Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Anniversary quilt

Exactly a year ago we had a big snow storm. Laurence left early that morning for a meeting in London and he never made it back home till the next morning. He ended up sleeping in the car about 20 km from home. Well, this morning he left for the same meeting, again with snow coming down heavy at times. But right now things have changed. The snow has stopped falling and the sun is out. He should have no problems this time Just a day to go for a long walk with the dog. I have been working on a few projects, but really have nothing to show yet. This quilt I made over 10 years ago after my parent's 50th wedding anniversary. I'm the only one in Canada. My parents decided to celebrate this day with us here in Canada. This time they did the traveling, not us.The rest of the family all came over and they all stayed over at our place. We did borrow a few trailers, but it all worked out fine.
After everybody had gone home I started to work on this quilt. I had some of the pictures printed on fabric, a first for me. The blue fabrics I used for the piecing and appliqque were choosen to give it a feel of the old tiles we had in our kitchen

The walls were covered with old Delft's blue tiles, some with fancy flowers. Later, when the front of the farm was replaced, some of these tiles were incorporated into the new hall.
The lettering I did with reverse applique, also a first for me. The leaves are embroidered. It was quilted by my mother-in-law Hilda Mae. I finished it a year after the celebration and had it shipped over to Holland, where it has hung in my parent's bedroom ever since.

When my mother passed away in January I took it home with me and now it hangs in our bedroom.


  1. This is beautiful. I made a memory quilt for my parents when my mother had cancer and it appeared she would not live to see their 50th anniversary. She died three months beforehand and, like you, I now have the quilt. We keep it at the quilt shop and many people admire it.

  2. Lovely quilt.
    It took me a while to work out that your husband was not travelling her to London, England and driving all the way too:}