Friday, August 5, 2011

Wantobe Quilter Guest #5 is Staci, on why ....

Hi There!  I’m Staci.  I blog at The Confused Quilter.  I'm very excited to be here!

Why do I Quilt? Madame Samm asked me... I’d like to share my reasons with you. 

When I was a little girl my mother had a cedar chest.  To me, it was a treasure chest, full of handmade doilies, afghans, vintage clothing, and this quilt that was always carefully folded at the bottom. 

On the rare occasions when my Mother brought it out I was just fascinated by the brightly colored little pieces. To me, this quilt was magical.  Even as a little girl, I always said I would finish it.  And, I always said, “Someday I will make a quilt of my own.”


The butterfly quilt was started around 1930-1931. My Mother, my Grandmother and my great Grandmother all worked on this quilt.  My Mother was about 8 years old at the time, my Grandmother 25, and my great grandmother 45.  The butterflies were pieced by hand; the muslin parts were pieced on a sewing machine, presumably by my great Grandmother.  The three of them worked together on the quilting.  Only about a quarter of the quilting has been completed, and to this day the quilt remains unfinished. 

This photo of my grandparents was taken in 1924.  Rose, just 19 here, was quite a glamour girl.  Take a look at those finger waves and long string of beads! The corner has been lost, but on the right, you can just see someone holding a baby.  That baby is my mother. 
My Grandmother in 1924.

This is my great Grandmother Edith. (seated on the right)  It is the only photo I have of her.  It was taken around 1932. 
My Great Grandmother in 1932.

This little girl is my mother, Edythe, about the time the quilt was made. 
My Mother around 1930-1931.
She was considered a tomboy because she was more interested in using her father’s machinist tools than learning the domestic arts from her mother.  Something must have stuck though because my mother grew up to be an accomplished seamstress, a fine housekeeper and an excellent cook.  She never lost her love of good tools and was always happy wandering the aisles of the hardware store. 

My mother spent much of her life in poverty and endured great hardships.  I remember her as a quiet, serious woman who was fiendishly difficult to please.  She never told me how she came to have the quilt, why it was never finished or why she kept it, moving it with her for over 50 years.   She only talked with me about it one time.  She said she vividly remembered the day the quilting was done, and that it was, “A Good Day.”  I think she kept it because it was a link to a time in her life when she felt loved and safe and happy.  I think, for her, the quilt represented Hope.

This is my very favorite part of this quilt—the stitches made by my 8 year old Mother.  She stitched on just one butterfly.


Here is the best part—the back!  Take a look at that knot!
(The stain is rust from a pin)
When I married and left home I took the quilt with me, and now it is my turn to move it from place to place.  My husband is a soldier, and this quilt and I have moved with him 15 times now, across the US, and the world.

When my daughter was in her teens, we attempted to continue the hand quilting using the traditional rocker stitch, and discovered that we just could not do it.  Let me tell you: the rough, budget batting in this quilt just does not ‘needle’ like modern batting!  Those ladies must have had strong fingers!  I’m thinking of giving it another go using the stick-and-stab method, and possibly a pair of pliers?? ; )  Will I ever do it?  No idea!  For now I am glad the quilt was never finished because it would have been loved and worn out and I never would have seen it.  If I had never seen it, would I have started quilting? Scary thought!

For me this quilt is a tangible link to the past -- to my Mother, my Grandmother and great Grandmother. This quilt represents Hope, Comfort, Peace and Home.  It is also a bridge to the future.  Counting the feeble attempts my daughter and I made with the hand quilting, FIVE generations of women have worked on it.  Truly, we stitched together across time.   Five women who share a love of fabric, color, and sewing. 

This Quilt is Why I Quilt.



Thanks for letting me tell my story.
Happy Stitching!
Staci

(If you would like to see more photos of this quirky quilt, please visit my blog today. )

Editors note: ( that is me Mdm Samm) 

My dear Staci...I loved your story
what it means to quilt for you and your family..
Well a story we all need to hear and smile about
Theirs, yours ....a legacy will continue..

