Saturday, June 18, 2011
Hi friends! I am here with a post today of something that has been on my mind...a patchwork of thoughts, actually, kind of like this old quilt. My last visit to my parents included going over to Grand mom's small house and with my parent's prodding, taking anything I wanted. Just to clarify, Grandmom passed away at the wonderful old age of 93...I don't usually go and take relative's belongings. Well, I am not much of a collector of anything, but I knew I wanted Grand mom's quilts. She had tried to sell these, believe it or not, at some craft type store and was only offered 20.00 for each. So at that time (about 12 years ago)...she took them over to my Mom's and offered my Mom and I each to choose one of the five she had. I am so glad she took three of them back home, although they sat in her closet unused... until now. This photograph is one of the more simple patchwork quilts. I have plans to keep this on our semi-covered porch over a wicker settee until I can decide what to do with it. I love looking at this quilt...and imagining if maybe one of these squares was a dress my mom wore as a little girl. I don't know too much about quilts, but am sure this was one either my Grand mom or her mom or maybe both sat around and quilted many years ago. I love the rumples and dimples of this homey quilt. I even love that some of the patches are identical right next to each other. It's as if they messed up and didn't realize it until later. Or maybe it was meant to be that way. I can relate to messing up on my cards and not seeing it until it was finished and the photo was taken.
This quilt inspired my card today. I have had this "Quilter's Sampler" set from Papertrey Ink and like many of my stamps, it has not been used enough! I found my complete inspiration on Mish Mash's blog...you can find her blog on my sidebar and click on it. I love the way she uses papers and mixes and matches them to make patchwork art. I used my 3/4 inch punch and punched away at a few designer paper stacks, then had fun just piecing them together. I made one in more greens/oranges/yellows and this one. It was fun and made me happy to see this all completed and ready to give.
Thank you for stopping in.. I will share with you my wicker set revamp I've been doing...all to make a place worthy of this quilt. I have the idea of making the quilt into pillows. If you have any thoughts on that, I would really enjoy hearing them. Have a blessed day!