Sunday, December 9, 2012

Completed Farmer's Daughter Sampler Quilt


A few years ago, my father gave me a copy of his mother's 1916 daily diary, written the year she turned 21.  The diary is 402 pages long.  1916 was an eventful year for my grandmother.  She began dating the man who would become her husband (and my grandfather).  She learned how to drive, and she voted for the first time.  She wrote about all these events as well as the ordinary daily activities of a farmer daughter's life in Kansas.  More importantly, she wrote about these events in detail as well as her thoughts about them.  

My grandmother valued education and desperately wanted to attend college and become a writer.  She never went to college (but you can bet her 4 children and 15 grandchildren did).  However, she did write.  She wrote for her high school newspaper under the nom-de-plume "Would-be-witty."  She wrote long, long letters to friends and family.  And she wrote in diaries for much of her life.  When she passed away, her diaries were divided among her children and grandchildren.  The earliest diary I have is from 1912 when she was in high school.  The latest diary is from 1979 when she was 84.

I knew I wanted to do something with this diary, but what?  After much thought, I decided to create a quilt to go along with her diary.  Each appropriately-named quilt block would be paired with one or more diary entries.  Each blog post would include a photo of the quilt block as well as entries from my grandmother's diary.  I ended up with 140 blocks in my Farmer's Daughter Quilt.  I began the quilt in June of 2011 and completed the last stitch in December of 2012.  

People in more than 123 countries have visited my blog and read my grandmother's writing.  I think she would be pleased.  

This Whirlwind block is the center block.  My long-armer (and friend) did meandering on most of the quilt, so the large quilt (114" x 123") would not be too heavy.  But she did do custom quilting on some blocks, like this one.



The quilt is now on my bed.  If you'd like to see a full-length view of the quilt before being bound, click here:  http://starwoodquilter.blogspot.com/2012/12/farmers-daughter-quilt-before-binding.html 
  

204 comments:

  1. Your quilt is absolutely stunning - congratulations! Both Grandmother's played a huge role in my life. Sadly my maternal grandmother died when I was quite young. My paternal grandmother is where I inherited my love for all things sewn!

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  2. What a gorgeous and meaningful quilt! A true heirloom! My maternal grandmother was especially influential - we drove 24 hours to spend Christmas with her every year. One thing I remember was that her hands were never still - she was either knitting or reading her Bible when she was seated. She lived to be 104 - living alone and on her own until 103! An amazing lady!

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  3. Hi, I have been following your work for a few months and am just amazed at the influence and beauty of your completed project. What a luck lady you are to have a grandmother that quilted! My Grandmothers did not influence me at all I did not live close to them... My mother did teach me to sew as a girl of 12. I am very thankful for her giving me the love of sewing... Now as a older woman I have gotten interested in quilt and quilting. Self-taught Thank you for the inspiration and sharing your journey
    Gwen

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  4. Yes, my mother's mother taught me to tat, a skill I have now passed on to my daughter. Her mother, my great-grandmother, didn't have the patience to teach me to crochet, but she did let me read her Workbasket Magazines and take the embroidery transfers for my own use. She did marvelous filet crochet, I wish she would have tried to teach me, as I cannot get the tension right. Neither quilted, but I made my first quilt block using one of the Workbasket magazines, a single Grandmother's Flower Garden motif.

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  5. What a wonderful work of love! Both of my grandmothers were very meaningful in my life - when my parents divorced I was sent to spend every school break with one of my grandmothers, they truly helped make me who I am today and I miss them both every single day.

    marksey3@msn.com

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  6. Wow the quilt is fabulous. I have my father's mother's quilt frames make by my uncle using church pews. My MIL used them as did I. I quilted on my mother's mother's quilts as did all 21 grands. She had the frame set up in the kitchen. Fond memories.
    Thanks for memories.

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  7. My maternal grandmother started me sewing when I was 3. She gave me two squares of fabric and a darning needle threaded with yarn and told me to sew something. I made a potholder by whipping the edges together. Years later, when I was 6, I contracted polio and while I was not permanently paralyzed, I was severely weakened, especially my left side. My paternal grandmother taught me to knit as therapy for my left hand. I attribute all my manual dexterity to her patience in helping me form a fist and learn how to hold the needles with my unresponsive fingers. I guess you could say I can do what I do now because of my grandmothers. FYI, I was the oldest of 5 children with only 4 1/2 years between first and last, so my mother had her hands full just keeping the house running while holding down a full time job as a nurse. The women in my family were all role models of one kind or another.

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  8. Beautiful quilt! I especially like the black sashing...really makes the blocks pop.

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  9. I have so enjoyed reading the diary entries and seeing the blocks being made. This is such a special thing for your family and future generations. I'm assuming you will put photos of your mother on the back? My grandmothers both played an important part in my life. One died before I grew up but the other one lived to see her great granddaughter and take care of her till she was nearly three.

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  10. Both my grandmothers were fantastic. My dad's mother was my quilting grandmother. She quilted and made some of our clothes. I sew on her old sewing machine. My mother's mother did some sewing and crafting but was a great cook and entertainer. No matter who dropped by she could pull together a great meal from anything.

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  11. You've made such a wonderful tribute to your grandmother. I loved reading her diary entries. Funny how they made me feel nostalgic for a life I never lived! My paternal grandmother died before I was born but I have loving memories of my other grandmother and think I got my love of gardening from her. No quilting tradition in my family. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. the finished quilt is stunning...such a wonderful way to honor your grandmother

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  13. Susan, your quilt is beautiful and your work truly honors your grandmother. I feel like I know her! And she's terrific! One grandmother died just before I was born but I have finished a couple of her quilt tops and have some of her scraps. My other grandmother was everything a grandmother should be, unconditional love! Today is her birthday - altho she is long gone I still think of her and her donuts, cookies, breakfasts, card games, etc. She never EVER wore slacks. Dresses and pumps, always, ha!!
    I salute grandmothers everywhere - especially Zella, Genevieve, and Hattie!

