My husband’s grandmother was an excellent quilter. She didn’t use a machine; she showed her love by hand-quilting, one stitch at a time. The quilt we always use in the summertime was made by her. We have used it since we are married, over 15 years! It’s still going strong, providing warmth and love to us.
The most impressive quilt she made for my husband was a quilt embroidered with all 50 U.S. states. She embroidered 7 things for each state: (1) state name; (2) state shape, (3) state capital; (4) the year the state became part of the U.S.; (5) the number representing the order the state became a state; (6) state bird; and (7) state flower. What intricate and beautiful work! She made 4 quilts like this–one for each of her 3 children, and a special one with red-white-and-blue ruffles for my husband.
I can’t imagine how much time and love she put into those quilts. Her attention to detail and artistic skills took my breath away!
Granny was such an inspiring and prolific quilter. My father-in-law gave me some of the quilt tops she left when she passed away.
Some of her quilt tops were made from her old dresses and her children’s old clothes. I picked a quilt top that was full of fond memories and used parts of it to make a tote bag to hold a Christmas gift for my father-in-law several years ago.
My very first quilt was a small comforter for my daughter. I made it while I was pregnant with her. It features the letter S, for my daughter Sara, who is actually named after my husband’s late grandmother. My daughter is still using the quilt, but it’s getting small for her now. Kids grow up so fast!
I have collected a bag of cutouts from my son’s baby clothes, and a bag of my daughter’s. I plan to quilt something out of the pieces of their old clothes as a memento for them when they’re off to college. Luckily I still have a few years before I need to make my son’s😁