Friday, October 9, 2009

quilty love affair

today is the first day of park city girl's fall quilt festival! i can't wait to visit the sites and see everyone's quilts!















so here is my very favorite quilt. it was begun by my maternal great grandmother before she passed on. then my grandma, who we call nana, found the pieces and finished up the quilt. they both did it all by hand, which is so amazing to me. i love the riot of colors and the mismatchiness of the blocks - this is truly a scrap quilt! if anyone knows the name of the block, please do me a favor and leave me a comment?















i have to admit, when my mom first gave it to me, i was under-impressed. i didn't quilt then, and all i saw was a bunch of fabrics that didn't go together. now i totally appreciate the effort and time that went into it, and the frugality of using all their scraps for something useful.















and how the love has grown! it has become the quilt we all fight over! it's the perfect weight and size. the history makes it that much snugglier. my kid's call it nana's quilt! and i've repaired it in a few places where the seams popped. i know it mortifies my mom that we actually use it, and i will be very sad if it gets ruined. but my mom kept it folded up in a closet and that just isn't me. i plan to enjoy my inheritance while i'm here to do so!

the fabrics are fun for us to sit and look at. i have no idea how old they are, but here's one of my favorite blocks in the quilt.


















if you don't have time to see all the blogs on their own, at least take a peek at the flickr pool. thanks for stopping by to visit me today! come back again soon!

35 comments:

Kate said...

I agree, I would be devastated if one of my quilts was gifted to someone and then sat in a closet. Quilts need to be loved on!!!

Lauranie said...

awesome history...beautiful quilt!! I too tend to use "cherished" items!! I want to be surrounded by the love, not just looking at it!! :)

Dee said...

Oh...thank you for this history and peek at your world. I like your fave block too! Quilts need love to live, like the Velveteen Rabbit...otherwise, they're just things.
Blessings!

Kaye Prince said...

I think this is made using “Lemoyne Star” blocks.

This is a beautiful quilt - you must be so happy to have it. I have an afghan that my maternal Great Grandmother made just before she passed on, and I felt the same way that you did about it for a long time. It is made of knitted square blocks joined together and none of them seem to match. But not I appreciate it for the time it must have taken to make and how beautiful it truly is.

Zonnah said...

I love the fabrics you used!

RosaMaría said...

great quilt!! i love it!

Tammie said...

oh my. its gorgeous. what a treasure.

Terri Stegmiller said...

How wonderful to have the quilt that has such a history.

Jenny said...

thanks for sharing this quilt, what a gem!

Marge Gordon said...

Your quilt is a Lemoyne Star or Eight Pointed Star, and is truly gorgeous. I love the history behind it, and since I love scrappy quilts so much, this is so far my favorite quilt in the festival. If there was a viewer’s choice, your quilt would get my vote… so far, I have a hundred or more blogs to visit, LOL. (hmmm I need to look and see if there are any viewer’s awards)

Cara said...

How awesome to have some of your heritage to wrap yourself and children in. It is so special.

Ariane said...

This is a wonderful quilt. I love the scrapiness of it. Antique quilts are so amazing. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Aunt Spicy said...

What a fabulous story! We have some family heirloom quilts and they are by far our favorites! Thanks for sharing!

Katie B. said...

What an incredible heirloom! This is just gorgeous. I'm glad you're using it, and I think your grandmothers would agree!

Allie said...

Oh golly what a treasure - this is really beautiful! My favorite kind of quilt -scrappy, vintage, made by hand and with SO much love!

Thanks for the reminder about the flickr pool, I'd forgotten about that!

Martha said...

What a wonderful quilt and I love the scrappy look. I make scraps quilts from vintage fabric, and I recognize a few of the prints in this quilt. I have never made a quilt that is all mixed-up prints (usually I bring in a neutral or a solid), but your quilt inspires me to just go for it and make an all-print scrappy quilt. Thank you for sharing this beautiful quilt and for the inspiration.

Pat said...

It was fun reading your blog and the history of this quilt. It is fun to see the different blocks and all the colorful fabrics used.

ChickieChirps said...

How lovely to have such a beautiful quilt with so much history! A real treasure.

Arabella

Rene' said...

I think it is great that your family uses the quilt. I am sure that is what your "nana" and her mother would like. Quilts are like big, warm hugs. I love that you have a favorite block. What a great story and family heirloom. Thanks for sharing.

happy zombie said...

Beautiful quilt - and love that you use your "nana's quilt" - your grandmother would love that! It's a stunning quilt!

Rhondi said...

The fabrics in your quilt are wonderful but the best thing is the family history that goes with it.

stitchinpenny said...

Great quilt

Tami @ Lemon Tree Tales said...

It's a beautiful quilt! I agree, it's better to use it and love it than to keep it stored away. I have a quilt that my grandmother made me and it's been used quite a bit. Now the binding's wearing thin. :-)

Leslie said...

this is beautiful! i love the story that goes with it. what a wonderful treasure to have...and using it is perfect.

Grams said...

Your quilt is beautiful. Thank you for sharing with all of us.

vail in TN

quiltmom said...

Tammie Marie,
What a great quilt and I think it is wonderful that you are using it. Someone told you that it was the Lemoyne Star and I wonder if the fabrics are from the 40's or 50's. I love all the riot of color that the stars create.
Thanks for sharing.
Warmest regards,
Anna

Michelle said...

What an incredible quilt to have! I definitely think that quilts need to be used.

MARIKA said...

Very beautiful quilt .good days
Greeting Marika

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Lovely quilt! I love the colors and the story. I'm trying to work my way through the quilt festival. So many incredible quilts to look at!

bekhy said...

I believe it's called the LeMoyne star, as someone else already pointed out. It's quite, quite lovely, and it's just the sort of quilt I wish I had on my family room sofa; it will always "fit in" with whatever decor one chooses.

Sara said...

Very nice quilt and I love the history...I'm happy to see that you are using it...

Carolyn said...

Love love love your scrappy quilt! Definitely a much-adored quilt. :)

Diane said...

Wow, you are so lucky to have such a wonderful inheritance!

Ylime said...

Hi,

I just wanted to say how great your quilt is and let you know I've posted it as one of my favorites from the Park City Girl Quilt Festival. http://emilyflippinmaruna.wordpress.com/2009/11/06/park-city-girl-quilt-roundup-pt-2/

Thanks,
Emily
The Handmade Experiment
http://emilyflippinmaruna.wordpress.com

Casey said...

It's a very beautiful quilt

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