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  14. Your quilt turned out beautifully! I enjoyed seeing each block as you posted them. Unfortunately my grandmothers died before I was an adult so I knew them a little but I would have liked to have spent more time with them which was out of my control as a child. I did name my daughters after them.

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  15. Your quilt and story and beautiful. Unfortunately, I didn't know either of my grandmothers, but did have a lovely Aunt who taught me to sew, knit and crochet. AND she quilted - hexagons and I was allowed to take the papers out. Still love hexagons today.

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  16. Amazing work on that quilt! I was close to my maternal grandmother. My sister recently informed me that she has several quilts made by our grandmother, who died when I was 16. My sister promised to give me one, but I don't ever expect to actually receive a quilt.

    I remember my paternal grandmother making quilts. She died when I was 11. I suppose that my many cousins have those quilts. My favorite of her quilts was a Sunbonnet Sue in shades of purple. She also had dolls on her bed. I was never allowed to touch them. Don't know what happened to all of her belongings, but I know she didn't take them with her.

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  17. I have been watching your progress since the beginning, It turned out gorgeous!! Only ever had one and she passed many years ago but I remember most her cooking and mealtime Having everyone around the table and talk about their day. Make you close and we still do this.

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  18. My Grandma Powell was the cookie drawer queen.. Every time I reach for a cookie, I think of her. She was a kind gentle woma. I lost her when I was very young, but still can see her face. My mother is with her now. I'm sure it was a great reunion.

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  19. Both of my Grandmothers passed before I was born. I have recently completed a genealogy project, in which I learned so much more about both of them. I have always felt their presence in my life, but in more of a spiritual way. My Mom told me stories about both of them when I was young...stories that helped shape the woman I would become.

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  20. Stunning quilt, I love the different sized blocks - very clever:) Sadly neither of my grandmothers had much influence on my life I think this was because I was just one of many grandchildren for both of them. My mum made all my clothes when I was small and I think I get my love of sewing from her. x

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  21. My grandmothers were far away. We did visit them every 2-3 years for a few days, as there was so much family to visit when we finally made the trip across half the country. My mother's oldest sister was more a grandmother to me. She sewed a great deal, and liked the quilts my grandma made, and so I did, too. I've inherited the UFOs of my grandmother that I am gradually finishing. Her influence in more now than when she was alive.

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  22. Your quilt is gorgeous Susan. I think the use of black strips separating the blocks is an excellent choice and enhances the blocks . Your lovely wuilt will be a wanderful memorial for you and to your grandmother.
    love
    Nan

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  23. I love, love, love the quilt!! It turned out just lovely! I was very, very close to my maternal grandmother. She loved pretty dishes - I love pretty dishes and inherited many of her "non-matching" pieces! She was a chicken master - and I too have many chickens and the neighbors call me for chicken advice!! She was such a great example as a wife, mother, friend and neighbor - I strive to be like her!

    Blessings

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  24. my grandparents raised me until i was4 but i spent alot of time at their house. my grandmother was the best thing in my life! she taught me to sew and crochet. she thought the sun rose and set on me and i always felt safe,loved and cherished when i was with them. they passed almost 40 years ago and i still think of them fondly and i hope they are proud of the woman i grew into because of them
    sara

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  25. Beautiful!!!! I loved reading about your grandma!

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  26. What a great project to keep the diary meaningful and intertwined in your life. My grandmother was very practical. She taught me to crochet at about 10 years old. I also was inspired by her sewing, rug making, soap making, gardening and the list goes on.

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  27. Wow! Your quilt is lovely. Both my grandmothers are still alive and both have been significant in my life. It pains me to be a world away as the age. My grandmother and I have regular dates when I'm near. We will drive for hours to visit the cheese shop she and grandpa did, enjoy a lunh and movie out,or I'll be her personal nail tech and give her a mani and pedi. I cherish each moment with her.

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  28. Unfortunately, I never had grandmothers- they were dead by the time I was born. My mother sewed most of my clothes, but never quilted. So I am making my own quilt history.

    How lucky you are to have your grandmother's diary. You have honored her with your wonderful quilt.

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  29. Unfortunately, I never had grandmothers- they were dead by the time I was born. My mother sewed most of my clothes, but never quilted. So I am making my own quilt history.

    How lucky you are to have your grandmother's diary. You have honored her with your wonderful quilt.

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  30. Susan,
    Yes my maternal grandma played a role in my life. A huge role..not enough room to comment here about all of it. But, she passed away 12/5/1985. Love and miss her so much.

    But back to your lovely quilt and your lovely grandma. You have made her a writer and I for one am so very happy to have followed you and her on this journey you have endured making this AWESOME quilt! Just reading your entry that goes with the finished quilt on the bed, brought tears to my eyes. Thank you!! Now..publish this into a book.

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  31. My Father's mother gave me her nams which was passed on to my first daughter. She only had a 4th grade education but every one of her kids went to college, each putting the next one through. The eldest two were college Profs. My mom's mom (and dad) were my advocates and really made me feel there was someone out there that cared.

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  32. And I love seeing the finished quilt on your bed. What a treasure that is!

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  33. I love the quilt it turned out beatiful. I enjoyed reading along as you made it.

    My grandmother was my best friend and worst critic. I loved her very much she encourge my love of crafty things and nature. Her sharp tongue could bring tears very quickly if she was displeased.

