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January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?

We want to know: What is your happiest quilting-related memory? 

Do you have a quilting memory that makes you smile when you think about it? We want to hear about it!

To participate in this month's survey, simply scroll down and post your answer in the "Add a Comment" box below. If your comment is chosen for our Easy Quilts Quilters Club of America Notes you will receive a $10 gift certificate to ShopFonsandPorter.com.


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Debbie-do wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting related memory?
on Tuesday, 17 December 2013, 1:47 PM

Working together, cross country, with one friend to make an appliqued wall hanging for another.  It was presented and received with tears of joy.  

Linny t wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting related memory?
on Tuesday, 17 December 2013, 3:29 PM

Working on the 2 quilts I made for my daughters.  One was a hand pieced GFG and one was from vintage patches I got while visiting my DD in NY.  I put a lot of love into those quilts...

maureen.anderson wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting related memory?
on Tuesday, 17 December 2013, 3:59 PM

The first baby quilt that I made for my first grandchild in 1995, and now  I just finished my latest quilt, Mariner's Compass, for that same grandson who is coming home from college this week for Christmas.  He will be sooo surprised, and I will be sooo happy to give it to him.

I still have eight other grandchildren to make quilts for!  "Sew Much fabric Sew little time"

Jereena wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting related memory?
on Tuesday, 17 December 2013, 5:28 PM

When I successfully completed my first quilt block following a 2012 Craftsy Class. Until then I was only quilting Charm square quilts for Ronald McDonald House.

Virginia wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting related memory?
on Wednesday, 18 December 2013, 4:56 PM

Making and showing off my Boxer short quilt made with neckties and showing the finished project and local quilting club

Jenia wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting related memory?
on Wednesday, 18 December 2013, 5:27 PM

My happiest quilting memory is when my Granny inspected the quilt that I finished using her traditional Grandmother's Flower Garden top and my "modern" ideas to quilt it.  She LOVED it, I was SO proud.  To have my award-winning quilter Granny inspect my work and really and truly love it was the proudest moment I have ever experienced.  I was in tears of fear when it was brought out to her; I was in tears of joy when she said "I would never have thought to do this this way; this is pretty!"

Dee-Duck wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting related memory?
on Sunday, 22 December 2013, 3:01 PM

While I have been mainly a garment seamstress (since the 1950s!), around the mid 1970s, I made a small doll quilt for a friend's pre-school daughter. Over the years I forgot about it even though the mother and I have remained very close friends as did our children growing up. About five years ago, the mother and I began quilting for Project Linus every Wednesday. One day she handed me this tattered, torn, and faded little blanket and asked if I remembered it. Well, it took me a moment but there it was that little doll quilt her now adult daughter still had. This is my happiness memory because the quilt was well used and loved--just what any quilter wants after their blanket leaves their hands.

Judi wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting related memory?
on Tuesday, 24 December 2013, 4:10 PM

Making my Dad a special quilt.  My Dad was the strongest man I ever met.  Inner strength that brought him through 43 N. Atlantic crossings carrying troops during WWII.  He was also at the liberation of Buchenvalt.  The first time I ever saw him break was when we lost our son, Joshua, at the WTC.  He never really had much joy after that except for when I gave him that quilt.  Unfortunately, after he and my Mom passed while their home was being shown for sale, that quilt disappeared.  

Catherine Hall wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Saturday, 28 December 2013, 5:42 PM

In Dec 2008, I made 10 quilts (50X60) to give to friends.  I added feather embellishments, and found that I was having an allergic reaction.  So, I quickly finished them and called my friends explaining that I would have to deliver them all in one day with the window in the car rolled down.  I alerted everyone that this would be a "drive by quilting", and I would not be able to stay and chat because of all of the deliveries.  Everyone was excited and invited friends over for their drive bys!  What fun!  Best Xmas ever!

Cheryl Masters wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Wednesday, 1 January 2014, 6:33 AM

Every time I finish a quilt, every time I give one away and see the joy on the recipient's face, every time I see a mom using the baby the quilt I gave her...all those are such happy quilting memories. The best times have been when I get together with my friends to sew a quilt together.

