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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Deana: Heirloom quilting and hand quilting go together!

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    Today is Tuesday Archives with Val over at Val's Quilting Studio.  The topic is heirloom quilts and hand quilting.  I have them both rolled up into one quilt.   

    HEADS UP to some of you may have all ready read tidbits of this post because it is similar to the one I did for the "Around the World Blog Hop".   

    I want to give a brief history about this blog which was established in 2008 in honor of my Great, Great, Great, Great Grandmother Dorinda Moody.  I discovered quilting years before I discovered her, but I gained a deep love and respect for Grandma as I found us to be kindred spirits.  She was an industrious woman who pioneered the West as she settled in Pine Valley, Utah with her family.  She grew her own cotton to make her own batting, hand dyed her fabrics from local plants, and made award winning quilts which nearly every family in her small community possessed.  She also won best of show at the world fair in Chicago on a quilt she designed and made.  

    In her memory, my mother Lyn, her two cousins, Marie and Ann, and myself remade Dorinda's masterpiece quilt at which time we started this blog.   Those quilts are featured in the banner at the top of this blog with the four of us.  Another cousin, Dorine, also remade a different quilt of Dorinda's featured here.  See all the posts about the entire project here.  We all visited Pine Valley together in 2010 to see the little church where she worshiped and served as the Relief Society President for her ward for about 30 years. She was and we are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  It was an emotional experience for us - see the post here.  Dorinda was also a very small woman, around 5 ft tall, and was able to get a lot accomplished in a short amount of time.  I too am about 5 ft tall and have her genetic gift of speed.

    Below is a photo of my Dorinda re-make which I started in 2008.  I have a goal to complete the hand quilting this year.  My mother and I chose to hand dye our fabrics in her memory using professional dyes from Dharma.  I did my best to recreate the pattern from photos of her quilt, the original of which I have never seen.  I love the look of scrappy (various) background fabrics.  It gives it an "old" look to me.  The applique' is all done by hand.
     Before quilting...

     Mostly quilted...

    I had to take it off the frames to hand quilt a quilt for a lady and never got back to it.

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    1. Gorgeous! You're a master at handwork!

    2. As soon as I saw Val's topic for today, I started waiting for this post! It's gorgeous!

    3. Your quilting makes such a difference. I keep thinking that I need to pull mine out and add some more quilting to it. We did what we could in that trip to Dorine's, but I always wanted to do more. Your post has me revisiting that idea!

    4. This is the most heart warming and beautiful story Deana. I never get tired of reading it! And you always add something new too. Love the fabrics you hand dyed - most impressed that you and your mom did that. The quilt you recreated is stunning!

    5. Thank you for sharing your story and love your hand quilting. SUch THE perfect post for this weeks theme Deanna! THanks for linking up and for your continuous support!!


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