Friday, November 04, 2011

Bloggers Quilt Festival


 This quilt is very special to me because it's a combined work with my mom who is no longer with us. Though the quilt is very simple, it holds a place in my heart as one of my mom's last UFO's.
Last August, my parents and I traveled to Sioux Falls, SD for a wedding of a cousin. We took Friday off, so we had plenty of time to travel and mom and I decided we wanted to go to the quilt shop in Dell Rapids. One of her former students owns it and we really enjoy all their selection. My dad was in a crabby mood after having stopped at a few quilt shops already, so he stayed in the car.
My mom and I spotted this International Harvester/ Farmall fabric and couldn't resist it. We knew my dad would love it. My dad is a Case IH guy through and through. My mom decided she would make a quilt for my dad for Christmas. With her brain tumor she had a lot of trouble calculating yardage, so I figured out the measurements and how we'd make it. I wanted it to be really simple, since she couldn't sew anything difficult like she once had. We cut it out the 2nd weekend of Nov. during opening hunting weekend. My dad even asked what we were doing, but he soon forgot.
Mom got really sick again in Dec. and the quilt was soon forgotten. My mom passed away in February and I was bound and determined to finish this quilt for my dad, since it was so important to my mom. She'd never made him a quilt and this was for him.
I spent a few weeks putting it together and quilting it. I used a red King Tut - she had 3 spools bought for it and I maybe used a 1/4 of one spool. I used a Thermore batting because my dad is usually hot, so I wanted him to be able to use it.
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I did a big loopy meander, so it wasn't quilted heavily.
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I even made a label with a little girl out in the field.
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The backing was some I found in my mom's pre-quilting days. It was vintage 1998 and there were several yards, so I'm thinking she was going to make PJ pants for my brothers.
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 I even picked up some of the spring Case fabric and made pillowcases to go with it.

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I finished the quilt and gave it to my dad for his birthday the end of May. He really likes it and uses it on his bed, even though it's a throw size. This quilt meant a lot to me as I was making it and I know my dad treasures mom's thoughtfulness. She's still with us in all of the quilts and fabric she had.

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Colleen said...

I think that's the perfect quilt and story to tell for the Blogger Quilt Festival. And as a born and raised Case IH girl, I love it!

Shannon said...

I love the colors and the look of this quilt. It's very soothing and reminds me of the areas outside my neighborhood (in OK) where we go jogging. I'm so glad you shared it and very sorry to hear about your mom.

Sara said...

This is a great quilt. Partly just because it is fun fabrics. But especially because it was planned and created with lots of love. Thanks for sharing the story.

Dirt Road Quilter said...

I love not only the quilt, but your beautiful story behind it. I'm sure your Dad treasures it and the love stitched within from both your Mom and you.

Dirt Road Quilter said...

I love not only the quilt, but your beautiful story behind it. I'm sure your Dad treasures it and the love stitched within from both your Mom and you.

stitchinpenny said...

What a thoughtful daughter, but I can see that you inherited that from your mom. The quilt is perfect!

Erin Barnes said...

What a great story and quilt. I had no idea your mom had a brain tumor as well. I'm so sorry.