love in every stitch – her heart, my hands
It was my late Grandma who really helped me fall in love with quilting – it was on her floor at age fourteen that I cut and sewed my first quilt. It was by no means perfect, but I made it – from start to finish – and its something that I am still so proud of.
When my Grandma passed away I was given her sewing supplies – her sewing table, antique tins of buttons and notions, threads and all her quilting books. It was in this pile that I found a hand-written list. Grandma had listed the quilts she wanted to make, with references to page numbers, fabric colours and anything she needed to buy. I always get so sad seeing her handwriting on cards etc. but seeing this list made me so very happy. Number one was an Irish Chain quilt – with reference to a picture not a pattern.
I drew this pattern up, and added my own little design elements – a modern spin on a traditional design. I simply love it and am so pleased to share with you as an entry in the Spring 2015 Blogger’s Quilt Festival – in the large quilt category. This festival is hosted by Amy of Amy’s Creative Side twice a year and is such a brilliant platform to share designs, finished projects and pick up some amazing inspiration along the way.
This quilt is a tribute to the lady who helped me fall in love with quilting – my Grandma B quilt is a modern twist on a traditional Irish Chain quilt, and the quilt she had always wanted to make. A story that I will carry with me always, and one that is more than worth sharing.