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  34. I love the way your quilt turned out. It has been fun to read your posts from your grandmother's diary. Both of my grandmother's were strong Christians and, through their children, passed that on to me. Blessings.

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  35. My grandmother was a complicated woman...adored by young children but a real tarter! The stories my mom and her sisters tell...whew! On the other hand, my grandmother could also be selfless and was great fun for children. She was my entree into quilting. I never really saw the quilts she made, they'd been loved to death by nthe time I came along but the stories about them inspired me. (pbstrand@msn.com)

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  36. This is an incredibly inspiring story, what a wonderful way to commemorate your grandmother. As a teenager I spent time with my grandmother 5-6 days a week. My mother would drop me at Gran's house at 6 am M -F. I would have a good hearty breakfast before walking to school. Unfortunately she died when I was 24 while I was travelling overseas. She grew up in a small country Town, I continue to feel respect and love for her.
    Jenny

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  37. Well, you have certainly done a fabulous job on that quilt. I have enjoyed your posts as you made your blocks.
    Congrats!!
    Oh, and my grandma taught me to embroider. She would have loved the Winter Wonderland redwork quilt I completed this year!

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  38. Your Quilt is beautiful and the stories behind all the patterns are so interesting.
    I had a wonderful grandmother too.
    Together with my parents and my younger brother I have grown up in my paternal grandparents house. I had a wonderful childhood. My grandmother had always time for me and even she had hard time when she was a girl she never lost her cheerfulness. I am so thankful I have been here granddaughter.
    To honor my grandmother I made a Grandmothers Flowergarden
    http://www.verquilt.blogspot.de/2012/08/der-blumengarten-meiner-gromutter.html

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  39. what a great project! I enjoyed reading the diary entries. Did they have a much more social life than we do now? I think so. The variety of fabrics and block sizes make this quilt unique. The quilting was great--please tell your long arm lady I was very impressed!

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  40. Great looking quilt! I love how it has personal meaning for you as you tied it to your Grandmother's quilt. Both of my grandmothers were involved in my life and in my sewing/quilting. And am thankful for both of them.

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  41. I have been following your quilt block project from your grandmothers diary for some time and I have really enjoyed it.
    My grandmother made serviceable quilts from old coats, pants, whatever she could find. But what she passed on to me was the love of aprons. She always made her own and always from "La Pina" flour sacks. She taught me how to make simple aprons using whatever we had on hand. I developed the habit of grabbing my apron while entering the kitchen. I miss my grama.

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  42. Susan, it is magnificent! I've been following the story and have so enjoyed getting to know Hattie and the family.

    My paternal grandmother died before I was born. My maternal grandmother died when I was 3 months old. (My grandfathers lived a few years longer, but I was young when they passed away.)

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  43. Stunning quilt. The math alone for the layout boggles the mind!

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  44. I have greatly enjoyed reading your blog and grandmother's diary. My grandmother was a school teacher and a huge influence in my life. She taught me embroidery and how to make lumpless gravy and flaky pies. Thank you for sharing the diary with us!

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  45. I have really enjoyed your Grandmothers diary. Both my Grandmothers died before my birth,and oddly enough I am a pretty much self taught in everything I do.It would have been awesome to have a diary to read to 'know' what their life was like.Maybe that's why I love history so much, never really knowing my own.Great job on both sharing and the wonderful quilt you made!

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  46. I've been following your progress - what a tribute to your grandmother!! Both of my grandmothers played a big role in my life. One lived with us for nearly 20 years, she sewed, baked and my earliest 'fabric memory' is sorting thru her scrap basket to make doll clothes. My maternal grandmother lived to be 103 - at 60, I still had a grandma who was still with it! She knitted, quilted, sewed as well. Today I'm handquilting her Grandmother's Flower Garden, a long process, but one that leads me to think of her, her sisters and my Mom, all of whom have flowers in her garden. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

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  47. I really enjoyed your grandmothers diary, and the quilt looks just amazing.
    when i was born, my mom was only 17. She raised me to be a friend, so i often looked to my grandmother for the mother role. She was always there for me, and taught me many things like cooking and sewing. She was a great role model who inspired me to be more than my situation was asking me to be.

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  48. I have loved following along in reading your grandmother's diary and seeing the development of this quilt. I was close to both my grandmothers. My paternal grandmother was a great cook and had a child-like sense of fun (she loved amusement park rides!) My maternal grandmother lived with us and taught me to quilt when I was a young teen. I have fond memories of sneaking into her spare bedroom to put stitches in on the quilts she made for my parents and aunt and uncle.

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  49. Wonderful! Just wonderful!

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  50. Beautiful quilt. I lived with my grandmother for awhile. She was a large part of my life.

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  51. Your quilt looks absolutely beautiful on your bed, you must be so happy with the result, it's a great feeling when you finish such a wonderful quilt.

    I only knew my maternal grandmother, we used to spend school holidays with her and that is where I got my love of making things as we would always try some new craft with her.

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  52. What a beautiful quilt. The black sashing really sets off the blocks. My maternal grandmother was an inspiration to all who knew her. She had very little schooling but could crochet anything just by looking at a picture. All her daughters received a large crocheted tablecloth. Sadly, she passed away before she could complete one for each of her 12 granddaughters.

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  53. Your quilt is so beautiful!! I dont remember my grand mother too much. I remember the smell of her kitchen. Homemade bread apple pie etc. She died when i was five babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  54. My grandmother's lived too far away for us to see them often so they weren't very involved with us. The one grandmother that died when I was 7 was a quilter and dad got me one of her quilts to have. I am now a quilter and wish she was around to share this love of stitching with me! I treasure that quilt!

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  55. I was very close to both my grandmothers and they had a huge impact on my life! I wish they could give me hugs still! I wish upon wish I could recreate my grandma's wheat bread!!

