Friday, February 18, 2011

One Becomes Four

Sometimes I get myself into trouble but sometimes trouble just finds me. 
Hello Madame Samm and friends! I am Vickie and you can usually find me over at My Full Color Life
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I fell in love with Anna Maria Horner fabric and made this quilt for my mom for Christmas last year. My three sons really liked it. And their appreciation of that quilt was one of the best gifts I got!

So, what's the problem?
I asked them if they would enjoy having a quilt.

They said they would if it looked like grandma's! (Easy to get more fabric!) That, and it had to be big enough to cuddle under with a cute wife! :) *Ding, ding, ding, ding....Christmas gift next year for my sons....ding, ding, ding, ding*. (Those of you who shop for sons can understand my excitement. Those of you who have made really large quilts can understand my trouble!)

So, this one quilt....


....became four!

And these babies are on steroids! It felt like there were at least 2 lap quilts in each one. (See me standing on a chair with quilt all stretched out and drooping on the edges)
I adapted a KF pattern that used large squares and large half square triangles. HSTs have large diagonal sides that are on the bias. Did I mention that they were large?
You know about bias. When you mess with it and you don't know what you are doing, you mess with trouble!
The great thing about it is that I learned something new. From the first few blocks to the last, I became so much better working with that pesky bias.
I also learned how much time I need to allot for a large quilt like this, let alone three of them! And I learned that I could do it!
I also got to spend a lot of time with my sons! They didn't know it, but I spent time thinking of them, praying for them and just simply loving them while I stitched away!
I wouldn't trade that for anything!
Thanks for letting me share, Madame Samm!

40 comments:

  1. WOW!! What a champion job you've done with these! Lol, those 'boys' aren't spoilt are they?

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  2. Three beautiful colorful quilts and three very handsome young men. I know you are a very proud mother. Thank you for a great post.

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  3. Lucky you to have sons who appreciate your love and your work...and being able to find fabric...and a fabulous background to show them off (both quilts and sons)...

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  4. How wonderful that your sons wanted something they could treasure and pass on to their sons someday.
    Maria

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  5. What a fantastic labor of love quilt story. You chose a great fabric and pattern. A pattern that makes you learn and grow is a great pattern. Large blocks work up quickly, but as you say - the large bias' can be a challenge. Love your photo shoot background and you sons look very happy with the results. Thank you for sharing.

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  6. What a wonderful gift for each of your sons! It's great when our kids appreciate the hand-made gifts we make! And those quilts are just covered in your thoughts and prayers. What a sweet thought!

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  7. Priceless! Thank you for sharing such a great idea! I, too, find myself praying for and thinking about the people I sew for! It's so rewarding!

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  8. Super wonderful. Thanks for sharing that.

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  9. It's so good to do something for someone who really appreciates it. Your sons must have a clue about the time and effort that went in to those quilts. And they know how much you love them. Beautiful!

    Leslie S. in MN
    esclante at comcast dot net

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  10. What a beautiful, special story. Especially love the last two photo's with the quilts draped over the gorgeous stonework, then with your sons standing proudly in front of their quilts. Precious!

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  11. Hello!I've read this wonderful quilt story, and when I arrived at the end...I was simply moved! You are a great quilter and, most of all, a great mother. And your sons surely agree with me!
    Have a nice day! Tiziana from Italy

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  12. Beautiful quilts, and thanks for sharing. Three happy boys!

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  13. These quilts are gorgeous! What a wonderful gift! Something that will be treasured forever!
    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful story!

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  14. A bit boring making 4 of anything, but when done with LOVE, how can you not love doing it? The last picture is so precious with your lovely creations and your handsome sons! Thanks for sharing your story!

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  15. Those are wonderful quilts!!! I wouldn't mind having one of my own :)
    Great inspiration.
    Elzaan

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  16. Oh! Love Love Love Love this post. tears on my eyes............so simple and on the same hand sooooo touching.
    The quilt is outstanding, just....gorgeous.
    And I really loved the very first pic!!!!! How on earth did u manage to take that pic??? Is it hanging from a balcony???? Does it fly????? LOL
    This post had a soothing effect on my soul.xoxo

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  17. Good Morning Vickie...how I loved waking up to this story about the love of a MUMM. The desire to cut, piece and sew miles and miles of fabric for her "boys". The dedication and absolute passion to repeat, repeat, repeat and repeat again the same quilt..Goodness me, I know I could not possibly do that, but you did and that brings you( the cream) of my coffee this morning to the very top...Bless you for some a wonderful post...( when they get married or have gf, will you be repeating quilts for them, just asking lol) ...A delight, thank you!