GIVEAWAY today - in honor of all the stitches your family 
has done....

Aurifil has sponsored 
12 of their top threads...
( enough threads to do you years
big spools...) And these are elite threads
value over $100.00
Their link is on the side bar there
under Aurifil...it will take you to their site..
And
Fons and Porter sponsored this fall magazine..
I thought I would highlight a future guest here 
Kathy Brown who is known for her 
BED Runners. 
I have made a few of these...
LOVE THEM....
Take a peak at their link again on the side bar.
( Fons Porters link) 

A simple quilt with a daisy applique...and you
can use these threads to make that happen. 

click to enlarge


SEW calling all  WANTOBE Quilters...
( those who really do not  have 
any quilting tools..YOU may have threads..but not these THREADS)
and also must have a blog sponsor if you do not have one..
go to the side list of bloggers and contact them ...
always mention who your sponsor or team wantobe blogger is...

Sew how to do you  WIN?
#1 go visit Staci at her blog 
Here is Staci's blog
Follow her, tell us you did..
#2 Follow us, tell us you are..* you are aren't you...
And mention in your comment 
"Yes I am a Wantobe Quilter" and any other verbiage
you may want to include...


Thanks go out to AURIFIL, and Fons & Porter,
Staci our guest blogger today and YOU for being
here with us on day 5.....
of our 3 month campaign..

( giveaway closed now..winner has been picked) 

149 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous quilt!! I love that it features a butterfly sewn on by your mom as a child, what a wonderful keepsake. :)

    I am a follower of Staci, and in fact, she is my sponsor! :D

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  2. I am also a follower of this blog, of course. And I am a wantobe quilter. :D Thanks so much for an amazing array of giveaways!

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  3. What a great post staci! All that history wraped up in a lovely quilt. Thanks for sharing.
    I am a Wantobe Quilter a follower of this site and a new follower of staci's. I am being hosted by sue@quilt times.

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  4. I am a Wantobe quilter and my sponsor is Shell @ raspberry rabbits. I am also a follower of Stacy now. I loved her story and the quilt blocks that are on her blogs.Thanks for the giveaways and for the chance to met all these great quilters.

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  5. i'm following Staci's blog and your blog and I'm a wantobe quilter. I came here through amy @ diary of a quilter

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  6. I am a Wantobe quilter. I follow this blog and I am loving it!

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  7. I follow Staci. The story of why you quilt is so interesting. I love the history/connection to quilting...and the butterfly, amazing!

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  8. i do not qualify as a never before quilted wanta be quilter, but i do follow madame samms blog and just wanted to say how much i LOVED this story.
    staci it really touched my heart. i loved the pictures you put with it. like susan's story, yours reminds me of my gram and her quilting. its a family connection. thank you so much for sharing yours.

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  9. i'm already following Staci's blog and your blog. I'm a Wantobe quilter!!
    I team up with Staci... I loves the story she shared here, a great journey for a historical quilt...
    Thanks for a chance!!

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  10. Thanks Staci. What a wonderful legacy! I'm now following you, and of course I follow Mdme Samm (doesn't everyone?), and "Yes I am a Wantobe Quilter"

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  11. Yes, I'm Penny registered with Jane's Fabrics. pjdominici@yahoo.com
    I'm a follower of yours also and a brand new quilter. All threads and patterns welcome. Thanks for putting all this together. I'm loving it.

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  12. Well, Samm-san, you know who I am and I don't qualify but I enjoyed the story. Good choice!
    Also another blogging friend has recommended the Aurifil thread and I will keep my eyes open when the foreign venders show up for the quilt show this fall.

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  13. Sweet story and so interesting to me how quilts are often connected to people's history ... eventually.

    And I would LOVE to try this Aurifil thread that I read so many people raving about. I've never seen it in a store.

    I'm a Wantobe Quilter on team Lily Pad Quilting and I follow here ... there ... and I dare say almost EVERYWHERE in my quest to learn as much as I can about quilting.