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  56. yes, my grandmother did play a role. She was a modest woman who valued hard work and living a traditional lifestyle. She never bargained away her principles. Thanks!

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  57. My maternal grandmother taught me how to embroider when I was about six. Quilting came along a bit later, but her real love was crochet--something I just never pursued. Now, I'm teaching my own granddaughter to sew. Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity.

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  58. Amazing story and quilt. I lived far away from both my grammas growing up, but had a special relationship with one of my Grammas. I miss them, both.

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  59. Both of my grandmothers played a huge role in my life. I was able to spend a lot of time with each of them and learn so much from them - cooking, baking, sewing, etc.

    Deborah
    pinkscissorsdesign @gmail .com

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  60. My maternal grandmother played a larger role in my life than my paternal grandmother. The reason being that my paternal grandmother didn't speak English, so I couldn't understand what she was saying. I only knew she was talking about me when I heard her say my name. Then I would ask my mother what she said.

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  61. No not one did as one passed away before I was born and the other I had nothing to do with

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  62. Both play a role - one is a very individualistic grandma who gets angry everytime and the other one teaches humility and hard work by her actions alone.

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  63. Stunning quilt! Both of my grandma's played a huge role in my life - one was quite the card player, the other quite the cook. I like to think I've inherited those skills :)

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  64. What a lovely way to honor your grandmother. My grandmother played a big role in my life and she, along with my Mother, are the reason I love sewing and crocheting. Thanks for the opportunity to win your gveaway.

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  65. You have certainly made a beautiful quilt to be treasured for sure - the story to go with should become a book - I would sure buy it - one you would enjoy reading over and over -- I like stories from long ago of what life was like -- My grandmother was quite old when I was a child - so did not have a lot of time to enjoy her - but do remember she and my Mom making my clothes from the feedsacks that the animal feed came in - her doing hand embroidery and do have a pair of pillowcases that she did cut work embroidery on - she did some crochet have an old pincushion she made. She did not live close so occassionally she would spend a few week at our home and then months would pass before you saw her again..
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    MaryLou
    Fun4Me1249@aol.com

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  66. Your quilt is beautiful and the diary is such a treasured item.

    My maternal grandmother played a huge role in my life and I was blessed to have her until she was 104 years old.

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  67. beautiful quilt! what a great way to remember your grandmother.
    mine lived several states away so i didn't see them often, but i wish i knew more about her.

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  68. My grandmother did play a huge role in my life, an every day role. We are a very matriarchal family, but once she died my grandfather played a bigger role, and different role. I miss them both a lot.

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  69. One of my grandmothers was a sewer, always making me pretty nightgowns and slips...she inspired me! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  70. I did not know my father's mother and my mother's mother lived to far away, so I would have to say no they did not play a part in my life.
    lisamcgriff(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  71. thank you for the chance to win. both of my grandmothers have played a major part in my life.
    Lovely quilt

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  72. Thanks for the chance to win. My grandma taught me to crochet and embroider. She quilted, but I never got the bug until after she had passed.

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  73. Hello from Minnesota! I love your story! As for the question, I knew both of my grandmothers and they both made quilts for me (one made tied quilts that I used on my bed all through childhood and the other made my wedding quilt.) I only started machine sewing this year but it is their work that must have inspired my ideas. From them I know that sewn goods should be your best work, should be useful, and should go out to all of the people you love.

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  74. Your quilt is awesome! Thanks for the opportunity to win!=)

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  75. I'm an Army brat, so we spent many years overseas away from family. But when I was in college, I would spend each Thanksgiving with my paternal grandmother & I enjoyed getting to know her. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  76. My great-grandmother (though I never knew her personally) was a well-known quilt-designer about 100 years ago. (Published in Ladies Home Journal a number of times).... her quilts, her story, and her legacy as a creative designer, determined business woman, and lover of things handmade with precision and dedication have been passed down through her daughter-in-law (my Nana) and my mother.

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  77. Both of my grandmother's lived with us when I was growing up. They taught me to sew and crochet and to cook a bit. I felt very lucky to have them both right there.

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  78. Your quilt has turned out beautifully! Unfortunately my mom's mother died when she was 7 and my dad's mom died when I was 3, so I missed out on having a grandmother. For anyone who still has one, count yourself lucky!


    sashaquilts@centurytel.net

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  79. unfortunately, I didn't know either of my grandma's very well. one passed away when I was rather young and the other lives halfway across the world & speaks another language :(

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  80. I didn't know either of my grandmothers well since they passed when I was small and lived thousands of miles away. As I've gotten older, I find myself thinking more about them, particularly when I'm using one of my grandmother's 1930's sewing machine.

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  81. Both grandmothers lived nearby and were a big part of our lives. I miss them both!

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  82. Sadly my paternal grandmother died before I was ever born. But she was seamstress. Maybe thats where I get my love of sewing. My maternal grandmother died when I was eight. Not really sure if she did much sewing other than sewing her own clothes.But her sister was an "Old Maid" and pieced quilt tops for others. Thats how she made a living.I'm the only one in my family that loves to piece quilt tops.So I've been called "Aunt Tillie" a few times.
    wrbontrager at verizon dot net

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  83. That is an amazing work of love. DO I even call it work or just creative. The quilt will surely be a hand me down for generations to come along with the journel. You deserve a great big hug and the biggest blue ribbon one can find.
    I am in total awe of what you have done.

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  84. That is a truly stunning quilt.

    My maternal grandmother died before I was born, so I never knew her. My dad's mother was definitely the matriarch of the family. She had five sons and a daughter, who all had many children, and her house was the weekly gathering place for us all. Every Sunday after church we'd stop in for a visit. She died at the age of 94. I still miss her.