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  18. Thank you all for your wonderful comments. My boys are all married and their sweet wives all have quilts from me. I made lap quilts that I gave them when they came into the family and then, when I was making these, I made quilts for 2 of the girls. The third wanted to make her own...even better! I gave her the fabric for Christmas and had the pleasure of being about to spend some time helping her piece her top. Fun!!

    To get the pictures of the quilts on the limestone, my sons all brought them when we went to visit Grandma (she lives in a college town). These are taken in the old, old stadium. :)

    Hugs! -Vickie

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  19. Lovely color pallet. You are so lucky to have three wonderful loving children. It is easy to see that they love you. The quilts turned out beautiful!

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  20. They look really great,, your sons are very lucky

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  21. I understand your excitement about being able to make your boys something. They are a tough group to tackle, but you did a fabulous job! I love the last picture at the end. Looks like a great group of guys.

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  22. Very nice quilts Vickie - after four quilts, do you still like the fabric? Like you, if I was to get a hint - I would run with it. Judy C

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  23. Oh, Vickie, I teared up reading your wonderful post. I could feel the love you have for your sons and their wives. I envy you - I made a quilt for my oldest and his new wife, but our middle son has not spoken to us in two years. How I long to make one for him and his bride, that perhaps they'd keep, and not discard. I handquilt most of mine, and pray for the recipient as I go!
    Lovely post; thanks for sharing.

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  24. Sweet story Vickie - all of us who have children can certainly relate. And especially sons! When they like a quilt, and say so, your ears better perk up! blessings, marlene

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  25. It is a good thing you love them so much, and that the pattern and fabric is so wonderful.. because that is a LOT of quilting on the same design.. I don't know that I would last that long.. They are some lucky guys!

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  26. What fabulous quilts! Love the colors! Such a heartwarming story. I loved that you prayed over each son as you made his quilt. That's a lot of love into each one and I'm sure they will treasure their quilts.

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  27. The young men look so happy with the bright quilts. They are very lucky men to have such a nice mommy to make the quilts bigger and bigger as they got taller. The cool fabrics are very pretty with touches of the yellow and red.

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  28. Brava! Brava! Gorgeous quilts and three very lucky young men!

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  29. Oh I loved your post!! A mother and son relationship is precious! I know exactly what you mean when you said you spent "time" with each one! I am such a believer in quilt therapy and the labor of love and prayer we put into each stitch. Love the picture of the quilts with your sons!!!
    Blessings
    Jane

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  30. Oh my! What a great looking bunch of boys! I'd be a proud mama too! The quilts are wonderful too. ;)

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  31. I enjoyed you post. Your quilts are beautiful and I love the one with your sons in front of their quilts.

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  32. Great share....thanks. I enjoyed your quilts, the story, and your sons.

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  33. What a great looking bunch of sons! I love the boldness and size of the quilts. Just right for a guy!

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  34. Look at you ... lessons learned and time spent with your boys ... life well lived :) Yay you!! Thank you for sharing the eye candy ... and your quilts too! ;)

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  35. Thanks for sharing your loving road to finishing FOUR great quilts! I'm not a yellow person, per se........but, the yellow in this quilt is really pretty. Quilts ARE for posterity!

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  36. Oh my what a wonderful mom you are. I have been making my grown daughters quilts but not the same quilt because I would get tired of seeing the same fabric when there is so much more to choose from. You are a good sport for sure.

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  37. I was wondering where the pics were taken. They are wonderful, the quilts and the boys! I have three girls, two are married and it is hard to think of "boy" things. I have made the girls tons of quilts but the boys.....
    That is an idea! Thank you for a great post. and bias, we are not friends!

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  38. Wow! What more could a mother ask for! Sew far all I have had from my son is 'it's nice, yes I like it, but I don't want one just yet!' Way to Go! Such beautiful quilts :)

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  39. Wonderful journey of multiplication. It is funny to watch around the room when someone opens the gift box with a quilt in it. People try to catch your eye and say, "Me next??? Please, please, please!"
    And you DID IT! A mother's love.
    I have 3 sons, also. What we wouldn't do for our men.

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