Drue wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Wednesday, 1 January 2014, 6:41 AM

A year or so ago, I made a couple of quilts for two very dear children to us.  The boy (age 4) and the girl (age 2). The boy'squilt was "Hot Dogs" pattern by Joni Pike and the girl''s quilt was "Hunny Bunnies" pattern by Joni Pike.  I finished them and put them in the mail and after a few days I got some wonderful heartwarming pictures of the children all snug in their beds, cuddling and sleeping with their new quilts.  It's always a special thing to know that your efforts of love are received with love and it always nice to know that your gifts are used.  I must say that I have had many happy quilting related memories since I started quilting about 8 years ago.

bevansa wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Wednesday, 1 January 2014, 7:33 AM

My mother was a wonderful at hand embroidery. When she had Alzheimer's, I asked her to do the 50 state birds and flowers. She couldn't remember to use the correct colors, so many of them are not as designed. But I quilted it and it hangs on my den wall. I smile when I think of the times I tried to get her to use the "correct' colors, and then just let go and concentrated on what was important--keeping her happily occupied, and getting a treasure.

wallergirl wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Wednesday, 1 January 2014, 7:59 AM

When I finished the wedding dress quilt and saw the look on the ladies face.

Becky DuBose wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Wednesday, 1 January 2014, 8:21 AM

Our Pastors wife has an incurable and fatal disease then came down with cancer.  I wanted to comfort her so made her a prayer shawl/bed runner with scripture squares and a kit for the other side.  Soon her father was in hospice.  She shared with me that while she stayed with him she would wrap up in that shawl and feel much comfort and peace.  The shawl had accomplished my goal and the whole experience has given me many smiles.  She is in remission with both diseases. PTL

Bayla Singer wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Wednesday, 1 January 2014, 8:30 AM

My first bed-size quilt was made for my granddaughter who was in college at the time.  She liked it so much she said she'd make the bed every day just so she could look at it!

Sandra S. Davis wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Wednesday, 1 January 2014, 8:42 AM

Making quilts for my children when they were very small.   Watching my grandmother hand quilt when I was a young girl.

Sarah wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Wednesday, 1 January 2014, 9:16 AM

This year is my first year Quilting and my First quilt was a Book shelf quilt for my Niece, She is such an inspiration to me, She has become the most beautiful young woman I know and I was proud to be able to make her something to last a lifetime, she moved to Florida so this is what is what her family sent with her to remember us, On the back of the quilt I wrote "On this quilt are Flaws and mistakes but just like life you fix what you can and Keep moving forward and in the end you have created a story which is as Beautiful as a Finished quilt" As I said this in front of friends and family both our eyes filled with tears in love and support  for her new journey she was about to go on. This was the moment I realized how special the gift of a quilt is. That is a memory I will always treasure forever.

gr8_seamstress wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Wednesday, 1 January 2014, 9:56 AM

The shock and surprise when I saw that I had won 1st place blue ribbon at the county fair for my quilt entry. My husband and step mother talked me into entering my "vintage treasures" quilt. This quilt was a work that spanned several "road trips". I first hand pieced the blocks while on a vacation. I recall creating my quilt "sandwich" on the floor of a motel room in Oklahoma city! I continued hand quilting in a hoop as my husband drove. This quilt was "put away" after each road trip. Finally when my father decided to drive his RV to Alaska I gave him the quilt to travel with him. I then flew to Alaska and worked on my Vintage Treasure as I rode back with him. It was a great trip! When I arrived home it was almost finished so I decided to just "Get er' Done"!

I love this quilt and the memories it holds.

judi wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Wednesday, 1 January 2014, 9:58 AM

I've had many happy quilting memories.  I remember my four year old granddaughter sitting on my lap and sewing a pieced doll quilt.  She is almost 14 now and still asks to have a sewing day with me.  My youngest son was deployed to Iraq and it was then that I began a patriotic quilt for him.  I planned to complete it before he returned, which didn't happen, but I finished it and he has it hanging on a wall.  I also made a patriotic baby quilt for a baby of one of my son's Marine buddies who paid the ultimate sacrifice and never got to meet his baby girl.  It was a very emotional project to do as I wanted it to be special.  I wanted the mom to be able to wrap the baby in the quilt and feel the presence of the father and to show they have love and support from people they've never met.

judi wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Wednesday, 1 January 2014, 9:59 AM

I've had many happy quilting memories.  I remember my four year old granddaughter sitting on my lap and sewing a pieced doll quilt.  She is almost 14 now and still asks to have a sewing day with me.  My youngest son was deployed to Iraq and it was then that I began a patriotic quilt for him.  I planned to complete it before he returned, which didn't happen, but I finished it and he has it hanging on a wall.  I also made a patriotic baby quilt for a baby of one of my son's Marine buddies who paid the ultimate sacrifice and never got to meet his baby girl.  It was a very emotional project to do as I wanted it to be special.  I wanted the mom to be able to wrap the baby in the quilt and feel the presence of the father and to show they have love and support from people they've never met.

