In a recent post I shared a few things about making a quilt for my daughter and taking her fabric shopping with me when she was much younger. That was the start of her first fabric stash. Just a few fat quarters lovingly chosen while I shopped for more serious yardage. A bloggy friend, Chris (Izzy Inspired), who is a member of the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild wrote some lovely comments, including this:
Lastly, but mostly....I just LOVED the story behind your closet quilt!!! I let my little Izzy pick out a fat quarter every time we go to the fabric store also....and it touched my heart to hear how that small little detail became such a momentous emotional connection now that your daughter is grown. It is absolutely a quilt to treasure.
We continued the conversation by email and I mentioned an idea that Amber Lee (Life In Color) had shared at the first meeting of the Portland Modern Quilt Guild -- making a design wall for a child. Here is Amber Lee's daughter in action (go check out the post here).
Well, Chris took the idea and ran with it. Now little Izzy can sew (needle removed),
press (with a pink iron, don't you know),
and express her creative genius to her heart's content.
You really must visit Chris' blog for more pictures and to see what else she made to keep this little quilter organized. Warning: high cuteness factor! It touched me so much that it brought tears to my eyes. So many I could hardly read her post! To think that an idea casually mentioned by Amber Lee could be passed on by me and bring such happiness to Chris and little Izzy is so meaningful to me. Memories are being made that neither of them will ever forget. Contented sigh.
I have to admit -- I'm a little envious of the actual design walls (instead of an old flannel sheet), the turquoise sewing machine, and that pink iron! And do these little ones have great taste in fabric, or what?!?!
Do you have a mother-daughter/mother-son/grandmother-grandchild/etc. quilting story? I'd love to hear it!
The other love that seems to be spreading is for cross quilts. Here are my latest blocks as of last night:
Heather (a la mode fabric) started hers and you can see pictures of her fabulous blocks here. And these ladies who blog all expressed an interest in joining in the fun:
Amy (Mrs. Schmenkman Quilts)
Jennifer (That Girl... That Quilt...)
And one of them is having a giveaway right now....
With wishes, true and kind -- Joan