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Saturday, October 26, 2013

A Sweet Memory - Blogger's Quilt Festival

Welcome to my quilt for Amy's Fall Blogger's Quilt Festival.  Be sure to pop in and see all the great quilts.
 
It all started 2010.  I had discovered Kaffe Fasset and began collecting some of his fabrics and some brights that coordinated with them.  I'd made several "bright" quilts but was still wanting to make one more.  I found a pattern in a magazine and modified to suit me and decided to see what happened.
I prepped some strips for a road trip and was able to cut a bunch of blocks out.
They all looked so pretty.
I was really liking where this was going.  Not sure where I would end up, but I was happy.  The only constant was that each block had the same Kaffe fabric.
I must tell you, making these blocks was addictive.  They grew and grew.....
until I had this many.
 
And then my granddaughter and her family came for a visit.  She brought her own sewing machine and wanted to make a quilt.  She was 7 years old that summer!!
She saw my Kaffe quilt up on the design wall and wanted to make one just like her Nana Girl :).  Of course I couldn't say no.  She went thru my stash and picked all the fabrics herself.  She made her own choices for each block and auditioned them on hew own design wall.  Her instincts were spot on!
Here she is sewing the blocks together - she got really good at that 1/4" seam allowance too.
And then it was time for me to quilt it.
She looks so proud...
 
and here we are together with our matching quilts.
Since then, I have finished my quilt.  It stays over the back of my quilting chair and I get to enjoy it every day. 
Here are the little bright kitties.
I did an overall meandering feather vine.
The journey of this quilt is indeed a sweet memory.
Have a great day,
Karen

20 comments:

Wendy said...

What a great memory! I'm always hoping my niece will be inspired by one of my crafts and what to make something with me. Awesome quilts!

audrey said...

Wonderful story and memories! Great scrappy quilts.:)

Karen said...

No matter how many different quilts I see of this style, I am always intrigued by the design. Good choice for the festival.

carol fun said...

Beautiful quilts and even more beautiful story! How wonderful to be able to share your love of fabric with your granddaughter -- our next generation of quilters.

Live a Colorful Life said...

What a lovely story. Quilting with grandchildren has to be one of life's supreme pleasures, right? And I get it about Kaffe fabric--I'm pretty obsessed with it too. Beautiful quilt!

CitricSugar said...

Cute story!

I love the quilt - and how the surrounding fabrics transform the one you've used to anchor it all! Great work.

QuiltSue said...

That's a great story to go with a great memory every time you look at your great quilt.

Janan said...

Wonderful story, great matching quilts! Your granddaughter is adorable!

Barb said...

what a fun quilt project with your granddaughter! She is such a cutie and looks so proud -
the quilts are fun and colorful -

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

What a joy-filled collaboration... quilts and children are my favorite two things! Your granddaughter is precious, and what lovely quilts and memories you both share. Well done, Nana Girl!

Vivian said...

There's one thing that makes your lovely quilt even more memorable, and that's the time spent with your granddaughter, helping her make her own. Our time spent with grandchildren is the high point of any of our days, isn't it? Thanks for sharing your story, Karen.

Charlotte said...

aww, look at the two of you - how precious! Lovely quilts :-)

fallingforpieces said...

So great to see the next generation sewing with Grandma! The quilts are charming.

fallingforpieces said...

So great to see the next generation sewing with Grandma! The quilts are charming.

FlourishingPalms said...

It's really beautiful, Karen. I've never sewn with Kaffe fabrics, but you've made them look tempting. It's great that you could share the design and fabrics with your granddaughter. Such a special memory. I hope your quilt wins the Bloggers' Quilt Festival.

Esther said...

What a fun quilt, and such a great story. I look forward to, and hope for the day that my grandchildren want to share my hobby and passion. How very special.

Venus de Hilo said...

Lovely, charming quilt! How delightful to see your granddaughter sewing with you.

Carla said...

You've made me want to sew with one of my grand daughters....and to (finally) make a quilt with the Kaffe fabrics that I keep collecting! Great post, and great, adorably beautiful quilts, Karen!

Nana said...

Wonderful story. How fun to make such beautiful memories as well as lovely colorful quilts

Pinkadot Quilts said...

What a great project to share with your granddaughter. You made a good memory too!