Finally Blogger has decided to be nice and is allowing me to post some pictures of momma recieving her Valentine's Day gift. I have been trying to remember what year she began working on this quilt. The best I can narrow it down to is 1998. My parents, my hubby and our youngest son had gone to Seattle to visit with our oldest son while he was in college and of course momma and I had to take a quilt run! She saw a beautiful quilt hanging on the wall and decided that was the one she and daddy would have on their bed...she purchased everything she needed to make it exactly like the one in the shop (with the exception of the backing - - only because the shop did no have enough and it was out of print!) took it all home...washed, ironed and squared up her yardage, then cut the whole thing out...all of it...for a queen size bed. Labeled each section of cut pieces and stacked them all in a couple of pizza boxes. She went to work right away on getting the double 9 patches done and then added the setting squares and got it all in strips. Then she suffered a major stroke. This is the only bed quilt she ever started for herself. Rarely did she make anything for herself, there was always a project on the machine for someone else. When I packed up her sewingroom, and removed the pieces of this quilt from her design wall I thought maybe I would bring it home and get it done ASAP. Then life happened and I did not get to it for a couple of years. My father's health declined, we moved them both to a facility where they could still be together, daddy died exactly one month later.
This first picture is of her opening her gift,
with the sudden realization of what it was. He expression is priceless.
Why don't I ever remember the video camera setting at a time like this? I would have loved to share her complete reaction with my sister.
Here she is examining it,
it is beautiful!
I may have finished this, but she started it.
I applauded her over and over again
for her workmanship,
I think she was pleased with herself.
Since she had strips done all I had to do was sew enough of them (5 strips) together and then add borders. The borders are not what she planned when she started making this, but this is the adjustment I needed to make to get it to fit the extra long twin size bed she now has at the care center. It sure has brightened up her room!