arsquilts wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Wednesday, 1 January 2014, 10:23 AM

My favorite quilt is when I finish any quilt I make.  It makes me feel good that I actually made it.  I'm self taught and I paint flowers and then quilt.  I can't believe I'm able to do this.  My mom was a seamstress and made wedding dresses so I'm so greatful that I got my sewing talents from her.  

bec02 wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Wednesday, 1 January 2014, 10:28 AM

Making quilts for my grown children.  They were the first two quilts I ever made.

Bonny wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Wednesday, 1 January 2014, 10:44 AM

Being able to present the first quilt I made to a coworker. She was going to the Netherlands for 2 years for work and is often chilly. I found some Michael Miller Global Girls fabric that I fussy cut for blocks. I then used Kona solids for rail blocks. the border was black and the back was soft green flannel. I was very pleased to complete it in plenty of time and she was ecstatic to receive. I still smile whenever I think of that first time.

auntie wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Wednesday, 1 January 2014, 12:04 PM

Baseball  quilt  

As a birthday gift for my son I made a quilt featuring a pieced baseball diamond.  On the diamond I placed the the players of the 1927 New York Yankees and added a the famous Yankee pin stripe as a  border.  

pioneerwoman120537 wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Wednesday, 1 January 2014, 12:49 PM

As a child, watching my mom and aunts work on a quilt.  As an adult, actually being able to afford to learn quilting in a small town that is well known for their quilting. My first projects being a table runner, a baby quilt, and a quilt for myself.

rockerrider wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Wednesday, 1 January 2014, 12:54 PM

Presenting a Healing Quilt to a dear friend following a very serious illness.  It was all improvised ideas from my understanding of Native American lore.  I started out with the central idea of a Medicine wheel and it grew from there.  grew way too much I had to delete some of the patches and decrease the size of other motifs. I enlisted her son into making flying geese patches.  He made enough to encompass the entire quilt and circle around the Healing circle in the center. I learned a bunch about quilting.  then I finished it on my new long arm.  I had a blast trying to represent ideas thru the quilting.  She loves it.  And is recovering day by day, knowing how loved she is and the special contribution from her son, I am sure is a great comfort to her.

Jessica wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Wednesday, 1 January 2014, 1:00 PM

Mind happened this past summer. My grandchildren and I collaborated on two quilts. The first was a baby quilt for one of their cousins. My granddaughter drew the faces on nine bunnies and embroidered the faces on three of them (her first encounter with embroidery). My Grandson sewed together the blocks for the border. This was a version in 30's reproductions of a bunny quilt I had seen in a magazine. The second quilt was a graduation gift for my neighbor. A lovely young lady beloved by all of us. We worked together to design a modern quilt of artist's paint brushes in the primary and secondary colors and corresponding puddles of paint on a white background. My grandson named it Giant Palette. It was a hit with the graduate.

Mary Platt wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Wednesday, 1 January 2014, 4:04 PM

Every time I finish a quilt and present it to a friend or a family member is a happy quilting moment.  I receive much pleasure from each recipient's happiness.  On a more self-centered note, however, finishing the last of seven quilts for a new summer home this past fall was an occasion for the "happy dance" celebration.

Paulette Tubbs wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Wednesday, 1 January 2014, 10:23 PM

When I finished my first king size quilt and saw the smiling surprised faces of my son and daughter-in-law as they opened an antique chest on their wedding day.  I packed the quilt in the chest with handmade sachets of lavender. The blues and grays of the "Titled Mountains" design were their favorite colors. They both were so delighted with their handmade present.

manya wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Thursday, 2 January 2014, 7:33 AM

As silly as it sounds I still have major happy quilt moments when I try a new block (especially when there are sharp points on the blocks) and the seams (corners) all meet correctly.  

lhharris72 wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Thursday, 2 January 2014, 7:39 AM

Winning an "honorable mention" ribbon for the first quilt I ever submitted for a juried quilt show.  I knew my mom was smiling down from heaven and couldn't have been happier if I had won first place!!  

bhogan wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Thursday, 2 January 2014, 9:59 AM

My greatest memory for 2013 is that I made and quilted a quilt for each of my 3 children and 6 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.  I am so glad I finally finished them all plus several other quilts that I will sell.  My goal for 2014 is to make and quilt a double wedding ring quilt.

lindawwww wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Thursday, 2 January 2014, 2:46 PM

My two quilting friends and I went on a mini quilting retreat and spent the whole weekend quilting.  We had a great time!

gmaloney@yojake.com wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Thursday, 2 January 2014, 3:36 PM

There is NO better memory than each time I attend Betsy's Quilt Camp.  I have a quilt or project from each camp to remember every trip.  We go each season - so that's a lot of quilts!

