Dec. 9… Hand Quilt Along…

The last post I wrote had this same title….. 🥴 There simply isn’t enough time to do all I would like to do unfortunately,but never mind that as I’ve had a blessed three weeks. Thanksgiving was filled with family and grandchildren,after they all left to resume their normal activities,I had one day to clean and get ready for my mom who is still with me!

Wash day after Thanksgiving 😀

My mom was the one who taught me to sew at an early age of 12 to sew my own dresses,slips and other clothing. The poor dear had a time of it ,as I hated to sew clothes! I would slip out to do any other kind of outside work,or bargain with Mom or my younger Sister who loved to sew clothes at even a younger age than I ,that I would make the evening meal if they would finish my sewing. I still would call mom after I was married to see if she needed some cleaning done ,wood chopped or yard mowed in exchange for her to do sewing for me.😁

I would love to say I grew up and now love to sew my own dresses ….. but sadly I can’t I can only say I bite the bullet to get it done.

This just blows my mom away that I love to quilt … will spend hours at it day after day. How can I explain that there’s freedom in quilts, no pattern to follow to the T, delightful visions of quilt designs and the feel of cotton fabric…. I know it just doesn’t make sense to a lot of folks ,that’s okay for I would have never understood either if I hadn’t stumble into making simple block knotted quilts to keep the children warm when there was no heat upstairs in the old farmhouse.

I learned quilting the hard way by figuring it out on my own for back then computers were to costly,and besides who had heard of YouTube. So I had corners that didn’t match Or wavy borders and of course some puckering in the quilting . I loved the challenge that quilting has given me ,still do.

So what do I quilt the most .. modern or traditional… I reckon most of you bloggers know that one! Machine quilting is truly beautiful, modern quilts are wonderful to see but the old traditional quilts surpass them all in my eyes.

So mom , I’m truly thankful you taught me to sew even if it was clothes. Here’s a photo of her.

I have been working on Grammy while visiting and taking care of mom, last update I had 27 blocks to quilt ,I have finished 10 of them .

Until next update….

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebConnieSusan,  NanetteSassy , EdithSharonKarrin, and Gretchen


Author: Deb

I'm a wife, Mom mom, and a quilter. I also enjoy nature , history and flowers.

24 thoughts on “Dec. 9… Hand Quilt Along…”

  1. Your mother is beautiful and I love that she wears a flower in her hair. Your quilting work is exceptionally good too. You really have a gift. Don’t feel too bad about not sewing. Use the gifts you were given and just create what you know.

    BTW is it just me? It seems that the instructions on garment patterns are simply lacking these days. The assembly directions are a train wreck. Vague, missing important details and/or illustrations and entirely frustrating. 😐


    1. Thank you ,Lynda! That flower shows off that beautiful white hair.🙂 yes, some of those patterns aren’t real accurate with poor instructions,thanks to mom sewing lessons all those years though I can usually figure it out.

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  2. My mom was a librarian and she only dealt with books, and not craft books either. How lucky you were to have mom who wanted to pass down the love of sewing even if you didn’t enjoy it then but now look at your magnificent sewing skills. There’s a little bit of your beautiful mom in every stitch! Sharon

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  3. I love everything about this post — hanging laundry out to dry instead of using a wasteful machine, the story of the little girl who hated sewing her own clothes but taught herself to quilt, the image of you offering to chop wood in exchange for help with clothes sewing, the photos of your work. Thank you for the pictures you paint of your life.

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  4. I really love your story. My grandmother lived with us and I learned all things fiber from her. I didn’t really like it, but even as a little girl, I treasured the time with her. Now I’m glad I had those years by her side.

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  5. Loved your story, and your mom is lovely, such a beautiful smile! I also enjoyed the sneak peak at Grammy, how nice to have a hoop project as well as the big frame! Our moms really were a bunch of special ladies. 🙂

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  6. I think describe, perfectly, the appeal of quilting over other sorts of sewing. I could no sooner make a dress, or want to! Quilting gives us a creative outlet and almost gives us a kind of voice. Your post is so warm and your mom is so cute!

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    1. I’ve told her.. she would make a cute Mrs Santa Clause. Thank you ,Kerry, quilting is creative with a voice… it’s a voice that one has to stop to hear ,and ponder on.


  7. What a beautiful smile, from a beautiful person. My mum taught me to sew, she had a shop, and she made all the baby and toddlers dresses and dolls clothes. She taught me at an early age to make the dolls clothes and I use to earn pocket money by helping her. You have brought back some lovely memories, thank you 🙂 also love the photo of the washing 🙂

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    1. I’m delighted that it brought back memories for you! I thought you might enjoy the wash photo ,it was just blowing in the wind that day although it was a little chilly hanging it out.

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