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One Mom's Perfect Imperfection: Keeping It In The Family

One Mom's Perfect Imperfection

One mom's journey through life and her hodgepodge of hobbies.

17 March 2010

Keeping It In The Family

First, I want to extend a warm welcome to my new followers. I hope you'll enjoy your stay here. Also, welcome to any visitors stopping by today from a belle, a bean & a chicago dog. I'll try to make things as interesting as possible for you in hopes you'll decide to click that precious "follow" button. (wink, wink) Feel free to click around and stay a while. I've added lots of new things recently. If you like what you see and want to show some love, grab a button! Are family pictures and crazy kid stories more your style? Then go check out my family blog. Now, on to today's agenda....

I mentioned in past posts that I've started quilting. Quilting has been in my family for generations and I'm ashamed to say that I never picked up on the craft. I'm afraid when my great-grandmother leaves this world, the craft will die out in our family entirely. I'm hoping to pick up the reigns. My great-grandmother found a quilt recently that my grandmother (who passed away in August) was working on and she gave me a quick tutorial on how to finish it the last time I was back home in Kentucky. This is that quilt:

These next few pictures you'll see my grandmother's handy work; her perfect stitches.

And now my imperfect stitches.

My great-grandmother (96 years young, by the way) carefully pinned the edges to show me how to finish the quilt in it's entirety.

I wasn't sure how I'd like taking on the task of finishing the quilt. After all, I have several other irons in the fire - scrapbooking, photography, cooking, blogging, not to mention raising three two kids (husband wouldn't want to be included in that number - loving you!). And I've never done it before. I was afraid (hello, insecurity) I wouldn't do a good job. After all, the previous women who've worked on it have been doing it for years. However, I have quite enjoyed quilting. I find myself picking it up while we catch up on some recorded TV each night and I've accomplished quite a bit. I've said this before, but there is something extremely satisfying about making something by hand.

I love that my great-grandmother, my grandmother and now I have all worked on this quilt together. When it's finished, it shall become my daughter's first quilt. Now that's keeping it in the family.

Thanks for stopping by. Y'all come back and see what's in store for tomorrow!

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  • At March 18, 2010 at 8:47 AM , Blogger Susan said...

    What a wonderful thing to be learning! And it's a beautiful quilt, too.
    I remember "helping" my great grandmother hand stitch a quilt, not realizing until years later that my imperfect stitches were being re-done when I went home. But it was still a valuable experience for me as an eight or nine year old.

  • At March 18, 2010 at 4:42 PM , Blogger Mayhem and Moxie said...

    My mom is a master quilter. You are certainly light years ahead of me. I have never even attempted something like this.

    I'm impressed!

  • At March 18, 2010 at 6:52 PM , Blogger Jes said...

    Great Memories.. I think you can handle it!

  • At March 21, 2010 at 9:55 PM , Blogger Melissa said...

    Absolutely beautiful! Quilting is such an art. I knit, but knitting isn't quite the same.... I have a quilt that my grandma made for me. It is very special to me.

  • At March 21, 2010 at 10:05 PM , Blogger Courtney said...

    Thank you all so very much! Melissa, I've tried knitting and just couldn't pick it up. So good for you! I don't discount knitting in the least.


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