Friday, January 18, 2008

Show & Tell Friday for January 18

Today for Show & Tell Friday, I am taking the easy way out and showing something I already had photos of. I must apologize in advance for the quality of the photos. The one of the blue quilt, in particular, I know is very fuzzy and unclear, but it’s the only photo I could find of that quilt.

These are quilts which my mother-in-law made for my two daughters as they left for college. It was a long time between her original thought of the idea and the actual finishing of the quilts. This idea came to her when my older daughter left for boarding school, but the quilt was not finished for several years after that. Basically, her thought was to have me cross-stitch a bunch of squares with things meaningful to my daughter -- favorite Scriptures, sayings, activities, etc. -- and then she would put them together into a quilt in the Attic Window pattern. So eventually, with the help of another friend who did some of the cross-stitching, the quilts were done. My mother-in-law has (if I recall correctly) at least 17 grandchildren and a bunch of great-grandchildren, but she has never made any other quilts like this. They were a lot of work. But the idea is lovely, and I thought others might like to see them and consider doing something similar for a loved one.

Here is the blue quilt -- the first one. I know that the details are very fuzzy, but you get the idea.

The rose quilt was the second (and last) one she did.

Here is a more close-up photo of some of the squares of the rose quilt.

On many of the squares, I started with a motif that I found in a book and then personalized it in some way. To show my daughter’s love of the ocean, for example, I did one with a seashell border and put a quote from John Masefield within the borders: “I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky.” On each quilt, I did a square for each of the 4 seasons. And I did squares with each of their siblings’ names, etc.

This was quite a stressful project because we were working with deadlines to get all of the squares and the quilts completed. But the result was truly a treasure in the end.

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  1. Good Morning Mrs. T. These are really nice, and I can't believe the amount of work that goes into them. I'm doing a small embroidery project now, and it is such precise, careful work, I can't imagine how you do volumes of it. I especially like the attic window design. It really has depth.

  2. What beautiful quilts. Your daughters are so blessed to have such a gift. My grandmother's quilt was stolen. It's sad. Thanks for sharing.

  3. A treasure indeed and an act of love on both your parts.

  4. I love the quilts, so pretty. My mom quilts but I just can't find the patience.

    Thanks for sharing.


  5. Those really are treasures that your daughters will cherish. Enjoy....

  6. Wonderful quilts, Mrs. T. I think the last time I told you I am a Mrs. T myself.

    My Show and Tell is up at Work of the Poet

  7. Anonymous7:41 PM

    What wonderful, beautiful keepsakes! I can't imagine the time that must have gone into them. They're gorgeous!

  8. That is amazing! I can not imagine the time--but what a blessing for youor kids to have!!

  9. Beautiful! A true labor of love.

  10. What a beautiful thoughtful treasure for your girls.

  11. What beautiful quilts! I can how that a lot of hard work and love went into them!

  12. Hi everyone,

    It's so nice to see you all around my kitchen table! I am glad you've enjoyed seeing these quilts. Yes, they were a lot of work, but a blessing too in that I knew a part of myself was going off to college with them.

    Stop in again and visit!

    God bless,


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