I absolutely love quilts but I’ve never ever made one. It was my fascination with quilts that got me into reading blogs. There are so many wonderful quilting blogs out there. Bloggers who show off their work, “take you with them” when they go quilt shopping (I’d love a trip round some of those quilt shops) and then also to all those wonderful quilt shows and festivals.
Today, Dayle, is having a quilt story link up and I’m joining the party. One thing is for certain, I’ll definitely be reading all the quilt stories tonight. Right after our Bonfire party, that is! I’ll bet I’m the only one there with just one quilt to show off though!
And this is it, my one and only authentic, handmade quilt and I love it. It was given to me in 1975 when my first daughter, Victoria, was born.
My sister, Maureen, married herself an American GI. Well actually he was in the Air Force but you know what I mean. They live in Arkansas where Jerry was born and brought up.
It was Jerry’s granny who gave the quilt to me. She had never met me but because she loved Maureen and because she knew I was having a baby she made the quilt for me. It was totally handmade by her. I was lucky enough to meet her when I visited Maureen and Jerry many years ago. Granny was a lovely, gentle, softly spoken, country lady. She made many quilts, not just mine. Maureen told me that granny would have known where every scrap of fabric was left over from.
When my girls were little we called it the Sick Quilt because it was used whenever they were poorly and would lie on the couch with it over them.
Even now it is in constant use. My little grandsons use it all the time as you can see. Even Muffin loves it and jumps on it the minute it is taken out of the footstool in the living room where it is kept.
If I had lived in the USA I think I probably would have been a quilter. There was a time when I did quite a bit of sewing. It was when my girls were little. Caroline got into sewing too as she grew up and we’d say that we’d make a patchwork quilt one day with all the leftover scraps but we never have. But do you know what? There’s time yet!