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Thread: Two Quilts and a Story

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    Senior Member Scraplady's Avatar
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    Two Quilts and a Story

    First is a quilt I made in 2009 when my oldest DD graduated high school. This was the child who once claimed she "hated" quilts and "whatever you do, don't ever make me a quilt!" Well I'm her mom and making quilts is what I do. She got one anyway. It took me forever to finish this thing. I worked hard to design something non-traditional and these are her favorite colors. By the time I gave it to her, her attitude had softened somewhat as she'd seen quilts I'd made for others. The first words out of her mouth were "it's so awesome!" The true proof that she loved it was when she took it to college with her and used it, not on her bed, but everywhere she went! She spends a lot of time outdoors and I have seen many facebook photos of her with this quilt, camping, picnicking, just hanging out. Name:  Abbiegrad.jpg
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    Fast forward a few years to her wedding this past August. She asked me if I could do signature quilt for them in lieu of a guest book. This was HER idea, not mine! Of course I said yes. We ironed pieces of white fabric to freezer paper and laid them out with permanent markers on the table where the guest book would have been. Some folks just signed their names, others drew little pictures, shared Scripture verses or just general good advice and good wishes. They live in Washington state and will be here this weekend for an early Christmas. I finished the siggie quilt yesterday and it will go on the bed in the "bridal
    suite" (her old room). It's nothing fancy, they wanted it colorful. She chose the border fabric.

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    "Piecin' a quilt's like livin' a life...The Lord sends us the pieces, but we can cut 'em out and put 'em together pretty much to suit ourselves, and there's a heap more in the cuttin' and the sewin' than there is in the caliker...I've had a heap of comfort all my life making quilts, and now in my old age I wouldn't take a fortune for them." (Eliza Calvert Hall, Aunt Jane of Kentucky)

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    what a great idea.I am so glad she came around and learned to love quilts.
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    They are beautiful and full of love. Perhaps as a child she thought the quilting time took you away from her. Kids are funny that way. She will treasure these forever.

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    That is a great idea. I have 3 yes 3 granddaughters getting married all in 2014. I am going to mention this idea to them. I really think it is nifty. Thanks for sharing.
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    I'll bet when she took that quilt to college and to events, other people made remarks that helped to change her opinion. She realized what you gave her had value, not just mom and her scraps.

    I love the one you gave her, not an old fuddy duddy quilt, but suitable for a young person with lots of color.
    Jean in MI

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    both are very nice

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    Both are wonderful, thanks for posting them! My kids were the same way but, every time I finish one the first thing they ask is "Is this one mine??" LoL! Gotta love 'em.

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    Very nice quilts. I love the scrappy, first one. Second was a very good idea.
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    Way to go Scraplady. This definitely needs to be added to your blog. Love the first which I had not seen..great colors.
    Second one is truly a keeper for DD and I am sure she will treasure it.

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    Wonderful stories & awesome quilts...I love how our children grow & learn to appriciate what we do.

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    love the layout of the siggy quilt
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    Love the story and the happy ending!
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    Well I'm glad your daughter came to her senses!
    That first one is fabulous. Love those narrow dark strips every now and then. And piano keys around the edge.
    Your daughter is also clever to think of the signature quilt for the wedding. What a treasure that will be!

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    What a lovely quilt. Best wishes to the new bride!
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    Quote Originally Posted by susansomethings View Post
    Wonderful stories & awesome quilts...I love how our children grow & learn to appriciate what we do.
    My sentiments exactly!
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    Both quilts are wonderful. I'm so glad she liked them.
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    Loved your stories! Made me smile deep down to my toes! Her quilt is gorgeous!!! Love the siggie quilt as well.
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    The block arrangement on the wedding quilt is so appealing!

    I like the graduation quilt also. Is that QAYG where the narrow black sashing is?

    Dayle

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daylesewblessed View Post
    The block arrangement on the wedding quilt is so appealing!

    I like the graduation quilt also. Is that QAYG where the narrow black sashing is?

    Dayle
    No, just really narrow sashing. This was quilt was very MIUAYG (make it up as you go!). When I got all the blocks done, I decided I needed something to break up the endless sea of tiny patches, but nothing too regular, hence the narrow black bands. They're just enough to stop the eye, but don't draw too much attention.
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    What a nice story. Thanks for posting it. My 21 yo son recently said "you've made quilts for everybody else. How come I never got one?" Didn't ever think he'd want one.

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    Kudos to you!! Both quilts are terrific!! Neat that she has realized that quilts aren't so bad after all!
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    Those are beautiful quilts! The signature quilt is awesome, what a great heirloom. The scrappy quilt is great, love the colors.

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    What a sweet story! I'm sure she carried that quilt everywhere she went just so she'd have MOM with her!
    Being skinny isn't easy, so I gave up and opted for being sexy instead. (aunty acid)

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    Love your quilts and 'the story' too

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    I am in love with the first quilt... one of the best scrappies ! I can see why it would take you forever! The wedding quilt is a treasure too!

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