Our Quilting Stories {And A Quilted Giveaway}

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One of my goals for this past winter was to make a few quilts.  It was a big goal for me and I wrote about it here and issued a challenge to all you readers!  I asked you to share  pictures and even a little quilting story and I’m so happy to be able to follow up today with all that was shared with me.

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But first I will share the quilts that I did manage to make this winter!

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I think I showed you in that post the preliminary quilt top that I had made for my daughter-in-law.  I added a border to it and finished it with some machine quilting.  I have done very little quilting with my sewing machine (beyond potholders and mini quilts) so this was a bit of a challenge for me.

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I ended up being very happy with it and the colors are very much my daughter-in-law.  And she was thrilled!  The size is about 70 x 80; what I’m calling a couch quilt.  Basically for snuggling under on the couch!

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I then moved on to two more couch quilts.  One for my son and one for my son-in-law.  I chose some pre-cut flannel fabric and I cut denim to go with it.  They were very, very simple quilts to put together.   And I also quilted both of these with my sewing machine.  Just simple straight line quilting on the diagonal, forming nice big triangles.  It gave it some very cool dimension and even though I have to admit these quilts were rather boring to sew (smile!), I ended up loving them!  My son hasn’t seen his yet – it is on its way to Colorado now.  But my daughter says her husband is very possessive of his and doesn’t share!   (And yes, before you ask, my daughter is on the quilt list also!)

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And the last quilt I made this winter is my favorite.  I wanted this quilt to be very special as it was for a brand new baby girl of a very close friend.  I have to admit that it was extremely time consuming because there were so many pieces to cut and so many variations of the pattern that it really took me a long time to figure out exactly how I wanted each square.  Once I had the quilt top complete, then I began the hand quilting process.

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Can I just say that hand quilting is one of my all time favorite things to do?  My (retired!) husband was consulting at an Engineering job in AZ for quite a number of weeks this winter and I was so happy to have this hand quilting project to do in the long, lonely evenings.  I listened to many books on CD as I quilted. And solved a lot of life’s problems!

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When I was writing this blog post in my mind I intended to tell you all the many things quilting means to me and what it has taught me.  And then, the pictures and stories from readers began coming in and I realized that they were all telling the quilting story better than I ever could.  So instead of doing the talking, I’m just going to be quiet and let the words and pictures from these amazing women tell their story.  I hope you will read each of them.

(And yes, there is a giveaway at the end of this post.)

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Kathleen

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My friend, Dori, came over a few days to help me after surgery. I wasn’t sure how much I could do, or if I could cook, or do any of the household chores.

Dori fed us fajita tacos (did I mention, YUM?), washed dishes, cleaned, attended me emotionally, and eventually helped me start my first quilt using the Lemonade Layer Cake pattern. We used Moda Fabric Prairie, and oh was it fun to work with!!  The bright colors reminded me Spring was here and soon I would be walking again and working in my flowers and garden.

Working on my first quilt was such a satisfying experience. There are a lot of mistakes (or opportunities for further learning I like to say). When that last binding stitch went in I wasn’t sure if I was happy or sad!  Dori and I had such fun laying the quilt out and working on it.

We talked and talked, our hearts melded together as good friends, she was patient with a new quilter, and encouraged me to love the process, knowing my skills would get better as I quilted more.

The love of quilting was instilled and a dear friendship deepened.

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The Batik Fabric in the table runner I made was not my favorite fabric, but once it was pieced and quilted, it was beautiful.  

 I like to think about how the little stitches of quilting bring out the design and the beauty. My Mother once bought an old quilt top at a garage sale and I thought it was kind of ugly. But when she started quilting it, I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was. I saw colors and patterns I never even noticed before. I thought of those little stitches as faith. It’s our daily steps in faith that bring out the design in our life. That design is always there, but we can’t always see it until we take little steps in faith.

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Bonnie

The picture is of the quilt I made for the 100th Anniversary of the Minnesota State Parks in 1991. We visited it last year at the headwaters of the Mississippi River in February.

Quilting has become my passion since before the Bi-Centennial. I am one of the founders of the Minnesota Quilters which began 38 years ago. Quilting has given me fast-friends, a key to history through fabrics and the women who made quilts, great workshops to grow my sewing skills, teaching opportunities, an excuse to “need” to go to fabric shops; and a chance to design original quilts for special occasions for others to enjoy.  

