My grandmother made the most amazing quilts. I don't think she ever made two alike. My favorites were her Little Dutch Girl (Sunbonnet Sue) quilts, and her patchwork quilts. Often, quilt pieces were made from old clothes, or leftover scraps from other sewing projects. I have one quilt that contains pieces of fabric leftover from a skirt she made for me. I don't have the skirt anymore...no idea whatever happened to it...but I do still have the quilt. Another quilt contains many pieces made from her old dresses. I can remember her wearing each of those dresses, and that makes the quilt even more special.
When I mentioned making a new baby quilt, a friend of mine asked if I was going to buy one of those quilt making kits from a local fabric store. Yikes. I can't even imagine putting all that work and creative energy into something that...well...anyone could have one just like it. I want my quilts to be as special to my loved ones as my grandmother's are to me.
The Cat Stairway To Heaven wall hanging is the only one that pretty much follows a pattern. When I ran across the pattern online, I knew I had to make it for my mother in law. She's an awesome lady and she adores cats. She makes the most remarkable baskets, which have become family heirlooms already....maybe..if I ever pass them on to my kids. For now, I'm hoarding them. lol
|Cat Stairway To Heaven wall hanging|
The checkerboards were inspired by something I saw in a catalog, and I made several for family members one Christmas.
|Fairy Dutch Girl Quilt|
|Hand print quilted wall hanging|
Quilts are really just warm hugs passed from generation to generation.