Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Quilt 94 - Great-Grandchild Quilt for K

Another of the Ewert Great-Grandchildren quilts. This time the great aunts chose pin-wheels and four patches in bright colors. Great Aunt Betty continued with the counted cross-stitch block tradition: "When you sleep under a quilt, you sleep under a blanket of love."

Happy Birthday, K!!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Quilt 93 - Purple and Green Pinwheels and Bars

"She Who Loves to Quilt" Combo
This 40" square quilt was inspired by the "She Who Loves to Quilt" #3 picture in the art piece of this combo. The art piece is by Susan "Kukana" Toronto. This set is our donation to the silent auction for the Gig Harbor Quilt Festival 2008. Please check their website for more information on the auction event to raise money for Breast Cancer Programs in our local area. www.gigharborquiltfestival.org

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Quilt 92 - Millennium Wall Hanging

A gift in 2000.
12" X 12"
Many fabrics came out in late 1999 with 2000 printed in the fabric to celebrate the new millennium. Aunt Lena and Aunt Anna had a new quilting book that had lots of different patterns in it and they wanted to try them. They used millennium fabric and made a block for each of their 38 nieces and nephews. Another great gift that hangs in our home to enjoy. Thanks again.
- posted by Ione
P.S. Happy Birthday, Howard!
Happy Birthday, Mel!
Happy Birthday, Karla!
and Happy Anniversary, Betty and Mert!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Quilt 91 - Bell Pull

A Gift in 1990

Approx. 5" X 24"

This bell pull was a gift in December, 1990. The note from my Aunt Anna and Aunt Lena said "Our mother - your Grandmother - had started making a quilt top in the 1930's. She hand pieced these little diamonds together but never got it completed. We often took the project out and looked at it and wondered what to do! If we did make it into a quilt then only one could enjoy it - so we got an idea: Your Grandmother thought of and talked about all her grandchildren and spent much time praying for them. Now we wanted to send each one a little remembrance of her. We divided the quilt piece into 38 strips and the Bell Pulls are the end product. We've had lots of fun doing this and enjoyed thinking of you all while working on it. Love"
If you ever see a bell pull like this hanging in someones house please say hi to my cousin and have them post on this blog. What a special remembrance this is for all of us.
- Posted by Ione

P.S. Happy Birthday, Stacey and Jo!! Love Auntie I

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Quilt 90 - Great Grandchild Quilt #3

This quilt was made by the great aunts and again Great Aunt Betty did a counted cross-stitch block that said "When you sleep under a quilt, you sleep under a blanket of love". It has a tumbling block center with a festive rainbow binding.

This quilt needed to be a bit longer to fit the alphabet. Though the quilt top has the letters in the correct order, the label does have the alphabet as ABDCEFGHIJK. Our cousins remember us as the ABDC cousins, as we were named in alphabetic order except for the D and C changed spots in our alphabet. This quilt went on several trips with us in the finishing stages. We had it in Portland to visit with Edith and then took it to Pacific Beach and out to Ruby Beach also. Then it was sent on when A. was born. Now it is several years later. Happy Birthday to you, A. We love you.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Quitl 89 - Cathedral Window Wall Hanging

Year???, 12" x 12"
This was my first, and likely my last, cathedral window quilt. I started making this many, MANY years ago when my Aunt Gladys found some "easy" directions for making cathedral window quilts. She will have to help with the year, but I am guessing it was close to 10 years ago.

I am posting it now because I finished sewing in the "glass" pieces this week! I found it in a box of half finished projects and thought it was time to finish it and hang it on the wall for a while. (and I'll be sure to cut off that errant string before I hang it...)

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Quilt 88 - Rita and Gary's Double Irish Chain

Several years ago Doug and Ione were heading to Oklahoma for a long weekend. The weekend before flying out on Thursday we found out that Rita was going to get married while we were there. I thought that there wasn't time to make a quilt but Karen said, "Of course we can get a quilt made!" Twenty-four working hours later the quilt was ready to give as a gift.

This was before September 2001 because I took the quilt in a rolling suitcase with my scissors and did a lot of the binding while waiting at airports and on the plane. When Rita and Gary started opening gifts she looked at me and said, " I know we don't get a quilt because we didn't let you know we were getting married." They were both very excited when they saw the large gift bag and realized that they did get a queen size Double Irish Chain Quilt for a wedding gift.
-posted by Ione

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Quilt 87 - Scrap Bagger's Patriotic Quilt

August 30, 2008
Betty and Mert were the grand marshalls of the Rendevous Parade in Wamic, OR. The quilt laying on the back of the car will be a presented to theVeterans Home in eastern Oregon by the Scrap Baggers Quilt Group.

Quilt 86 - Garden Path Block

2001-2005, 22" square
We aren't sure if this block was made as a sample of Connie's quilt or if it was made because Connie's Pink and Green Garden Path (quilt #85) turned out so beautifully. It was pieced by Adele in 2001. Julia started the hand quilting in 2002, and it was finished by Gladys in 2005.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Quilt 85 - Connie's Pink and Green Quilt

Gladys had lent a pink and green quilt to Connie to use in her guest bedroom. Connie liked it so much, Gladys decided to make her a pink and green quilt that she could keep. The variety of pinks, greens and background pieces give the quilt a great texture. I had the privilege of quilting this lovely quilt.

-posted by Ione

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Quilt 84 - Great Grandchild Quilt #1

How many quilts does a new baby really need? We decided as great-aunts to make a quilt for each of the next generation coming into the world. We each made a sampler block using a prechosen set of fabrics. Betty added the counted cross stitch to her block which says, "When you sleep under a quilt, you sleep under a blanket of love". Julia and Gladys then made the tumbling block sashing and assembled the quilt. They also hand quilted the quilt. Happy Birthday, S. We love you.