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Marsha

I quilt because it connects me to the generations past in my family that quilted; it’s a creative outlet and I enjoy the process. While I do various kinds of handwork, I do as much of my quilting by machine as I can, so my limited time is well spent. My favorite is to create a quilt of my own design, although this is one I made from a pattern.

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Laurel

I had NO INTENTION of ever becoming a quilter. I knit. But being from a small town with no fabric variety or yarn store, I decided to look into opening one. However, when the salesman came to my home, he said “no one sews clothes anymore, quilting is where it is.” SO I opened a quilting store and began to learn the tricks of the trade of owning a store and quilting!

Everyone from this area thinks I am a quilter because my mom was a well known quilter here in Nebraska, but my mom didn’t start quilting until I was gone from home! My mom also was a knitter. 

After being in the store business for two years, and having many people wanting quilts quilted, I then got a Fusion long arm from Handi Quilter. And a short time later, an Avanti (which I rent to other quilters).  It didn’t take long for me to fall more in love with the long arm part of the quilting business. So now I only make tops when I have to for Shop Hop or to better display some fabric, I mainly just quilt. It feeds my heart. 

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Jaime

What I love about quilting is that each quilt is unique; each one holding special memories from the very first stitch. Both my grandmother and my mother-in-law are quilters. However, I didn’t show much interest until I was introduced to modern quilting. Quilting is now my art — my therapy! I love picking out fabrics and although I’m just a beginner, I enjoy the challenge of a new pattern for each quilt I make.

This quilt is special because I used fabric from my late sister’s clothing and then surprised my brother and his new bride with this finished quilt as a wedding gift. Later, this quilt was used in the wagon my (flower girl) daughter was pushed down the aisle in at their wedding. It felt like a part of my sister was there that day.

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Marjorie

Quilting is my way of relieving stress & giving my love to my family that get my projects. They have something to remember me by and keep them warm when they are cuddled under them.

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Wanda

Wanda

At the age of 14 myself and two other girls formed a friendship that lasted 45 years. One of those dear friends died with cancer. I made this quilt of the three of us having tea in remembrance of her.

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Maxine

I think my love for quilts goes back to when I was a young girl, and we had old quilts layered on our beds in the wintertime. Unfortunately those quilts were lost to time and circumstances. When our oldest was born, my mother gave me a quilt that had been hers as a baby. I also was given a baby quilt that had been made for my husband. I think it was probably at that time that the heritage of quilts started meaning something to me, giving me ties back to earlier generations. I feel that quilts have a story to tell.

Sometime during the early years of my marriage I also discovered that my grandmother and both great grandmothers on my Dad’s side of the family were quilters, and I inherited several of their quilts. For years I had a desire to make quilts of my own, to continue the tradition that I felt ties to from my grandmothers.

My mother’s mother was not a quilter but sometime before she died I discovered an unfinished quilt in her basement that she had started for my mother some forty years before.   She gave it to me to finish,  but it ended up stuck away for another ten years or so before I pulled it out, determined to finally finish it. I left the few lines of my grandmothers  quilt stitches in it, and finished it for my mother’s birthday. I love being reminded how this quilt, sewn by my grandmother for my mother, and quilted by me ties our generations together.  Since finishing that quilt, and now with my family mostly grown, I’m embracing my desire and love for quilting. I’ve been helping my grand daughters  do some small quilt projects, and I’m hoping that I can leave not only a heritage in quilts themselves, but to pass on the love of quilting to another generation.

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Marion

This red work quilt is for my enjoyment now but will be passed on to my daughter. I spent many years doing the embroidery as it was a project I did while visiting or on vacation. I like doing red work at those times as I can do it but not let it take me away from the conversation at hand.

My grandmothers both passed away before I was born. I have a handmade quilt from each of them and use them daily as it brings me close to them. It’s interesting to see their choice of fabric.  One was definitely made from used clothing she had. I wanted to pass on something to my grandchildren and I started quilting by making a quilt for each of them in the hopes that Grandma’s quilt will keep them comforted.

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 Jillian

(My  seven year old grand-daughter)

This was the first quilt I’ve made that is big enough for me to sleep under.  My Gram and I made it together.

What I learned is that there are a lot of steps to making a quilt and it takes a lot of patience.    But when I was finished I was very proud of it. 

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Luanne

Luanne

Quilting is a creative outlet different than any of my other crafts. It’s slower, timeless process is calming, peaceful, yet exhilarating, as the beauty unfolds. I feel a deep connection to women in generations before who shared this working of heart and hands to create quilts. It’s immensely fulfilling.

