Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Quilt Story


At last -- the story of the quilt that occupied much of my mind and time ever since last August.  The full story and lots of pictures are in a web album  HERE  -- this is the brief version.

Work on the 80 Log Cabin squares began last August -- and all this while I was warning everyone that this had to be a secret -- no talking about the quilt around Justin and Claui.
 

 About half the squares were done and then came my knee surgery. It was almost two months before I could climb the stairs again and get to my sewing machine but at last, in February, the top was complete and on the quilting frame.  The final bit of quilting -- tiny hearts in the little red squares -- was done off the frame.

And all that secrecy I was carrying on about?  A few weeks before the wedding, I forwarded an email to Claui about all of us having dinner at a friend's house -- totally overlooking that at the end of the email,  the friend had asked how the quilt was coming. . .
Oh, well, given our community history of presenting quilts at weddings, I suspect the only possible surprise would have been if they hadn't received one. 
As I said, the full story is HERE. 

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15 comments:

Martin said...

A very special gift, with love sewn into it.

Brian Miller said...

def a quilt is a beautiful thing...i have one my mom made forever ago...so heavy and warm...

Jean Baardsen said...

So beautiful, and the most incredible gift! They'll always treasure that quilt.

intervallum said...

I see Narnia. Dear book! I like friends of Tolkien...

Kath Marsh said...

What a precious treasure. What a fabulous custom, something that lasts far longer than a blender or crystal. Warm with memories, love ... Perfection.

B. Rogers, Living in Black Mountain said...

You certainly do have a story to go with the quilt, and Justin and Claudi do too! It is lovely, and definitely will become a family treasure for years to come. I finally insisted my youngest take his quilt with him at Christmas, though his years as a wanderer may not yet be over.

KarenB said...

Oh Vicki, that is so incredibly lovely! It's a beautiful quilt and the love that has gone into it makes it just glow. I adore the embroidered rectangles!

Suz said...

that is one beautiful gorgeous quilt
and each stitch love
what a gift
Loved the story
But really...how do you do it all?
no excuses for any of us I guess

Star said...

It's a truly beautiful quilt. I wish I could make something that lovely. I do hope they were pleased with it. I'm sure they were.

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

What a lovely tradition -- barbara

Darla said...

I'm just sitting here in awe...

Vagabonde said...

Your new little kittens are adorable.
I read the quilt story. It is a stunning piece of art. The colors are beautifully nuanced and give it the perfect look. It will be enjoyed by them and for generations, as it should. You really should be pleased – what an achievement! Bravo!

NCmountainwoman said...

I love the embroidered pieces. They will mean so much to the couple in years to come. The quilt is indeed a work of art and piece of love.

Irene Blanck said...

I had a look at all the photos. What a beautiful quilt with so much love sewn into it. I love the embroidery with all the personal messages. I'm sure they'll treasure this beautiful gift.

Kimberly said...

What a gorgeous quilt and such a treasure!