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  14. Очень красивой одеяло!!!

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  15. Jeesh I forgot to mention the wonderful Jacque at LilyPad Quilting is who I'm teamed up with. Sorry Jacque!

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  16. Love the quilt story. I am now following Staci's blog.

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  17. I am a follower here of course!!! I am a Wantobe Quilter and am here via Jacque at Lily Pad Quilting....So excited about all the giveaways and can't wait to start really quilting!

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  18. I am a new follower of Staci's Blog... I signed up through Happy Quilting.

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  19. Also thanks a million to today's sponsors, Aurifil and Fons & Porter!!

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  20. Fabulous quilt, Staci, and I love the story/history! I'm a follower and a Wantobe quilter!

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  21. Once again, an amazing and truly touching story! Wow! I loved actually seeing the people she told us about!

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  22. I am already following Staci's blog and really enjoy it. The story of "why" is so wonderful. It is one of those stories that make me tear up and feel like a wimp at the same time, how those women managed to accomplish all they did and still have time to create beauty is something that will never stop amazing me. This from the woman who if she accomplishes one other thing on a day she works feels she has managed to move mountians.

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  23. I am a Stash Manicure follower and a Wantobe quilter.

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  24. Wonderful story! I love hearing all that history and that those women's lives are remembered and shared with all of us. Thanks!

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  25. Staci, thank you for sharing your story. I know so well what you mean. My Mother gave me an embroidery with butterflies (yes butterflies!). My Great-grandmother started it making around 20 of the small butterflies just out of her mind. She never finished it and passed it on to my grandmother, who then made more butterflies. She then gave it to my Mum, who has now given it to me. There is not that much room left but it's a really special piece of embroidery as you can imagine. Unfortunately I have no daughters (and my boys shows ZERO interest) so I dont know where it will go from here. Time will tell :)

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  26. I follow Staci and you and am sponsored by Jane's Fabric. I love the butterflies on that quilt, I've never seen anything like it before.

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  27. What a great story, thanks Staci, and it's a very pretty quilt too. So many memories stitched in. Amy @diary of a quilter has my vitals. Thanks again Madame Samm for your organization and passion. Those threads look tasty!

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  28. My sponsor is Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts. I follow you, and I now follow Staci. I loved her story of her mother's quilt, and when I went to her blog I was touched by a story she wrote about shopping under "The Controversial Fabric".

    Thanks for this giveaway. If I am lucky enough to win, I'll be sharing the bounty with my niece, who is a want-to-be quilter. I am a quilter, but haven't tried many threads, so in this area I'm still a wannabe myself.

    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

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  29. I am a Wantobe Quilter sponsored by Linda @Stray Stitches &
    I am a new follower for Staci and an existing follower of stash manicure - As a matter of fact - I think I have been transitioned to stalker ;)

    Lovely prize package - Thank you for all of the fun !!!

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  30. Iam a wantobe quilter.This was a lovely blog.I love this quilt and how it came to be.I now follow Staci.My sponser is Diane of Lavender Dreams.

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  31. My name is Paola and I am an italian Wantobe Quilter, I like everything in your blog, Compliments!!!
    I will follw even Stacy from now on and I'm sent by Kelly Jackson!!!

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  32. "Yes I am a Wantobe Quilter" Great Post Staci!! I am now following you on your Blog!!

    Nancy

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  33. "Yes I am a Wantobe Quilter" I follow Stash Manicure Blog. Thanks for this great Opportunity!!

    Nancy

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  34. Idon't qualify as i'm experienced quilter but wanted to comment. Enjoyed Stacey's post reminded me of my mothers cedar chest. She hand pieced and quited even with 6 kids to raise-when did she have the time. Quilts were in the cedar chest to save for "good".She is 91 now and tried to put away a lap quilt I made her to save for "good".When does "good" Happen??
    hugs,Faye

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  35. I loved the background story of this quilt and enjoyed the family photo's as well.
    I follow this blog and will become a follower on Staci's blog.
    I came via Amy at Diary of a Quilter
    Margaret

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  36. What a wonderful story! I love the quilt! I have been a follower of this blog and Staci's for sometime! I am a wantobe quilter and Jane's Fabrics is my blog sponsor! Thanks! I

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  37. I loved the story of this quilt, it is such a wonderful heirloom that can be shared with the coming generations at Stacy's. Very inspiring, I feel like making such a quilt that my daughter and her kids can enjoy!!

