Thursday, October 15, 2009

alright park city girl



so it's been nagging me that i wasn't going to enter the blog quilt festival. i mean i have nothing that you havn't seen already. and well everything that i'm working on...is just that, things i'm still working on.
nothing finished.
but it kept eating at me.

amy said it didn't need to be fancy or new.
so here it is.

three super duper plain quilts i made a long time ago.
for my three boys.
they aren't fancy or new...but they are special.
my husband's old shirts make up part of each quilt.
back when i made the quilts i knew that one day their dad would be their hero.
it wasn't till just recently when my oldest son had to write a paper on his hero, and he picked his dad, who "fought for freedom in afghanistan and had the courage to stay there for a year even when my mom was sad" that i knew i made the right choice in adding those pieces of clothing that represent his dad.
i plan for those quilts to go with them when they get married.
so amy thanks for hosting a great idea and i'm so glad i was able to join up even if it was almost at the last second!

come back monday there's going to be a sponsored giveaway
i'm taking off so i can continue on one of my many started quilts.

52 comments:

Sherri said...

So glad you shared...because your son's words brought tears to my eyes...how cool is that for a son to have that kind of love and respect for his father! So yes, these quilts are very, very special!

Blue Is Bleu said...

I love the story behind you sharing these quilts for the festival :)

Natys said...

That´s so sweet!!!! Is awesome how meaningful are handmade toys and stuff

saraiwithani said...

My grandmother made quilts like this for all her grandchildren when we were all really small. She passed away a few years later, but gave the quilts to our moms for our wedding gift. It was one of the most precious gifts I think I've ever received. I know your boys will think so too!

girlsmama said...

Knowing you and your family that made me cry! Thanks for sharing lovely lady.

amylouwho said...

Love it! Thanks for sharing - I don't think I had seen this before.

And yes, he is a hero. And so are you. And so is your little guy for recognizing it!

The quilt I posted was one I made for my little guy too. :)

Tracy said...

I love the color scheme of the quilts. It's perfect for little boys and will be great as keepsakes later on. I have a couple my mom and her mother did a while back. BUT, I really wanted her to make a double wedding ring for my recent wedding so that I could pass it down one day.. still waiting on it!! ;)

Kimberly said...

Ok, you just brought a little tear to my eye, too! Those are wonderful and the quilts with a story behind them - those mean the most!
Blessings, Kimberly

Catherine said...

Thank you for sharing these quilts! They are perfect for boys. I really like the colours you've used and they are so special for your boys with your husbands old shirts incorporated in them. What a great idea for them.

MARIKA said...

Very beautiful blankets

Carmen said...

Beautiful quilts. And thank you for sharing the story about your son. That's wonderful.

SLO Rober said...

What a great parent moment to hear your kids saying things like that.

Becky said...

Oh! What a story! Thanks for sharing. And thanks for making your quilts with memories!

Lonci said...

It is beautiful:)

Kaye Prince said...

I love your quilts Vanessa and the story behind them! Great idea about putting your husband's shirts in. I also joined in on the Festival and showed my first two quilts (that's all there is so far, I'm working on number three).

I just wanted to say that I love your blog! I've been following you for awhile (occasionally leaving comments) an I find that every time I come here you give me something to smile about. I hope you're having a great day!

Mindy said...

I love quilts with meaning and history! What great quilts to share, V! :)

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

Those quilts are beautiful!

dana said...

Vanessa,
I'm so glad you're doing it! It's always fun to be part of some competition right?...like SYTYC? :)
Beautiful quilts and cute story behind them.

Sharon said...

Your story matches the quilts. Beautiful!

Erin said...

I know those quilts will be treasured by your boys forever. =) Thank your husband for his service to our country!

Megan said...

Such a sweet story behind such wonderful quilts!

jodi @ Pleasant Home said...

Those are awesome V. Can't believe you haven't shared them before now! I wish, wish, wish I had 3 quilts for my three boys, just like those. Very cool. Glad you joined in.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Thanks for sharing the story of the quilts and your wonderful husband while he was defending our country.

busy lizzie said...

Oh those quilts are gorgeous. And the story behind them priceless. I love the simplicity and the colours. Well done to you and your husband. Sounds like you are bringing up fantastic kids.

Amy - Park City Girl said...

Yay! Love your quilts - they are so special. and the hero behind them makes them even more so! Thanks for sharing.

Zonnah said...

They are pretty!

*katie* said...

How wonderfully special! They're beautiful, and even more so knowing the meaning behind them:)

Dawn said...

What a fabulous Idea..... very touching..your boys will remember you for your wonderful creativity too ( + other wonderful qualities). I have kept some of my girls dresses from when they were little for the same thing... great memories.
Big Hugs Dawn x x

Renee said...

they must be such precious quilts for your boys. Thanks for sharing - they really are lovely

an encourager said...

Thank you for sharing about your quilts and the story behind them. I love that you made that for your boys out of their dad's shirts. Thank you to your whole family for the sacrifice for our freedom. I salute you all! Oh, and I joined that festival, too. Fun!

Aubrey said...

Your canning is awesome--I have to depend on my mom to do it with me. And I'm sick with envy at how pretty your apple pie is--now I know all my previous efforts were lame. ;)

Were these quilts pretty easy to make? Like, did you follow a pattern, or just sew squares together randomly (which is what it looks like)? I've never made a quilt, but I want something like this for my kids and don't like the prices at the Quilt Shoppe at Gardner Village, so may have to give in and make my own, and I'm a little clueless--and always want to know the fastest way to make anything before I try it.

jabeybaby said...

Cute quilts and what a great story! Thanks for sharing!

I Purr-Furr to Craft said...

love your story, thanks for sharing

Kellie said...

they are great and hold such sentimental value!

Teresa C said...

I haven't read the other comments, so I am sure I am just repeating what others know. You are raising lovely young men, that comment proves it. Be sure that in the future they will know that they have two heroes for parents, it is just that at their ages they cannot see the hero that is always right in front of them just yet.

Can't wait to see what you are working on!

amy smart said...

I love the additional story behind the quilts. Perfect. And your whole family are heroes. Thanks for sharing your Dad.

Lisa B. said...

Very touching! Your boys will treasure those quilts forever! They are beautiful as well!!

Tricia Anne said...

Oh Vanessa, this is the very best kind of quilt! How much love and meaning went into them and your sons will have them for many years to come. :o) I have been clipping and cutting away (in the evenings) my son and my husband's older dress shirts (and saving all their buttons). I had intended to make a pinwheel quilt from them, but I would rather just stay with the squares, like yours!

I saved all of my Katie's dresses from when she was a little girl like your Katie. I always dreamed that one day I would know how to quilt and be able to use them as fabric for when she has a baby girl of her own. :o)

Cassie said...

Those quilts are gorgeous! I love the simplicity, really. The story behind them is very touching as well. :)

Angela said...

Beautiful story and beautiful quilts.

I have been thinking of something similar for my three boys. Thanks for giving me another idea to toss around.

Purple Quilter Queen said...

Don't feel bad V - you were only #559 - there were still more that entered after you! haha The quilts are beautiful. As was the story that went behind it. I'm sure Katie would like to have one of those "Daddy quilts" someday too. So special. Jenn

Allie said...

I'm so glad you decided to share your quilts and story. I love the idea of having their Dad's shirts mixed in. Awesome!

Me aka Supermom said...

Great Story!
THanks for sharing,
Margaret
www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

Dogwood said...

Sweet, beautiful quilts. Love the colors. So meaningful.

Rachel said...

First time reader/commenter here--*I love those quilts!*....especially because of the story. My husband retired in the spring of 08, after 25 yrs in the Army. He did two tours in Afghanistan, two in Iraq, a year in Korea, 6 mos in the Sinai...my children got used to daddy being gone (he was gone most of the time since we had our oldest dc in spring of 00). I can easily imagine my children saying/doing the same thing...they *love* their daddy...and I have to be honest--if they are going to look up to someone, I'd much rather it be my husband, a quiet, unassuming, gentle man, but unafraid to do what he must...than any flashy superstar, athlete, or singer....better a real man than a media produced facade.

Thank your DH for me--and thank YOU for being a fellow military wife. It isn't easy (I knew it wouldn't be when I signed onto the life with him), but it is worth it. I cannot imagine what life would have been like any other way, even though I wish we could have had that time together.

Love the quilts, regardless of how "simple" and "plain" they are...Maybe "simple love" ought to be what you call the "pattern" :-)

zippy said...

Thank you for sharing your touching story of your beautiful quilts! I love the idea of incorporating 'dad's shirts' into the quilts!

Shanna said...

I love it when quilts have a story behind them! Thank your husband for serving our country and thank you for your sacrifice. I have been reading your blog for quite a while and I have been inspired so much. BTW---we have been using the token system and it is saving our daughter. Thank you!

Amanda said...

Wow. Reading this and the comments has me crying! I may not know you in every day life, but since I have read your entire blog from the beginning (and feel like I know you), I agree with everyone else that you are both heros with a beautiful family.

The quilts are beautiful. I'm so glad you entered them into the festival.

Brittany said...

I found your blog from mimi lee. I love all your great ideas!

Journeying Five said...

those are the best quilts...made from bits and pieces of people we lvoe.

lanakae said...

What a wonderful story! Your boys are lucky to have such wonderful parents who love them so. Your boys will always treasure there quilts that has pieces of their fathers' shirts quilted by their mothers' hands. Thanks for sharing!

Robin said...

Those quilts are wonderful and so special! What a fabulous way to put a bit of dad in them too. :) Thank you so much for sharing them!

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