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Lisa

Quilting is my passion! I find it harder to not create, than to spend countless tedious hours on a project. It’s like an inward drive that’s almost unstoppable. My husband has learned that things go much better all around, if I get at least a little sewing every few days.
I love to make quilts of all kinds, but never stick to a pattern. Yardage is great for some things, but there is nothing more alluring to me than a pile of scraps. What someone could have easily tossed in the trash, begs me to make something pretty. It’s like an unspoken challenge. Scrappy quilts tell a story, almost like a quilters signature. My three young children love my scrappy quilts best. They spend hours pointing out fabrics and recalling memories of what they were left over from.

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A special thank-you to all of you quilting ladies for sharing your stories.  You said it so well.

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And one of my favorite pictures is of my Momma and I.  Working on our quilts together this past Fall; hers full size, mine tiny.  Laughter, tears, long visits, and love as our fingers worked the needle in and out.  I’ll cherish this memory forever.

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And now for our quilted giveaway!  Please comment on this post and tell us which quilting story triggered a quilting desire in your heart.  When I write here again in a month one of you lucky readers will win a set of my custom, hand-made quilted potholders!

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Until our gravel roads cross again… so long.

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Dori

P.S.  And to end with a funny note, two of our quilters also sent the following pictures (I think as a joke, but I got their permission to print!):

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The above picture came from Lisa and her words along with it:

“This picture made me laugh, so I thought I’d share. This is really what quilting is to me, a lifesaver when things are crazy! We lived in a camp trailer when we first moved to California, and that little Singer helped me keep my sanity.”.

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And a cartoon drawn from our very own Farmgirl, Bonnie!  We quilters can all relate to this!

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See you next month friends, and as always thank you for reading and commenting!

Leave a comment 74 Comments

  1. Carol says:

    Jillian’s story is my favorite. I will never forget my own grandmother sharing her talents with me. Today, as I pick up a needle or rug hook, I think of her and am grateful for the gift of creativity which she shared so freely with me.

  2. Joan H says:

    Oh my, I thoroughly enjoyed this! We just moved from NE Arkansas to the eastern part of Virginia’s Northern Neck (that’s a mouth full). My sewing stuff is still in major disarray, but seeing your post makes me want to get in there and straighten it up (actually I need shelving!). Jillian’s quilt inspires me because I have a 9 year old granddaughter nearby now, and Wanda’s quilt inspires me because I too was part of a threesome of girlfriends, one of whom died of cancer 2 1/2 years ago. We miss her every day! Thank you all for sharing your stories. ❤

  3. Kathleen Frederick says:

    Oh my this post just thrilled me! So many bonified quilters, real quilters! I loved Jaime’s comments, LOVED Jillian’s comments and her quilt, and fell in love with you and your Momma’s picture!

  4. Cyndie Gray says:

    Oh my such wondrous stories AND such beautiful quilts. The story that most touched me is Jillian’s. I haven’t quilted but she makes me think that maybe, someday, I could start out small & try to make a quilt!!!

  5. Wendy Besong says:

    I just love all the pictures and descriptions of why people love to quilt. The fabric is what draws me in. My favorite quilt was done by my best friend who died of cancer several years ago. I draw inspiration from her talent and vision.

  6. Emily says:

    Hi Dori; I loved this post! Reading everyone’s comments and their stories brings back some wonderful memories. I think of my grandmother and those women who came to her house to put a quilt in the frame and quilt. I loved sitting under it listening to their life stories as they quilted. I can still remember some of their names. Seeing the picture of you and your mother sitting together quilting your Grandmother Flower Garden quilts is priceless. I am a quilter and my hand pieced project is a one inch GFG quilt. I laughed when I saw Lisa sitting at her sewing machine in her camper. I have been there!

  7. Krista says:

    Dori, this is a fabulous post. I love seeing everyone’s pictures and reading their stories. Every single one of these quilts are absolutely beautiful, but if I have to pick one I would say Jamie’s purple quilt. I love the colors and design on the fabric. It reminds me of a purple quilt my grandma made me. This really encourages me to make my own quilt some day.

  8. Marsha says:

    I loved reading Maxine’s story. I, too, grew up with quilts on the bed. My favorite quilt of all time is one that my paternal grandmother cut the pieces for, my maternal grandmother pieced the top, and my great grandmother sewed the French knot “sunflower seeds” in the centers of the sunflower blocks. enjoyed everyone’s quilting stories! Another family quilt is made from wool suit fabrics and was a graduation gift to my maternal grandmother. Finally, I have a crazy quilt that was made by my maternal grandmother, and I need to learn some skills so I can mend it – one fabric has disintegrated so I’d like to replace it. If anyone has suggestions of how to do that I would be grateful.

