Saturday, December 26, 2009

MY VERY FIRST PIECED AND HAND QUILTED QUILT

When my third son left home he took this quilt with him. Just now got a picture.

I made this quilt about 18 years ago. I had hand quilted each boy a quilt but did very little piecing.

My husband had just switched jobs and we were soooooooooooooooo poor. The black is a black sheet, and I used a black sheet for the back. This is a queen sized quilt. I made it for our bed. I used scraps from clothes I had made for the boys and myself.

I did not have a pattern. I did not use a book... I just used the quilt my grandmother had made for me as a guide to making the blocks.

I used a school ruler, pencil .... I designed the quilt because I loved black at the time. So I sat for hours drawing and making the templates. I used an old embroidery hoop to hand quilt it. If you look close, there are hearts in each of the black blocks.





I even used an old comforter for the batting...it is funny because it buldges in spots. Remember I told you we were poor and I had to do this as cheaply as I could. Later I made a sky blue ruffle for the bed, pillow shams and cases. It looked pretty good if you asked me. We had this on our bed for years. I tell my son to take care of this quilt because those scraps have a history.

33 comments:

Kaye said...

Barb, what a beautiful job and such wonderful memories. That surely is what its all about, this great addiction of ours.. Hope Santa was good to you. Are you going to join Gyleen's Pineapple challenge? Sounds like fun, Pat and I are in

Gene Black said...

Oh Barb! I love quilts with a history. I think your design is very attractive. I really can see this on the bed with the sky blue accessories. Thanks for sharing this with us.

SewCalGal said...

I love your quilt. I think you did a fantastic job. And this is a great example of how one can make a beautiful quilt, even if one doesn't have a lot of money! Very inspirational!

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Sarcastic Quilter said...

I love this story and the quilt. Memories like this are great and passing them on, even better! Thanks for sharing.

Beck

Tonya's Sewing Room said...

oh, I love that quilt, and I bet he does take care of it.

Fiesta said...

Barb it is beautiful and definetly an heirloom

Shari said...

A true quilter's quilt. Just love it. Your son should feel very fortunate to have it...

Needled Mom said...

That was quite a job to tackle. It looks great and it is nice to see that it is still around.

Janet said...

What an impressive quilt Barb, I think you did a fantastic job. This story is what really special quilts are about.

Lurline said...

Oh, Barb - that is just a lovely story - how wonderful to have been so creative and put the love and time into such a treasure!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Love the quilt. Love the memory!

SheilaC said...

Beautiful! And I love the story behind it, I hope your son realizes he has a family heirloom in his hands!

My grandmother used blankets as batting because the only "real" batting she could get was non-washable wool. To wash quilts that had this wool inside you had to untie the whole thing and wash separately.
So when she made quilts for us kids she decided to use the blankets to make them more user friendly
I still cherish the one she made for me...

thanks for sharing your quilt!

SheilaC

Tozz said...

Barb that is one exceptional quilt for a first time one. Well done and it really is lovely. :) hugs Vicki...I enlarged it and saw all the coloured hexies are peiced with stars...amazing!

Crispy said...

A beautiful quilt filled with lots of love and memories!!

Crispy

Pat said...

GREAT quilt and you should be sure the story of it is written down where your kids and grandkids will see it and remember the history of that quilt.

Quilt Hollow said...

Quilts at one time were made with what folks had. They sure didn't have the luxery that we have today with quilt shops and the internet with gorgeous and outrageously priced fabrics. They didn't have choice...they used what they had. This is exactly what you did so this quilt holds not only memories but some history of the you the quiltmaker.

Rumi said...

Lovely! It doesn't feel great at the time but looking back, I treasure those years of being young and poor. It really makes you creative!

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

Beautiful quilt! My first few were made from scraps of clothes too. I used mattress padding/protectors or old blankets as my batting for the first few.

I'm surprised you let it out of the house lol

Linda B said...

Totally awsome! I'd love to sit with you and have you tell me which clothing pieces provided each block. Fun.

Mary L. said...

What a treasure!

Jean said...

What a beautiful quilt, looks like you picked a hard block for your first quilt!

andsewon said...

Love the quilt, a real family treasure and the wonderful story that goes with it!!!
Hugs,
Lola

Jackie said...

I love to hear the stories behind a quilt. This one is a good one! A very special treasure.

call me crazy said...

Its beautiful Barb! I love the stars in each hex. :-)

hetty said...

Loved your post! That is not an easy block for a beginner, but your quilt turned out great. Lots of history and memories. Thanks for sharing!

Stitched With Prayer said...

It is so wonderful and even more so after reading the story behind it. I remember those days, when hubby was in the Marines just a few months home from Viet Nam and we lived in Hawaii. Everyone thought I was so lucky...LOL. If they only knew! We lived on canned soup and mac and cheese and didn't have a car. We walked everywhere we went. I didn't know about quilting but my mom sent me yarn and I chrocheted...a LOT. Barb, your quilt should hold a very dear place in your family's hearts, hopefully for years to come.

Micki said...

The quilt is just lovely! The black background really makes it!
Micki

Rose Marie said...

This is wonderful .... great memories are stitched into that gorgeous quilt. That is a hard block to start with, but you did such a super job with the whole look.

Melissa Miller said...

Barb it is truly gorgeous!

Happy New Year! ~Melissa :)

Bridget B said...

Very creative and what a treasure. It is a lovely quilt.

kaiolohiakids said...

If you could do this, entirely by hand, you ought to be able to whip thru that Hawaiian quilt! Beautiful work & beautiful history!

Melinda Cornish said...

it looks awesome!

badlandsquilts said...

what a beautiful quilt and wonderful story!