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Thread: My first quilt...sorry this in kinda long.

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    I have lurked her for several months looking at the beautiful quilts and learning about this new obsession of mine called quilting.

    I finally finished my first quilt and I wanted to share it with someone that could really appreciate it's history and the meaning behind it. So, here goes....sorry if it's too long.

    My 83 year old grandmother has struggled with Alzheimers for the last 8 years or so, but she has always had a passion for sewing, knitting and needle work. As I child I spent many hours playing in her sewing box, playing with her buttons, and whatching her cut out patterns or do needle work. A few years ago we had to pack my Granny's things up and somehow I ended up with a box that had some of her half finished work. In the box were some quilt squares that she has been embrodering since the '70's, it was very pertty work!

    As I pondered what to do with these things, I ventured into the world of quilting...OH MY! I am working on making each of my Granny's daughters and granddaughters a quilt with the blocks that she so diligently worked on for so many years ago. I ended up giving the first three pieces to my aunt and cousins for my Granny's 83rd birthday this year. All through the process I though constantly about the wonderful woman whose hands went before mine, who's love of pretty things was passed on to me, and I was profundly moved to think that even in her current state of advanced Alzheimers, she is still teaching me things...without those quilt squares falling into my lap I might never have learned how to quilt!

    So, here are the pictures of my first 3 quilt projects...but they are so much more than projects.

    Thanks for letting me ramble...


    1970's embroidery by Granny-2
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    1970's embroidery by Granny-1
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    1970's embroidery by Granny-3
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    What a touching story!!!!! !!!!!! Those are gorgeous!!!!!!
    And welcome from Oklahoma!!!! :D

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    Wow, what a wonderful story. Your quilt is beautiful. Welcome to the board from Southern California

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    What a treasure you have and she would be so happy that someone got her things that appricated what she did. So often these things get overlooked or tossed aside. I also want to welcome you to our site from Washington state.

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    Welcome from NE CA. Glad you joined us. Your story is very touching and you both have done beautiful work.

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    What beautiful work! You are blessed to have a piece of your grandma's love to hold and pass down thru the family!
    I have afgans my grandma made and they are very special to me as I'm sure these are to you and your family!
    Welcome from SE Iowa! :D :D

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    Touching story, and wonderful quilts. Welcome from St. Louis! :lol:

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    beautiful. the story and your work. Welcome to the board.

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    They are all just beautiful! It was meant to be that you ended up with your grandmas sewing things. Now the family can have a keepsake from two generations.
    I am sure your grandma is happy with what you have done with her work and it has awakened in you a desire to quilt, how wonderful. Thanks for sharing your story with us.
    Welcome from central part of Indiana.

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    You had me in tears with your story. Everyone who receives one of your remembrances of your Grandma will be, too. My Mom passed away 3 years ago at 92, just 8 months after she was dx with Alzheimer's, though she had signs of dementia for several years. She loved quilts, though she didn't quilt. I took her to the Tucson quilt show every year.

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    you've chosen the perfect way to make sure your Grandmother's legacy passes on to many generations to come. You've done her great justice, too, by adding your own wonderful workmanship. :P :P :P

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    Your post & pictures are deeply moving.

    The best tribute you could offer is the continuing the legacy that a wise & gifted lady has given you. You are surely on the right track.

    I look forward to seeing more of your work.

    A fellow Texan, Riley

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    What a very moving story! I'm so pleased that the embroideries were used by someone who appreciated the beauty and the work that went into them!

    Karen xx

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    Those are very nice. Thanks for sharing and your story behind them

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    What a great story!
    Those blocks sure are beautiful!!

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    beautiful! I'm sure your grandmother would be so proud of your work and kindness.

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    What a beautiful story and a wonderful way to display your grandmother's lovely work.

    Thanks for sharing your story.

    Sybil

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    Your gram was a very talented woman and you are treading in her footsteps, I wish you continued success. What you have done so far is lovely :D

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    I love them! Are you sure that's your first quilt???

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    Beautiful. What a legacy to share and pass on!

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    Wow! Thats great that you have some of her blocks. I have a quilt top my grandmother did, and I want to quilt it. Yay for you!!

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    What wonderful work on both of your parts.....:-) ....Bless ya's

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    What a wonderful story and such thoughtful gifts. They will be cherished forever! I love your quilt. Welcome!

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    The blocks are beautiful and your work is stunning :lol: What a lucky family to have both of you very talented ladies and to be able to combine the talents, amazing
    Hi and Welcome from Northern Indiana ! Keep showing us pictures
    Sharon

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    What a wonderful way to come to quilting :) Your tribute to your Grandmother will remind everyone of her and you and the love you all shared.

    It would be nice to place an fabric envelope on the back, inside put the story of your quilt blocks and a picture of your Grandmother. This way your story will not be lost to future generations.

    Welcome from a fellow Texan :)

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