As I slow poke hand quilt my brown stars (quite a wait till new photos), I’ll continue with my quest to document my personal quilt history–mostly for my own records.
When I made the chemo quilt for Ava in 2002, it got me thinking about what we leave behind when we are gone. I had a couple of quilts I was going to keep for myself so now I wanted to leave some gifts from my heart–handmade quilts–for family and close friends. By the way, almost every quilt I’ve made has been quilted on that handmade quilt frame from My Big Bang post. My friend Judy who gave it to me said it belonged to the grandmother of a co-worker. I’m going to try to find out more about her. I imagine her loving husband made the quilt frame for her. I wonder if they ever dreamed it would find such a good home in its next life?
I don’t have any children of my own so my quilt list started with my two step-daughters from my first marriage. The photo on the left shows how I baste my sandwiches before they go on the frame. This was a few years ago and it’s the way I still do it but it gets harder every year. The Monkey Wrench was for my oldest stepdaughter Kim. Then I made a Friendship Star for her younger sister Tara.
By this time I had started purchasing fabric with no end project in mind. I had some green and purple that I thought my sister Ruth and her husband would like so I found a photo in my only quilt book and started to work. She saw it in progress and said she liked it. It was finished for her 50th birthday. I was aiming for more of a Milky Way look but I didn’t get the lights and darks right–add one to the learning curve. Then I made a little Card Trick wall hanging for my friend Judy who gave me the quilt frame. She picked the colors to go with a lovely floral comforter in her bedroom.
Of course I had been talking about my new hobby at work and my co-worker Tom asked if I would make a quilt for him. He even offered to pay me! I didn’t want to set a bad precedent but Tom really was a close buddy so I said yes I would make it but no he could not pay me. Then I swore him to secrecy. He gave me some color preferences and I got busy. I guess I was in my Friendship Star phase 🙂 My mom helped me quilt it.
I found the photo on the left in a magazine article about decorating with blue and decided I needed to make a quilt for my aunt Emma who has a collection of Blue Willow and cobalt blue glass. I don’t have a photo of the finished quilt (I bound it with dark red). The last picture shows it on the floor ready for sandwiching. Quilt history 2004 coming soon!