When my grandma passed away we found a hand pieced granny flower garden quilt that was made by her mom, great grandma Sara. My oldest sister claimed it and i was a 'little' jealous of it. I wasn't married then and she gave it to her little girl, my niece. Since there was no changing her mind. When I had a little girl of my own I decided that I would make one for her.
I decided to use the same colour scheme great grandma Sara used except my colours were more bright. I started piecing this when I was pregnant with my 4th. Combined with my height and him being the 4th, my hips started to loosen at 3 months and by the end of the day my lower back and hips were so sore that I was forced to sit. For those who know me, I don't sit around very often. This was a perfect time to work on the quilt.
It was also perfect to bring along with me in the car. We lived in a small town and had to drive a lot to get any where! I got it all finished and wanted it quilted and finished before my son was born. I tried to get it quilted by several long arm quilters, but they refused saying for the integrity of the quilt it should be hand quilted. I was so upset. The nesting had kicked in and I wanted closure.
I basted it and slowly hand quilted over the years. SLOWLY. So one day last fall I decided enough was enough. It is my oldest unfinished project and I did not want to move it one more house in the tote labelled, unfinished project. Although I had said it was for my daughters high school grad, which is in 5 years, I am pretty sure she is not going to want it by then.
Two weeks ago at 10:30 pm I thought what hand project am I going to bring with me for the 9 hours we will be driving? I know, I will load and quilt this quilt before noon tomorrow. So after one very late night and frantic quilting the following morning I had some hand quilting to work on. That's how I roll!
This past Sunday was Easter and I thought it was fitting to take the quilt to my sisters farm and take pictures there. My great grandma Sara would have pieced her top sitting in her home or on her porch on the Alberta farmland, amongst the hay bales and silos. I absolutely have a huge connection with my ancestors and quilting.
Making something beautiful with scraps of fabrics. Making your home your own despite your income. These principles run strong within me. From sewing my own clothes, to refinishing furniture, to making my own curtains, throw cushions and ultimately quilts, oh how I love to make quilts.
Thanks for the inspiration Great Grandma Sara. Oh and did i mention how much I love that my name is almost the same as hers!