Quilts 2011

31 October 2012

A long time coming...

It's down to the final few hours for this Fall's Blogger's Quilt Festival and I decided "Why Not?!"

There are so many gorgeous quilts!  Thought I'd throw one of my recent finishes into the mix.

This is my Blackhoof Valley Quilt.  It's been sitting in the "Almost Finished, but Not Quite" pile for far too long.  The top was done, it was even sandwiched together, but quilted?  Nope.  Finally last weekend I set my mind to get 'er done.  And done I got 'er!

From when the top was completed, taken at the Farm my Grandparents used to live

This quilt has a special place in my heart.  My grandma was quite the quilter in her day.  She also did beautiful embroidery work, often times combining the two mediums into gorgeous quilts. I think my love of quilting and sewing comes from her.  When she had to leave the farm to move to assisted living she gave me a bunch of her fabric that I have held on to all these years.  When Denyse Schmidt's Picnic and Fairgrounds line came out I knew it would mix perfectly with some of my grandma's fabric, along with some others in my stash.  It was a simple pattern that I came up with featuring rectangles.

As I look at her fabric in the quilt, I'm reminded of her.  The days spent having her help me embroider dish towels (I'm quite sure I never finished a single one!).  The quilts that she showed at the local county fair. The handmade clothes she made.  There's one fabric in particular that she had used to make the collar on a shirt and some pants... I can picture her wearing that outfit!  

Grandma can no longer sew, but she has passed on her love of fabric and creating to me, and I am so thankful for that.

I love you, Grandma!

Entry #621
*Quilt Measurements 74"x80"
*Quilted by…Deb Westerberg
*Best category – Favorite Bed Quilt, Favorite Scrap Quilt

18 October 2012

First Guest Post and First Tutorial!

Check out 733 today, where I have my first guest post and my first tutorial!  
All a part of Disney Love week!

I show how to make a Tulle Princess Dress

Is she not the cutest princess ever?  My niece just makes my heart melt!

11 October 2012

Finally Finished!

Almost a year after getting it {almost} done, I made the final hand stitches and got the binding put on. It's a wedding present for a friend. The wedding is Saturday. Today is Wednesday. I won't be sewing the binding on it on the way to the reception... This may possibly be a first!

It feels great to move this longtime WiP to the finish pile!