November seems to have slowed just a bit for me... perhaps it was the fact that I was recovering from shingles and then caught a chest cold.
Despite less than perfect health, I did meet November's One Month Goal of quilting and finishing my Pieces in the Garden Row Quilt. Woot, woot!
Since this quilt is based on the story of a "Bride's Quilt" I would use the small chapel/storage shed that is down the road from our house for the backdrop.
I chose 5" clamshells as the quilting design... a little larger than traditional, but it offeres a nod toward heritage style quilting.
Each row of blocks tells a portion of the lives of my Maternal Grandparents, Forrest & Tressie Teegarden.
Once upon a time, there was a little girl, who wore a bow in her hair. When she grew up, she began a friendship with a young bachelor. As the hours and days passed, they began to look at each other with stars in their eyes, and as their love grew, they thought about taking steps to the altar. So, the young girl got out her spools of thread and made clothes to get ready for their wedding ring day.
After they are married, some of their times together will be bright as noon and others will be dark as night. But they will try to share their happiness, their miseries and their chores – she grabbing a wrench to help with household repairs and he grabbing a towel to help with the dishes. Sometimes they will have broken dishes, but they will try to remember that “things” can be replaced, whereas harsh words, possibly spoken about the broken dishes, could chip away love. They will try to follow the Golden Rule as they are learning to communicate openly with each other.
They will also try to keep in mind the symbolism of Jacob’s ladder – “steps of communication” between themselves on earth and God in heaven.
In keeping with the "wedding/bridal" theme... I used a pre-printed Double Wedding Ring panel for the back.
Here are a few more photos... just because. 😊
Challenge faced and overcome! This quilt has been nearly a year in the making and it feels good to have it displayed on the back of our couch. I have one last pattern to be released on December 8th. You can find all of these patterns in my payhip store.
I am so happy that I had my grandparents share their memories. I have a free document ~ Priceless Conversations ~ in the store that will help you record your memories, or use it as a springboard for asking your parents or grandparents about their lives...
Who do you want to sit and have a priceless conversation with?
Leave a comment... I'd love to hear from you.
One Month Goal at Elm Street Quilts
Favorite Finish at Meadow Mist
Mid-week Makers at Quilt Fabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter
Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation
Free Motion Maverick at Quilting & Learning
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Off The Wall Friday with Nina Marie
Brag About Your Beauties at From Bolt to Beauty
Peacock Party at Wendy’s Quilts and More
Friday Foto Fun at Powered by Quilting
Finished or Not Friday at Alycia Quilts
Oh Scrap! at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework
Sunday Stash at QuiltPaintCreate
Scrap Happy Saturday at Super Scrappy
Patchwork & Quilts at The Quilting Patch
Congratulations! I've loved watching this quilt come together over the weeks. Thanks for sharing on my weekly linkup, Wednesday Wait Loss.ReplyDelete
What a wonderful remembrance of the lives of your grandparents. Thank you for the stories and the quilt.ReplyDelete
The quilt is beautiful. I hope you are feeling better.ReplyDelete
Gorgeous quilt and love the story behind itReplyDelete
It's a beautiful quilt. Thank you for sharing with us :)ReplyDelete
Congrats on your finish. SO pretty. And thanks for sharing the story.ReplyDelete
Wonderful idea to share a family history and lovely quilt.ReplyDelete
This is a wonderful family history idea. Congratulations on finishing it, but also on conceiving of it. Thank you for sharing it with us, too. I no longer have grandparents to ask, being of that age myself, but I may figure out another family history that I could record in a quilt. Thanks for setting me thinking!ReplyDelete
I love your row quilt. It's fabulous. Love the backing too.!ReplyDelete
The quilt came out so pretty! Can hardly wait to finish mine!ReplyDelete
it is beautiful and so much part of the reason we all quiltReplyDelete
Hi Melva, what a wonderful finish! It's wonderful that you have your grandparent's memories. I'm afraid that I didn't pay enough attention to my parents' and grandparents' stories back then. Thanks so much for linking up to Free Motion Mavericks. Take care.ReplyDelete
That is truly gorgeous, for a number of reasons. The creativity in following a storyline is inspiring. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
A beautifully scrappy tribute to your grandparents!ReplyDelete