Only Quilters can stretch an International Quilting Day into a week. The wonderful Marian of Seams To Be Sew has gathered a whole bunch of Qwazy Quilters to share their joy.
We were asked to share what inspired us, our first projects and why we love quilting.
These lovely ladies - my mother and her 5 sisters - were a constant in my life and an inspiration. They were hard workers who loved to talk, laugh and a have good cuppa tea. They were all sewers and all stitched quilts. I remember being very young and stitching on a treadle machine when one of them dropped in on my mother and asked why she was letting me use the machine because I might stitch the needle in my finger. Her reply was "how else is she going to learn". I don't remember pricking my finger and I was always at the machine.
They stitched quilts for babies, brides, family members, celebrations and community fundraisers but primarily for warmth and coziness. Their early quilt fabric would be leftovers from old clothing or garments they stitched. Nothing went to waste.
When my mother turned 75 we surprised her with a quilt created by blocks contributed by family and friends. It became one of her treasures and she spent many hours looking at the blocks. But it was 'too good to use' so had an honored place hanging on the wall for all to see.
Each block was different and had special memories.
In her stash my mother had a lot of embroidered umbrella ladies. These became a quilt for her youngest granddaughter.
We make Graduation Quilts for our nieces and nephews. One of the ladies became a special block in another Granddaughter's quilt as she left high school last year.
The aunts were always creating.
This Dresden Plate is one of my favorite earlier quilts. It is showing its age. Our fabric choices mature and today we would never use so much polyester.
This is a music quilt stitched for my musical brother. Took me a while to collect all the right notes.
Perfect cabin quilt for another brother.
This is my special quilt. Not fancy but so many memories because it was made from my mother's house dresses after she left us. Lives in this little shed my brothers built last year. I call it a "Stitching Shed". A little bit of heaven on the Bras d'Or.
One of the nice aspects of Marian's blog hops are the lovely giveaways. The Fat Quarter Shop is giving everyone who makes a purchase a 10% discount. When you check out use the coupon code seamstobe316. The discount is not good on gift certificates and good for only one purchase per customer.
So check out all the goodies at today's featured bloggers and at SeamsToBeSew. And Marian always has an applique surprise gift. Make sure you leave a comment because we Qwilting Queens love to hear what you have to say.
A Fat Quarter Bundle is the lovely gift offered by Timeless Treasures on my blog today. To enter just leave a comment on my blog and Tuesday some lucky person will win. Please make sure I am able to contact you.
Please join today's Qwazy Quilters and explore their inspirations.