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  85. Stunning! I can't wait to read your blog with your grandmother's writings. My grandmother was a dear cajun lady from south west Louisiana. She never learned to drive (although she often dreamed she was driving). She lived to be 93. She passed in 2007 and is greatly missed by all of her family.

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  86. Gorgeous!

    I was fortunate o have my paternal grandmother involved in my life. She taught me to knit and I am her biggest fan.

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  87. In a roundabout way yes, My great-grandmothers was a sewer and even though I did not really know my great-grandmothers or grandmothers (I was a round them at times, but they did not interact with me) the items they passed onto me (both genetically and physically) strengthen my desire to sew.

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  88. That quilt is gorgeous! what a tribute to your grandmother. Both of my grandmothers were involved in my life to varying degrees. Both of my parents were from large, poor families. My dad was one of eight and my mom one of twelve. Both grandmothers could stretch a penny until Lincoln wept. My paternal grandmother was handicapped by scarlet fever but never let it slow her down. My maternal grandmother was stubborn as the day is long and the hardest working person I ever knew. With both of those examples I was well equipped to accept life's challenges!

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  89. What a nice tribute to your grandmother. Mine did not quilt, but instilled in me the love of all kinds of needlearts. I will be forever grateful, as it has changed and directed my life.

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  90. Beautiful quilt! My paternal grandmother influenced my love of music. She had her own radio show where she played the piano and sang. She taught me to play the piano, even though I was to young to read the music, so I learned to play by ear. It drove my later teachers nuts. Thank you for the great giveaway.
    jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

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  91. I was very close to my great grandmother who always showed me the great lesson of service to others.

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  92. Unfortunately my maternal grandmother passed away when I was a child, but I recall sitting beside her softening leather (you have to gum it) and preparing it for cutting and beading.

    My other grandmother though is still going strong at 90 y.o.!!! She was always sewing and knitting and crocheting and gardening. It was just what you did. I can remember playing with her drawers of buttons as she worked the treadle on her singer machine. Love it!

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  93. I was close to both my grandmothers. They taught me how to hand quilt the big quilts on the big quilting frames when I was young. And my dad's mom taught me to knit & crochet. I just wish that my grandmas were still around... Thanks for a chance to win! :)

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  94. First I have to say what a stunning quilt and a fabulous story. What a great collection of memories and the quilt you have created is awe inspiring.
    My grandmother had a profound effect on my life. She was not quite 40 when I was born and I spent many summers with her as a girl. She was an amazing lady who inspired others to be better and to give their best. She was also the kindest person I have ever known in my life( my mother is a close second) Neither of them have a mean bone in their bodies. My gran passed away suddenly in 2003 and I miss her presence greatly in my life. I did make her a quilt for her - you can find it on my blog if you are interested in seeing it you can find it here:
    http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=5773972661069379733#editor/target=post;postID=279129017407359825
    I don't know if that link will work - if it doesn't then check out Celebrating Grace in the archives January 24, 2009.
    I loved your story- it is a powerful piece and your gran's written legacy is a real treasure.
    Regards from Western Canada,
    Anna

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  95. Oh my gosh, I love the story of your quilt and it really is stunning as well as having such special meaning. I was very close to my grandma and she had a big influence on my life when I was younger. She was more like my mother, than my granmother, and taught me to sew, knit, crotchet, bake and garden.

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  96. A memory more than a role. Seems at an early age I associated the sound of crinkling paper with unwrapping candy. So my Grandma liked to tease me by crinkling paper and looking at me all innocently when I came to find candy.

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  97. Both my grandmothers played a big role. My one grandmother was so patient and I learned so much from that. My other grandmother is 96 yo and still going strong. She sewed all her own clothes and taught me so much about that. Thanks

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  98. We lived a good distance from both sets of grandparents while I was growing up until my senior year in high school. Still, we saw our grandparents at least once a year. My paternal grandmother was a great cook where my maternal grandmother was the more crafty one---sewed beautifully, tried everything and lived by the motto that "can't never did anything". Dad's mom did make quilts and the first quilt my mom made had scraps from both grands and an aunt. I hope I am a little bit of both my grandmothers.

    I have so enjoyed your journey in making this quilt, reading your diary entries and following your grandparents courtship. It looks fantastic on your bed! Congratulations, Susan.

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  99. One weekend we would visit opposite grandmas. I had my favorite. She was the crafter. She taught my momma how to craft and my momma taught me how to craft. Now I'm the crafty momma who taught my daughters and sons how to be crafty.

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  100. I think I inherit the handcrafting interest from my grandmother. She learned me how to crochet when I was 6 years old. She always had something going on, knitting, weawing, stitchin, crochet. Thank you, grandma!
    Gun, Sweden
    gun@lapp.se

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  101. Yes definitely. I grew up in Jamestown, CA and my grandparents lived in Mokelumne Hill. I remember spending weekends with her. She would take me clothes shopping and I learned how to make her favorite green beans with bacon and vinegar. Thank you for giving all of us, your followers, a chance to win. Happy Holidays.

    Sandi T.
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  102. Susan thank you for sharing your journey with your grandmother's diary and your awesome quilt. I've thoroughly enjoyed it.

    My grandmother was almost blind by the time I came along. She'd given up quilting but was still hemming diapers for the Red Cross! Those were the days.

    your fellow stashbuster
    doni @ Oregon coast

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  103. I was fortunate to be able to spend lots of time with my grandma when I was young. She is the one I learned to sew from.

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  104. Great story about your grandmother. My maternal grandmother died before I was born, so I never met her. I didn't have an especially close relationship with my paternal grandmother, but she was a part of my life. Thanks for the generous giveaway!

