Feb 6, 2009

A Tale of Two Quilts

Last night I took some scraps from a baby quilt I'm making for my daughter and turned them into this little mini quilt. It was a fun thing to do. I was happy with how my corners matched and it will look so pretty and cheerful on my wall with the other miniature quilts when it is finished.

Then this morning as I crawled out of bed, I took a second to look at the quilt I was laying under. I made it many years ago from leftover scraps from my projects and other people's projects. Not of the finest fabrics either, but I had fun working on it. And my mother and her friends got together and hand quilted it for me. I love to study this quilt while it's keeping me cozy. It has had a lot of use. Last year I went through chemo and spent quite a bit of time with that quilt and it was a big comfort.

I notice that quite a few of the points and corners don't match up at all. Some not even close. I chuckle and wonder what I was thinking when I made it, but I know I was having a good time putting it all together and proud of it. I love that quilt. I think I am like that quilt, imperfect and made up of bits and pieces of others and their works, not bright and sparkly but hopefully a comfortable kind of person.


Maybe someday, with time and practice, I can be like the more polished and bright little quilt with better matched corners.

14 comments:

Sherri said...

We love all of our quilts...don't we...the imperfect ones and the ones where everything matches up! Great post!

Purple and Paisley said...

your little quilt is so bright and cheery...and the big one? oh, it's wonderful! i was sad to hear you went through chemo? i had no idea...but it must have had a happy ending because you are still here? my mom is a breast cancer survivor...hooray for survivors!

Karen said...

I love the 'imperfections'. They are what make our quilts unique and certainly being homemade is what helps to make them comfortable and cozy. You did a great job;)

Chookyblue...... said...

yes you may have imperfections in your first quilt but it is precious and beautiful........

Terry said...

Your old quilt is just beautiful, unmatched corners and all! :0)

Kaaren said...

Annette, this is my first time visiting your blog. It is such a happy site, full of sunshine and promise. I just love your scrappy quilt, imperfections and all. That's what makes it yours and shows that it's HAND MADE. I'll be back!

Stephanie said...

What a pretty scrappy quilt. I need to make more of these. And I spy sheep on your design wall. What will you be doing with these cuties?

Nancy in Norway said...

What a beautifull scrap quilt. I have used same pattern for a blue scrappy quilt.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Lovely scrap quilt and fantastic that it evokes memories of the quilter you were...My oldest quilt is a scrappy sunbonnet sue that is loved by my daughter and it has all kinds of fabrics (long before I knew about 100% cotton) and trim left over from my grandmother...it's not perfect, but I loved making it...and at the end of the day that's what counts.

The Quilt Buddy said...

Hello! I know that it had been awhile, but I am glad to hear from you again!

I love the mini quilt! It is so cheerful. Now the other quilt is fabulous! It is stitched with love and memories, which is all that matters.

Keep up the fight!

Laila said...

A great quilt. I love the look of it.Some day ,may bee, I want to make one of my own using a lot of my left overs....

Jackie said...

Very interesting insight into yourself. Although from reading your blog, you seem to be very interesting. And having been through the things you have been through makes you even more interesting. Plus, you have such a different perspective than a lot of us do.

Oh, by the way the quilts are just lovely, imperfections and all!

Jenn Baker said...

it is beautiful! i love scrap quilts the best! thanks SO MUCH for sharing!
Jenn

Béa said...

Annette, your quilt "à la Bonnie" is wonderful
Béatrice, France

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