    I'm your blog follower and now of course of Stacy's. And Yes, I'm a wantobe quilter from team amy@diaryofaquilter.

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  38. such a beautiful quilt!! Thank you for sharing.

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  40. Signing in for my granddaughter, Allie Coburn, on this fine morning! She is signed up under SewCalGal! :)

    Staci has a new follower as of this morning and has been left some love on her blog! And following Stash manicure!

    The story of the quilt brought tears to my eyes and a smile to my face at the same time.

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  41. What a wonderful story! And such a beautiful quilt!

    I am a wantobe quilter. I am a follower of Stacy's blog and Stash Manicure! A Stitch in Time is my sponsor.

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  42. I am a Wantobe Quilter, also on the team of amy@diaryofaquilter... what a lovely story shared today shared by Staci today... how can it not make us al wax nostalgic... thank you for putting all this together, Mdm Samm... the giveaways are great (and I would love today's!), but the best part is being exposed to so many other wonderful creative people...

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  43. What a beautiful piece of family history! I'm a follower of Staci and a Wantobe Quilter. Team Ellison Lane Quilts!

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  44. I'm also a follower of Stash Manicure.
    (Wantobe Quilter, team Ellison Lane Quilts)

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  45. What a great story Staci! I, too, have a wonderful quilt from my Great-grandma. When my 3 sisters and I were little, she stitched us all quilts, and embroidered our name on them. Mine was lost in one of many moves. Years later, my Grandma had another quilt, just like the one Great-grandma made me. I asked her if I could have it. And she said yes :) I guess that's why I am a quilter too ;)

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  46. Hi, it's Suz - Again!! And I am a Wantobe Quilter...... YAY!!

    I followed Staci's blog - I love her story and her quilt!

    And Freda from The Adventures of the Empress of the Universe is my sponser....

    Madame Samm - If you would get a chance, please stop by my blog.... I posted my first pictures of the progress I've made on my first traditional quilt.... I wanted to do the Disappearing 9 Patch with them, but I really think it might be a little busy since I only used 4" squares. I'm thinking I might just put white (I think it's called) sashing around the blocks with a pink square at the intersection. If not pink at the intersection, what other color?? The hardest part about this quilting 'thing' ;) is picking the colors/fabric. Does anyone else have this problem? whew!!

    Have a great day!

    Hugs ~~ Suz
    inspiringcreativeness.blogspot

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  47. Hi Samm! Another wonderful guest blogger! I love history shown in quilts. I am now a follower of Staci's as well as here. ;-) Dorian from Ridge Top Quilts is my happy sponsor.

    Carol (NJ)

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  48. I am a wantobe quilter and follow Staci - great post.

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  49. I am a wantobe quilter and happily follow your blog!

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  50. I'm a quilter so don't qualify for this giveaway and I follow both blogs already ; however , I just wanted to say I hear Auriful is wonderful ; haven't tried it yet ! a friend sent me one to try but since I got it I haven't sewed yet ! Good luck all ; great prizes and GREAT quilt story !

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  51. I'm a quilter, so I am not in the running here - but I had to tell you, Staci, what a lovely story you have, and what a treasure you hold in your hands. I was misty-eyed reading this; you are so blessed to have this tangible connection to your heritage.
    Jacque at Lilypadquilting (pen name Snoodles)

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  52. I follow you and now Staci...I'm here via Diary of a Quilter. LOVE Staci's story - gorgeous quilt, too!

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  53. I'm a wantobe, I follow you, Staci, and my sponsor is Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts. Thanks so much!

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  54. I am following, Staci. I really love her story. Thank you, Staci, for sharing!

