Celebration Quilt

Monday, October 28, 2013

We recently had a series of BIG events in our family: my Mom turned 70, my Dad turned 80, and they celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. To mark the occasion, we had a big family gathering at my folks home in Virginia. My sister and I knew we wanted to do something special for them, beyond the party, and of course that something special had to involve a quilt. 

After throwing around a couple of ideas, we settled on a ‘this is your life’ theme. The idea was to scour our family photos and pick out some that represented different periods in their lives.  We would print the photos out on fabric paper (Miracle Fabric Sheets) and somehow integrate them into a quilt. We gathered our own pictures – luckily, my sister had just completed scrapbooks of our childhoods – along with pictures family members sent to us at our request. We settled on 40 photos; one third of my dad, one third of my mom, and the remaining third of one of them with my sister or I growing up. 

We decided to take the 'this is your life theme' one step further and border the pictures with a movie reel affect. After auditioning several different black fabrics we decided on Kona Charcoal {swoon!} for the movie reels.  If you've never used Kona charcoal in your quilts, stop what you are doing and go out and buy a bolt of it right now.  Yes, a bolt.  You won't regret it! The quilting was super simple lines that would highlight the pictures themselves. The back was pieced with the leftover solids, to keep with the modern-ness (is that a word?) of the quilt.  

The quilt now hangs in my parents' living room.  Each time I go to visit, I love to look at the pictures and think of the history that exists within the quilt.  Four lifetimes, really.  I look forward to the day my own daughter looks at the quilt and asks about each of the pictures in it.

1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful way to set so many photographs into a quilt without creating a fabric scrapbook page. Truly a celebration quilt. Love it!
    Cyndi Souder


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