Wednesday, March 25, 2009

For Lorelei

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Done! I finished it, and it has been washed and dried.
It is not really anything to brag about, but I am proud of it.
Almost everything was done on the machine...except I did applique the body of the duck by hand.
When Sarah was little, I was making a quilt for Rachel that was inspired by a book called The Fuzzy Duckling. Rachel never liked quilts...and to this day she uses them in a way all her own.
Sarah, on the other hand, liked being covered from the beginning. And when I got that quilt done, she took charge of it. And it had to go with her wherever she went. I am not joking. We just did not leave the house without it. If we did, we would be coming back.

So when she was pregnant I wanted to make a quilt for her baby. I could not make up my mind what. I started one thing, but just couldn't come to some decisions about things. So it sat, and still sits down in the basement. Then the idea for making her a fuzzy duckling quilt hit and I knew that was what I wanted to do.

I thought I could just go and put my hands on my old pattern. So I didn't start right away. I forget what was going on, but I have to have peace of mind to start a project. Once I get going if it is not complicated, it can become an escape from troubled thoughts. Just not at the beginning.

Then, when I did decide to start, I could not find our old book. I could not find my original pattern. You would be amazed at the treasures I have to do with quilting and sewing. It is a chore to go through everything. So, couldn't think what I was going to do.

Then I remembered mom wanting my pattern. I have a box of her stuff upstairs. I went and got it to look through it, and I found the body to the duck. I had found my original butterfly down where I thought the whole pattern was. I could draw the legs, eyes, and beak again. My original one did not have a barn, but I added one to this. The original was just made of random fabrics I had here and had a flannel backing. And it was tied.

I would show you pictures of it, and maybe I will take a picture of what is left of it if I can remember tomorrow when I go to Sarah's. All that is left is rags.

This one is is probably more well made, has better fabrics, but so much smaller than the other one. It is machine quilted, and does not have the flannel back. However, it is made with love.


Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh My Goodness Rose, it's gorgeous... I LOVE it. I have never sewed nor quilted, but I had a good friend who was an excellent seamstress and quilter. I have some of the gorgeous quilts she made. AND--I have a quilt that my mother had (don't know who made it)--so that one is very special.

Anyhow---I am so impressed and I'm sure that Lorelei will love it.. Can't wait to see a picture of her wrapped up in it.

Congrats, Rose. A job well-done!!!

Barb said...

Rose this quilt is just adorable, perfect for Lorelei, a treasure for sure for a beautiful little granddaughter! Congrats, job well done!

Leedra said...

Rose this is so nice, I am sure Lorelei will treasure it. It is so pretty.

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Your EG Tour Guide said...

I rarely sew anymore but I used to do a LOT so I suspect I know how much time and love went into this, Rose. It's wonderful! I hope Lorelei loves it to pieces...literally...and I also hope you won't mind if she does take it everywhere until it's in shreds. That is the ultimate compliment from a little one. ;-)

don said...

I know nothing about quilts, but I find this one very attractive for its design. Seems to be you did a fine job of producing this. I know someone will be very happy and pleasantly surprised to get this.

Deborah Godin said...

It's amazing!! I think you should feel very pleased with it. And the love shows all over it!! Great story, too. And what a darling little sleeper (the sepia below)

Carletta said...

Rose I do believe this is the cutest little quilt I've even seen!
It's adorable. I love the little duck pattern on the sides to match.
When I was expecting my kids I made each of them a wall hanging with cross stitched squares. That was many years ago.
Cindy carried a blanket everywhere too. We went to Florida on vacation once and it got rolled up in the bedclothes at the hotel. We had to drive back to get it. It's pretty worn too.
Well done my friend!

PJ said...

Thank you for sharing this, the colors are my favorites. You're going to Sarah very, very happy.

Mary said...

That is sooooooo cute! Wow! I'm impressed. I wish I could do all that machine quilting, so I could do a better job on the quilt I'm working on. Your sepia are great too. That baby looks adorable in any color :-)

Old Wom Tigley said...

Fanatic work
I'm knitting a blanket at the moment for our grandson... who is stll on his way.. I do wish I could make one of these beauties.


Anonymous said...

AWWW!!! Most definitely made w/ lots & lots & lots of LOVE!!!
I love it!!! Sooooo Sweeeeet!!!
Rose, you did a FANTABULOUS job!!! Lorelei will save it forever & ever!

Bryan said...

Beautiful Quilt! I love the huge duckling head.

D said...

Oh, it's just beautiful. What a precious gift!

George said...

What a beautiful quilt. Quite frankly I think you do have something to brag about.

dot said...

The quilt is so pretty! I love it. Rose you did a fantastic job!