The real attic treasures…
We love hearing heartwarming stories of how grandma's old 'hand-made blankets' were finally recognized as true attic treasures. Too often, the 'old blanket' was just a convenient protective covering that Grandma used to keep Father Time from wearing away the polished beauty of her favorite old pine cupboard, or maybe it was used to keep the dust from settling on grandma's cherished old photos, or as packing material for precious chinaware.
Fortunately, as family members search generations later for something to remember grandma by, they have looked beyond those carefully protected treasures and recognized that the real treasure lies in that old blanket. They knew there was more of grandma in that dusty old covering than anything that it could have protected.
In the May/June 2010 issue of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting, we've shared two very different, yet similar attic treasures, and featured each with their own unique pattern. And, even though grandma often set the bar high, both the Variable Star, and the Irish Chain are do-able projects that fit nicely with today's available fabrics.
Sew & Tells
submitted by Neosha Mackey, Springfield, MO.
Attached is a photo of my quilt titled "Fabric of the University" a play on the "Heart of the University." I created this photo quilt of the Duane G. Meyer Library at Missouri State University. It was in honor of Karen Horny on her retirement as Dean of Library Services. That's me in the photo with one of the University photographers. The picture was printed in four panels on our home laser printer.
I used six different colors and three different types of thread—metallic, rayon, and polyester. There is a little stippling on the water with variegated coral metallic thread. One of the borders is grosgrain ribbon, which really added a nice texture.
The label includes the title of the quilt, the recipient, and the occasion. I also gave credit to the MSU photographer and the fact that I used the photo by permission.
submitted by Marvelyn Adams, Newton, IA.
This is a quilt I made for my daughter, Jennifer, who is now 36. Jennifer was on the last plane load of babies on the Baby Airlift that came out of Viet Nam after the war. She was about 2 years old.
I saved many of her dresses that had special meaning. One is the dress she was wearing when she arrived on the airplane to us. Some of the others are: a dress she wore when she became a US Citizen, the dress she wore for her kindergarten picture, her 3rd birthday, which was the first one with us,and her first Christmas program at school. One block is from a coat that I made her. I made the block with the front of the coat and made it open up with the buttons and I put a picture of her wearing the dress inside.
My husband, John, and I would take each dress and look at its features and decide just what we wanted included in each block. It was so much fun. I won’t pretend I didn’t cry a few tears as I cut some of those dresses up. But what else would I have done with the dresses! The ladies at Cornerstone Quilts in Newton helped me pick out the fabric to finish the quilt.
Scraps from the past …
submitted by Carrie Poland, Caldwell, ID.
This is a photo of my granddaughter and me with her latest gift from Grandma. I had saved scraps of everything I made for her for ten years. Then I made her a quilt. I also had this photo printed on fabric and sewed on the back as a label with all the quilt information. I've made a quilt just like this for all my grandchildren.
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