The first of Mom’s quilts

The first of Mom’s quilts

My mother loved to quilt.  A number of years ago, she decided it was time she got all her quilt tops done and invested in a longarm machine.  After she got comfortable with the machine, it seemed she was finishing a quilt every month!  I’m not sure if that’s truly the case, but her output was impressive.  I’m not sure where the photographs of all these quilts are, but I need to find them.  We believe she made well over 50 quilts in her lifetime.

What made this even more amazing to me is how she did all this while dealing with being very ill.  She quilted until two days before she passed last year, and she had completed all but seven of the quilt tops.  During those two days, I promised her I would finish them for her.

Now I have the machine, and I’m learning the ropes.  It’s a steep learning curve!  I haven’t had the nerve to put one of her quilts on the machine yet, but I hope to be ready to do it this year.

All of the quilts except the one pictured here need to be quilted; it just needed the binding.  A few weeks ago, I dug through my fabric stash (much of which had been hers), and found just enough of one of the fabrics in the quilt to bind it.  Yay!  So now I can say I’ve finally finished one of her quilts.  It’s really satisfying.

Isn’t this quilt just incredible?  It looks like it’s not square in this photo, but that’s because it was being held up by a couple of my co-workers.  It’s definitely square and the edges are straight.

Here’s a closer look.  Her points are perfect!

Here’s the back of it and a close-up of the back.

I’ve got a wall big enough to hang this on.  I just need to get the hardware and to put a UV coating on the window next to it.

By the way, if anybody knows the name of this quilt pattern and who designed it, I’d really appreciate it!  My local quilt shop is anxious to see if they can get a copy of it.  I believe it was a block-of-the-month design (actually border-of-the-month).

I’ll continue to share these quilts with you as I get them done.  And the quilts I’m learning on as well.

My next post (which I hope to get to you soon) will be about the tatted box I just finished.  It goes with the lid I made and posted about here.

Nancy

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  • Diane Turczynski

    January 29, 2017 at 6:00 pm Reply

    Your story sounds pretty much like mine. I inherited my Mom’s longarm machine 5yrs ago after she passed. She bought it when she was 83 ! She couldn’t hand quilt anymore and wanted to be able to finish her quilts herself. She made many over the years till she passed from an illness. The last one on her machine was for her Great Grandson. She never got to meet him. She started 3 blocks on it before she passed. I was needed to finish and it was my first time on her longarm. I was honored to be able to finish it for him. It was very special to me to work on it.

    • Nancy Tracy

      January 29, 2017 at 7:45 pm Reply

      That’s about how much Mom had finished on her last quilt. I’m impressed your mom learned when she was 83!

      • Diane Turczynski

        January 30, 2017 at 6:19 pm Reply

        actually her age was 88 when she bought it. It’s hard to type through tears.

        • Nancy Tracy

          January 30, 2017 at 10:22 pm Reply

          I completely understand

  • Jim Evans

    January 22, 2017 at 6:02 pm Reply

    The quilt was designed by Sue Garmin. I think the name is ‘Stars for a New Day.’ Sue passed away about two weeks ago. She and my wife were friends and she made several quilts from Sue’s patterns. Here are a couple:

    http://www.factsfacts.com/quilts/BorrowedRoses.htm
    http://www.factsfacts.com/quilts/SouthernBeauty.htm

    • Nancy Tracy

      January 22, 2017 at 8:39 pm Reply

      I’m so sorry to hear that! She was an incredible talent. Thanks for sharing your wife’s quilts too. They’re stunning!

  • Doris Jones

    January 22, 2017 at 11:24 am Reply

    The first one was filled with detail and tiny pieces. They are both exquisite. My mom has quilted since she was a little girl and she passed her love on to the three girls. My dad took up quilting in ’89 after they sold the family home. They made over 100 quilts in that time until he too passed away in 2011. Quilting is such a beautiful heritage to share. So glad that you are able to work on your mom’s quilts and to complete the beautiful works of art for her.