  9. Joyce says:

    I don’t know which story I like the best either. I love the picture of Lisa tho!! I have inherited some old parts of quilts from my grandmother also. They are very imperfect but I have learned just to love them in all their imperfection because they are from her. I am making one of them into a wall hanging now.

  10. Wanda Irvine says:

    I like Maxine’s comment “quilts tell a story”. I have my moms old quilt that a group of ladies put together for her when my dad left for WWII. I can just see them around the quilting frame giving support and cheering her up. When I taught nursery school I always had a pioneer week. I would bring my quilt and read a story about a granny’s quilt that saved the day! We would churn butter and try my spinning wheel! Loved all your stories!

  11. Genevieve V. says:

    I absolutely LOVED all of your winter quilts. Such an inspiration! But Jillian’s quilt and memory was my favorite! Makes me want to make time this summer to sew some up with our girls. :)

  12. Marjorie Wieweck says:

    I too loved Jillian’s sorry as I can relate with 3 granddaughters & 1 grandson that I have taught to sew & quilt. They have one of their own they’ve made & many that I have made for them. The double wedding ring I’ve started but haven’t finished yet is for the oldest one for her high school graduation this June. I’m about half done so need to get with it.

  13. Gloria Smith says:

    Dori, I enjoyed this blog post. I have been quilting for over 25 years. It is just a part of who I am. I loved Jaime’s comments. All of the ladies made beautiful quilts. After reading Maxine’s post it makes me want to pull out the partial finished quilt that I have that belonged to my husband’s mother. It is a Grandmother’s Flower Garden pattern. I’ve only hand quilted one large quilt. Maybe this is be my next winter’s project – finish the top and hand quilt. Thanks for your blog.

  14. Mary says:

    What I loved the most wasn’t a story, but the picture of you and your Mother quilting together. It brought back many happy memories of my Mother and Grandmother sitting around a quilting frame in the evenings, stitching and talking. I would fall asleep on a couch listening to the needles pop in and out of the quilt. At some point, Mom would pick me up off the couch and tuck me into bed. Thanks for the walk down memory lane!!

  15. Sandy says:

    Loved all the quilts, I enjoy seeing what others do with fabric. There are no quilters in my family other than me, so for me the creative process is most important. I connect with Lisa the most. Thanks for posting the pictures.

  16. lizvc says:

    They were all wonderful! My mother was an award-winning quilter. She loved piecing and quilting by hand and had the tiniest stitches and perfect corners. So, while I learned a number of crafts from her, I hesitated to take up quilting. I used my job as an excuse. Still, I went to quilt shows with her and bought fabric for her, so I did develop a love of quilting. She passed ten years ago. My best friend is now teaching me how to quilt. It has added another dimension to and deepened our friendship so Kathleen’s story resonated in me the most.

  17. Nancy Mosley says:

    All of these stories were near. I have & use my grandmothers quilts and look at the fabrics and wonder if it was a dress she wore or a shirt my grandfather wore. I’ve never made a quilt but I remember watching my mom & grandmother make one. I want to make one someday. I liked Kathleen’s story of how a friend helped her after a surgery. What a nice gift to get someone started as they recover and also maybe help take their mind off of recovery. I also liked the colors of her quilt. Very pretty!

  18. Sandi King says:

    Dori, I loved so many of these quilts and stories, especially about those that said they inherited quilts from in-laws or grandmothers. My gramma also left me a quilt she made. It is a small one but adored because she used scraps of material from clothes and linens that I remember from staying with her when I was a young girl. I bought a sewing machine that I will be using to make my own quilts. I will do some hand work also, and I hope to incorporate some embroidery squares of my own design for special people in my life into the quilts I make for others. We will be getting our home (doublewide mobile home) this weekend and then start working on it. In a couple weeks my cabin will be delivered and as soon as it gets finished with insulation, drywall and paint, and electric I will be moving my crafts into that space to work on them. Wanda, Jaime, Laurel and Bonnie’s quilts and stories impressed me a great deal and I hope I can become as good a quilter as they are. Thank you so much for posting this blog. I love MaryJane’s Farm magazine and all the bloggers on here. Every one I read is enjoyable and makes me smile. So happy to be able to have this interlude with all of you.

  19. Ellen Gerard says:

    You so inspire me! Thank you! Love all quilts! It is like covering family and friends with love So many beautiful unique ones to choose from- just can’t decide. Have a happy blessed day1

  20. My first quilt was for my 1st grandchild a grand daughter. All the post and pictures from everyone brought me back to a simpler time and how much joy making that very 1st quilt. It was Cinderella and the last block I placed a block with a embroidered golden slipper. It made my heart so happy to see she has now put it in a special place and many years have passes it held together yeah!!! I had no previous knowledge or family that passed any knowledge along. Your blogging blessed me to read how people share a little love from themselves to others and how it so lovingly impacts the receivers.

  21. Debra Brown says:

    I Love quilts and make a lot of quilts too, so I love quilt stories too.

  22. Kim Van Rheenen says:

    I love Maxine’s story. My son now uses a quilt made of the trimmed off bottoms of men’s woolen trousers. My maternal grandmother took in sewing to help make ends meet when she and my grandfather had 10 children (!) and used the excess length trimmed off of men’s woolen trousers to make a quilt. Heavy and warm, it has lasted many years!

  23. Marilyn Walsh says:

    Wanda’s story touched my heart! I have 2 very dear friends whom I have known for nearly 32 years. I have been working 2-3 jobs for the last few years and have been able to do any kind of craft. I have dabbled in quilting in the past, but never finished a quilt. My grandmother was an avid quilter and made some beautiful quilts from only scraps. She would gasp at actually buying material to make one! I think I am going to try to make a quilt for my friends similar to Wanda’s.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  24. Maureen says:

    Lisa’s story resonates with me. My husband and I both have busy lives and he respects my need of “Sewing Sundays”. He cooks, I sew and we both are ready for the new work week. He honors my plea of “I need to go sew” and tells everyone it’s my passion. I am blessed.

  25. Mary Rauch says:

    Totally enjoyed this posting and all these wonderful pictures! I bet it was a treat for you when it all came together?…Thanks so much for all your work!
    Keep me in mind for your quilted drawing please.

  26. MarciD says:

    I liked Marci’s comment (and not just because I have the same name) about stitching a quilt and faith. I have never quilted but it is one of my goals. Loved all pictures! Very inspiring.

  27. Dori says:

    I connected with Luanne’s post the most. I often think about the women in the 17 and 1800s who stitched, cut, pressed, quilted etc. without electricity, a sewing machine (sometimes) fabric stores, cutting mats and rotary cutters, myriads of thread choices and I am in awe of them. What a labor of necessity yes but also love. So I am very much attracted to the old classic patterns and reproduction fabric. Quilting is timeless.

  28. I actually like the “funny” photo. We lived in an RV for a while, too, and I think quilting would have been VERY helpful for my sanity! LOL!

  29. Vivian Monroe says:

    I feel so bad I didnt get to make one as I had accepted the challenge then we decided we were going to move so my entire house is packed up, but now we are not moving yet, so I will have to get out my sewing machine and dig around my tubs and boxes for material and make me a quilt. I loved every story especially the one the lady made of her three friends, and my favorite was the pic of you and your mom at the end, it brought a big smile to my face when I saw yall’s smiles. Hope I win some potholders, maybe then I will be inspired to at least try my hand at those. Be BLessed and thanks for sharing all of the beautiful quits and stories. Neta

  30. Patti Hurlburt says:

    Thanks for sharing all the quilting stories. I loved the one from Maxine (which is my mothers name by the way). I too found quilt tops from my grandmother that she hadn’t gotten finished. I inherited her button box and a lot of the material scraps that she had saved. Someday I hope to get them all pieced into a crazy quilt. My last memory of my grandmother quilting was of me sitting beneath the quilt and helping her get the needle back through to to top. It took a lot of time because her fingers weren’t so nimble but we finally finished the quilt. The stitches were lovingly sewn and I’ll cherish it always.

  31. Vicki Meeds says:

    The last photo of you and your mother brought tears to my eyes. My mother made many of those same blocks. I have one quilt top she made with them. Several years ago my mother and I spent time just like that embroidering quilt blocks. A memory I cherish now. Thanks for sharing.

  32. Carmen Anderson says:

    Oh my heavens how do we pick our favorite story/photo!!!? I enjoyed all of them and isn’t that what quilts do..take us to a moment in time filled with love, laughter, tears, memories of those we love, those we may never have known yet are connected through the threads of time. Quilts truly do bind us together, whether with perfectly matched theme or the mismatched characters of life….quilts provide us warmth, protection, a place to daydream, to welcome life and to hold dear as a life passes away. My quilts may never win a blue ribbon or be displayed in a museum, they surround those I love with my love forever and always, what more could I ask for….

