The Season For Quilting

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By Snickers

As the first day of fall appeared on the calendar, right on cue the cool weather temps did too! Cool temperatures have hit the Midwest with frost nipping at our heels. The leaves are showing their beautiful colors of orange, yellows, and reds and have started to fall. In a couple of months or less, snow will put a blanket on us letting us know that we need to let everything rest for the winter and to slow down ourselves.

My garden season has come to an end and the harvest will soon follow. Now that I won’t be so busy outdoors, I can tend to a special wicker basket that has patiently waited in a closet since last May. It’s my quilting and handwork basket, something that has moved with me many times through the years.  I will now able to translate the vibrant colors that I have seen throughout the summer in my garden to my fabric and thread. Quilting

The thrill of quilting for me started many years ago at my Grandma’s house. It was so much fun to see her pull the needle and thread on a piece of material set upon a quilting frame. She let me thread her needles and stick them on a piece of thin cardboard so she would never have to stop. She would just take the next one in line. My Mom continued on the tradition of teaching us how to quilt and we forever became known as the “scrappy quilters.”

Never was a piece of material wasted. It was cut to fit and sewn in to the top somewhere. I still love that look today although many do beautiful work only using patterns. I am a plain girl. Nothing fancy for me and I still love the warmth and true meaning of the quilt.

Quilting Many of my family store Grandma’s quilts for future generations, but I use mine all year long. From beds, tabletops, to just thrown on a couch or a bench, they enhance the country feel in my home. I want Grandma and my Mom to know that when I display and use them, I will always remember the warm memories of when we all sat around the frame.

So as we await the first snowfall, my quilts are ready for me to grab a cup of coffee and a magazine and snuggle down for the winter. That basket that has been patiently waiting for me with a quilt that I have started from last year will be right by my side.

Do you have a favorite quilt or do you quilt? Please share your story with the IW gals and guys, and let us know!

About the Author:
Snickers is a country gal at heart who loves holidays, quilting, antiques and has a passion for gardening. In her spare time she keeps herself busy as an estate cleaner and volunteers for many organizations. Her bucket list overflows. snickers@imperfectwomen.com

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Comments

  1. Chardonnay says

    Those are some beautiful quilts, Snickers! My Mom and my sister both quilt and are excellent seamstresses. I can sew a button on and that’s about it for me! I may give it a try one day when my life is not so busy.

  2. Ann@IW says

    I made my first quilt with my youngest daughter last year and it truly was a two woman (+ one man) effort. She picked the colors and fabrics, I paid for it; she and I both cut and sewed the top; her dad helped lay it out on the floor to pin the top to the other layers; we both quilted through the layers. It was a wonderful project. I think we are going to try another this year for her sister.

  3. SOR says

    Beautiful quilts. Don’t have the patience for it, but do appreciate the work that goes into making one. My oldest daughter has always loved quilts since she was a little girl.

  4. BlogHawg says

    I tried quilting, I am just not any good at anything that involves sewing. But having tried it I know how much work goes into one and appreciate them for that. They’re always extra special when they are from a loved one like your grandmother & mother snickers. Yours that you’ve shared here are beautiful snickers. Happy Quilting!

  5. snickers says

    Ann,

    Scrappy quilts doesn’t really take as much time as pattern quilts, it’s just cutting the squares. I have many that I use on my table, change them often for a new/old look. I have been working on one for over a year, it’s one whole piece of fabric for the top and it’s all cross stiched. It will be a queen size when finished, but this time I might have it machine quilted. Too many unfinished products to finish around here.

    Hope you all enjoy your quilts!

  6. CJ says

    Snickers, those old quilts from your grandmother and mother are just beautiful. I’ve got a quilt that was made by my great grandmother, given to my grandmother as a wedding gift. Another that was made by a great-great grandmother. I, too, have them stored in a cedar chest.

    Quilting is a wonderful art form. We forget about the quilting bees of the frontier days when woman fellowshipped over making quilts for newly weds or elderly family members. It is such an important part of our American Heritage.

    So glad that there are women like you that keep the tradition going. Goodness knows, I certainly don’t have the patience.

    Thank you for sharing.

  7. snickers says

    The one on my table I made. The puffy one I made years ago, it’s the 9 patch patteren. It has the browns in it. I love all of them, and will pass them down to others in my family so they can share the memories of Grandma and our Mom.

  8. Pam@IW says

    You have great hobbies/passions. I am loving your quilts. That is one thing we never did when I was young. A lot of sewing and knitting but no quilting. Enjoy this winter.

  9. snickers says

    Wendy, love you blog, thanks for sharing. An Amish quilt would be wonderful to have.

    Pam, you should try a small project, really it’s very relaxing. I make nothing fancy, scrapper is what I am. 9 patch is so simple. I have bought old frayed quilts at auction, also known as cutter quilts and made pillow tops out of them.

  10. says

    I’m so jealous that you’re a scrappy quilter. It’s wonderful the way you use them to warm your home. What treasures, heirlooms made by loved ones.

    The quilts are my favorite exhibit at the fairs. The work and craftsmanship amaze me.

    Thanks Snickers, I loved reading about your family of quilters.

  11. says

    Those are beautiful! I would love to learn how to quilt! It seems like it would be very relaxing, and feel so good once you finished and had such a beautiful item to show for your efforts!

  12. snickers says

    Thanks everyone for your nice comments. I hope you get a chance to try and quilt in the future. I love old cherished things.

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