Saturday, March 04, 2006

Peace It Together

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This is the quilt we usually have on our bed.
Some years before Peggy retired from the Post Office one of her customers gave her the beautiful "Peace It Together" print that makes up the center section of the quilt (out to the first narrow ivory colored border). Peggy was saving it to use in a quilt when her step-mother, Gladys, who loves quilting, offered to make it for us. That was about 7 years ago, and Gladys, who will be 87 years young this year, is still quilting away (and gardening) in Indiana.
This morning, over the phone, Gladys said her rhubarb is already 3 inches out of the ground.

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Blogger Madcap said...

Loverly! What an interesting centre medallion.

My grandmother is 95, almost 96, and is still quilting and sewing like mad. A couple years ago her total in one particular 6 month period was 40! full-size bed quilts. She doesn't use such fussy blocks, but still... She can work circles around me.

1:06 PM  
Blogger Kathie said...

Just beautiful! My grandmother, too, quilted up until her death though it was very simple piecing and she reused everything from wool coats to sheets for her quilts - they are absolute treasures to me. Thankfully she passed the quilting bug onto me.

5:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a beautiful quilt- my grandmother gave me at least 3 handstitched quilts over my lifetime, and I keep the 'wedding circle' quilt in storage.
I can't even see well enough to thread a needle anymore, more power to the elderly quilters in the world :)

7:51 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

That's a beauty. Sleeping under that must keep your dreams of peace renewed.

9:19 AM  
Blogger lauren said...

Beautiful! And what a loving sentiment to have gracing your bed. My mom just got the quilting bug, and I'm so pleased that she made our baby daughter a quilt. I should post a picture of it. I'd love to learn to quilt. I think I need a quilting mentor!

9:21 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

Mum, Katie, Cindy, RD and Lauren-

Thanks, we love the message in the quilt, the colors, and especially that it was made for us by a family member.

In her younger years Gladys hand-stitched her quilts, and we have several of those too.

One of them, the 'Star Of Texas' quilt was started probably 60 or 70 years ago by Peggy's great-grandmother, Melinda Alice, then was worked on by her grandmother Cassie, and eventually finished by Gladys.

But this one was machine sewn, and the centerpiece is a one-piece print.

Still, it is very pleasing to the eyes and adds brightness to our little knotty-pine cabin bedroom.

9:47 AM  
Blogger Madcap said...

Was that a typo? Didn't you mean "naughty-pine" bedroom? ;-)

9:49 AM  
Blogger Jim said...


You're the naughty one, talking about my 'wood' like that! ;~O

10:12 AM  

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