Saturday, November 2, 2013

A Quilt for My Mother-in-Law

Several years ago,
when my husband's grandmother passed away,
my mother-in-law acquired a bag full of
hand stitched butterflies she had made.
When all the grandchildren started having babies,
she would take these butterfly blocks and make a quilt
for the newest addition of the Smith family.
I thought it only fitting that my mother-in-law should have a quilt
made from these beautiful, treasured pieces of art.
My brothers-in-law and their families chipped in for the items
needed to make these blocks into a quilt.
Each butterfly was hand stitched by Grandma Smith
(who is actually my mother-in-law's mother-in-law)
did you catch that?  hee hee
I used a floral fabric for the sashing.
I found that fitting for butterflies.
Don't you agree?
I just did a straight line quilt,
because I didn't want to take away from the
memories of the butterflies.
She really liked it.
I'm very happy with how it all turned out.
I love the story behind it.
I hope Grandma Smith is smiling down
and happy that her memory is cherished!


Melissa P said...

I'm sure she is! You did a great job putting it all together into something tangible to cherish.

Amy DeCesare said...

Such a pretty quilt, connecting many wonderful quilters and many generations. Can't beat that! Your photos are fantastic, too, and really feature those sweet butterflies and the fabrics they were made from.

CitricSugar said...

Wonderful job! And I love how many generations had a hand in it. :-)

legato1958 said...

What a special and touching gift for your mother-in-law! You have created a beautiful quilt that will be passed down through the family for many generations. The way you put together her butterflies really showcases them!
Your photo shots are so pretty, too!

Shay said...

What a wonderful way to surprise your MIL. No wonder she loved your gift. It's gorgeous.

Those butterflies are just darling Cindy!

Donna@AllthingsMing said...

That is just wonderful! You did a beautiful job with putting it all together. What an amazing keepsake!

linda said...

WOW Cindy that is fab how lucky Mrs Smith is !!! i just love the fact that it was worked by a earlier Mrs Smith and finished by yes another Mrs Smith the flowers are perfect for the Butterflies what did you put on the back !!