Before I start, can I just say how much I love this picture? Monday I talked about quilts with my Grandma and it’s one of my favorite Grandma memories.
I feel like she always leaves me with the best quilt stories. I mean, I didn’t know it could get any better than the nazi quilt. She just cracks me up.
I went to clean her house recently and had a few minutes to spare while her floors dried. She asked if I wanted to do a word puzzle, but I asked if I could look at her quilts instead. I’ve heard stories of her quilts, but have only actually seen a couple of them.
She took me into her guest room and started pulling out quilt after quilt from the closet. I was in heaven. With each quilt I would gush about how gorgeous it was, and each time she told me “Oh, this is nothing!” Apparently she used to make fancy, intricate quilts, but gave them all away.
But to me? Every single quilt was amazing. Most of them were hand pieced and hand quilted. And most of them were made from leftover scraps of fabric from all the clothes she made herself and her five (!) boys. Her eye for color is really interesting. I only saw one quilt with an actual fabric color scheme. The rest were florals next to stripes next to cottons next to knits next to houndstooth next to plaid next to dark next to light … you get the picture.
I guess she saw that I was having heart palpitations, because she handed me a quilt. It was one of the only twin size quilts she had and she wondered if I had a bed that it would fit on? I screamed for joy inside my head, and then calmly said, “Yes ma’am. I sure do!”
So she handed it to me. And then she pulled out another quilt that was completely gorgeous. Before I could say two words, she gave it to me. ”Here you go,” she said, “if you like it, you can have it.” To say I was overjoyed would be an understatement. I was thrilled to have two handmade quilts from my Grandma. She didn’t let me choose which ones I wanted, but it was probably for the best because I would have tried to take them all.
Then, as we were folding her quilts to put them back into the closet, never to be seen again, she looked at my quilts. “Did I give you two quilts?” … My heart stopped. ”Um, yes ma’am.”
“Well, I didn’t mean to do that. Give me one of them back. Someone else will probably want it.”
And that is the story of how a small piece of my heart died that day. To choose between the two quilts was like choosing between giving up chocolate or giving up pasta for the rest of my life. In other words, the choice was impossible.
But want to see which one she let me keep?
What’s crazy about this quilt, well, one of the things that is crazy about this quilt, is that it is reversible. Each block is a huge one that is turned inside out, sewn together, then turned right side out, and the hole is hand stitched together. Then each block is hand stitched to another block, thus no quilting. Did that even make sense?
I know that somewhere in that wonderful closet where my Grandma hides her quilts is another one just like this one, but with perhaps more manly colors. Grandma said she made a special one just for my Grandpa. He was a super tall man who loved to relax in his recliner. So she made an extra long knit quilt just his size. How sweet is that? To all my family members … I call that one! Ha!
As I left my grandma’s house that day after 4 hours of cleaning, she tried to pay me. I told her that the quilt was more than enough, and I was just so thankful for it. She then asked me if I would clean next week, and all the weeks after that. My mom usually cleans her house, so I’m not sure what that was all about, but I said yes anyway. She thanked me and said, “Well, I won’t always be able to pay you in quilts.”
Yes, because she’s saving them for all the people who want them. I’m not bitter.
So Valentines may have been like three weeks ago, but I still haven’t shared our activities. Speaking of which, I still haven’t blogged about Christmas. Umm. Yeah, that’s going to be an awkward March post. Anyway.
Timothy “surprised” me with flowers. I accidentally spoiled the surprise by catching him in the act. But he just asked me to act surprised when I saw them and all was well. Ha! These were some of the prettiest flowers I’ve ever seen!
He made dinner reservations for us at this really sweet restaurant in Louisville that was connected to an art museum and hotel. Most of the museum was shut down due to a wedding, so Timothy and I spent a couple of hours before dinner at the Louisville science museum. It’s geared towards kids, so of course we had so much fun.
The air guitar was our favorite of all the guitars.
Oh how this picture sums up Timothy perfectly.
The museum had a body exhibit. I threw up in my mouth when I realized all the organs on display were real. But Timothy? He went nuts. He studied every inch of the revolting, gray-tinged, human organs. All the while looking over his glasses like a true nerd. I sure do love that boy.
We checked out the part of the art museum that was open before we ate dinner. This was our favorite art installation. That little black dot by Timothy’s scarf is a camera, and a hidden projector showed the recording on a section of wall. Those letters floated down but stopped when they “hit” your body. You could wave your hands and bounce the letters around. It was crazy!
I didn’t take too many pictures at dinner because we were too busy eating AMAZING food – like octopus. Yup. That happened. And it was delicious.
So our Valentines Day of Love was completely perfect. With Timothy’s new job, we haven’t been able to spend very much time together recently. Like every new change in life, we’re adapting and trying to make the best of it. This day alone together came at the best possible time. Spending time just being silly and having fun makes me fall in love with my husband all over again. I’m looking forward to the rest of my life falling in love with him over and over and over and over.
What about you guys? I know it’s been a while ago, but did you have a fun Valentines Day? I’d love to hear all about it. A little mush on a Monday does a person good.
You guys. I just found this house tour via Pinterest (thank you, my dear beloved source of everything lovely) like two minutes ago. And I have to share it. I mean seriously.
Usually I would be completely against cutting up a vintage quilt top. But for curtains this cute? Fuhgeddaboudit. (Umm, that’s supposed to be mafia-esque. I’m bad with accents, and the spelling of accents.)
Consider me motivated to get crackin on our little home.
P.S. Your comments on yesterday’s post about men and their habits cracked me up. I’m pretty sure they were the best comments ever. Thank you for sharing your tales of woe and commiseration.
Lately I’ve had quilting on the brain. It’s been pretty intense. Yes, I just used quilting and intense in the same sentence. We’re hard core at the Gothra house. Ha!
After I finished all my Christmas crafts, I kind of hit a slump. I got half of a cuff done on a pair of mittens for myself and then just decided to spend my time reading blogs written by women who actually finished their mittens. And socks. And skirts and furniture re-dos and room makeovers and all that jazz. I was soaking in projects done by everyone else but me and felt totally uninspired.
But then … I found quilts. Lovely, beautiful, colorful quilts that begged me to make them.
A gorgeous wonky star quilt found at Fresh Lemons. Except I hate that word, so this will now be called a crazy star quilt.
And I love the modern simplicity of this plus quilt from Cluck Cluck Sew.
This quilt pattern is called the drunkard’s path. What’s with these crazy names? I love the use of shapes and shades in this one, found at Knotty Bits.
Oh me oh my. This is one of the first quilt tutorials that made me want to try quilting. It’s the granny square quilt block by Blue Elephant Stitches.
And last but not least is this firecracker quilt by Monkey Do. I love the shapes and colors in this one! And the quilting really makes it pop.
Have any of you tried quilting? Or are quilting pros? I’m really excited to get started! I’ve already bought some fabric thanks to a Joann’s gift card, and I’m 90% sure I’m settled on a pattern. There are just so many options! I’ve spent at least the past two weeks making daily Pinterest stops to research quilts. I’m pretty sure Pinterest is a legit site to do research. And one night? I couldn’t go to bed until 4 because I couldn’t.stop.thinking.about.quilts. My brain was spinning with patterns and fabrics and quilting lines and fat quarters.
So, do any of you have any tips, tricks, or suggestions for a beginning quilter? Or has anyone thought about trying quilting? I’m not going to lie, these quilts kind of make me want to have an old fashioned quilting bee with tea and cucumber sandwiches.
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