Saturday, July 28, 2018

Mom's Quilt finished.

This beautiful quilt was made by my mom, Gayla.  She finished this beautiful "Block of the Month" pattern designed by Peggy McDonald for her local quilt shop just before she suffered a stroke.  It has been one of those crazy life events that puts everything into perspective.  Mom has given me the love of quilting and she really was the reason I have been able to do all I have done with quilting.  She bought the longarm that I learned on, she encouraged me to write patterns, she traveled with me to peddle my patterns years ago.  She's been a huge influence in my life, not just in quilting, but in every aspect and the miracles that happened just over a month ago that have kept her here with us is something I am so grateful for. 

Mom is doing better, but she is having to re-learn a lot of things, including sewing.  So, when I realized that she couldn't sew as well - or at all - like she used to, I wanted to finish her quilt.  I sewed the backing together, I quilted it using my computerized A1 longarm and in my new design, Feather Swirl.  It turned out beautiful! 

This design is so great and looks nice, especially if you love feathers and swirls together. 

Binding would have been impossible for Mom, so I put together her scraps of fabric in 12 inch strips to make this fabulous binding. It really turned out beautiful! 

The back is perfect and shows off the quilting beautifully!

This is me with Mom and Amy, my sister.  I was up in Salt Lake last week and was able to take Mom to speech therapy.  She has a long road ahead in recovery, but she is doing well. We are so grateful that she is with us.  She is slowly getting back to stitching.  I was able to get her longarm loaded and had her practice while I was there and she did wonderful.  She was a little critical of herself, but I quickly reminded her that it will take time to get back to where she used to be. I am just so glad I was able to help her finish this beautiful quilt top.  

Feather Swirl digital design 
This is my Feather Swirl design - if you haven't looked around my digital designs, you can do so here.  Use the code "digital15" to receive a discount off your order.  Code expires at the end of the month.  Also, don't forget to grab your patterns - $5 until the end of the month.


Robbie said...

What a beautiful quilt...and actually, something you ended up making with your mom. You'll have those memories forever! And can pass on down to your family! Very special...thanks for sharing!

Heide said...

What a beautiful quilt!

JAS said...

What a beautiful quilt, but more important, what a beautiful mother! May God grant her a full recovery.

HospiceNP said...

Love this quilt! I too just finished a quilt my mom started....she made the blocks in about 2000, and I found them after she died in 2002. I only just was able to get them out, wash them (needed after so long in storage), sew them together and quilt it up. It means so much to me to be able to finish what she started, and give it to the baby (now grown up) she had intended it for. I hope your Mom has a full recovery, and can sew again.

Bambi Pearson said...

Beautiful quilt! Praying for a full and speedy recovery.

Judy said...

It's a beautiful quilt - the pattern and colors and piecing. Then your beautiful quilting design... Glad your mom is recovering. Will pray that she regains all her skills and continues to support and inspire you.

Rebecca Grace said...

So sorry to hear about your mom’s stroke, Judi, but grateful that she survived and is recovering with the love and support of her family. God is good! It brought tears to my eyes to read how your mom introduced you to quilting years ago and now you were able to finish her quilt when she couldn’t do it herself. It reminded me of a children’s book I used to read to my kids. It was all about the momma rabbit reading stories to her bunnies, culminating at the end of the book with “Read to your bunnies — and someday, your bunnies will read to YOU!” You’re a good bunny, Judi Madden, and your mom will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Dondi M said...

I love how your mother uses the bright lighter green among the darker greens to brighten the look of this quilt. It really adds so much spark and interest to the looks of the quilt. She is a master in her use of color! What a great family you have!

KaHolly said...

So glad to hear your mom is doing so well. Her quilt came out beautifully! She must be so pleased.

Wendy said...

Judi, your quilting from the back side rivals the beauty of the quilt on the front ... thank you so much for sharing your work. You continue to be an inspiration :)

Jennifer said...

Love the quilting, the binding, and the news that your mom is working on her recovery!

Jerolyn & Bruce said...

Beautiful as always!!!! Praying for Gayla to make a full recovery! Very sweet of you to have finished her quilt! You’re a superstar Judi!!!