Sunday, December 21, 2008

The Heart Quilt

My Mom used to make all my play clothes. She'd make dresses, button down shirts and shorts, dresses for church, halloween costumes, jackets, etc. Apparently when I was about 2 I started picking out fabric from her stash, then picking a pattern out of her other stash and saying 'This.' As well all know kids outgrow things quickly, and I have a couple of my old dresses saved and put back incase Hannah wants them. Some of the others though, got cut into squares or cut into hearts to make a quilt for me when I was 7.

For Christmas 1993 my Mom made me this red quilt, because red is my favorite color. She put a heart in each square because I was born on Valentine's Day. And on Christmas eve my Granny Judy Swartzbaugh sat around and sewed buttons in the center of each heart to tie the quilt. I love this quilt. I am thinking of doing the same thing for Hannah, although since most of her clothes are store-bought knit I wonder how that would work for a quilt. Mine were mostly cotton that could be used for quilting since they were handmade.

The quilt hangs in my kitchen and has since I got married. Before then it hung in my bedroom. The flowers you see hanging from it are ones that people brought to the hospital for Hannah when she was born. I've dried them but haven't found a box or something to put them in. Not quite sure what to do with them, but for some reason I thought I should keep them.


  1. that quilt is awsome! Thanks for shareing, just looking at it sent shivers down my spine and gave me sweet happy thoughts!!! God Bless you Marion

  2. What a great memory to have! I don't have a memory like that but I have several quilts handed down to me made by family members. I want to make memories for my 2 boys though. What a great blog! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Such a precious treasure you have to display!! Not many are lucky as you!! I don't have one my-say-elf. Heehee. That little boy is going to rip someone's heart out one day!! Merry Christmas to you all!!

  4. He sure is, he's just like his Daddy! My husband could charm anything out of anyone, but especially women. Some people just got it that good, LOL! Merry Christmas!