonderful story. I was also inspired by my own Grandmother's love of sewing and I am self taught. I started saving baby clothes from the first first outfit my dd wore and after saving four entire kitchen sized trash bags full, I spent 2 months cutting it all into squares. Funny I wouldn't share the clothes with anyone except my nearest and dearest friend but as even now I'm still stash busting those darned squares I'll give a baby clothes quilt to any one wanting one!

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  33. What a beautiful treasure you have from your grandmother. My grandmother was not a quilter but she valued needlework and I made her a quilt for her 85th birthday.
    I am sure she would be very proud of your beautiful work and that you continued her legacy.
    Perhaps one day you will try quilting by machine, perhaps not- Which ever way you quilt, may you enjoy many happy hours spent creating something beautiful for others to treasure.
    Regards from Western Canada,
    Anna

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  34. How nice to have a lovely quilt from your grandmother. Thanks for sharing.

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  35. This story makes me smile and what a beautiful quilt you made.
    Greetings from Germany

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  36. Totally love that you posted your grandmas quilt! THe first time Amy held this I posted my grandmas quilt as well...such a wonderful connection to our past!

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  37. What a wonderful story and a great treasure to have! :)

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  38. Beautiful quilts...I love the pinks!
    Micki

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  39. what a special story!! you are so lucky to have something so beautiful made with so much love by your grandmother.

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  40. What a nice story! How lucky you are to have a heritage of quilting.

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  41. Thanks for sharing your special quilt. I love all the tiny stitches your GM did. You don't see many hand quilting quilts these days - Enjoy the Festival - Hugs Nat

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  42. Yours grandmother's love is passed on to your little girl. How special is that! Your grandmother did beautiful work.

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  43. You are carrying on a really beautiful tradition in your family, and very successfully I might add. Your quilt is lovely - congrats on the finish. And thank you for sharing it!

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  44. Great inspiration. That quilt is a treasure. Your kids look so cute dressed up for Halloween.

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  45. I too appreciate my Grandma's quilts more now that I'm older and quilt. What a sweet quilt for your daughter to always have.

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  46. Thank you for sharing this story. You are so lucky to have such a treasure from your grandmother.

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  47. both quilts are wonderful. how sweet to have that from your grandmother!! my grandma made a quilt for the next granddaughter to get married...always thought that would be me but my younger cousin got married first and she got it instead. grandma didn't live long enough to make another one. i do have a wonderful cattywampus baby afghan she made for my daughter when she couldn't really see well...it's so precious. love the colors in yours and yours and your grandma's quilting is wonderful!! thanks for sharing and have a great day

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  48. Wonderful story and great quilt. Our great grandmother made every great grandchild a quilt. I have mine on the quilt rack in our living room.
    Glad to see your kids involved. Mine each have their own stash to play with when I quilt.

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  49. lovey quilts, great stories, and gorgeous children!
    thanks for sharing!
    Kristina

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  50. It's beautiful, and it's a wonderful remembrance of your grandmother.

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  51. What a beautiful quilt you made for your wee one.... A treasure she will cherish as much you cherish the quilt given to you!

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  52. What beautiful quilts! The handquilting, yours and your grandmother's, is beautiful. I love a handquilted quilt, I'm so glad to see you're carrying on the tradition.

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  53. Your hand quilting looks as nice as your grandma's! They're both beautiful quilts. My grandmother used that same technique to bind her quilts, the fold over and stitch down method.

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