Monday, June 4, 2007

A Family Heirloom

It's an overcast, rainy Monday here in craftymooseland. Despite that, my mood is good & I plan to get a lot done today. Since I don't have much to say today, I thought I would talk about one of the other projects I made-not for sale, just to decorate our home.

This quilt actually hangs in our downstairs bath. It takes up one entire wall. I made it from a pattern by a quilt artist whose name escapes me at the moment--but it is with the embellishing that originality comes into play. I'll list (since we all like lists so much ! LOL!) some of the embellishments...

1)The majority of the big colorful fish are cut from fabric & appliqued on.

2)Just above dead center on the quilt you may be able to see a small sand snail shell. This is a shell that I collected while visiting my grandfather in Southern Italy back in the 70s. He lived at the top of a mountain & we took walks everyday along the roads in the hills.

3)Here & there are some smaller blown glass fish & one or two wooden ones that started out life as earrings.

4)In the top left corner is a blue glazed sand dollar which was part of a necklace given to me over 20 years ago.

5)The mermaid, left of center, I made out of polymer clay, fabric, sequins & beads.

6)Below the mermaid is a lobster toy from a Happy Meal our daughter ate as a child.

7)Moving right is seaweed I made from tulle that my mom gave me.

8)And, the coral base is a brooch and the branches a repurposed necklace that had belonged to my husband's family.

Writing this blog has made me appreciate this quilt even more. Hopefully some day, I can pass it down to our daughter.

Anyone with a family heirloom story?


jewelstreet said...

No family heirloom here unless you count that every first born girl has to have the middle name of Leigh or the baby jacket that my great-grandmother made for me that my daughter wore as a baby. Nothing really fascinating like yours.

I love that quilt, and I especially love how all the things that you used from family. It's really amazing, and I just know that your daughter is going to love when you hand it down to her.

stilettoheights said...

wow...that is so intricate!!!!!!

I love lists, I wish I could write everything in list form.

Ming_the_Merciless said...

My aunt in NC made me a gorgeous quilt. It is gorgeous and I rarely use it because she said, "You cannot wash it in the machine!"

Oy, then how am I suppose to wash it OR is it only for decoration? Of course I didn't ask her that. I'm wondering aloud.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

This quilt also cannot be washed in the machine-I shake it out to dust it.

When I make a quilt to use, I prewash and dry the fabric, so it is preshrunk, and then cut & make the quilt. In that way, it is washer and dryer safe.