DaisyM35@sbcglobal.net wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Thursday, 2 January 2014, 6:40 PM

My favorite memory was the first quilting retreat our group went on.  It was created by several women from my "table" and we quickly put our deposit down a year in advance and went on a retreat with 18 women total.  It was absolutely fun.  We are coming up on our third one in March and I cannot wait.  We come from all different backgrounds.  It's a hoot.  We have a fabulous weekend.  And who knew we would have so much to share with one another. Love, love, love it.

Kathleen Gabhart wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Thursday, 2 January 2014, 9:12 PM

One of my first "quilt friends" was my boss who had been quilting for many years (20+) than me (5).  About 2 years after I retired we went to lunch and she asked me to bring the quilt that I was working on at the time which was a stack and whack Christmas stocking quilt that I was very proud of.  When she looked at it she told me is was one of the best quilts she had ever seen!  That really made my day!!!!!

MåMå wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Thursday, 2 January 2014, 9:37 PM

I enjoyed winning a 'Best of Show' in our County Fair - was very unexpected.

alice stone wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Thursday, 2 January 2014, 9:55 PM

When I was a child we lived on a farm in southern Maryland. My Mother's parents lived with us, and Grandma mad all our feather ticks, most clothes, and her wonderful WONDERFUL quilts. Since she made a quilt a month... or so it seemed... she "tacked" about half of it, and hand quilted the rest. She had a fram set up in the barn, and I would sit under the frame, and push the needle back up from the bottom. I realize now, this was an un-necessary step, but to let me be a part of it, and feel needed, she slowed her work down long enough to make a kid smile. Those memories are so precious, and sometimes I wish we could go back to the innocents of youth, and riding in the back seat one more time!

Laura Keinath wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Friday, 3 January 2014, 4:41 PM

Quilt retreats sponsored by my local guild.  Also the quilt I am currently working on.  My great aunt started some sun bonnet sue squares which she didn't finish prior to her passing.  My mother handed them down to me and I split them with 2 of my cousins who quilt.  We got together one day and passed them around so we each had what we liked and after the holidays we will get together and work on our heirloom quilts...what fun!

Kelly wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Friday, 3 January 2014, 6:29 PM

My ultimate happiest quilting memory was when my mom presented her hope chest to me that was passed down from her grandmother to her mother. Therefore, I was the 4th generation to get this prized possession.  My mom and I were going through the memories inside and we came upon a sun bonnet sue quilt. My mom was surprised to see it because this was the only quilt that my great grandmother had ever made. It was made for her daughter, which was my grandmother, when she was a baby for her crib. She never finished it though, only the top.  We determined the quilt was made in the 1930's from the age of my grandmother and the look of the fabric.  A couple sunbonnet sue girls were missing, so I went out right away and bought 1930's fabric to replicate what she had started.  I have to finish it yet, but that is my most prized possession.  I had a very close relationship with my great grandmother until her passing when I was 15 years old.  I was very lucky to have known her for so many years. She will forever be in my heart and now I have come upon this memory that I will always cherish.  :)

TiffaneeN wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Friday, 3 January 2014, 8:32 PM

Making a quilt from fabrics my son had picked out at 7yrs old and giving it to him for his 16th birthday!!!

cwilson3 wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Sunday, 5 January 2014, 12:55 PM

Three of my friends and I gathered and my home for a sewing sleepover.  We all worked on the same projects.  We had a blast helping one another out, drinking wine, eating chocolate and other snacks and giggling until all hours of the wee morning!

Linda S. Nichols wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Monday, 6 January 2014, 4:58 PM

My favorite Quilting memory was watching the face of the person I made the Quilt for, when they realize I made it right in front of them. Listening to them tell me how they would like to have it.

brat8690@yahoo.com wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Monday, 6 January 2014, 8:52 PM

My happiest quilting memory is watching my mother hand quilt many baby quilts.