    My grandmother was a jack-of-all-trades when it can to sewing, my Aunt was upholstered, and my mother knitted and did needle point, but no one quilted!

    See next post!

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  55. So, in reference to my previous post, I WANTOBE a quilter! :)

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  56. What a sweet story and a beautiful quilt. I can really appreciate Staci's story. My mother has been working on a quilt top my 103 yr. old grandmother worked on as a young woman.
    Linda from Buzzing and Bumbling sent me.

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  57. What a wonderful story by Staci. Thank you very much Staci for sharing.

    Madame Samm
    I've followed Staci's blog and my sponsor is Robyn by Stitchin' Time and I'm a Wantobe Quilter.

    Thanks again for running these giveaways!

    Anne @ Domesblissity

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  58. I follow Staci's lovely blog and that story was just amazing! How nice to have something so special!

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  59. I follow Stash Manicure and I signed up for the Wanna Be Quilter...I love this idea that's been put together to promote quilting. Thank you!

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  60. I'm now a follower of Staci - love the quilts/quilt blocks but I can do without the spiders. Just saying!

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  61. I'm a follower of Stash Manicure too.

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  62. I'm a Wantobe Quilter and my sponsor is Nan of Pots and Pins! Thanks again Nan!

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  63. I'm a wantobe quilter here through Amy@Diaryofaquilter. I follow this blog and now Staci's blog.
    Jessica Knudsen

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  64. My name does NOT go in the hat - but my comment does - this was a wonderful post with how the idea was planted long ago for the wonderful quilter, Staci became - a truly inspiring story. The giveaways for today are wonderful - thanks Aurifil and Fons and Porter for being there. Judy c in NC

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  65. I'm now following Staci, and I'm a want to be quilter, So sew something is my sponsor! I'm attempting my first hand quilting project and take a break in the mornings so I can read this blog for inspiration and motivation! Thanks.

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  66. i'm a new follower of staci! i loved her story!

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  68. i'm a wantobe better quilter - thinking of starting a sampler quilt! (link me to heather of quilt.cook.keep.) thx!!

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  69. What a beautiful quilt...you are soooo lucky to have this amazing piece of your family history.........I'm a wantobequilter...sent by Melissa at Happy Quilting...and now a stash manicure follower

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  70. I'm now a follower of Staci.....such a wonderful memory

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  71. My sponser is Brenis @ heydiddlewoolies, good luck all! Steven :)

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  72. i am a wantobe quilter! my sponsor is Amy from Diary of a Quilter.

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  73. the aurifil threads are beautiful! i follow you and i also now follow staci

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  74. Linda from Buzzing and Bumbling sent me. Thanks for an opportunity to win. Staci's five generational quilt story is priceless.

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  75. I just loved Staci's story. What a history is behind this quilt. I am your follower and am now a follower of Staci as well. I am a Wantobe Quilter.

    I am being sponsored by Jane's Fabrics and Quilts.

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  76. Good morning, thank you for this beautiful story. I'm not sure which I love more the story or the quilt.

    My daughter hasn't seen this post yet but I know she will love it. She is a wantobequilter and we are from Tonya @ Hillbilly Handiworks. I have joined Staci's followers and am looking forward to roaming around her blog.

    Wanda
    http://wandas-quilts-crafts.blogspot.com/

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  77. I am a quilter inspired by old quilts. I am following Staci now too. Thank you!

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  78. I follow you and I have been a Staci follower for quite awhile. I'm a want to be quilter and I loved her story.

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  79. I am a "Wannabe"and have followed "Stash" and Staci for some time. I am sponsored by Janes Fabric.

    Loved Staci's column. For the past year, I have been researching and learning about my grand-, and great grand-, and great great grand-, etc. mothers. Staci really touched a nerve.

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  80. I am a wantobe quiltern and my sponsor is jane of janesfabrics.blogspot.com. I went over to Staci's blog and am following her.

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  81. I am also a follower here!
    I am a wantobe quiltern a
    nd my sponsor is jane of janesfabrics.blogspot.com.

