Monday, June 3, 2013

Happiness is~A Quilt in each Hand!

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Hi Everyone!

Have you heard the saying? "A balanced diet is...a cookie in each hand."  Well, I'm changing it up a bit to say, "Happiness is...A Quilt in each Hand!" Because.....I love to quilt! I've loved quilts ever since I was a little girl and received quilts from my Grandmother. She would pain-stakenly cut her squares and strips using a cardboard template...drawing out the shapes with a pencil and then cutting them out with scissors! Do any of you remember that? I know I tried it and I didn't go very far...I gave that up and just started cutting strips... Grandma still made a lot of quilts, even though it was harder and a more time consuming method than we have, today!

My grandmother and me! Two Peas in-a-pod!

When I, really, started quilting, I used the new rotary cutters and mats! I showed Grandma how I was cutting my quilt pieces and told her what she needed, and her life was never the same! She made more quilts and tops and just "flew" with her cutting and sewing! It was her "happiness!"

My Happiness is the same! I love cutting and putting beautiful prints together. I have a large stash of fabrics and find so much joy searching for the perfect piece of fabric for a project! (this is only part of my stash, hehe)

It is so funny to see these pictures, these cupboards are so crammed with fabric, now.

Love my GREENS...I have a lot of green prints.

When I started storing my prints this way, I began to realize what my favorite colors were, blue was not on the top of the list. I, do, want to make a blue quilt some day!

My granddaughter on a quilt my grandmother made for my daughter....! 
I still have quilts my grandmother made for me, and they are my favorites. They've needed new backings, but the tops are still in good shape! and they've been used a lot!

So, I'm starting my tradition....like my grandmother did, to make a "quilt for each hand" for my children, as well as my grandchildren.

Log Cabin quilt I made for our son prior to going away to school.
A quilt I made for my daughter-in-law for Christmas 2012.
This is the quilt I made for my grandson. It is finished, now. (2010)

Courthouse Steps Placemats for our daughter's last birthday, Jan 2013.


Notice how each of our children are using two hands to hold their quilts? I love that. Quilts just have to be held! It has gone full circle....each child is wearing a smile! 

What projects make you happy? 
Please share with me what your Happiness is....!




12 comments :

  1. I love making quilts. This year I made 14 quilts for Christmas presents. My husband, each of my children, my daughter-in-law, each of my grandchildren and one for my great grandson that will be here any day now! It was so much fun picking the patterns and fabrics for each of the personalities I was making them for!

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    1. Wow, you've been very busy! That is a lot of quilts. I made one for my DIL, and it was a big project for me. It turned out very pretty, and I want to make more for other family memos. Thanks for your post, they inspire me!

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  2. What a lovely post, Denise! The picture of your granddaughter on your grandmother's quilt is especially wonderful. Your family is truly blessed to have so many handmade beautiful treasures!

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    1. yes, Carmen, I am very blessed! I love my family very much and sharing my talents with them makes me so wonderful!

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  3. Wow! Quilting amazes me. I admire your patience and creativity and love that you are carrying on a family tradition :)

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    1. Thanks Tatiana! Quilting and designing is my solice! It really relaxes me....unless I make a mistake! haha

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  4. I love Quilts! I am a horrible seamstress! These are gorgeous, what a wonderful tradition to carry on!

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  5. Oh, this is such a lovely post! Thank you for sharing! I love all your pics! So beautiful. :)

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  6. My husband's mother quilts and we have a beautiful wedding quilt from her that I treasure. We also picnic on the quilt she made my husband when he was a child. Love this post!

    I quilt a bit, but I get impatient. Even with rotary cutters and rulers!

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    1. What a "treasure" to have wedding quilt! Those a so special! I would love a quilt for picnicking, I wouldn't use what I have for that, right now....I've gotten inspired for a new one, thanks Laura!

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  7. Wish my quilt from Grandma was still around! I miss it. It completely wore out! Thanks for taking me back to the time when grandma put so much love into every stitch sewn!

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    1. They are very precious! I have one that had bees on it, that needs a new backing...it is all ready to be quilted...need to get to it to really "honor" her.

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