August 23, 2012
What a treasure. We love pointing out Trevor's little hand to all of our kids - -
I asked Trevor's mom for a backstory on who made the quilt and it turns out she did - I never knew. Here's some information from her:
I'd love to tell you the story, since I'm the one who made it. I wanted to make one for both families, but only got that one done. (As you know, sewing is not my favorite thing to do!) I sent a letter to all of the siblings. All the brothers and sisters traced their hands and the hands of their children on typing paper and mailed them back to me. I transferred (traced) the handprints on the peach colored fabric. On the pre-cut blocks, I zig-zagged around all of the handprints. You might think it is appliqued, but the print was just outlined. Then I figured out a pattern for the rest of the blocks, colorwise, as well as sort of age-wise, starting in the upper left hand corner w/the oldest son. I sewed the blocks together in strips, left to right and top to bottom, for the quilt top. The center (maybe 4 blocks square) is a tree with M + R, placed on a small heart. I just tied it in the middle representing each person, w/rust yarn, to match the handprints. The date on it is 1939 to 1982, w/1939 being the date they married, and 1982 being the date I made it. Regretfully, those grandchildren born later, don't have their hands on it. I love that quilt. It was a real undertaking, and rewarding after it was completed.
What an undertaking! I love it.
And a group shot of the visit with Trevor's Grandma:
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