One side of my family is Amish; and it’s a traditional for Amish women to make quilts for just about everything, from weddings to new babies to a birthdays and just because. Their quilts are as much a part of their family heritage as the land in which they live off of. The whole process is a community event, and the women weave stories and prayers into the fabric as they work. Every family has a healthy supply of family quilts that have been passed from generation to generation – all of which have a unique history to them.
Now I’m not even going to try and compare my quilting to those of my Amish cousins; plus I cheat and use a sewing machine for most of the work, but I still believe in quilting as a past time. Because I enjoy quilting, one of the things that I like to do for each of my grandchildren is make them a “special quilt”. I remember when my grandmother made one for me – I still have it, and while it’s become quite thin in places I still adore it. It has such wonderful childhood memories attached to it. It was like having a hug every night when I went to bed. I can remember snuggling down under it on cold winter nights and thinking how I must have held a pretty special place in my Gram’s heart for her to make such a warm and wonderful quilt for me, and I’m sure that it will be one of the things that I pass down to my children and grandchildren.
Our trip to Nebraska is just two short weeks away, and here’s what I’ll be taking with me:
It’s finally finished! The flowers took so much time, but I think they turned out absolutely adorable. On the back I put a sparkly pink fabric that is very feminine, and adds a bit of flare to the piece. This quilt is fun – the fabric print is bold – with cats, hot air balloons, Princess crowns, Dora, flowers, and clouds. And the pattern is fun, yet simple enough to not overwhelm the eye. A great quilt for a kid.
Zoe’s quilt was a bit of a challenge. I had originally picked out a gorgeous, pastel floral, ultra feminine pattern that looked absolutely wonderful in the magazine. However, I was unable to find the fabric that I wanted to use, and the fabric that I eventually picked out looked ridiculous when I started putting it together. So, I ripped the quilt apart and proceeded to wing it. In the end, I think the final product is quite interesting, and still maintains that little girl element that I was going for. The print on the fabric is Parisian inspired with little parasols, luggage, and Eiffel towers, with some classic prints, stripes and polka dots thrown in. I think this is just the right quilt for our little Diva!
Glenn’s quilt is really not a quilt, but a crib throw. I picked this little gem up at Wal-Mart on the $1 table a couple of months back, and though that if Denise had a girl I could just throw a binding on it and donate it to the church nursery. But as luck would have it, our new grand baby is a BOY, so I’m going to pick up some blue satin ribbon and use it as the binding. I realize this isn’t a proper home-made quilt, but that’ll come before his first birthday. I want to find just the right fabric for his quilt – and no, it will not be Cornhusker red!