  • Margaret Davies

    January 22, 2017 at 7:05 am Reply

    Fabulous detail and hours of work, something to treasure for many years and generations to come

  • DeDe Baker

    January 21, 2017 at 9:49 pm Reply

    Loved the way she matched the fabric.
    I’ve never attempted to quilt, but saved all my floral scrap fabrics for a memory quilt. I probably won’t ever start it, because I can’t put the shuttle down.

  • Bernita Leadbetter

    January 21, 2017 at 9:26 pm Reply

    Your mom did marvelous work. Nice to have such wonderful reminders of her, they will keep both body and soul warm.

  • Heidi S

    January 21, 2017 at 8:27 pm Reply

    Absolutely beautiful!

  • Kathy Stolaruk

    January 21, 2017 at 4:59 pm Reply

    Absolutely beautiful! Both the piecing and the quilting are exquisite. How wonderful for you to have this to remember your Mom.

  • Lisa Caryl

    January 21, 2017 at 3:54 pm Reply

    It’s an absolutely beautiful quilt! The pattern is called “Stars for a New Day” by Sue Garman and yes, it was/is offered as a block of the month in quilt shops. If you do a google image search you’ll find many other beautiful examples of this quilt.

  • Gail Chapman

    January 21, 2017 at 3:11 pm Reply

    Absolutely beautiful! What a wonderful keepsake she’s left for you and your family!

    • Allyce Mayer

      January 21, 2017 at 9:36 pm Reply

      Nancy, thank you so much for posting this beautiful quilt, will look forward to seeing more of your Mothers quilting skill.

  • lacyquilter

    January 21, 2017 at 2:18 pm Reply
    • Nancy Tracy

      January 21, 2017 at 5:41 pm Reply

      Oh thank you!!!!! I doubt I ever would have found it myself. I’m doing a happy dance!

  • Carole J Painter

    January 21, 2017 at 2:16 pm Reply

    My step mother was quite good at quilting and I remember her with her quilting frames in the center of our living room and she would stitch for hours and we were always in high regard for her talent. I used to wonder why I was not able to master the art of quilting. Well, as I got older and looked at myself; I realized that I had my own talents I could crochet, cross=stitch. knit, and various other small things and then I learned to tat. I finally at the age of sixty, decided that I did not need to fret over quilting because not a lot of people can do crochet or cross-stitch let alone tatting, so now in my seventies, I can say she really had a wonderful talent and that I have my own and they are wonderful talents and we we really enjoy talking about it. You have shared your talents with all of us over the years and we are enriched by that knowledge you have shared. I hope that my family will down through the years and see what I have left them. I live in Salt Lake City and right now there is at least 3 inches of snow and still falling. I was eight years old and remember the snow this deep and then it was sooo fin, but now it is a difficulty for an older person to get around in. Keep going girl and enjoy you time well. Csrole

  • lacyquilter

    January 21, 2017 at 2:15 pm Reply

    What a treasure! As a quilter, I can tell you there are many, many hours put into this gorgeous quilt. I searched on Google & came up with this: by Sue Garman – Washington Medallion

    http://www.comequilt.com/shop/Block-of-the-Month-Patterns/Washington-Medallion/p/Washington-Medallion-Complete-Pattern-Set-x1912513.htm

  • Marileta Robinson

    January 21, 2017 at 2:14 pm Reply

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful quilt!

  • Marjorie A Rhodes

    January 21, 2017 at 2:04 pm Reply

    You are blessed to have had a talented lady for a Mom. My Aunt Marj quilted and I have a piece of it framed. It was loved to death. Made of feed sack materal.
    I have a daughter in law who quilts and has made up several
    Marj

  • Marie Costa

    January 21, 2017 at 1:33 pm Reply

    Beautiful. It is wonderful that you both worked on the quilt – really adds to the story of the quilt.

  • Jana Meek

    January 21, 2017 at 1:21 pm Reply

    One of the most beautiful quilts I have ever seen! Amazing work!!!?

  • Esther Fligelman

    January 21, 2017 at 1:09 pm Reply

    It is beautiful!

  • Rose Mason

    January 21, 2017 at 12:25 pm Reply

    This is gorgeous and such a treasure.

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