    Thanks for the giveaways!

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  82. Wow! What a fantastic giveaway! I'm following Staci blog, what a great story she had!

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  83. I'm a wannabe quilter. And what a story Staci..I'm now a follower of Staci.. Madam Samn what a great give away..The thread colors drool, drool....My sponsor is Amy of Dairy of A Quilter. Thanks for the chance to win..

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  84. Excellent story from Staci this morning! I love her family butterfly quilt! I went to her blog and I am now a follower of Staci. I am a wantobe quilter. Wendy from "Why Knot Kwilt" is my sponser. Thank you Samm for all you do! You have some pretty terrific giveaways!

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  85. Ok, also following Staci's blog now and yes, I'm a wantobe quilter. (also, my sponsor is KD)

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  86. Great story! I am a wantobe quilter and I follow Amy @ diary of a quilter.

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  87. Hi Agnes Pat here ( I am so much more confused than Staci) I am a wannabe quilter. I started out as a follower of Jane's Fabrics...but now I find I am also following Staci...wow! Loved that Staci story because altho mine is not as sweet as hers it echo in a family history. Thank you all.

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  88. I love Staci's story - I'm now a follower. Also a Wantobe Quilter from Ellison Lane. I'm so grateful to hear & see all these wonderful ideas and stories.

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  89. What a beautiful post! I am a wantobe and my sponser is lilypadquilting.

    Thanks for the amazing story and pictures and the giveaway!

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  90. I am a new follower of Staci and posted there. I am a wantobe quilter and my sponsor is janesfabrics.blogspot.com.
    Thanks
    Marie

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  91. Also I am a follower, here, too! I am a wantobe quilter and my sponsor is janesfabrics.blogspot.com.

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  92. Also I have become a follower of Staci's blog
    again, I'm a wantobe quilter with lilypadquilting

    Thanks for the great posts!

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  93. I teared up a little at this story. How sweet and beautiful.

    Yes I am a WANNABE quilter! (And very excited about starting to learn soon!!)

    I am now following Staci @ the confused quilter.
    I follow all you ladies at the Stash Manicure.
    And Angie @ Quilt - Knit - Crochet - MODA Fabric is my sponser.

    Thanks bunches!

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  94. I'm a Wantobe quilted. I follow this blog and love it!

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  95. Brenda C - I'm a wannabe quilter & a follower of Jane's Fabrics & Quilts. I'm also a new follower of Staci! LOVE her story & the quilt. Thanks for including her story with us!!

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  96. That's a quilter's story that tugs at the heart in a beautiful way. So happy you shared it with all of us.

    Samm, this week at Stash Manicure has been over-the-top fun! I don't qualify for prize winning in this campaign but you must know that I WIN everyday when I come here to see what inspiration you've stitched together for us quilters and wantobe quilters. You go girl! Kudos to you!

    You've also brought all these sponsors to us in a new light in that we see how generously they are giving to this campaign during such a struggling economic time so that we quilters and wantobe quilters can renew our excitement for what we do. Kudos to the sponsors of this great campaign!

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  97. What a wonderful story and what a great legacy! Neither my mom or grandma were sewers but I wonder how my quilting history would have played out if they had been? something to ponder.

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  98. Staci/Samm...This post is exactly why I read Stash...it really touched me and reminded me of my mom, grandma, great-grandma...beautiful quilt, beautiful story - thanks so much! I'm now a follower of Staci's blog - and so happy to be! xo, Nan

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  99. My name is Monalisa. I am a wannabe quilter and I follow moosestachquilting by Joan K. This story reminds me so much of the quilts my grandmother made in Louisiana. I have a few of her quilts also

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  100. Staci, thank you. I have a Grandmother's Flower Garden my grandmother started, needs to be finished. I am now one of your followers, a Wantobe with Jane's Fabric and Quilts and a follower of Stash Manicure. Thanks all.

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  101. I am a quilter and I just became Staci's follower. She has a great blog.