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  105. My maternal grandmother died before I was born. My paternal grandmother lived almost 3 hours away so I seldom saw her. It did however spend some time with her during the summer. She was a sweet, quiet, gentle lady.

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  106. What a lovely quilt! Great colours and I love the sashing in black. My granny taught me to love simple homey things in life like baking and knitting.

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  107. What a treasure you have in your grandmother's diary and your quilt. I was fortunate enough to know all four grandparents and three great grandparents. Until I was in fourth grade we lived pretty close to one set of grandparents and I knew them well. My mother's parents did not live close by so I didn't know them as well. I'm fifty and still have one grandparent living. I think that is pretty special. Thanks for participating in the Blog Hop Giveaway.

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  108. Though I lived far away from my grandmothers, they were an important part of my life. The quilt and story are amazing. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  109. I never knew mine...they had passed before I eas bornw

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  110. Yes, both grandmothers were close to me when I was young. Lovely quilt and thank you for the chance!

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  111. Beautiful quilt! I was extremely close to my maternal grandmother, unfortunately she passed a few years ago in a tragic accident. She is the reason I love to cook & my family says I have many of her personality traits.

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  112. My father was in the Air Force while I was growing up, so we moved a lot. And all of it was pretty far away from my grandparents. I don't really remember a whole lot about them.

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  113. It is a beautiful quilt for sure. What a wonderful accompliment. I don't have a grandparent in my past but I am a grandparent now and love my grandchildren so much. I'm teaching them to sew and love Jesus. Life is good.

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  114. My paternal grandmother was a heroine to me! My grandfather died of leukemia in his early 30's, leaving her widowed with a 6 month old and a 4 year old in the midst of the Depression. She held it together somehow, working only to relieve sales clerks on their lunch hours; she also took in boarders. She was smart and beautiful and tough as nails -- in a very ladylike way.

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  115. Beautiful quilt! Yes my Grandmothers have been a big part of my life. One taught me to crochet and the other gardening and canning. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  116. What an awesome giveaway and a very pretty quilt! My grandmother on my dad's side plays an active role in my life. I chat with her on the phone every Saturday afternoon. We enjoy our calls. :)

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  117. What a beautiful tribute to your grandmother! My grandmother was my example of how to live a truly Christian life. I never heard her say a bad thing about anyone her entire life.

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  118. What a lovely sentiment to your grandmother. I was fortunate in having both mine with me until I was in my 20's. They were wonderful ladies. Thanks for the opportunity on a great draw and have a Merry Christmas. bonnielarson58(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  119. I lived with my paternal grandparents from the time I was 6 months old until I was 2 due to my mother's illness. I bonded with them instead of my parents. I was always cherished by them. I have my mother's diaries covering primarily her early school teaching years and the time she spent in a tuberculosis sanitariam. I've always wanted to do something with them. You have inspired me.

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  120. That's beautiful - I love how the diaries were divided up to treasure. My grandmother influences me every day. She taught me how to play Scrabble and card games, and I share a love of Broadway with her! She has playbills saved dating back to the 40s.

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  121. I love your quilt!! That represents a lot of hard work and fun times I'm sure. Unfortunately, I never knew either of my grandmothers, but I do remember my mother using a 3 inch cardboard square to cut blocks out of old dresses. I guess she influenced me to be a quilter.

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  122. I'm going to have to go back and read more about the quilt. My grandmother was a very strong woman, who unfortunately died quite suddenly when I was 11. She taught me to knit and play cribbage, and how to always be positive.

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  123. Both of my grandmothers were very important in my life although neither of them quilted. My father's mother did a lot of crocheting.

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  124. My grandmothers died before I was 6 years old but did leave some beautiful items for me to inherit the love of quilting from. I have been retired almost 10 years and have been quilting or trying to for about 15 years. I have tried to give each of my grandchildren quilts so maybe I have put the seed there for them.

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  125. My grandmother passedd away when I was very young but I still remember the homemade hot chocolate she made for us!

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  126. i like the quilt and thank you for the story! unfortunately, I didn't know either of my grandma's very well, they passed away when I was a girl

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  127. Both of my grandmothers are still alive (I am 24) and they have been a pretty big part of my life. Right now they keep saying that they want to live to see me get married...no pressure there... LOL

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  128. I loved to stay at grandma's place and spent quite a lot of my holidays there. She was a fantastic gardener and had always a goodie for me.

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  129. First let me compliment you on your quilt, it is beautiful!! My grandmother, she had 10 girls and 5 boys. What I remember was she lived on a farm and we would visit with her once a month after church. She passed when I was 6, I was her 57th grandchild. I do remember what she looked like and was told she was very a very lovable person. With this large of a family, her love was all around.

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  130. I have so enjoyed watching your quilt develop and it turned out wonderful. And loved reading the story to go along with each block.

    No, my grandmothers had no influence. Both lived quite some distance away and we saw them perhaps every other year. Back then, children were sent to play while the grown ups visited so I didn't spend any special time with them. What a loss. I wish now I had the opportunity to revisit them and learn about their lives.

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  131. My grannie taught me to knit, and my grandma taught me to crochet. When Grandma died, I inherited her set of crochet hooks, and I also received her tatting shuttles. I'd never known that she tatted! I taught myself how to tat and I think she would have loved seeing the things I make. I miss her so much.