Julia wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Tuesday, 7 January 2014, 12:04 AM

In June of 2008, my mother, my daughter and I started out in a car packed with all sorts of treats and full of gas.  This day started with the three of us visiting 8 quilt shops on the first day of a five day quilt shop hop.  In those 5 days we visited 58 quilt shops, bought a lot of fabric and have memories that will never fade.  It was the first shop hop trip we made.  Each of us had a job...mine driving...my mom's reading directions...my daughter's was keeping track of our quilt shop passports.  Since then it has become an annual outing, but the 1st trip still remains my favorite.  Just a helpful hint...Mt Dew should never shoot out your nose from laughing too hard, it hurts!

galmal wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Tuesday, 7 January 2014, 9:36 AM

This past spring, my husband and I went on a Shop Hop in East and Middle Tennessee.  It was great to have a mini-vacation and spend quality time with my husband.  But the best part was being able to share my love of quilting with him.  Each shop had an array of different fabrics and each had beautiful and unique sample quilts lining their shop walls.  My husband actually saw an "art" quilt that he fell in love with, and it encouraged him to design his own quilt.  We spent the rest of the Shop Hop looking for fabric, then worked all summer designing and piecing it.  He now takes a bigger interest in my hobby and is actually working on his next design!  I was originally motivated to take the Shop Hop by the wonderful prizes being given away, but realize that I won the best gift of all - sharing my love of quilting with the love of my life.

Marilyn young wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Wednesday, 8 January 2014, 2:13 PM

It's hard to pick a happiest.  I have been quilting for a four short years and it always makes me happy.  Happy to see my color choices come together.  Happy to see my quilting stitches even and smaller than when I started.  Happy to have my corners come out even.  My quilting skills are improving and I am happy on the journey.

Oldnanny2 wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Thursday, 9 January 2014, 12:46 AM

My first quilt was made for my Granddaughter. She had just turned 3 years old in November of 1995. She came to stay with her Nana (me) and her papa for 2 weeks leading up to Christmas of that year. I had started her quilt but wasn't finished and wanted to give it to her for Christmas. I couldn't work on it much as she was running all around the house and yard. So I asked her if she would help me make a quilt for someone. She sat on my lap and we sewed blocks together and appliquéd hearts on each block. She told me she really liked the quilt and wished it was hers. I told her maybe one day I would make her one. The quilt was finished for Christmas and she was so surprised when she opened her gift and it was the quilt we had worked on. She still has it, and cuddles it even though she is now 21 and the mom of a beautiful baby boy. My great grandson

Crimson0326 wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Thursday, 9 January 2014, 3:28 PM

I remember the very first quilt I made! I was around 11 and locked myself in my room for a day. My mom had 30 fabric samples that she had given me. I had hand-stitched them all together. At the end of the day, I came out and showed her what I had done. She got the camera! Took pictures! Raved! I felt so special.

Mary D. wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Thursday, 9 January 2014, 7:59 PM

My happiest memory is of the quilt my grandmother made me, it was a scrappy Dresden plate that I was given when I was 21 as a wedding gift, my grandmother had used all the scraps from my sewing as a child and teenager.  When ever I look at the quilt I remember the very first outfit I made myself, I was in the fourth grade, the top had a zipper in the back very basic and I sewed it in perfect I was so proud, I ran to show my Mom and Dad and put my hand up the blouse to find I had sewn the zipper to the front, so I had to rip it out and put it again the second time was  not nearly as neat, but I wore that outfit proudly for Easter that year and in my many years of sewing since I still have many seams that are ripped out.  Grandma's quilt brings back all those happy memories of my childhood at Mom's singer machine.

sawilder wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Wednesday, 15 January 2014, 6:33 AM

My happiest quilting memory is hard to pick out from so many happy memories!  I would have to say that completing my first full-size quilt was the happiest.  I was around 17 years old and had cut up old flannel shirts and jeans to make a quilt.  It was not fancy, just squares, and many of them were crooked!  But I hand-quilted it, and I was thrilled to finish!  With all the imperfections and mistakes, it is still one of my family's favorite quilts.  It has held up well over the past 20 years, and it can usually be found on (or near) our bed.  

mcisr0215 wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Wednesday, 15 January 2014, 6:53 AM

I have two....winning the Bridgewater Fair in 2012 and making Christin and Eric's Wedding quilt.  The look on their faces was priceless.  They knew they were getting a quilt but didn't know what it would look like.

Beverly Shepard wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Wednesday, 15 January 2014, 7:15 AM

I have two favorite memories. The day my Mom gave me the Double Wedding Ring Quilt she had made for us (king-sized and hand quilted), and the Christmas I gave my 4 married children the tree skirts I had made for them. Tears of happiness!

