Sunday, April 10, 2011

Quilting Meeting


I finished Catherine's quilt Moonflower. It is a hexagon grandmothers flower garden.

This is the first time that I have seen it "all at once". Usually I can see parts of it when I put it on a bed. But because it draps off the sides of the bed I could not see the whole thing.
Also the small perspective helps to digest it as a whole, and so it is very exciting too see it this way.
It took me 15 years to finish it. Two years I lost the quilt and thought that it had been thrown away in a move. What actually happened was, I needed the box I had put the quilt in so I moved it to a larger box. I have a visual memory of things and it is a powerful tool. But in this case the box in my mind, which was smaller was not the box that my quilt was in.
When we moved to Bend we unpacked everything and re-evaluated what we had and I found my quilt!!! In the mean time I had started on another scrappy hexagon quilt. I got that one sandwiched together to quilt last month!!
This quilt is all hand quilted. When I started quilting the little hexagons my kids thought I could just cheat and skip a few. I told them no I had to quilt each one of them. I think they thought that would take another 15 years. Fortunately it took a little over a year to do.
Hope this inspires you to create a hexagon quilt. In the fifteen years there are fabrics and thus history of my children in this quilt. It is a holder of time. A work of art and love.

5 comments:

  1. Wow Becky, this is amazing. You are sooooo patient!
    15 years? The quilt is beautiful and what a treasure for Catherine. This quilt is the definition of a memory quilt :)

    <3

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  2. Just wonderful - an amazing accomplishment - what a true gift this is!

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  3. Wow. 15 years!!! I wish I had your persistence! I periodically go through my woodshop and throw away projects I've started but never finished if they are just 1 or 2 years old. Maybe I should start keeping them (although the issue for me is storage and trying to teach myself NOT to start things I may not finish :)

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  4. Breathtaking, a real labour of love.

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