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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Grandmother's Flower Garden

This image on a ceramic tile in my studio brings to mind a lifestyle and perhaps an era far distant from mine. I imagine one of my grandmothers in her prime caring for family, home and farm while still managing to carve out time to make the quilts hanging on the line.

My husband's grandmother made this utilitarian "summer quilt". The large hexagons are whip stitched directly onto a muslin background with no batting or backing so it doesn't actually qualify as a quilt. Nevertheless it truly is a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt handmade by grandma.

Grandma's quilting wouldn't win any prizes but my husband's prize is the memory of him cutting out pieces for her as she sewed. Sometimes the greatest beauty of a quilt is the link to it's maker.


Judy Warner said...

What a beautiful piece to have as a memory. Imagine all the hours of work that went into its creation!

Robin said...

Lovely! How nice to have the tradition of quilting passed down in your family. I like the idea of a summer quilt and the double rings make a nice design! I just started one (will be three layers, a "real quilt"). Posted about it yesterday.