Jean H. wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Wednesday, 15 January 2014, 7:23 AM

Going on a bus trip to an AQS show with my quilt girlfriends. We had so much fun.

Deb wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Wednesday, 15 January 2014, 8:03 AM

One of my happiest memories of quilting (and there are MANY happy memories) is going to one of the "Quilt till you wilt!" evening quilting bees at my quilt group.  Quilters there range from early 20's to early 90's, and let you tell you those older quilters are an absolute hoot when they are having fun!  I don't think a more lively, caring and supportive group can be found than my quilt group!

Libby wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Wednesday, 15 January 2014, 9:12 AM

My happiest quilting moment comes  whenever I take a quilt off the long arm frame and begin the binding.  It is that feeling of accomplishment even if it is a charity quilt.

Abbybshipper wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Wednesday, 15 January 2014, 9:29 AM

    My best quilt memory is making the Chupah (wedding canopy) for our daughter's wedding.  My plan was to make it a family heirloom that would be used by future generations, so it had to be able to accommodate at least my two children, their children and, hopefully, a third generation.  Of course, I'm not going to be around to see even the second generation, but I know my grandchildren will be eager to use it when they marry.  

    The Chupah is about  5' by 5' square, is totally hand-quilted (about the only one I've ever done by hand!) and its four corners show the Ten Commandments, the Torah, hands in blessing (my arthritic hands!), and the Israeli flag with doves of peace.  Since it is made so that future generations will be entered on the quilt, it has twelve ovals created by tulips (our daughter's favorite flowers).   Our daughter did not want to see it until the wedding, so she really was enthralled when she walked down the aisle and saw it waiting for her and her husband.  

    To show how much it means to her, it hangs on the wall of her bedroom so that it is the last thing she sees before going to sleep and the first thing she sees when she wakes each morning.  Of course, it was used again when her brother was married and that couple have their names in an oval opposite his sister and brother-in-law.  The other ten ovals are waiting for future generations.  

Abbybshipper wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Wednesday, 15 January 2014, 9:29 AM

    My best quilt memory is making the Chupah (wedding canopy) for our daughter's wedding.  My plan was to make it a family heirloom that would be used by future generations, so it had to be able to accommodate at least my two children, their children and, hopefully, a third generation.  Of course, I'm not going to be around to see even the second generation, but I know my grandchildren will be eager to use it when they marry.  

    The Chupah is about  5' by 5' square, is totally hand-quilted (about the only one I've ever done by hand!) and its four corners show the Ten Commandments, the Torah, hands in blessing (my arthritic hands!), and the Israeli flag with doves of peace.  Since it is made so that future generations will be entered on the quilt, it has twelve ovals created by tulips (our daughter's favorite flowers).   Our daughter did not want to see it until the wedding, so she really was enthralled when she walked down the aisle and saw it waiting for her and her husband.  

    To show how much it means to her, it hangs on the wall of her bedroom so that it is the last thing she sees before going to sleep and the first thing she sees when she wakes each morning.  Of course, it was used again when her brother was married and that couple have their names in an oval opposite his sister and brother-in-law.  The other ten ovals are waiting for future generations.  

Mary L Cohen wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Wednesday, 15 January 2014, 9:40 AM

Two years ago I decided to participate in a mystery quilt project in my guild.  As I had only quilted for just one year, I did not think of what this would entail.  Never the less I signed up and not only was I going to do one but I decided to do two!   Wrong decision for a novice quilter.  I managed to get most of the blocks done but had a tonne of left over blocks that didn't belong?  This past year I took all these blocks with me to a Spring retreat.  I thought I was going to go crazy as I could not get the blocks to go together as the picture of the reveal.  Well, at the retreat, all the quilting angels came up to the table were I was trying to assemble and they all pitched in to help guide me in the assembly of this nightmare project.  Within minutes they instructed me on what had to be ripped and restitched and then they helped me assemble the quilt.  I have never stitched and ripped as much as that day but I got it together!  Thank you quilting angels, what would I have done without you?  Since that day I completed the second one in this series and all is good but I did decide that I will not make another mystery quilt as working in the blind is not for me.  I need the complete instructions to understand what I am doing!

