It’s the quilt that started it all and oh what a story is has.
This might look like a quilt casually hanging out on a fence at the farm…
but what you don’t see is me fussing over it until it was hanging just “causal enough.”
You don’t see the nosy cow that stole our photographer Kaitlin‘s scarf out of the back of the truck bed and then me having to chase the darn animal around the field because he thinks we are playing.
You don’t see the side of the barn that was basically torn apart while Dillon is restoring is.
You don’t see all the messy.
But, you also don’t see the time spent by my great grandmother piecing this quilt top together before my aunt was born in 1979.
You don’t see the time it spent sitting in a closet because she never finished it.
You don’t see the time I spent quilting to finish it 35 years later.
Or the trip it took to my grandfather’s to show him this special project his mom started that his granddaughter now finished.
You don’t see the story that now inspires my business, my branding or my life story.
You don’t see the nights I spent falling into bed with this exact quilt after spending hours trying to build a business while in college.
This quilt is the quilt that started it all.
This quilt that I loving refer to as “The Pink and Blue One” was started by my great grandmother whom I never knew, in 1979 before my Aunt was born. She never finished it. My mother kept it with her in a box of other quilt tops that she moved with her for the next 20 so years.
That quilt traveled the country in our family’s moves and as a little girl occasionally I would pull out that sentimental box and go through them. As I took up quilting as a hobby in 2012 I would think about that quilt and how awesome it would be to complete it, but I was nervous. I didn’t want to mess it up, so it sat for a few more years.
I finally finished this quilt almost 35 years after my great grandmother started it. It has gone to college with me and lives in our home where it is used every single day. It was the inspiration behind my branding and the message of my business. It’s been used in photo shoots and it’s the one we fight over as we cuddle on the couch. This is the quilt we spread out on the floor when we babysit our nieces and nephews for movie camp outs. This pink and blue quilt is a part of our family and my husband has even commented about it being his favorite quilt I’ve ever made.
This quilt holds my great grandmother’s story and now my story too. If this fabric could talk, the memories and tales it could tell. The joy and comfort it has brought our home-our family heirloom.
The finally finished quilt with the women who taught me how to sew and quilt and my sisters.