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  102. I'm following Staci's blog and your blog and I'm a wantobe quilter. Amy @ diary of a quilter is my sponser. I have always wanted to try hand quilting, but do not know where to start.

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  103. My name is Alicia. Rae Ann from Cutie Pinwheel sent me, but I am registered under Jane from Jane's fabrics.
    Staci! What a wonderful story!!! When you said it was in your mother's cedar chest, I remembered exactly how my mom's cedar chest smelled. Love it! :) Thank you for sharing your story with us.
    Samm- Again, thank you for all the hard work you do keeping this blog running.

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  104. I'm a wantobe quilter, my sponsor is Kelly @ I Have A Notion and I'm now a follower of Staci's blog. Loved reading her story of that beautiful quilt!!
    ~Terry~
    cwayons(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  105. My expert quilter sponsor is Diary of a Quilter and I follow both blogs. Thanks for the chance!

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  106. I'm a wantobe quilter here through Amy@Diaryofaquilter. I follow this blog and now Staci's blog. I just loved Staci's story. Thanks

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  107. I follow your blog as well and am sponsored by Amy@Diaryofaquilter.

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  108. I just dropped by to tell Staci how much I enjoyed her post today and how wonderful it is that she has that beautiful family quilt. I love your story.

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  109. I am a follower of Staci...I am a follower of Quilt Taffy!! I am a WANTOBE Quilter with Absolutely Nothing as far as quilting goes:) What an amazing story.

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  110. Hello sweet pea!
    I am a follower of Staci - confused and all!! This was a beautiful post and story :)

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  111. Hello again! I am a stalker, I mean follower of Stash Manicure, a Wantobe Quilter, AND finally sponsered by Kelly over at IHAN (I think!!). Love ya and love all you do for us out here in quilting blogland :)

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  112. Yes I am a Wantobe Quilter and I follow both of you. I am sponsored by Amy@Diaryofaquilter. I love your story and I, too was inspired by family quilts.

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  113. wow, what a beautiful story. i'm a new follower of staci's-and i loved seeing more photos of her quilt. i'm a follower of stash manicure and a wantobe quilter and melissa sent me from happy quilting. thanks for the giveaway. i'll be thinking of staci's story and quilt for quite some time i imagine...

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  114. Thanks for sharing your story! I am a wantobe quilter and I'm also a follower of DOAQ. And now a follow of Staci! Thanks!

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  115. I'm a wantobe quilter! I follow both of the blogs! I'm sent here by Diary of a Quilter.
    jmistok(at)gmail(dot)com

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  116. YES I am a wantobe quilter and now a follower of Stacy's @ The Confused Quilter and of Course MADAME SAMM's too. my sponsor is Janet @ Caribou Crossing Chronicles

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  117. Stacy, thank you so much for helping me remember my grandmother this morning. I always loved her quilts and looking at the fabric and finding pieces from clothes that she had made for me.

    I am a wantobe with Jane's Fabric and follow Stacy. Thank for Madame Samm for this exciting time and for all your hard work that we are all enjoying.

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  118. what a great story, I am now a follower

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  119. im a wanttobequilter and follower Jennifer at Ellison lane quilts thanks for the chance iv just discovered Aurifil and love it.

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  120. I am a Doll Artist who wants nothing more than to be a quilter one day. Stacie your story is one of the very reasons why I would love to make a quilt one day. You have a wonderful Treasure. Thanks so much for sharing your story with us.

    I am a wantobe quilter and Marlene of Stitching by the Lake is my sponsor. I am also a follower, Many Thanks to you Madame Samm and the many sponsors for the wonderful giveaway
    Peace and Blessings
    Cheryl..Snatch JOY~!

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  121. I am a Wantobe quilter and I am now following Staci's blog in addition to this blog. What a great story Staci shared today! My great grandmother was a quilter and my mom is a recent quilter, so I am anxious to keep the quilting tradition going. My sponsor is Amy @ Diary of a Quilter.

