Happy Tuesday from the Mitten!
Today I want to share my love for quilts.
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You know, the pretty, hand stitched kind. Sure, I make blankets for a cause and I absolutely love making them, but there is a gifted art to stitching a quilt by hand. Stitching by hand is something that I always wish I would have learned. Especially from my grandmother or perhaps one of my aunts.
What a wonderful family tradition that would have been to carry on!
Instead, I will be happy making my Cottage blankets and share my version, like the one above.
Other than always loving to craft, sew and crochet, you can see why I started making blankets in my blog post, The Journey.
As long as I can remember, quilts were part of our home. My mother and father’s families had quilts in their homes too. In fact, not only did they have them, they beautifully created them. Sometimes with old clothes, pajamas and little pieces of leftover fabric.
Can you imagine not wasting one item of fabric? That’s the way my grandma quilted.
I have so many memories of those family heirlooms. Quilts sat atop every bed in my grandmother’s house. Those quilts were placed there for decor and necessity.
Do you have anyone who made quilts in your family?
There are so many ways to display your quilts. Many people I know use their bed or hang them over a quilt rack or ladder.
On the other hand, if you have a very old quilt, I would be careful on how you display it. Hanging it could make it droop and the stitching could possibly start to unravel.
I currently have two store bought quilts on my bed. I love the layered look! However, one of my decor goals has always been to display my quilts in an old piece of furniture. The kind that I could chalk paint…with shelves and glass doors.
You can see it now…can’t you??
Well, I haven’t done that yet, so for now I hang them over the banister, on a ladder or on the wall. Like this one, I recently hung in my She Room.
It doesn’t match the room perfectly but knowing who’s hands made it brings me joy. I’d like to think it would make my grandmother happy too.
The old hand stitched quilts are my favorite, however I have quite a few store bought quilts as well. Using them for layering your bed linens can really make a big change without switching up everything on the bed. As you may have guessed, I have solid and printed ones too.
I especially love the colorful ones!
There is something special about receiving a quilt. Whether you buy an old one or you’re given one as a gift, I am always taken back by the thought that went into creating it and the hands that made it.
Although I don’t hand stitch my blankets, I am so grateful for the wonderful women in my family who paved the way and showed me how to make beautiful blankets out of small sometimes leftover pieces of fabric.