My daughter is member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. On a trip she took with a good friend of hers, Marla, they called me from a little quilt shop in Nauvoo, IL. She wanted to know if this pattern by Hearthsewn is something I could use to make her a wall hanging.
It’s really is very beautiful. I know it’s her favorite Temple and so it’s extremely special to her. This is a picture she took of it while visiting Nauvoo. As you can see, the quilt really does resemble the actual Temple.
I have yet to make it with all the other projects I have lined up but it’s on the list and will look beautiful in her home.
Here are some finished examples for you…
I can’t wait to show you mine and see the look on her face when I finish it! What is on your plate to make for your family?
One of my most favorite places in the world, aside from any space with my family is my quilt room. It really is the best.
Being able to go downstairs in my home and know that I have a sanctuary all to myself rejuvenates me! It helps relax me when I’m stressed and has provided me a space to create and grow. And I must admit, I’m growing right out of the room – spilling rather – into the basement rec room, the living room and where ever else I can store my quilts!
But I do still have plenty of room to spread out. This not only helps me see all my options but creates a conducive work space to measure and cut. I am surrounded by fabric and great little bonuses (be sure to come back to find out this little perks). As you can see there are also lots of fun decorative items – great for inspiration!
What does your quilt room look like?
Family is so important to me. My kids and my husband are fabulous. I have a wonderful, smart and beautiful granddaughter. I am really blessed.
Today happens to be my son’s 32nd birthday so I thought it was a great time to show you one of my most personal and favorite family quilts.
I made this quilt for my mother on her 80′s birthday (1998). She passed away in 2009 at the age 92. My mom lived a rich and full life with her husband, 5 children, 21 grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
To make the quilt, I had each grandchild trace their hand on a piece of paper and send it to me. I cut out each hand using various pieces of colored fabric, which I then appliqued onto a block. I set the blocks together (sewing them together) – machine pieced. The top and bottom strips were embroidered. Under each hand, I embroidered the name and date of birth of each grandchild. The quilt was then assembled, machine quilted, and given to her as a surprise birthday gift.
I chose primary colors because of her love of all things bright, flamboyant (she had blue hair when I was in high school) and for the zest she had in every aspect of her life.
Giving “…grandma a hand” was a symbol of the love that my mom’s family had for her and surround her with. The quilt hung in her home in Florida and then in her home back in Wisconsin until her passing.
It’s an old Amish tradition for those who have passed to be buried with a quilt to “keep them warm on their journey”. My mom left us wrapped in the love of her family. I’m proud to be her daughter and to have been able to use quilting to bring us together as a family.