Sunday, May 23, 2010

Blogger’s Quilt Festival … My Special Quilt

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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.

Shoo Fly McCalls Quilting Original Pattern from McCall’s Quilting 1999

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.

Emily's Quilt 5a copy 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!

Emily's Quilt 6a copy

 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.

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I love you, Emily!  Always, Grandma

This is my contribution to the Blogger’s Quilt Festival.  There are hundreds of contributions, so be sure to click on the link to see everyone else’s contribution!

25 comments:

  1. Such a gorgeous quilt and a lovely story too! What a nice memory this quilt must be for Emily. ; ) Quilts are magical! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. What a sweet story and lovely first quilt!

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  3. Lovley quilt! Grand children give a brand new meaning to the Blanket of Love!

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  4. great quilt and always wonderful when our grandchildren appreciate and love what we make for them.
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

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  5. Wonderful quilt and story. I am sure that in another 10 years Emily will get that quilt out and treasure it.

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  6. Thanks for sharing your quilt and delightful story. Beautiful quilt.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  7. Very nice quilt and I just love the story. I've made quilts for my 5 grandchildren and am working on my 6th. I know how special those grandbabies are!

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  8. Very beautiful color quilt work!

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  9. Such a lovely story. Thank you so much for sharing the story of such a pretty quilt.

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  10. This such a sweet story! Lovely quilt!

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  11. j'aime beaucoup votre réalisation félicitations

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  12. Wonderful story. I love making quilts for my DGD too.

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  13. Such a lovely quilt und such a lovely story!

    Thank you for stopping on my blog, Rita.

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  14. So pretty! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. What a memorable story to go with the quilt you made!

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  16. lovely story!! how sweet she got her quilt! love the quilt--beautifully done

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  17. What a special story to go with your lovely quilt. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment on my blog. I am having a great time looking at all the quilts in the BQF, but I think it will take weeks to get to them all.

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  18. Wonderful story to go with a wonderful quilt! Thanks for sharing. ooxx`jodi

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  19. What a lovely story to go with a very special quilt.

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  20. Pretty quilt and I enjoyed the story to go with it :)

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  21. The picture of Emily hugging her quilt is priceless. Thanks so much for sharing your story.

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