Friday, May 11, 2007

Sailboats


I am sure having fun with these fans. I was trying to remember if I had quilted anything with Baptist fans before and lo and behold I dug through my quilts and found an older sailboat quilt that I had handquilted with fans. I want to tell you the story of this quilt. My cousin Bevie was older than me, she actually had a daughter a year older then I but we were really close. We shared a lot of the same ideas and a love for everything and anything that related to fiber. When Bevie passed away from cancer her husband gave me a bunch of boxes that contained crochet and tatting samples, cardboard quilt templates, patterns, etc. After going through them I found that they had originally belonged to my Grandmother. I had inherited a sailboat friendship quilt from Grandma (I will get it out this weekend and get a picture of it) and the templates she had used were in this box. I was so excited. I decided I would re-create Grandma’s quilt using her templates but putting my own twist on it. This was the result. I once wrote some thoughts on my cousin Bevie and our relationship through quilting and they were published in a book by Ruth McHaney Danner. While I was in Paducah I saw that the book is out and about again in a smaller paperback format. It is titled What I Learned from God while Quilting. It is a nice little book full of inspirational quilting stories. Find it on Amazon.

8 comments:

Dawn said...

Oh what a fun sailboat quilt and as always a wonderful story behind it! I had forgotten that you had that in that book!

Elaine Adair said...

As I am dashing through the blogs, I glanced at your sailboats (being a once-upon-a-time sailor) and just giggled out loud - so cute, they are all thrashing about, sometimes capsizing, sometimes sailing straight, but then I actually read the post. What a wonderful story to this quilt - it gave me a chill. Life continues, and is usually good. 8-) Just parts of it are stormy. Lessons ...

Angela said...

What a loving tribute!

atet said...

What a wonderful story, and a wonderful quilt made in tribute. I really need to take a look at some of my great grandmother's quilts sometime and see if I'm brave enough to attempt something like this...

Marcie said...

I love sailboat quilts and yours is a beauty! How wonderful to be able to have some family history in it!

YankeeQuilter said...

What a fun sailboat quilt and what a wonderful story to go with it!

Lily said...

That is a very cute block and love the quilt. And what a find - I wish I had some of my grandma's crafting stuff, but it was all thrown away but unthinking aunts. I am glad you have yours.

Patti said...

What a wonderful quilting tribute to both of them!