Tuesday, October 30, 2018

We Still Quilt


Though the pace of quilting has slowed in our community, recently we made two baby quilts for new arrivals. 


Baby Henry's daddy Logan is the son of Libby(now departed, alas) who was one of the mainstays of our community, especially in quilting.


And Baby Zeno's mama Anna is the daughter of the same woman. Anna was also the recipient of one of our first baby quilts.


Both quilts were co-organized by their sister Jennifer  -- who has inherited her mother's talent for quilting -- 


and by Peggy -- who's been a part of our community quilting from the beginning..



The shower was like a  noisy homecoming -- many of our long time quilters, and, in some cases, their, husbands, children, and grandchildren as well.


There were presents for the babies, of course. 


And the last (not exactly unexpected though we always try to keep it secret) package is the quilt, made by loving hands.


It's a big moment too for all who worked on the quilt and may not have seen the finished product.
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Zeno's quilt depicts his mother's farm -- her dad took pictures of the different features and the quilters each tried to reproduce in fabric and thread the different areas. And then Jennifer and Peggy pieced it all together.

Zeno slept through most of the party. There were plenty of aunties, honorary and otherwise, eager to hold him.


Henry stuck with mama.


Later, Zeno's quilt was hung in a separate room so it could be viewed up close.

The farm and the road connecting house, barn, and yurt . . .


The stream and the rustic bridge . . .


The beagle . . .




Goats . . .


The sign on the barn . . .

The yurt -- used as an Airbnb . . .



Ducks . . .


The house . . .


A gate . . .



Baby Henry's quilt was a traditional design in beautiful soft colors with a pop of red. 


Such a joyful occasion -- so full of memories and so good to see the tradition going on. 


6 comments:

Anvilcloud said...

What fun quilts that tell such stories.

KarenB said...

That is such a lovely tradition and such gorgeous quilts! I was recently part of a group that put together a quilt for a friend with cancer - people quilted, fabric painted, knit and fabric printed squares - and it was, well . . I don't know exactly how to write down what it was. To cover her with love, to be a part of that . . .

Barbara Rogers said...

What lovely quilts, and a great tradition to be carried along to new generations. I wonder who will do hand crafts of the little ones. Hopefully any and all will enjoy working with their hands.

Ida Thompson said...

That post really made my morning! To see all you folks still carrying on that beautiful tradition and to see Libby's family growing and being such a part of the community. It makes my heart burst with love for all of you. Time passes and sometimes it seems that the connections get lost but I always take comfort in knowing that you all are still there and loving and supporting one another.

Sandra Parshall said...

Adorable babies, beautiful gift quilt, and a lovely tradition being carried forward with love. It’s reassuring to know that traditions like this — and communities like this — still exist in this country.

Stella Jones said...

What a lovely community based thing to do.