Friday, October 16, 2009

Blogger's Quit Festival - Fall 2009

I know I am getting in on the last day of this BUT I just found out about it this afternoon. So here I am entering and am so thrilled that something like this is going on. Park City Girl hostessing her second Blogger Quilt Festival and there are, currently, over six hundred folks participating. How it works is quilters all over the world post a blog post about a quilt or maybe two that they have. It can be a quilt you made or were given or even picked up somewhere. BUT you have to tell the story. So here is MY quilt and MY story and I have to tell you, I love it!

This is my wedding quilt.

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It was made for me by my mother, and was quilted by my best friend Vea.
The quilt it self is full of stories.
The center panel is a representation of my family.
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The seven stars in the sky are me a and my six sisters. It represents the constellation Pleiades or the Seven Sisters. We are seven sisters and if you will notice in the constellation, there are six of them bunched together and one a little way off but still part of the group. Well my six older sisters are much closer in age than I am but we are all still together.
The swans represent my six brothers. They also represent the six brothers from the fairy tale, The Six Swans. In the story six sons of a king are turned into swans by their evil step mother. They only way to break the spell is for their sister to to make them each a shirt from asters. You will have to go read the story to find out how it all works out. ☺ It was one of my favorite stories my mother told me when I was little. I loved the little sister and wanted to be as loving and giving as she was. (You will have to ask my brothers if I even remotely measure up.) I never made them shirts but I do remember making pants for one of them. I did make them all cookies though. The six swans with their heads held high represent my brothers and the six with their head bent are my brothers-in-law. Clever isn't it?
The row of girls around the outside edge represents the song "I dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls".
This song had special meaning for me. It was my favorite song growing up in the late 80's and early 90's, It was one of my mother's favorite songs in the 40's, and it was one of my grandmother's favorites in the 1910's. It is now my own daughters' favorite song today.
It is a pretty special song for me.
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I dreamt I dwelt in marble halls
With vassals and serfs at my side,
And of all who assembled within those walls
That I was the hope and the pride.
I had riches all too great to count
And a high ancestral name.
But I also dreamt which pleased me most
That you loved me still the same,
That you loved me
You loved me still the same,
That you loved me
You loved me still the same.
I dreamt that suitors sought my hand,
That knights upon bended knee
And with vows no maidens heart could withstand,
They pledged their faith to me.
And I dreamt that one of that noble host
Came forth my hand to claim.
But I also dreamt which charmed me most
That you loved me still the same
That you loved me
You loved me still the same,
That you loved me
You loved me still the same.
The square blocks around the girls are actually a block called marble floor. I thought that was pretty cool. My mom made sure that each princess had her own spot on the dance floor.
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I love the detail that the quilting added to the princesses. They are now Fairy Princesses.
Oh and for you Quilters out there these ladies are NOT paper pieced. She pieced every single girl. My mom really hates paper piecing.
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In some of the "marble halls" she quilted castles. I love it!
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The back of the quilt is even significant because I love hand dyed fabrics and have been dying them myself since I was in high school some 20 years ago.
So there you go. That is my quilt and my story. I hope if you have a quilt and a story you will share it too.


Lonci said...

Fabulous, congratulations:)

Zonnah said...

Oh my, this quilt is stunning!

Shelly said...

Wow! beautiful quilt, beautiful story!

LauraJ said...

This has got to be my favorite of all the quilts. The story is just beautiful! Lucky you to be gifted with such a treasure from your mom.

Linda said...

Keep your fingers in lots of pies. Your wedding quilt is a fabulous blending of techniques.

MichelleB said...

What an absolutely incredible quilt. Just beautiful and with so much meaning, too. I am in awe.

Anonymous said...

What a remarkable quilt, It is great the stories behind it are such great memories. I would treasure that quilt for ever. Great job of tying in all of the family


sb said...

This is truly a treasure, and such a historical peice for you and your family. She is one creative woman.

Frieda said...

Great quilt and you are very lucky to have such a wonderful mom who made you this beautiful meaning quilt.

Kathy said...

This is a quilted masterpiece! Thank you for posting about it in your blog. I enjoyed reading about all the symbolism.

Crystal Humble said...

Your quilt and your story made me cry. I too have cherished that song for years!! This quilt is not only a precious gift, but an inspiration!! I only hope that i too one day will be able to create such a treasured masterpiece for my two boys!

NiCoLe said...

Thanks so much for sharing your quilt. The story attached is so cool. What a wonderful heirloom.

Yarni Gras! said...

wow...all these are fabulous! I love the swans!

Casey said...

This is a very pretty quilt. I love the patterns.

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