  33. Judy says:

    I loved all the quilting stories. My Great Grandmother quilted all winter long beside the little ‘olé pot-belly stove. I’d sit there reading some book or other watching her knarled fingers pushing that needle in and out, in and out. I hated it when she disappeared into the bedroom to spread it out on her spare bed to do the batting and backing. I wanted to see what she was doing. I didn’t want to miss anything.* giggle* That sweet lady made so many quilts to warm my sister and I, relatives, neighbors and friends. All were done my hand in the “scrappy” style. They were so colorful and thick. I still have a couple of her quilts. Everybody who got one of Grams quilts really got a treasure to keep, a memory of a hard-working lady who gave so much of herself to others for their comfort and happiness. I have a bit of an itch to try to quilt too. I just need to start and to not be afraid. I think I’ll start something small. It’s in my blood right? *giggle* BTW, I love that picture of your and your sweet momma! That IS a keeper.

  34. Debbie Shue says:

    I love quilts. Even took a claas once to learn but alas i did not finish the class or the quilt i hoped to make. Still have the fabric somewhere. Its been at least 10 years…i am blessed to have some of my grandmothers quilts. I always feel her presence when i cuddle in one of them i envy you quilters and get inspired from this post and the pictures to try again. Would love to make quilts for my grandchildren to cuddle in and have good thoughts of me when i am gone.

  35. lyn moon says:

    I think Jillian story is my favorite. Doing this with her grandma is a memory I’m sure she will never forget. For either of you. And she has something to show for it. Building such precious memories.

  36. Donna Rothe says:

    My favorite was from Wanda and the ‘three girls’ having tea. It reminds me of my sister and I. Although we are far apart, AL & CA when we get together we have tea in our perspective flower gardens.

    My own favorite quilt top was a surprise from my Grandma Emily. When my sister and I were little, our favorite dolls had clothes my Grandma made. Unbeknown to me she had saved all the leftover material from the clothes and incorporated it into a quilt she gave me years later. When my grandma gave the quilt top to me, the material looked familiar but I couldn’t place it. Then she told me about the doll clothes material. I was totally surprised and it brought tears to me eyes. My Grandma Emily is now gone and there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of her and how happy I am she kept that material for a special quilt.

  37. Carol Slater says:

    I loved all of the stories, but I think that Maxine’s story really touched me the most. Finding the quilt tops from her grandmother and finally finishing them is something that I will never experience. My grandmother did quilt a little, but she mainly done crochet and knit work along with many other crafts. She was very talented and I never really took up any of the crafts from her. Now that I am older, I wish I would have.

  38. Marion says:

    Wanda’s quilt touched me the most. true friendships are everlasting and forever, depite someone passing on. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Marion

  39. Joan says:

    Bonnie’s quilt was my favorite. I love anything to do with history. Thank you for all the photos and stories of the various quilts.
    Joan

  40. Marilyn says:

    Jaime’s quilt touched me the most. Including her late sister in her brother’s wedding was beautiful an so thoughtful. Thank you for sharing your quilting ,too.
    Marilyn

  41. Pam masse says:

    The quilts you do are very beautiful and inspiring. Keep up the good work.

  42. Bonnie B says:

    What a great post! So glad so many quilters took the challenge. I enjoyed reading all the stories that they shared. Stories seem to give such meaning to a quilt and those who know the story behind their quilt are indeed fortunate.
    I was planning to include a quilt in the challenge that I was working on, but it is only pieced so far. I will be quilting it soon. It is redwork and patchwork bunnies and chicks with an Easter/Spring theme, so I had to hang it for Easter without it being quilted. lol And since I have been working on my granddaughter’s prom “outfit”. It’s not a formal but a short, black circular skirt with a crinoline and a black & white fitted crop top. Verycute.
    I loved the pictures of your darling potholders and would be so pleased to win some.

  43. Becky Treahy says:

    I can relate to Maxine’s more because I have quilt top that was pieced by my grandma… I think…lol. It could have been by my mother. Neither one of them were quilters that I know of, but this top showed up at my grandma’s house somehow. I had to find fabrics that blended and colors that matched to make it large enough, and that took me forever. I will start hand quilting it soon for my grand daughter. My own daughter will be helping me quilt it… That is truly a multi-generation project. I love the picture of you and yr mother too. That is a wonderful memory!

