Thursday, June 3, 2010

Grandma's Memory Quilt

Meet Sara, one of Megan's BFF's she met last year. They instantly bonded because they love crafting more than most people love their children. (I think they would have let me in their BFF club if I lived by them...?) Anyhow, Sara writes the blog SEW SARA, super cute blog, tons of tutorials and projects, go check her out...here is the amazingly special quilt she made in memory of her grandmother...

When my grandma passed away in 2008, I asked for her old bed sheets. I loved the bright flowers and just knew I had to do something with them. I have sweet memories of caring for Grandma in the last few months when she was sick in bed. And these sheets were part of those memories.

My kids visiting Great Grandma shortly before she passed. Notice the sheet.

I used one of the sheets to make a quilt kit for my niece. She and her mom finished this darling quilt.



And I used the other sheet for my own quilt. I did "wonky" log cabin squares (got the idea here) and it took me FOREVER. But I love it and I love that it's finished. It took me about a year, start to finish. Each block probably took an hour, not counting all the cutting and ironing in between.

I honestly cannot name all the fabrics in the quilt, but they were all from my stash, except for the sashing. And that's the only thing I sort of wish I could change.

I ran out of the dark green fabric and had to improvise (hence the lighter strip at the top). But can you blame me for improvising? I couldn't just unpick the whole thing.




I've never been one to calculate or plan, so I basically just made it up as I went along. I do love it just the way it is, mistakes and all -- especially the funky bright flowered sheet on the back. Because it reminds me of my sweet Grandma.




This is a quilt that I'll definitely keep. I have a problem with making things and giving them away. But not this one!

Make sure to check out her blog as well as her Etsy shop where Sara makes darling baby items including birthday shirts, blankets and hair clips.  Thanks Sara!

10 comments:

Heather said...

Sara, this quilt is darling, and I am so impressed that you made it with your grandma's sheets. I would have never thought of that! Super cute!

janet said...

Both quilts are wonderful keepsakes to remember your grandma by. You did lovely work!

Needled Mom said...

This is a beautiful idea! I love the wonky blocks and the lovely colors.

Jeannette said...

Thank you for sharing the family picture of your grandma surrounded by the next generations...how perfect. Her love continues to flow, quite obviously. That we make symbols of great things, like the love of a woman for her family, the oldest for the youngest, the least for the greatest, the younger for those who have gone before...well it is all very beautiful and you capture it, like light on flower, in a lovely way.

courtney said...

Oh friend I love this! Makes me cry to see your sweeties there with your Grandma. I imagine that quilt will (if it hasn't yet!) become a family favorite forever.

Sara said...

thanks for featuring my quilt here, ladies! :)

The Fullmer Times & Seasons said...

How fun! I love that the picture of your kids with your grandma has the same sheet that's on the back of your quilt.:)

live a colorful life said...

What a wonderful story. I have really been paying attention to all the vintage sheets quilters are using. These are really fun colors and what a special way to remember someone so loved.

Tiffany said...

I love this quilt story Sara! Such a beautiful quilt!

prashant said...

This is a beautiful idea!
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