Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Love Much, Laugh Often


Every year of my daughter’s life I have made her a quilt (and then some). We call it the birthday quilt, but she never gets these on her birthday. She is a December baby so they usually come the following year. As the years have gone on the quilts have gotten bigger and she has started putting her ideas into them. When she turned 10 she threw me for a loop. She wanted a quilt that was to be hers only. She did not want one made from a pattern. It was to be created by me for her. This was a real stretch for me. I had many times came up with my own ideas for quilts, but this one had to be all about her. I also felt that one of my whimsical folk art quilts would not suit her. In her mind a quilt was about pattern. I drafted and played around and finally came up with the 9 patch heart block. After making the hearts I decided it definitely needed words. Love Much, Laugh Often suited her to a T. Her smile and her big heart are both always giving. She loves the quilt which makes me happy because it was made out of my love for her. Happy Valentines Day everyone!

8 comments:

Dawn said...

Oh Laura! I had thought that quilt was so cute before with the words, but I must have never heard the story with it! It is soooo perfect!

Barb Vedder said...

What a lucky daughter! And what a loving mother. thanks for sharing this story of love on Valentines Day. How old is your daughter? Mine is twelve and half.

Patti said...

What a wonderful gift for your daughter - I know she will truly treasure this. I love what you did on the borders - words and vines and flowers.

Joanne said...

What a great quilt, Laura! Bet your daughter loves it!

JudyL said...

I can see why she loves it! Great story about your making of the quilt too.

Judy L.

Tonya R said...

Wow, that is so incredibly sweet. What a lucky daughter and lucky mother. Wonderful quilt, wonderful saying.

susan said...

This is a lovely quilt and story, thanks for sharing! It makes me want to get busy making quilts for my daughters and granddaughters.

cher said...

a truly loving quilt...how sweet!