  44. Joan says:

    I’m not good at making choices so I am going to say – QUILT on GIRLS!!! such loving, lovely stories. I was taught by my Great Aunt Edna – first I sorted fabrics, then I got to draw around the patterns – then to cutting — piecing — to finishing. When she passed, she left boxes full of pieces, some somewhat together – many not – I have spent 20 years making quilts from these boxes of pieces – still have at least 8 more to go – hope I live long enough. Because I have all these pieces, I don’t visit the quilt shops but I saw your thimble and am very interested in it, might you tell me where you got it? Sure does look like a good thing. Thanks for bringing back my memories. God bless.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Joan,

      That thimble is awesome. It has the metal end just like the old ones, but a silicone body so it conforms to your finger. Super comfortable to wear. I bought it at Joan’s Fabrics.

      Thanks for writing!

      Dori

  45. Susan Carter says:

    I loved all the quilts and quilters’ comments as I found we had many threads in common. Lisa (blue and yellow plaid), however, really resonated with me. Is it the same Lisa that is quilting in the travel trailer? I need to create a little each day. It may be a stitch or two on a project in my “handwork go-bag” or time in my studio, both refresh me. I have 4 children ages 15-34. When the kids were little, people would ask how I found the time to sew. I’ve always answered, “A few stitches every day really add up. Besides, it’s the only thing I do each day doesn’t get undone.” Quilting and other handwork represents progress; forward motion; making the most of today; and looking forward to what comes next.

    • Lisa says:

      The blue and yellow quilt is one I made from my husband’s dress shirts, thank you! I don’t remember what I was working on in the trailer.

  46. Debbie says:

    Kathleen’s story touched a chord in my heart. I have two dear friends who both weave their love of quilting and helping together. We have spent many hours doing things for one another and then spending time creating beauty together.

  47. Judy says:

    Loved all the stories. I have been a quilter for 30 years plus and can relate to each story, collectively they have inspired me to find and finish a pile of blocks my mom started about 20 years ago. I know I still have tucked away in my stash, and I know I can finish it and then give it to her in time for her 84th birthday. Thanks to you all for the inspiration.

  48. Sara Bell says:

    I loved seeing all the pictures of the quilts. I am working on a king size one for my sister and brother in law. My sister married a soldier like me, I have made the the quilt top with patriot prints, boarder out of ACU print (army uniform print), and added patches from my brother in laws uniform that he wore during multiple depoyments to the middle east. This is only my second quilt. As I work on the quilt I remember learning to quilt and use a sewing machine while living in Germany with my soldier. I also think about how grateful I am that both my brother and law and my own soldier have made it home multiple times from deployments. I am happy to say my husband is retiring in a year more then 20 years in the army, so deploymentshe are finished.

  49. Brenda says:

    Quilts are one of my favorite things I don’t have time to work on one right now but I still buy the material for one of these days it is funny how looking at a quilt with a certain color can take me right to my grandma’s house. I love stories about quilts and memories

  50. Sunnie says:

    Thanks for the giveaway, I like to make quilts too, I am very much a beginner.

  51. Lucy says:

    Very inspiring!

  52. Ann says:

    I’m new to quilting since I retired and have joined a wonderful volunteer quilting group at a local church. It gives me s community of women and experience to learn. The quilts and stories in this post are very inspiring. Thank you.

  53. Marvene says:

    Hi Dori,
    You make me envious. I have a friend who was an avid quilter and I would say a master at it, almost an artist. She now has Alzheimers and oh how I wish I been blessed with one of her quilts. She begged me to start but it just never reached me. I guess I get my ‘fix’ working in the yard, BUT I do appreciate quilting as an art form. My favorite quiet was the one of the the “Tea Ladies” — friendships are very precious. And, my 2nd pick is your granddaughter. That simple idea is full of life and color and has started a child on the path in following her grandmother’s footsteps — the love of quilting. Marvene

  54. Alexandra Wilson says:

    What a great post, Dori! Your quilts are beautiful and made with love. I’m sure they are (and will be) cherished by all who get to cuddle under them. I’ve wanted to learn how to quilt for a few years now! My fabric scrap collection is getting big enough where I’ll have to dive in and just do it one of these days… Hope you are great! xo, Alex

  55. TeriGrace Nielsen says:

    As a little girl my Dad’s parents lived 500 miles away and once a year we would travel to see to them. There weren’t enough beds for everyone so Grandma would make me a pallet on the floor in the living room. (I loved laying there drifting off to sleep to the sounds of the adults visiting and laughing) The top cover was always a Sunbonnet Sue quilt. It made me feel so special…. Many years later after my Grandparents had passed and their home was all cleaned out I did one final check and there tucked waaaay back in an old closet drawer was that same quilt. Quilts to me are all about love. And none more so than my Sunbonnet Sue Quilt from so long ago…..

