For reference, here is a picture of Grandma P., who inspired this quilt. She’s my dad’s mother, and this is her wedding portrait.
When Tiny Stitches did the Saturday Sampler program with the reproduction fabrics, I was a little aimless in it for the first few months. I was already attending the Saturday sessions for a quilt I really wanted to make (what became Furever Homes, and now Memories of Provence), so I figured what the heck. But inspiration struck when I started thinking of my grandmothers.
I’ve talked a lot about Grama Eddie (my mom’s mom) on the podcast because she died after I started podcasting. My dad’s mom died several years before, and was preceded in death by her husband, my only grandfather, who died when I was in college. I always think of my Grandma P as eminently practical, whereas Grama Eddie was more fanciful. Now, I know they were both more complex women than that, but I consider anyone who lived on a farm to be rather practical. Particularly this farm:
This is where my dad and his siblings grew up in Ohio. I have great memories of visiting every summer (although my particular personality quirks probably make it seem like I don’t enjoy being anywhere except home, even as a child).
I imagine the words of wisdom that I embroidered on these blocks are Grandma P-inspired. She was a woman who did not put up with a lot of nonsense, so while I’m sure the words “Crack don’t smoke itself” never crossed her lips, I’m pretty sure she’d agree with the sentiment. So here’s the finished quilt, interspersed with the individual blocks and some quilting detail shots.
You can click through to look at the pictures individually to see more of my feather work. And here’s a parting shot of my grandparents – my dad is the oldest son: