Saturday, August 2, 2008

GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY QUILTS

Spencer Quilt
With Mom and Dad's 50th wedding anniversary approaching I decided I wanted to try my hand in making them a quilt. I knew what I wanted to start with and that was their pictures after that it was a free for all. I am not a mathematical genius so when it comes to drafting and sizing it was all trial and error, I am a 'What if-er' (what if I could do this or what if I could add that). I did hand embroidery, fusible applique (because I was to chicken to try traditional applique) and paper piecing. Starting in the center is of course the young couple, next the hands and hearts represent the four daughters, the boat and heart are Mom and Dad's birthday blocks August for Dad, February for Mom. The bottom blocks are hobbies Dad's is fishing and Mom is a spool of thread. The outer corner blocks are the sister's birthday blocks Cheryl -December , Janette-August, Ina Denice and I are November. Now this is where I get lucky all the children going around are grandchildren and great grandchildren I started in birth order the oldest which was a girl and then the next boy it worked out evenly ! Hardest part picking out all the clothes for them to wear, all the girls have little gold charm hearts for necklaces.

Forbush quilt

This one is for Dennis parents I was a little lucky for this one the Idaho Falls temple was a pattern that I found so I did not have to draft this one up, which made my life easy. The top corner blocks are pictures of his parents about the same age, bottom blocks are their graduation pictures the oak branches represent the four seasons as to which their children were born in and an acorn for each child. The outer border are wedding pictures and marriage certificate, and bottom are pictures of the young family.


I added the embroidery work to the temple and found a little Moroni tie tack for the top I all so did traditional applique for the oak branches.
This is the quilt label that I made up staying with the oak tree idea having all family members sign there names that were present that day.





This is a quilt that a neighbor hired me to make for her parents, the top outer corner blocks are the states they were born potato for Idaho and beehive for Utah bottom corner blocks are hobbies watering can for her and golf for him. If I remember right they had three children two sons one daughter the rest of the blocks are grandchildren The other blocks are the marriage certificate and the Salt lake temple which I did draft myself and a poem about families are forever.













10 comments:

"Jo" in many sizes said...

My very crafty mom. I forgot about the one you did for Lori's mom. Now start planning your own quilt and by the time you guys hit 50 years, maybe I can help you sew it!

Sioux said...

Aren't you just the most creative thing? And seeing this, must mean your computer is up and running; any emails yet?

These quilts really are amazing - I can't believe all the time and love you put into everything you make!

vickers said...

Whitey, you are unbelievalbe! I had NO IDEA that you were also so talented and creative in the quilt-making department. I bow down before you.

vickers said...

Whitey, I had no idea that you were so creative outside of hardcore building construction. Those quilts are beautiful and complex. Real labors of love.

Janda said...

It's like I told you the other night, if I had just an inkling of your amazing talent... Thanks again for all the cute ideas on the decorating...

Nettie said...

Sister,.....I think the Spencer quilt is as beautiful today as it was 11 years ago. I for one (and I know a lot of others) appreciated all the time and effort that went in to the quilt. It put a big smile on Mom and Dad's faces the day of their 50th anniversary then, and I know it still does. I know it still does mine,....especially when somebody new that has never seen it before comes over to the house with me and I can tell them the story of it all. You did a great job on it. All the anniversary quilts are georgeous, along with all the others you have put together. They are true works of art!

Kare Bear said...

I am always amazed at the incredible work you do. I try to explain it to people but know I can show them.You still need to post a picture of your cowboy quilt that dennis has in his office. I tell everyone about that one.

Nedra said...

Welcome to quilting bloggers! There are 27 of us now from Utah. I started blogging a little over a month ago, and there were only 17 of us then.
Your quilts are beautiful. Thanks for sharing! Nedra @ cactus needle

whitey said...

Thank you everyone! I did not know I had comments because my email is down nothing is coming in and some things can go out?? I just figured out that I can get to my comments from the blog page (DUH)still learning I guess.

HEIDI BANFORD said...

Those are so amazing. Thanks too for explaining what it all meant. I never would have guessed it alone. I love it when these quilts tell stories.