  56. Rebecca says:

    Jillian’s story was most special to me. I have two four-year-old granddaughters and I can’t wait until they are old enough for me to teach them to sew/quilt small projects. Thanks for a great article/story.

  57. denise says:

    I seem to only get to quilt when I take a class but I do love it. It was great to see all the other quilts and their “stories”! I couldn’t pick out a favorite quilt from the pictures becasue they were all so neat!

  58. Rebecca says:

    I don’t think I can choose just one quilt or one story. They are all breathtaking. My mother started quilting later in life and managed to make a quilt for each of her 9 children. I still love looking at the one she made for me. I also inherited several that my great-aunt made. I have made a few small quilts, but I am definitely still learning.

  59. Jaylyn Morehouse says:

    Some beautiful quilts mentioned, but I am fond of Jillian’s quilt. So colorful, and perfect for a young girl!

  60. Denise says:

    I really enjoyed all of the stories but Maxine’s brought back lots of memories of many quilts when I was growing up. I didn’t become really interested until my mother in law started quilting. She gave my husband and I a quilt that my husband’s great grandmother had made. Well, most of it. My mother in law bound it. It is so special to have something these wonderful women in our lives put so much time, work and love into.

  61. Vicki Anderson says:

    I relate most to Maxine’s story. I learned to sew/quilt on my Grandmother’s treadle machine (which I still have). In my cedar chest there is an old flower garden guilt top that was made by my Great Aunt (Grandma’s sister). Grandma gave it to me when I was in my teens. Someday I am going to finish it. But, also in my cedar chest is the first quilt that I ever made. The new quilts are wonderful but these memories are special.

  62. Kathy Lorenzini says:

    I really like Jillians story and her quilt. I also have a seven year old granddaughter and this was a good reminder to me that I should start her down the quilting road very soon!!

  63. Luanne Erickson says:

    Dori, I so loved this post! The quilts you made are so beautiful! I really love your blue and white one, when did you whip that out? Of course that sweet baby quilt really speaks to me. I adore the picture of you and your momma as she and her quilting frame are in my first memories of quilting. I could relate in so way to almost every story, what a delight to read!

  64. Marjorie Wieweck says:

    Thanks Dori for inviting me to join your blog’s. All of you inspire me to do more. Wish we lived closer.

  65. Lisa says:

    Happy to hear I’m not the only one who uses a sewing machine in the trailer!
    I loved reading all the stories, and Jillian’s quilt made me thankful again for a mother who patiently taught me to sew, and now also my children. It really is a fun hobby. Thanks for including me!

    • Joan H says:

      I don’t think I ever took my machine along in the RV, but I did take it when we were using the timeshares. Ha!

  66. Caron VanSlyke says:

    I was so touched by Jaimie’s story of making a quilt out of her sisters clothes. Someone made a quilt out of my father-in-laws plaid shirts after he passed, and it sits in his grandfathers rocking chair we have in our home. Both are reminders that our loved ones remain with us.

  67. Winnie Nielsen says:

    I loved seeing our Farmgirl, Bonnie, in front of her Minnesota Parks quilt. She had spoken about doing it and going back to see if hanging on our virtual HenHouse chatroom. What a beautiful piece of art work for generations to enjoy and I am so happy you posted a phot and her story. All of the quilts here are lovely and each story is meaningful. What a fun post today. Thank-you!

  68. Rowena Philbeck says:

    I think they are all special but I liked Wanda. Making a beautiful friend quilt in memory of one of the group that passed away. Very special!! They are all awesome and Thanks for the giveaway!!

  69. Maxine Jelinek says:

    What a great post Dori, & thank you for asking me to be a part of it! It was so neat to read about everyones experience,I love how they all had such a common thread. So fun to read the comments too!! All the quilts are so special, and I love seeing this art being passed down thru the generations!

  70. WOW! All the stories are inspiring. Jillian’s is interesting and its nice that a young girl is interested in learning to quilt. Now days, too many things have children going in several directions and not learning the old crafts like quilting and knitting. She should be proud of her first quilt, no matter how simple the pattern. Learning the basics is a plus and then she can go on to bigger and better projects.

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