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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Throwback Thursday


Don't be shocked that I'm posting twice in one week!
For once, I have an opportunity to participate in
Throwback Thursday


sponsored by Jenn at A Quarter Inch from the Edge.
Don't you just love the name of her blog?

Anyway,
all my old pictures are in storage a thousand plus miles away,
but I visited a friend in Houston last month and this is what I found.



Back in the late 90's, my daughter's college friend asked her 
if I'd make her a quilt.  She was told to ask me herself!  
Can you imagine that?   What was my daugher thinking?
(I don't think she wanted to share me.)

So, she secured my email address, 
wrote me a letter introducing herself,
asked for a quilt, and a new friendship was forged.
(I sew for her and her family all the time, now.  As a matter of fact,
I slipped a parcel in yesterday's mail to her address.)

At the time, I was entranced with tesselating patterns,
and even back then, I was a scrap quilter.
Guess I've always been a scrap quilter.


I appliqued a kitty laying on one corner, taking a bath.
I used the blanket stitch and this is when I learned it did not quite
hold up to being washed and dried, so now I use it only on wallhangings.


I added a few frolicking mice,
and shipped it off to TX.

It's been well-used and well-loved over the years,
and I was so happy to see it again after all this time.

I am linking up to Jenn at

See you there!
~Karen


28 comments:

eileeninmd said...

What a lovely quilt, Your daughter's friend is lucky. Have a happy day and weekend ahead!

Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge said...

So glad you finally got a chance to link-up to Throwback Thursday @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge! The cat and wee mice look like a tonne of hard work to me.

Raewyn said...

The power of quilting! How neat to see the quilt well used and loved, Karen. I love the additin of the cat and mice to the quilt :-)

TexWisGirl said...

really sweet. :)

Sondra said...

Love it!! Its always a treat to come over and see your awesome creations!! The only quilt ever made just for me, was made by my Brother in Law! He made the whole thing and quilted it too!! It is the Quilt I take along on my van trips, its very special to me, so I know how wonderful it feels to receive a great quilt!

Judy said...

Post away, it's great to hear from you! That's so neat to revisit older quilts and to think again about why they were made. How neat is that to make a special quilt for someone to enjoy and treasure?

JanineMarie said...

What a fun embellishment for a quilt! I think it is so neat that you still quilt for her family. Aren't you glad she asked you herself?!

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

Those mice are adorable.

Lin said...

A lovely story Karen and a great quilt. So nice that it is still in use too. xx

Karen said...

What a sweet quilt; it would feel good to see it so well loved.
Curious about your blanket stitch comment on washability: was yours hand-worked, or by machine?

Lorna McMahon said...

Awww! How sweet that you made a lasting friendship through your quilting. And you know I love that cat and those wee mice! This is such a cute quilt!

Mama Spark said...

Love the cat and mice!! Adorable!!!

Heidi said...

The cat and mouse are charming, and what a treasure to photograph after all this time!

Tish Stemple said...

The bravery it took for her to write that email, I can only image how it melted your heart. What a sweet quilt. I love that you added the little kitty and mice. Even better, it turned into a long term friendship. I love how quilts bring people together. Thanks for sharing.

desertskyquilts said...

What a great quilt that is! I know you are so happy she originally had the courage to write to you and ask for a quilt. I'm not sure if I would have!

Karen said...

It is fun to walk down memory lane with the quilts we have made.

Teresa in Music City said...

You are so naturally creative Karen! Love the little details :*)
I've made more friends through quilting than I made anywhere else - ever!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

How cute is that! What fun.

Nora said...

I used to be a quilter until I lost my good eyesight. I love to see what you are making. I like this cute one.

Carrie P. said...

So special! I know you warms your heart to know the quilt has been loved.

Cheryl said...

Very cute! I really like the cat and mouse applique!

Sandra Walker said...

Aww, love the extra details of the cat and mice! Years ago I made my mum a runner using that same tessellating pattern.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful pieces of art, your art.

Linda said...

Making friends through quilting...hmmm...think you and I did that too!
Awesome scrappy quilt and the added applique makes it even more special.

Denise inVA said...

Beautiful Karen! I admire your talent greatly. I have a special post for you today :). Have a great week!

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Such a lovely pastime. My oldest granddaughter is a quilter. She learned from the other grandmother. Got your link from Denise.

Barb said...

Love the quilt

StitchinByTheLake said...

What a wonderful to get a new friend - though making a quilt for someone is more than generous in my book! blessings, marlene