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  122. Staci, your story is as wonderful as this amazing and yes, magical, quilt. I almost feel related to you, with the cedar chest treasures and those photos! Thank you for sharing your passion for the past and your heritage quilt. I could look at it all day.

    I am a wantobe quilter, have never attempted a quilt, and am a follower of stashmanicure. Freda from The Adventures of the Empress of the Universe sent me!

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  123. I love Staci's blog, so I am following!!!!!! Of course I am following Stash Manicure because "Yes I am a Wantobe Quilter"!!!!

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  124. I am also a follower of this blog, of course. And I am a wantobe quilter. :D I just joined Staci's blog. Thanks so much for an amazing array of giveaways!

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  125. What a nice story and a great treasure.
    I am a follower here, I'm a wantobe quilter, and I now follow Staci :)

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  126. Wonderful story, Staci! I loved reading it, and am now following your blog!

    Madam, "Yes I am a Wantobe Quilter" and sponsored by Kelly Jackson of IHAN...and am now not only following you, but Staci and this blog. I think that I finally listened and got it right! lol

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  127. Loved Staci's blog. Yes I am a Wantobe Quilter. I'm registered at Jane's fabric and quilts, and Laila at Litamora's quilt & design sent me here. I'm her mother, and totally new to quilting, so I would love to win tools of my own :o)
    I'm following both Staci's and Stash Manicure's blog, but I'm non-blogger myself.

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  128. I am a follower of Staci's blog. I love the story of that quilt! So pretty, too.

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  129. Thanks for sharing the story! I'm a first gen quilter, hoping to spread the love to the rest of my family. I now follow Staci and am for sure a "Wantobe Quilter"!

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  130. I am a Wantobe quilter. I signed up through Ellison Lane. That quilt pattern shares a name with my daughter, Ella, who would love one of these for her bed. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  131. This Wantobe has done as she was asked... I follow Staci, I follow Madame Samm, and I was sent here by Snoodles at lilypad quilting! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  132. Truly a quilt for the generations! I followed Staci's blog and I am a Wanttobe Quilter, one who recently learned that my nylon thread from clothing-making doesn't cut it for quilting :-(

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  133. Yes, I am a WantToBe quilter! I followed both you and Staci. I really would like to win this! :)

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  134. Oh, and Shannon from Nunu's Quilt World sent me!

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  135. i'm a wantobe quilter and my sponcer is shell may. i am now a follower of staci. this is a beautiful give away. thank you for the chance.

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  136. I'm a wantobe :) I loved Staci's post and I'm following her now. sponsored by amy@diary of a quilter

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  137. I am now following Staci's blog. I enjoyed her story and will enjoy visiting again. I am a wantabe quilter from The Raspberry Rabbits. I have won a prize this week and I am so excited. I am having a great time with this fun event.

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  138. I follow Staci's blog. Yes, I am a wantobe (hoping to remedy that XD) and my sponsor is Shannon at Nunu's Quilt World.

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  139. I follow Staci, I follow you, my sponsor is Lily Pad quilting and I'm a Wantobe :)

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  140. Beckie, here as a follower of Raspberry Rabbits... love the quilt & the story. I collected butterflies as a older child and learned how to identify and display them. To this day, I am drawn to anything with butterflies.

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  141. Hi again, I am a wannabe quilter and I am sponsored by May (confessions of fabraholic), I love your newest post and I am looking forward to reading more of your posts! :)

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  142. terribly sorry, now I managed to write from my mums account instead of my own... so the above was written by me even though I posted it under Mays name... :)

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  143. I am a follower of Staci's blog now and I love that she shared her Treasure with all of us! It's a beautiful quilt, with many stories!

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  144. Why, "Yes I am a Wantobe Quilter"!! And, my sponsor is Paul at Outnumbered Quilter!

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  145. I am now following Staci's blog and I am a wantobe quilter. I loved Staci's story..I have always heard that Quilt's tell a story...this post just proves it. Oh how I want to make quilts so that one day when the grandkids are grown they can pick up a quilt and reflect back to the day it was being created for them. Great story.

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