Sunday, May 19, 2013
Blogger's Quilt Festival May 2013
Today I'm linking up with the Blogger's Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side. The quilt I'm sharing is very special to me and my family. Back in the 1970's, my Mom started quilting. She decided to make a family quilt to present to my grandmother (her mother-in-law). She got everyone in the family to make a block that represented themselves and my grandmother. She gave each person a packet of fabric, including several purple fabrics (Grandma's favorite color). My Mom and my aunt Shirley made some filler blocks to round out the setting.
The upper blocks of the quilt depict my Grandmother and Grandfather, Viola and Lee Parham, and their seven children. My grandmother was originally from Australia, and my grandfather was from Indiana. They settled in San Francisco, where they raised their family.
I love looking over the quilt and seeing the story in the blocks - those of my grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles, and cousins. My sister and I each have a block in the quilt as well. I was the youngest contributor at 8 years old!
The quilt was presented to my grandmother in the late 1970's, and it hung in her bedroom until she passed in 1981. I recently took the opportunity to photograph each block, which I posted to Flickr, so everyone could see the quilt and blocks at any time. Head on over there to see each one!
Thanks to Amy Ellis at Amy's Creative Side for allowing me to share this very special quilt. It looks like this time around the quilts in the Blogger's Quilt Festival are split up into categories. You can find this quilt posted on the Group Quilts page.
Be sure to check out all of the amazing quilts in the festival!