Sunday, April 19, 2009

Blogger Quilt Festival - My Favourite Quilt

How exciting - a quilt festival that I can put my quilt into! We have just finished our National Quilt Symposium here in Wellington (lots of posts to come on that) and I can tell you that it was wonderful. My only regret (and it is a small one) is that I wasn't able to submit my quilt into the exhibition. Unfortunately it was just a few months too old to be eligible.

So I was very excited this evening when I found this quilt festival that is being hosted by Amy at Park City Girl. What fun. What a great idea.

I have posted about this quilt before, and it features on my banner, but it is very special to me as I made it in memory of my maternal grandfather, so I think it bears repeating. My grandfather was a fantastic embroiderer, but it was the family secret. He never wanted people to know that he stitched and would hide what he was working on if anyone ever came to visit - it was the 1940's after all. He used to stitch with my mother and my grandmother, who was also a wonderful seamstress. My mother has dozens of pieces of linen that he stitched and I regard them as priceless family treasures.
Its a large quilt - so not the easiest to get a good shot of it all, so I thought details would be just the thing....This quilt has one piece that was stitched by my grandfather - it was very worn so my mother had cut the cloth up a long time ago. His stitching really was perfect and in many pieces it's difficult to tell the back from the front. The other pieces in the quilt are ones that I have found in second hand shops or been given by friends.
"In My Grandfather's Den" has also started me off on a series of quilts which are similar. It brings me so much pleasure - and really, you can't ask more of a quilt than that.

Have fun at the Festival - I certainly intend to. Make sure you visit them here.

23 comments:

Stitching At Stone Cottage said...

what a pricless quilt, it as absolutely lovely....my grandfather also stitched...i would love to be able to record it as well as you have...fabulous!!!

anne bebbington said...

What a lovely way to recycle some of his work

Carol said...

What a beautiful quilt and lovely story. There's a lot of men out there who know how to sew and keep it to themselves. Pity.

Quilty Conscience said...

How precious! Lovely story, thank you for sharing it.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Beautiful quilt. And what a sweet story. Thanks for sharing about it.

Zonnah said...

So beautiful!

Serena said...

WOW! .....and there's really nothing more I can add to that

Miri said...

Beautiful quilt! I love vintage linens and quilts and your combining them this way is so lovely and creative.

So glad I found your blog!

Sarcastic Quilter said...

Simply beautiful stitchery and quilt! I'd have kept every scrap I could get also. :)

Beck

Granny Lyn said...

How special,,,I love puting history into quilts!

Cindy's Stitching said...

What a great story behind this quilt. Very nice

Jacky said...

What an amazing quilt and I love the reference to your grandfather. I think the embroideries look beautiful incorporated in this special quilt.

Jacky xox

Isa said...

Beautifull. I love it.

stitchinpenny said...

A wonderful quilt. I like the fact that you feel joy when you see it.

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

What a fantastic collection of beautiful pieces! amazing quilt - thank you for sharing :)

Lisa said...

Wow, that's beautiful. I feel quite inspired having just bought a lot of bits and pieces at a linen sale which now need a home - you have given me some great ideas. I love your blog and the mix of your work, really interesting to read.

Biddy22 said...

Thank you for sharing such a unique, touching story. This quilt is one of a kind, and you're a lucky lady to have it. It's a beautiful heirloom.

duckyhouse said...

what a beautiful quilt, packed full of goodness and memories :)

Amy said...

Thank you for your comment on my blog. I followed you over here. Your quilt is beautiful. I just love, love, love that your grandfather embroidered. That is a wonderful family story. The quilt is beautiful too.

mngirltx said...

I'm still working my way through all the entries in the on-line festival...I love this quilt. What a great story behind it!

Rita said...

wow! what a special quilt and I love the story about your grandfather embroidering! I love all the embroidery and all the love that went into making this! it's gorgeous!!!

Jeannette said...

As lovely as the well planned modern quilts are with their coordinated fabrics and all, I think quilts that have gatehred up precious cloth from loved ones, or in this case, handwork, just capture the whole dynamic of meaning so powerfully. Your quilt is marvelously conceived and executed ... a treasure full of treasures.

sparkle jars said...

This quilt is absolutely amazing!!!