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  132. Oh what a piece of history you own. And the quilt is magnificent you are very talented and creative. Mygrandmother played a huge role in my life. I was supposedly her favorite granddaughter and I do believe that to be true because not only did she always tell me that. But everyone els einteh family has always told me tha tas well. She taught me to crochet and to sew and she taught me to cook and she taught me to garden. She instilled all kinds of wonderful creatiity in me that I still love to this day.
    conn_nd_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  133. Thanks for being in this fun blog hop. Merry Christmas. Lovely quilt. My mom's mom died several years before I was born. My dad's mom died 5 days before my 4th birthday (but she had a present wrapped up for me that was found in her drawer).

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  134. Unfortunately I never knew my grandmothers. I met one when she came for a visit when I was about 8 years old and never knew the other one.

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  135. My Grandmother (Oma) certainly played a large roll in my life. I have the quilt I made for her before she passed hanging in my sewing room, and so I think of her often.

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  136. I absolutely love your quilt!! Unfortunately, both my grandmothers passed away before I was even born. I'd understand that my mothers mother was an accomplished seamstress and that might be why I love to sew!
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com.

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  137. Both my grandparents lived 3 hours away when I was young. My paternal grandmother died when I was quite young, but she did teach me basic knitting skills when I was little :) She also crocheted and sewed, but I never saw any of that really as I was so far away. I still live a long way from my maternal grandmother, so she hasn't had a huge influence on me either.

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  138. Oh yes - my Nana was the one who taught me to do needelpoint and how to make cinnamon buns/rolls! I spent a month with her and Papa in California when I was 13 and I enjoyed every minute. Her stories, her sewing, her letters and diaries - she is sucj a kind soul and very innocent. Just turned 90 and loves her ereader!!!

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  139. My fraternal grandmother, "Nanny" showed me who I wanted to be for my grandchildren. She was always there for me through all of the good times and bad. She listened when my parents wouldn't.

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  140. My fraternal grandmother died when I was about 10 and I don't remember much about her but my maternal grandmother taught me how to take life as it comes, deal with it and move on. She was one of the stongest and most grounded women I had the pleasure of knowing. I know where my mother got her strength and determination from and how it's been passed down to me.

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  141. My grandmother and I spent a lot of time together and she taught me to love crafts!

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  142. Thank you for the story about your grandmother. My grandmother taught me how to be a grandmother. She had time for each grandchild. Every summer we drove and spent 2 weeks with my grandparents. She would teach us something new each year. One year she listened to the radio and memorized and wrote out the lyrics to the latest hit song, then taught 9 of her grandchildren to sing it. The song was "Little Arrows" here is the part I still remember 45 years later
    Little arrows in your clothing
    Little arrows in your hair
    When you're in love you'll find
    Those little arrows everywhere
    Little arrows that will hit you once
    And hit you once again
    Little arrows will hit everyone
    Every now and then

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  143. Your quilt is stunning. I don't think my grand mother liked children. I envy people who were close to their grandparents. You can sure bet we love our grandchildren and they will never doubt it.

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  144. Not only that my grandma was the most important person in my childhood- my first born girl is carrying her name because of it...
    WOW- I have tears now... Thanks for great giveaway!

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  145. Yup. My grandmother was a quilter and my mom and I helped her from time to time; especially when she was layering. She was always doing applique' or embroidery; she loved handwork. When she died, my mother inherited all the quilts she had and we received them, too. When mom died, there was a set of pillow cases that I know my grandmother had started and mom had worked on, too. So I finished them. They are a treasure.

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  146. My grandmother played a huge part in my life. My parents worked, so she watched me. Hers was truly a second home. Plus she taught me how to quilt! And I still quilt by hand because of her.

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  147. LOVE your finished quilt! Growing up, I would spend a month of my summer vacation at my Granny's house and she would sew me several clothing items for the next school term. By helping her cut, press, and hem, my love of quilting developed. My mother nor my aunts sewed, so my Granny is the one who took time to teach me.

    Thanks for all you share in your blog. I found you by way of Stashbusters.

    Please enter me in your giveaway.

    Bethnin AL

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  148. I didn't live near my grandparents so they didn't have a lot of influnce on my sewing skills. thanks for the giveawawy. Merry Christmas. I follow you via email and GFC. vickise@gmail.com

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  149. What a fabulous quilt and story! I was lucky to have both of my Grandmothers in my life.

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  150. what a beautiful tribute to your grand mother... My grandmother lived with us and I have so many wonderful memories of her.. she was tiny and oh so fisty...

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  151. My maternal grandmother lived in an apartment about our home & I loved her dearly. My earliest recollection of her is her brushing my long hair while sitting in the sun in the backyard. She taught me patience and perseverance while teaching me how to knit and crochet. I inherited all her needles & hooks & still think about her every time I use them.

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  152. Yes, they were strong women, who had great common sense. My one grandmother sewed, and I always wished that I had inherited her sewing talent. At age 51, I found something that I wanted to make, and realized that I had the talent and desire to sew and quilt all along!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Susie
    legato1958@aol.com

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  153. How amazing! I can't imagine anything I would have wrote about at 21 would be worth reading many years later.

    I only had one grandma. She is why I'm so crafty. At 5 she would let me make doll clothes out of her quilt scraps. I only wish she were around now for me to sew with.

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  154. Am sorry to say, I never knew my Grandmother's...or my Momma (she died before I was 2yrs old). I am a Grandma now...and busy making "Heart Memorie's" with my 3 Grangirlie's.

    Thanks for chance to win your drawing! :)

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  155. That turned out to be a fabulous quilt. My grandmothers were always around before my 15th birthday, andalways willing to lend an ear. After that bday, we emigrated to Canada, and I didn't see them as often anymore. But still good memories. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  156. My grandmother was a huge part of my life. We lived in the house next door so I saw her everyday. She was my champion and always supported me in everything I did. I miss her so much!
    Linda
    wlinda_ca@yahoo.com

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  157. I got to know my grandmothers. Both were sewers, one sewed clothing and the other sewed quilts.

