October 13, 2013

Childhood Memories In A Quilt...

 I got to see Pat Alderman again last weekend when I went to pick up
my "Over The River" quilt. I went to her home on Saturday morning,
and I could have squealed with joy when I saw my quilt again.

She greeted me at her front door and we immediately went into her
studio. The first thing I saw was my quilt spread out on her table. I can
say, without hesitation or exaggeration, "Pat is a Quilting Goddess".
I don't expect you to take my word for it. All you have to do is look
at the images I've posted for you today. I'm sure you'll agree.
 Exhibit One: There is a lot of snow stitched into the first panel.
Pat highlighted the snow on the trees, rooftops and in big, billowy
piles on the ground. She also contoured the road that passes over
the bridge, gave the horse and carriage added dimension, and 
added swirls to the sky to show movement in the background.
Still need convincing? Keep reading...
 Exhibit Two: My large border is a repeating acorn and leaf pattern, 
and then she added a leafy pattern in each of the flying geese blocks. 
So sweet! Well, don't stop here. There's still more!
 Exhibit Three: There are two different blocks between the stitcheries. One 
is a square in a square block, and the other is a star. Pat did two completely 
different designs for these two blocks. The square in a square blocks have 
oak leaves in the center, as well as each corner block. ahhhhh. I'm in love!
Her choices for those blocks were perfect and so beautifully executed.
 Exhibit Four: Look how the trees look so dimensional, and I can
almost feel the chill of the snow on the barn. I'm so glad I decided
to stitch a corgi onto the weather vane, and our initials into the tree.
Exhibit Five: Looking at the quilted detail in my "Over The River" version reminds me
of a kid's game we used to play called "Eye Spy". The more I look at the details, the
more cool stitching I find. The are acorns worked into nearly every aspect of my quilt!

This quilt is a tribute to my grandparents from Wisconsin. Both of them have passed,
but this quilt incorporates so many elements that remind me of those childhood trips
to Grandma and Grandpa's house. Our drive used to take us past an old church in
Winchester, WI (which I called "Winchester Cathedral", like the then-popular song),
many farm fields and cow lots housing productive Holstein cows, a lot of oak trees
 bearing their acorn fruit, and deer that would graze in the cornfields or dart across
the road just as our car was getting close. Our visits were fun-filled and happy times.
 Pat immediately picked up on my vision, and executed it perfectly. While 
the images reflect the countryside and scenery along the way, there was so 
much more to our drives to see my grandparents. We were little kids who 
couldn't wait to see Gramma and Grampa and spend time with them. There 
was always great food, lots of cuddles and family to see. Childhood bliss. 

When I look at my finished quilt now, I'll stop to remember my grandparents 
and the time we spent together in Wisconsin. I'll remember...and smile. 

Thanks, Pat, for bringing your special talent to this project. This will be a 
treasured piece for me, and hopefully an heirloom for our family. I'm so
grateful. I look forward to getting to know you better, bringing more of
my quilts your way, and seeing more of your own fabulous creations.

For my friends: If you're within an hour of Sarasota and are looking for
an awesome long-arm quilter for your projects, please send me an email
and I'll put you in touch with Pat. Believe me. She's well worth the drive.

15 friends clicked here to leave a note for me:

Minimiss said...

That quilt is truly beautiful. Both you and Pat have done a marvellous job. I wish I could see it in person. Well done to you both.

Sue Speechley said...

Wow, amazing work from both of you

Carol said...

What a beautiful, beautiful quilt! Your work is amazing and Pat's quilting is breathtaking! Makes for an awesome quilt!

Jacque. said...

Oh. My. Goodness. Donna, this is just absolutely fabulous! The precise work and all the love you put into it shouts 'special'. That does include, of course, the personal touches...the corgi weathervane and the initials in the tree are strokes of genius...WOW! And, I think Pat made the quilt so much more with her special touches. Awesome job, both of you.

Carol at Serendipity said...

The quilt is stunning. You are an exquisite quilter. Love it.


Shirley said...

Good Morning Donna, Isn't it amazing when you find someone like Pat who does such wonderful things to your quilt? They can high-light all the little details. It is absolutely beautiful. If I lived closer and needed quilting done, I know where I would go. Have a wonderful day. Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend.

Gloria M said...

Oh Donna that is the most beautiful quilt I think I have seen. Your making that quilt and your friends quilting just brings tears to my eyes. I actually got chill bumps looking at all that snow and so realistic. Can't wait to get my mini done. Gloria

Createology said...

Seeing this quilt that has so much personal meaning and labor of love in the stitching from beginning through finish is such a joy to behold. Every detail is perfection. You and Pat have truly created a treasured heirloom for many generations to enjoy. This is exquisite dear...

laurajane said...

Stunning.I love everything about it.Its a beautiful pattern.x

Buttons said...

WOW!!! So beautiful. I can feel the warmth right now. This is so "you"! :)

Sewing In CT said...

Donna, you must be so happy. It is an heirloom piece and would win blue ribbons anywhere. Enjoy your memories.

TerriSue said...

This Quilt is absolutely gorgeous. You did a wonderful job. She did a wonderful job.

Anonymous said...

You need to enter this in the Sarasota Quilt Show! I attended it about three years ago while hubby golfed. Surely you would walk away with an award.

Queenie Believe said...

Beautiful quilt!! Totally squeal worthy work!
Have a great day.
Always, Queenie

linda said...

That quilt is already a treasured memory and it is a legacy! It is absolutely stunning work from both of you!! It ought to hang in a prominent space for everyone to look upon time and time again. Wonderful


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