AndiT814@sbcglobal.net wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Wednesday, 15 January 2014, 10:36 AM

My mother was an amazing seamstress who made (all on a Singer Featherweight 221) everything I wore until I was in college.  Then when she started back to work I began sewing for myself and later for my daughter.  By the time my mother was in her late 80s and in a nursing home I had begun quilting.  I asked her if she would like to have a quilt for her bed (she had never been the least bit interested in quilts).  She began to cry as she said "You would do that for me?"   I made her a log cabin quilt.  She treasured that quilt until the end of her days.  Thad quilt now graces the bed in my guest bedroom. Not long after her passing my church started a Prayers and Squares chapter.  I was the first one to join and have been honored to make quilts for members who are in physical, emotional or spiritual crisis.

AndiT814@sbcglobal.net wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Wednesday, 15 January 2014, 10:37 AM

My mother was an amazing seamstress who made (all on a Singer Featherweight 221) everything I wore until I was in college.  Then when she started back to work I began sewing for myself and later for my daughter.  By the time my mother was in her late 80s and in a nursing home I had begun quilting.  I asked her if she would like to have a quilt for her bed (she had never been the least bit interested in quilts).  She began to cry as she said "You would do that for me?"   I made her a log cabin quilt.  She treasured that quilt until the end of her days.  Thad quilt now graces the bed in my guest bedroom. Not long after her passing my church started a Prayers and Squares chapter.  I was the first one to join and have been honored to make quilts for members who are in physical, emotional or spiritual crisis.

robinthesewingbird wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Wednesday, 15 January 2014, 5:09 PM

I enjoy time with my mom, who doesn't quilt, when we go over her mother's (my grandmother) quilts and ufo blocks she had. She tells me how as a little girl she would come home for lunch and her mom would let her pick fabrics for her next quilt block.

Bobbie Blake wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Wednesday, 15 January 2014, 6:18 PM

My happiest moment was seeing the face of my grandson when he saw the dinosaur quilt I made for him.  He has taken it to bed every night since.

Gina C wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Wednesday, 15 January 2014, 9:45 PM

My happiest moment was when I opened my Christmas gift a few years back and it was a king, hand quilted quilt from my mom.  She had held back giving them to her 3 daughters and a daughter-in-law until she had them all completed.  I was completely surprised to receive the beautiful quilt.

Another moment was that I made 13 large cuddle quilts in 2013 and machine quilted (which I had just learned) one for my husband on our anniversary last January, and the other 12 for our children and grandchildren for Christmas.  It was so much fun watching each one open theirs (after realizing they each would have a quilt) and them wondering what "their" quilt would look like.  Each one was so happy with their special quilt.  

Nelda Justice wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Wednesday, 15 January 2014, 9:56 PM

That would be memories.  Going on quilt retreats with Battlefield Piecemakers Quilt Guild, my guild.     I learned so much about quilting and making lasting friendships

Quiltless wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Wednesday, 15 January 2014, 10:09 PM

In late 2010, I made my first quilt, a rag quilt out of yellow flannel with teddy bears, for my soon to arrive first grandchild.  In 2014, my almost-three-year-old granddaughter took a plane ride with her parents to visit Grandma.  In my sewing room, she saw the bright scraps of yellow teddy bear flannel.  She brought her quilt to me.  She clearly put two and two together.  Her quilt was very faded and worn from a lot of use.  It was the best thank-you I've ever had.  

Sue Case wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Thursday, 16 January 2014, 7:07 AM

It was simply a Dinosaur baby quilt that was so adorable, I laughed as it came together.  His little face was too funny.

Petuniarose wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Thursday, 16 January 2014, 10:37 AM

My happiest quilting memory was making a Double Wedding Ring quilt for my parents 50th wedding anniversary. They had no idea they were getting it, and I had so much fun giving it to them. It has been  treasured by them, and although my father is now gone my mother uses it on her bed still.

Petuniarose wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Thursday, 16 January 2014, 10:40 AM

My happiest quilting memory was making and giving my parents a Double Wedding Ring quilt for their 50th wedding anniversary. They had no idea they were getting it and it was so much fun giving it to them. It has been a treasured possession for 17 years now and although my father is gone my mother still uses it on her bed.

nancyw@thevillages.net wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Thursday, 16 January 2014, 6:28 PM

My happiest memory of quilting was when my 16 year old grandaughter called and said grand ma I want you to teach me how to make a quilt, She can down to Fl for a week and we make a quilt. She and I picked out the material cut them into strips and she made the quilt in a week sewing all day. We had a great time. After making the quilt she hand sewed an owl applique in the lower corner. It was wonderful showing her the steps to make a quilt and for her to finish it.She put the quilt on her bed and when her friends came over she told them that we made it together. They told her she was lucky to have a grandmother that would take the time to show her how.

