Today is opening day of Spring 2012 Bloggers Quilt Festival!
If you've never heard of it,
swing on over to Amy's Creative Side
and check out all the details
and drool over all the amazing quilts!!!
I've only been quilting for about a year now
and I'm loving every minute of it!
I've decided to enter my "Tia Helena's" quilt into the competition.
This quilt really began 41 years ago
when my grandparents
were visiting us from Germany.
My "Oma" was an avid stitcher,
both cross stitch and embroidery.
She taught me to stitch that summer.
Fast forward to 2011 when I was looking
through my craft supplies in the garage
and came across these 3 partially completed
These were the pieces I was working on
with my "Oma" that summer.
I was planning on stitching them to represent
my 3 cousins, Maika, Norma and Sonny.
A few years ago, my cousin Sonny was killed
in a car accident on the Autobahn at age 39.
He left behind his wife and 2 teenage children.
I felt immediately compelled to finish these
pieces and incorporate them into a quilt for my aunt.
(We affectionately call her Tia Helena)
So this is what I came up with.
I used colorful fabrics by Robert Kaufman
to really make the embroideries pop :)
And I really wanted it to be bright and happy!
I hand quilted it using Perle cotton size 8.
My mother just left to Germany on vacation
3 weeks ago and hand delivered it to her sister.
It makes my heart happy to know
that this handwork that was started
by her own mother and finished by her niece
is finally in it's rightful home with her :)
I think that's what I love most about any kind of handwork
is that the love and care that goes into every stitch
will be cherished long after we are gone :)
I have my 2 little granddaughters that were just
born last year and I'm hoping that one day
they will sit with me in the backyard
on a sunny afternoon
and discover a love for handwork
from their Nana....
just like I did :)