When visiting at Hills Creek Quilter this morning I found out about a wonderful online quilt show being hosted by Amy at Park City Girl. She has links to over 80 quilting bloggers that are participating in this unique exhibition.
This is my grandmother Sophie Tucker with the quilt I made her for her 88th birthday. The blocks were made by members of her family including her siblings, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. I pieced it all together and had several friends and family members help with the quilting.
Why did I make her a quilt? Not because I am a quilt maker, rather because she has been a quilt maker for over 50 years. For decades I had watched her do meticulous stitching on her applique pieces. I have a lovely Dresden plate quilt as well as 2 crib quilts that she did all the applique. The blocks were then returned to the church she attended and the ladies pieced the tops and then hand quilted them.
What else could I do but to make her a quilt. It was wonderful to sit with my grandmother and relate the stories of each block with her. She spent hours showing it to every person who came to visit. When she moved to her retirement home so gave me back the quilt. It is sitting my living room waiting the day when I have a guest room to display it in. When she gave me back the quilt I did have another smaller fleece backed quilt ready to give her. She was equally as thrilled with that one which she still uses.