Friday, September 14, 2012

Quilting = Happiness

I love to sew.

If you know me, you know this fact and it's very old news! I learned to sew clothing for my daughter, out of necessity really, but now it's just plain fun. One problem that I have encountered is that my daughter simply has too much. I don't NEED to make her yet another dress. However, I still have the burning desire to CREATE – I NEED to be creative. As a natural progression of things it seems, I'm turning into my grandmother – and I'm quilting. My father's exact quote to me a few days ago, “You're turning into my mother.” I never met my father's mother. She died a few years before I was born. She canned, farmed, sewed clothing, quilts – sounding familiar? Maybe she had a talk with me before coming to this earth and encouraged me to continue her work, preserve a dying art. Maybe a bit of her is living inside me. I can't help but picture her smiling from above. This is one of her quilts – with my dad's hand print at age 4. It is a precious possession. Here's my first attempt at quilting – not perfect but you have to start somewhere. I already have ideas for more in the works. Quilts make me happy! My babies will be warm and cozy this winter!





6 comments:

Gwen said...

That's awesome!

I have a lot of quilts, but haven't made many of them. Many were made by either of my grandmothers. My mil made a few and so did my mom. I have a two that Mom helped me make, but really, she did most of it. Tops were machine stitched, but they were quilted by hand. Wow, what an undertaking!

farmhousewife said...

I can't wait to sew. Right now, on our little farm, I am too busy with *work, school, home-schooling and keeping up with basic chores to sew but that time is a-coming. Love the history of your grandmother; and yes - genetics are more than just science, this is REAL! She is in you. Beautiful quilt, I'm glad I found your blog (via facebook page, from Funky Feather Farm....oh, the travels of the internet.)
Be well!
farmhousewife

farmhousewife said...

I can't wait to sew. Right now, on our little farm, I am too busy with *work, school, home-schooling and keeping up with basic chores to sew but that time is a-coming. Love the history of your grandmother; and yes - genetics are more than just science, this is REAL! She is in you. Beautiful quilt, I'm glad I found your blog (via facebook page, from Funky Feather Farm....oh, the travels of the internet.)
Be well!
farmhousewife

Christy Peake said...

Gwen, I bet you still remember the time you spent quilting with your mom! My mom and i are going to have to do that soon!!!

Farmhouse Wife: Thanks so much for your kind words. You are so busy! You may have to quilt instead of sleep!! So glad you found me!

Heather Benton said...

I love how you shared your passion about creating something for your family. I made my daughter a quilt when she was about 10 and she still has it 25 years later. Thanks for sharing this at the All Star Block Party. I'm featuring your story today.

Head on over to grab your button.


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Christy Peake said...

Thanks so much Heather!! I've actually moved my blog over to a Wordpress site - here's the new link!
http://www.ourhomesteadhaven.com.