Friday, June 1, 2012

My Story Quilt - More to see

I have come today to reveal one of several layouts for my story quilt.

My story is about my Grandmother (really a great-aunt) and my Mother who taught me how to sew when I was a little girl. It was on a tredale machine and they would peddle while I guided fabric through the machine.

Does anyone remember the fabric cut outs for stuffed animals and for barbie dresses? I made alot of those when I first started. At 5 or 6 they were much easier than cutting patterns. I didn't get to that until I started 4-H at about 8 years old. But I digress.

I started with a family photo that showed both my Mother and I at about the right ages, and asked a cuz for a photo of Grandma. I enlarged the photos and then drew around them so they could be put onto a quilt.

Oh - don't forget the Star of the Show - The Sewing Machine! It came from an old picture I had laying around - but I changed it up a bit.

This was my  first layout. Do you see the great Tulip? My new friend Deb B made one and I copied hers I just love it - I did end up changing it up a bit a little later on - I added some PINK!

I needed one more block and another lovely lady Rosemary - had a beautiful rose quilt that she let me look at and I made a rose for the lower corner.

This is the layout of fabric for my rose.
This is what it turned out to look like. 


This is what my layout was after I added the rose.

I did change this layout - butI will show you that on Monday. 

Have a great weekend! 



  1. You just brought back some memories from my childhood. I do remember those fabrics and watching my mom and grandmother using their old sewing machines to stitch them up. Sadly, I never learned to sew.

  2. This is so neat and what memories! I still have some animal cut-outs in my fabric stash. Thanks for sharing!
    Quilting at the River Linky Party Tuesday

  3. What a fun way to memorialize your early sewing experience!

  4. Great begining to your quilt, I also used to sew on a treadle machine, it belong to my paternal grandmother.

    Unfortunately my parents sold it when we moved in 1968.