Saturday, 16 July 2011

My Quilt, made by my Mum

A little while ago, I turned 40. Fortunately for me, my family went to town with the presents for my birthday. I felt very spoilt.
Here is the quilt my mother made for me.

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My mother is an accomplished serial craftswoman. Pottery was her main hobby when my siblings and I were small children. When I was about 10 years old she took up spinning and knitting, which she continued until she moved to Queensland in the early 1990's. She took up quilting seriously at about the time she used up her last fleece. This is actually the first quilt she has made for me. She claims she kept waiting for me to take up quilting myself, but has finally given up. (She is a wise lady, quilting is not my cup of tea, particularly when I have my accomplished mother to quilt for me!) There are lots of her quilts in our house, as she has previously made quilts for all my children, and my husband. This one, I am quite sure, is the nicest. It is also huge - I had to have the children hang this over the verandah to take the photograph. I just love her fabric choices and the pattern. Aren't I lucky?!

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23 comments:

Carolyn said...

WOW! That quilt is magnificent! The colours are pretty and discreet but the pattern still stands out beautifully. Your mother is obviously a highly accomplished textile artist! Has she ever shown her work in a quilting exhibition?

katherine h said...

I love quilts made by somebody special for somebody special. When I was planning what to pack if I had to flee from floods / cyclones earlier this year, the handmade quilts were top of the list.

Yours is beautiful.

Janine said...

A true gift of love and a family heirloom . You are very lucky. It is beautiful.

Ruthie said...

Very nice indeed. What a lovely mum to make that for you!

Sue said...

I have always loved that quilt pattern and I love the colours your Mum chose. Hand made gifts are the best! Happy Birthday!

shams said...

What a gorgeous quilt, Karen. I guess she saved "best for last." :)

BJ in TX said...

Absolutey gorgeous! I wouldn't take up quilting either if I had a mom to make such beauties for me!!!

Myrna said...

A lovely gift. Happy 40th. The 40's are fabulous. Enjoy.

K.Line said...

That is SO beautiful! And happy birthday.

countrygirlcouture said...

That is gorgeous! I have tried (and failed) at getting in to quilting, but I may have to make another attempt with something like this. Do you know what that pattern is called?

Uta said...

Happy birthday! The quilt is gorgeous, not in a flashy sort of way, but in a beautifully crafted sort of way. Lucky you!

Deirdre said...

Happy Belated 40th Karen. The quilt is beautiful. Lucky you!

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Sherry said...

A real treasure, and so special that it was made with love by your mother!

Sharon said...

What a beautiful gift from you Mum she is very talented.

Bernice said...

My mother has made quilts for all her children and grandchildren. I still have mine. It must be just short of 30 years old now. My mother has had 15 grandchildren in less than 10 years. So there has been a lot of quilts made. Yours in beautiful.

beurreblanc said...

So Beautiful. Lucky you.
-Sewinglelle

sewing spots said...

Wow! That is just beautiful! What a special mom!

Gail said...

Just beautiful. I love the idea of an heirloom gift on a milestone birthday.

Handmade said...

Gorgeous - what a great pressie - and I love huge quilts - that one is amazing!!!

The Slapdash Sewist said...

That is beautiful! What a lovely gift for a big birthday.

Hen said...

Happy birthday!
I a quiz asking who picked those fabrics, I would have said Karen!

Kyle said...

Happy Birthday! What a great present from your mom! It's a beautiful, special quilt.