She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. Proverbs 31

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Anniversary Quilt

Long, long ago in a time almost forgotten, I began a sampler quilt! LOL In fact, it was 12 years ago. I can't believe I actually admitted that ~ so embarrassing.

I had carried Colton for 3 months when premature labor began. The doctor ordered complete flat bed rest for the remaining 6 months. During that time, Mom came over every day and stayed until Jeff returned from work. She cared for me and Jase (8) and Luke (3), cooked our meals, kept house and kept me company. (Such an angel!) It was during that trying time that I began to piece these sampler blocks.

I've averaged about .75 blocks per year (don't laugh)! But this year, I have decided that this project needs to be finished, and it will be a gift for Mom and Dad's wedding anniversary. I WILL hand-piece the remaining 3 blocks before spring.

Here are the ones that are completed:

Sunshine & Shadows
my favorite block with 115 pieces.

The School House
another favorite

The Flower Basket

Card Tricks

In the center of this block I'll stitch the date and a message to Mom & Dad

The Monkey Wrench

Flying Geese

the Log Cabin

Grandmother's Fan

The remaining 3 blocks of this sampler quilt are The Bear Paw, Sunbonnet Sue and Grandmother's Flower Garden which I'm still not certain how to accomplish yet. But I am determined to have it done this year! You girls hold me to that, okay! LOL

Wishing you a day filled with joy,


Candy said...

I was just stumbling through Blogland and came across your blog. The quilt for your parents will be beautiful. Such hard work to hand piece all of it, too!

mary said...

What a sweet daughter you are - and how your parents will treasure their quilt! I am piecing (slowly) a grandmothers garden quilt using cardboard templates that I got at Joanns. I will try to find them and send a few in your package. You just do a small running stitch around the edge of your fabric and draw it up around the template. Then you iron it well and remove the reusable cardboard. Clear as mud? :) Thank you for sharing the pictures of your quilt blocks. They are beautiful! Have a wonderful day.

Nancy M. said...

Those are very pretty! I hope you'll show us the finished product. What a sweet gift. I love quilts!

KKJD1 said...

What a hoot 12yrs. Well I know when you get it done this year it will make a perfect gift for your parents. The pieces you've done so far are great. Looking foward to the finale. Blessings, Karen

Annie said...

I love all the quilt pieces. You did a beautiful job. I really love "Card Tricks." I have never seen that one before.

Peace and Joy,

The Whites said...

I can't wait to see the finished product! Looks beautiful so far!


Colleen said...

What a great job you've done! And, what a wonderful gift... remember, slow and steady wins the race! :)

Debbie said...

Beautiful and what a wonderful gift it will make. I love the colors.

Karen said...

Oh this is jut going to be beautiful when it's completed. It's really pretty NOW!

lindanuts said...

Oh, my, they are so beautiful! I didn't know the names of all those blocks. Thank you, my friend, for enlightening me! :)

Sue said...

I can tell there has been much work in these blocks but it will be a beautiful quilt and one of the most cherished gifts your mom will ever receive. She will remember when you started!! I must learn to quilt. I want to start with a simple lap size one so I won't feel overwhelmed.

mary said...

Woo-hoo!!! I found the templates (plastic, not cardboard), and they will be coming your way tomorrow!

Laurie said...

Those are SO gorgeous! I wish I could quilt. Crocheting is about it. I tried a very small store bought quilt kit once and realized very quickly I don't have the patience for quilting. I wish I did though. Quilts are absolutely beautiful. I know your parents will love the quilt you are making.

Shiloh Prairie Farm said...

The quilt pieces look beautiful, I hope you will post pictures of it finished, it is beautiful already. Don't worry I have projects like that too, it is probably a sign we have too much on our plates and those special projects get pushed aside.

Angie said...

Wow, that was such a wonderful thing for your mom to do. What a heart felt gift to give them both. It seems we never have enough of a lifetime to thank our parents for all they have done and continue to do for us. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful story.

hugs and blessings, angie

Kath said...

That is goin to be such a SPECIAL gift-and beautiful!

how do you know how to do all those patterns?
Quilting is just so beautiful to me...

Your mom and dad will LOVE it! ;)


Toni said...

Wow,it looks beautiful!I know you`ll be able to finish it by spring!!We can do anything if we put our minds to it!I love those colors too.What a treasure that will be for your parents!!Please keep us posted on your progress!!

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

I've never seen the card trick either...they are all beautiful and what a wonderful mom you have:)
have a great day!

Cora from Hidden Riches said...

Can't wait to see the finished quilt, as I love the blocks you already have done!!! I just know it's going to be fantastic!!!! I wonder how many unfinished projects I have buried in closets, etc?????


QuiltedSimple said...

Sounds like me on the length of time some of my projects have been around. You'll get it done and it will be Stupendous! At least you only have 3 blocks to go!

Linda said...

Wow, those look amazing! I wish I could make stuff like that ;)

greetings from the netherlands!

Lanny said...

Thank you for sharing and inspiring to get after old projects!

NanaNor's said...

Hi there, I loved seeing your blocks. I am a quilter and I loved the colors and the squares you picked. How wonderful that your mom helped you out; I've done the same for my youngest daughter who had rough pregnancies. Your parents are sure to love the quilt. You do beautiful work.
Blessings to you. Noreen

Anonymous said...

Thanks for listing The Lean Green Family blog on your site. I'm the founder of that blog and wanted to update you on two things.

First, I've changed the blog's name back to Suddenly Frugal (that's what it was called when I started it in 2007).

And, second, the blog is now hosted on WordPress at It would be great if you could update your link and maybe stop by the new digs if you get the chance. Thanks again.

Leah Ingram

Karen said...

What a lovely quilt and what a precious gift. Your parents will be thrilled. I love the colors.
Have a great day, Karen

Wilma said...

Hi Lea,

Your quilt pieces are beautiful and I know your mom and dad are going to love it.

I wanted to tell you that I received my BEAUTIFUL picture frame yesterday in the mail and I LOVE it. You know I love anything horses. Thank You for thinking of me. You all mean the world to me and I think of you guys all the time. We need to get together soon. Let me know when you are free one day to talk over the phone and I will call and we will have a good long talk.

Love and Kisses

Cuz Wilma

Linda said...

What a wonderful gift that will be. Made with love by hand and I know it will be such a special piece when it is done. And worth the 12 year wait too!!

Rustic Country Handcrafts said...

The colors are beautiful. Your parents will cherish it. I hope you post the completed project. I can't wait to see it!

Anonymous said...

You're not alone - I started a quilt 6 1/2 years ago and I think I've been slower than you at it so far.

Carrie P. said...

Yes, you are so close to being done. Go for it. I can't wait to see it done.

Barb J. said...

I'm not a quilter, but I love the Sunshine and Shawdows piece!