I think I've shared before but I can't remember, I was born on my great-grandma Ella's birthday. She was a very avid quilter. She made the most beautiful quilts and made a ton of them. When I was younger I loved going to grandma Ella's house. She always had treats (yum) and quilts! I still remember the quilt that she had laying over the back of her couch. I was about six years old when she passed away. Her daughter, my grandma suffered from sever Rheumatoid Arthritis. She was never able to be much of a quilter/sewer because of the Arthritis but I know that she loved quilts. When I was a teenager my grandma LaRae passed away. When she died and everyone was going through the house I remember all I wanted was a big trunk full of old quilt tops, pieced by my great-grandma Ella and her mother as well, and that's what I got. I have yet to do anything with those quilt tops, but, some day I will and I will cherish them forever!
My grandma has two sisters, who actually live close to me. They are both fabulous sewers and love to piece quilts just as my great-grandma Ella (their mother) did. This beautiful quilt below is a quilt that I recently machine quilted for my my great-aunt Kathryn. She re-created one of my great-grandma Ella's quilts. Some day she will give it to one of her granddaughters as a wedding gift, just like what great-grandma Ella would do.
When Kathryn brought me the quilt she asked that I machine quilt it similar to how grandma Ella would quilt. I was and am truly honored to be able to quilt this special quilt like grandma Ella. Since her quilts were all hand quilted the quilting is very simple, grandma Ella would quilt a fun little motif in the center of the solid blocks, so I machine quilted a similar pattern. I just love the simplicity of the finished quilt.
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