Saturday, March 19, 2011

My Quilts ~ Where It All Began

I have always had a love of quilts and grew up watching my mom sew. She made us dresses, dolls and doll clothes and kept the annual church bazaar full of hand sewn items. In later years, she even attempted a Sunbonnet Sue quilt and made beautiful stuffed animals and nativity figurines.


In 1992 we were married, bought our first home and my first sewing machine. It is a very basic Kenmore from Sears that I hope to replace one day with a new quilting machine. That year, I signed up for a beginner quilting course at The Hobby Horse in Glen Williams, Ontario with a friend. We purchased fabric for our quilts at the shop and each week we carried our sewing machine to the classroom in the basement to learn how to cut and sew a Log Cabin/Fields and Furrows layout quilt the Eleanor Burns 'Quilt in a Day' way, and how to 'stitch in the ditch'. These were the colours of our bedroom in that new home. Navy blue walls below the chair rail, and light pink above. Hello '90's!


Sadly the middle blue colour faded after the first wash. It was a defect in the fabric that the quilt store replaced, but the quilt was already assembled. We sold that first home and moved to our new hpme, the double bed became our son's bed, and this double sized Log Cabin quilt became a spare in the guest room. Simply made and faded, but loved all the same. 

I'm joining the air your laundry friday textile party at Freckled Laundry. 'See' you there!

6 comments:

  1. I love quilts!!
    I am having an awesome giveaway
    Would love for you to enter : )

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  2. And beautiful and made by you just the same. It's beautiful Elizabeth and a lot of work. I know. I see what my mom puts together and for a girl who struggles just threading the machine, it's mind boggling!

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  3. Elizabeth- That quilt is beautiful and will stand the test of time! My grandmother quilted and I will always remember the big quiliting frame filling up her living room from time to time.

    Loretta

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  4. Aww I love your quilt! It reminds me of the quilts that my grandma made me and my sister when we were little. Mine was the same pink color you chose and my sister's was the same blue you chose. Great job and I'm your newest follower!

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  5. I love your quilt - thankfully you did most of it in blue as that is timeless. I've always wanted to make one, although it does look like a project that I would start and not finish.

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  6. I love the faded parts. :) Thanks for linking with air your laundry Friday!

    xoxo,
    Jami
    www.freckledlaundry.com

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