I’ve been quilting for over 10 years, and this quilt is very special to me because it was the first quilt I ever made on my own …
It was 1999; and I had recently taken a quilting class where I completed my very first quilt top. So I was very motivated to make another quilt. As I browsed through my many quilting magazines, I found a quilt that caught my eye (pic of original quilt pattern below). Not ever having made a quilt on my own, I was quite intimidated but decided to give it a try anyway. Since I didn’t want to spend money on something I might “mess up”, I used fabric I’d had around for a long time.
The quilt has thirty “Shoo Fly” blocks and, at the time, was somewhat of a challenge. The quilt has yellow sashing with red setting squares and measures 54 ½ by 61. The border and the backing are the same fabric, which has white daisies on a red background, so the quilt has a lot of red in it. It was machined quilted in-the-ditch by me.
A day or two after finally finishing the quilt, my 2-year-old granddaughter, Emily, was asleep on the sofa. Thinking of my newly-finished quilt, I covered her with it. The next morning – to my surprise – when she saw the quilt, Emily happily showed the quilt to her mother and told her “Look, Mama! Grandma gave this to me!” I never got my quilt back, and Emily slept with her quilt every night!
Well, that was eleven years ago. Today my DGD Emily is 13 years old and is growing into a beautiful young woman. She no longer sleeps with her red quilt; it has been loved so much that her mom has put it away for now. Of course, she has other quilts her mom and I have made her, but this red quilt will always be special.
I love you, Emily! Always, Grandma
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