Friday, July 31, 2009
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Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
When my grandma was a young girl, living on the farm with no running water or electricity, she spent a summer making a quilt out of her old dresses. It was the double wedding ring pattern and she and her siblings - including her brothers - would gather around after dinner to hand quilt it together.
My grandma has only made one other quilt since then, done entirely with a sewing machine. But that double wedding ring quilt is hanging on a quilt rack in her bedroom. Every time I visit her, I get it out and look at it. It's so beautiful, with the intricate pattern (put together by a beginner!), the 1930's fabrics, and the scalloped edges. I could look at it for hours!
Monday, July 27, 2009
In the 10 years that I've been quilting, I've made over 60 quilts. I have enough bed sized and wallhanging quilts for myself that in recent years, I seem to be making more quilts for other people. This includes baby quilts which are nice because they're smaller and I can try different patterns. Plus they're easier to quilt.
I love being able to give a personalized gift. Some recipients appreciate it. I think there are others who wish I would have stuck to their registry list. But what fun is that? Some take a photo of their baby using the quilt. Others acknowledge it with a card or email.
I made this Bulls-eye Quilt last fall. The baby was born in January and I promptly mailed it off to the happy couple. This week I received a thank you email with a photo of the baby on the quilt during her six month photo session. What a cutie!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I've done the Psycho Log Cabin quilt pattern a few times and when my cousins announced they were expecting, my motgher-in-law suggested we do this pattern. A girl is expected and the room decor is pink so we used fabric from the couple's pink and white wedding quilt we made a few years ago. That quilt was very calm and traditional. This quilt is quite the opposite!