January 14, 2012

52 Week Challenge - Wk 2 "Made With Love"

As soon as I saw the theme this week I knew exactly what I wanted to photograph, the quilt I made for my son, Jeremy. There is actually a story behind this quilt.  My Great Grandmother, Bessie(fifth generation), LOVED to quilt and I can remember her quilting room when we would visit her in Alabama.  One day while we were visiting my Aunt Linda and I asked her to show us how to quilt.  She began to describe how she cut & sewed each piece by hand, "this isn't like the quilts you see in them stores nowadays" she would say.  Being a woman of minimal income she lived within her means, so her patterns were all made by using newspapers.  She would save old clothes, sheets, any fabric she could get her hands on to make quilts and believe me did she make them.  I am very fortunate to have one as a keepsake from her.

Wanting to learn her craft and to make one for Jeremy as a keepsake I went home and selected my fabric with care.  I knew it was going to be blue, in memory of my Grandma, Vivian, who Jeremy used to call Grandma Blue and I wanted hearts to symbolize the love passed down from generation to generation.  Not to mention that when Jeremy was born and until he was twelve years old we actually had five generations still living.  So this quilt was very special in my eyes for my son to have, MADE WITH LOVE, from his mother.





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6 comments:

little macaroon. said...

Beautiful. My mother-in-law has been working on a quilt (for decades apparently), the speed of progress limited by how often my father-in-law decides to chuck out a shirt. Her's too is a fragile pile of hand-cut newspaper hexagons - really beautiful.

Virg said...

they are definately a work of art. Thanks for viewing.

Donna said...

The quilt is lovely. I am sure your son will treasure it.

Marcy said...

such a lovely gift for him to cherish.

Clarissa said...

Wonderful photo and story!

Claudette said...

great quilt and photo, can you believe i made a quilt with my grandma when i was younger and when it became torn and dirty i through it out, oh stupid girl.