Saturday, October 10, 2009

Grandmas 100th Birthday Roses Quilt

This is my entry into the Park City Girl's Quilt Festival. I made this quilt as a gift to my grandmother on her 100th birthday. I wanted something that had lots of meaning plus something extra special since she was the one to teach me to sew. This quilt has 100 rose buds blocks in the center. I grouped them in fours. The 4 borders represent her 4 sons and families. The rose buds on each end of the vine are her sons and daughter-in-laws and the flowers are the children of that union. My father is the one with 6 flowers. One son died young and only had one daughter so I added some berries to help fill the vine in a little more.

I gave this quilt to her a year ago. We had a family reunion party at our house with all the cousins to celebrate her birthday. It was a wonderful chance to see family that lives in California, Washington and other parts of the US.
Grandma is turning 101 this month.

35 comments:

Steffi´s Candy Quilts said...

A very beautiful quilt! I bet your gandma ist very proud of it. Happy Birthday for her!
Steffi from Germany

Zonnah said...

Wow, this quilt is amazing and what a wonderful story behind it.

Cathy W said...

Fabulous! What a lucky grandma!!! and how fortunate you both are!

paulette said...

What a gorgeous quilt and an amazing story. Your Grandma must have loved this quilt...a true gift of love! Good for you!
Paulette

cozy quilter said...

I love the symbolism you put into this quilt. A lovely quilt and a beautiful story.

Nina-Marie said...

My gosh what a great heirloom - I'm sure this will be a family treasure for a long time! Great job and idea!

kwiltmakr said...

Well God Bless Grandma's heart. What a beautiful quilt you made for her.

Riet said...

That is such a beautiful quilt. She must be so proud of you

Heather said...

How amazingly thoughtful and beautiful! Happy Birthday to your Grandma.

Simona said...

Beautiful quilt!

LyndaG said...

What a wonderful and thoughtful way to celebrate a century - and a tribute to your grandmother as teacher

Cara said...

That is such an awesome, and happy , story to go with you absolutly beautiful quilt.

Quiltluver said...

Hi Deb,
I remember when you posted your awesome quilt on other blog. I love the colors, and you told a beautiful story. I hadn't seen you on the blog for a while and wondered what happened to you. Glad to find you again. Karen

Kaye Prince said...

This is such a pretty quilt and I love your story.

Rebekah said...

What a lovely quilt! Happy 100th birthday to your grandma

Marie said...

What a lovely quilt, I bet your granma was so proud and happy. Congratulations!!!!!

Vicki said...

What a fun idea! It's a beautiful quilt, lovely colors.

SewCalGal said...

Delightful quilt. Thanks for participatng in the Bloggers' Quilt Festival.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

taylorsoutback said...

Oh so very pretty...pink and green on white is just perfect. What a wonderful time for you and your Grandma...the very happiest of birthday's to her.

Roslyn said...

Stupendous, a terrific way to celebrate 100 yrs. of her legacy.

Gretchen Joanna said...

It is lovely, and a loving gift.

kathy said...

How lovely, and what beautiful symbolism!

A frog in the quilt said...

This is still one of my all time favorites Deb!

Tell Grandma Happy Birthday again!

Frieda said...

What a wonderful gift for your grandma, May she have many more birthdays.

Terri Stegmiller said...

Gorgeous quilt!

sallgood said...

A beautiful tribute to your grandmother!

Doris said...

Happy Birthday to Grandma!

Her quilt is stunning, so special and I love all the symbolism...

I lost my 98.5 year old grandmother last November, she was my quilting inspiration as well, and I have been wanting to make a quilt in her honor. Your quilt may just give me the motivation I need to get started!

Jeanne said...

This is so beautiful! And the love and meaning behind it is even more lovely. Thanks for sharing.

Beth said...

this turned out so beautifully! Great job and great story!

AnnieO said...

Wow, what a lovely quilt design and all the love and thought that went into for your Grandma is just touching. Happy birthday to your Grandma! Thanks for sharing your quilt's story.

Kim said...

Lovely quilt and very sentimental....I hope it will be saved for your families history.
Folks must be long lived in Michigan...my daughter-in law's grandmother just turned 100 also! ( and lives in Michigan)
So my granddaughter has a 100 year old great grandma!

Happy sewing

Northern Deb said...

Thank you all for the wonderful comments. I will tell grandma she has birthday wishes from sewers all over the world. Wont she be thrilled!
Doris, I hope I get to see the finished quilt. I know it'll be a special one.
Kim, I DO think people in northern Mi live longer. I know loads of people (men included) that are into the 100's and still have their own apartments!
Jenell, Thank you. I'll tell grandma.

Jeannette said...

All right! Way to go...seriously one of the best stories. Elders so often say that they need nothing, can't receive any more presents...but this is a present that your Grandma could so embrace and know too that her birthday joy and family heritiage was being further storied in cloth and is likely to be passed along to buds that haven't even been conceived yet. So sweet. Now as for your quilting skills...I am totally impressed. Thank you so much for sharing this.

Janet Brady said...

An absolute gorgeous quilt! I love the symbolism you encorporated into the design. I hope your grandma continues to enjoy it and that you get her genes for longevity!

quiltmom said...

What a gorgeous quilt you made to honor your grandmother. I am sure that she loved your gift.
Thanks for sharing your wonderful piece.
Warmest regards,
Anna