nancyw@thevillages.net wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Thursday, 16 January 2014, 6:28 PM

My happiest memory of quilting was when my 16 year old grandaughter called and said grand ma I want you to teach me how to make a quilt, She can down to Fl for a week and we make a quilt. She and I picked out the material cut them into strips and she made the quilt in a week sewing all day. We had a great time. After making the quilt she hand sewed an owl applique in the lower corner. It was wonderful showing her the steps to make a quilt and for her to finish it.She put the quilt on her bed and when her friends came over she told them that we made it together. They told her she was lucky to have a grandmother that would take the time to show her how.

Ingridh wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Friday, 17 January 2014, 11:12 AM

Making a quilt with appliqued butterflies and Ohio stars for my granddaughter when she was 9 years old and she is now 13 years old and still loves it and has it on her bed.

sosewgirl wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Friday, 17 January 2014, 5:12 PM

My happiest quilting memory is when I helped my Grandmother (92 yrs old) with what turned out to be her last quilt.  My Grandmother made all of her quilts with hand or machine piecing, lots of applique on EVERY one and of course, she only hand quilted them.  This specific quilt had many border units and my Grandmother always cut all of her pieces by hand with or without templates.  I brought over my rotary cutting mat, typical straight ruler (this was in 1996 so there really wasn't much else out there in the selection of rulers as there is now), and my rotary cutter.  She was so scared that I would waste the fabric by cutting it this way.  But once I had cut one of the border units, she inspected it and exclaimed, 'Oh, can you imagine how many quilts that I could have made if I had this tool earlier".  It is something that I think of almost every time I go to the cutting board.  I believe she is my quilting angel and that she is sitting on my shoulder when I get time to cut out a quilt.  I still haven't finished near the number of quilts she made the "old fashion way", but I plan on it, I just need to get more focused, as I seem to get interrupted every time I sit down to quilt!  I have that gorgeous king-sized applique and hand quilted quilt that I 'helped' her with and cherish it as she died within a few months of finishing the hand quilting and binding it.  I also have her quilt frame and am hoping to get to set it up and to enjoy working at it just as she did.

tlvan@live.com wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Sunday, 19 January 2014, 1:54 PM

My happiest quilting memory is teaching my eleven year old granddaughter and her cousin to make their first quilts.  The looks on their faces when they had them completed was priceless.

Allthumbs wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Sunday, 19 January 2014, 2:36 PM

My happiest quilting memory is ongoing:  it is seeing the many, many quilt tops that my grandmother hand pieced now being assembled into quilts for her great and great-great grandchildren.  Because all of these quilts were from scraps of fabric that she gathered from her sister, daughters, grand daughters, and nieces, we can look at them and remember clothing items that were made and who they were made for and for what occasion - and it is like a family album of sorts.  It is a wonderful way to hold in your hand something that was a part of the loved ones in your life.

Christine wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Friday, 24 January 2014, 1:19 PM

My happiest quilting memory is about presenting my oldest sun an appliqued Eagle wall hanging that I made him to commemorate his BSA Eagle Court of honor.  I added a border to the quilt and embroidered the words of the Boy Scout Law around 3 sides.  Across the top border, I embroidered the words "On My Honor".  It was the most difficult quilt I have ever made.  When I gave it to him, his jaw dropped and he said "WOW".  For my son, that was worth a million words!!

Gramkc wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Friday, 24 January 2014, 6:15 PM

My happiest memory involving quilting was of my Grammy Rice, she was so excited as she told me that her crazy quilted material was being sent  "across the brine" .  She was in her 80's at the time. Whenever I think about quilting, my grandmother quilting in her bedroom /quilting space with quilts laid out on her bed as she pieced her blocks on the black Singer right by the window will be forever part of my memories.

bjkaup@huntel.net wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Sunday, 26 January 2014, 9:12 PM

One of my happiest quilting memories is sorting fabric scraps with my Mom. She loved sewing and quilting and had such a good eye for using color and passed the tradition on to my two sisters and me.

Pat Brich wrote re: January Member Survey: What is your happiest quilting-related memory?
on Tuesday, 28 January 2014, 11:49 AM

Working on my quilt club's mystery quilt through out the for my granddaughter's graduation gift and then seeing her eye's light up when she opened the box.  Made all the hard work worth every second.

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