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  158. We were very close. When Grandma retired she bought the house across the street from us. I loved listening to her stories.

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  159. My Grandma turned 96 on the 8th of December. She still sews at home, goes to quilting club once a week, and church once a week. Is she inspiring? Without a doubt, yes! debbie

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  160. What a stunning story and a fabulous quilt. Unfortunately both my grandmothers had died before I was born.

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  161. Your quilt is beautiful. My Grandmother made quilts all the time and she is the one that taught my mother who taught me to love fabric and quilting.

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  162. Wow, your quilt and the story behind it are wonderful! Yes, my grandmothers both played a role. One grandmother was one of the first women doctors in Quebec (she and my grandfather were the first married doctors in Quebec too) and my other grandmother raised 9 kids --both taught me the value of hard work and perseverance, as well as the importance of education. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  163. Your quilt is such a TREASURE!! I have enjoyed the journey as you have pieced it together.
    I can still hear the sound of my grandmothers treadle machine. My cousin still has it and uses it.

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  164. Your quilt looks awesome!
    My grandmother is one of the most important women in my life.
    As my mother worked out I stayed with her most of the day until I was 15 years old. you see she taught me almost everything I know. She went to heaven 26 years ago but I still miss her very much.

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  165. Wow, I love that quilt. I am amazed and humbled at your creativity. I really want to design something myself and I have a renewed enthusiasm. My Grandmothers both influenced me in different ways. My paternal grandmother was so sweet and took care of her family so well. My maternal grandmother was an adventurer. She and some friends went to Yellowstone in the 1920's. Quite and amazing feat for a group of women at that time.

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  166. Your quilt is beautiful. My mother's mother died when my mom was 14 but she had a lot of influence in my life because she taught my mom to love sewing, knitting embroidery and she passed this love on to me.

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  167. thank you so much for your giveaway-- my grandmothers,especially my mom's mom, were so important in my life-- I learned my love of sewing from my grandmas and so much more!
    cjscraftcorner(at)gmail(dot)com

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  168. My grandmother made strictly utilitarian quilts! Not pretty at all. Her husband died leaving her with 9 children and a farm. My mom was the 6th and was 12 at the time. Mother is soon to be 95 years old. She is the last of her siblings.

    I did learn to sew under the supervision of my grandmother and my mother. Thankfully, I have my own sense of design and color.

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  169. What an amazing tribute to your gram. I'll be back to spend some time really enjoying your site. I'm a new follower.

    My grandmother (and grandfather) were and still are central to my life. We lost my gram 2 years and 7 days ago, and my gramp is still with us :)

    I am so fortunate that my oldest son got to know them (he's 23) and I'm hoping my gramp hangs around for a long while yet so my 2 younger ones (6 months and 2 years) have the chance to get to know him as well.

    Thank you! I can't wait to come back and read your grandmothers words and see the blocks you made to go with them

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  170. Oh, both of my grandmothers died before I was born! But now I am a grammie of six and love them all.

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  171. It's a beautiful quilt and each block has so much history.
    Thank you for sharing the diary. Mom was born in 1920 and so your diary is giving me a look at what times were like.
    My Mom and aunt taught me and gave me a love of sewing.

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  172. I had one grandmother who was not at all involved in my life as a child. When I was in high school, she was in her 90's and in poor health, and came to live with us. She was reserved and didn't know how to show affection, but I know she prayed for me, and for that I'm grateful. I have wanted to be a very hands-on grandma for my littles but am limited because of health issues. I try to make the small moments with them count and we always have hugs!

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  173. My last grandmother (including 2 step ones) passed away last Tuesday so I guess you could say yes. She has constantly been in my thoughts of late and her love and generosity were inspiring. Not to mention her incredible art of combing the tassels on the rugs. ( it still makes us all laugh)

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  174. My grandmother was THE matriarch and played a huge role in my childhood. Thanks for encouraging me to think of her today!

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  175. My grandmother made quilts and sewed. I remember looking at the quilts she made on her treadle machine. She died when I was 13.

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  176. My grandma taught me everything I know about sewing! Her passion for sewing has now become my own passion and I can't thank her enough for that inspiration.

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  177. This quilt is gorgeous!!! I think it is very important to have grandparents in my life. My grandmother lived with us when I was young. Now my kids have amazing grandparents of their own!

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  178. I think your quilt is absolutely beautiful, I love it...My grandmother and I were very close, I loved her very much. She made a lot of beautiful quilts and taught me a lot about quilting. I miss her so very much.

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  179. We lived 8 minutes away from my Grandparents and they "babysat" us in the summers when we were young and when my parents did stuff. But we were over there every weekend. My grandma taught me to sew and she always played games with me, and took walks in the woods. She taught me about God. :) I love her so much.

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  180. My Grandma Flynn played a HUGE role in my life and she does, to this day, even tho she's gone since 1996. She raised me for my first 7 years. She always treated me like I was the most special and always told me to "be sweet". I try to do that often. No one in my family did any type of craft, except Grandma Flynn did hand embroidery, so she taught me a bit of that. I was eager to always be making something. I love you, Grandma!

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  181. Beautiful quilts! My grandmother's didn't play a role in my life, as one passed away when I was 4; the other when I was 6. However, my mother-in-law plays a huge role with my kids. There are few things bring me as much joy as seeing their faces when they spot her somewhere, or even talk about her! They adore her, and she them. It's wonderful to see how she's enriched their lives (and they hers!)
    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  182. My paternal grandmother taught me the love of all needle crafts. She taught me to knit on 4 needles with wooden sucker sticks until I proved I could take care of my tools. I used to sit on her lap, and while she treadled. I pieced squares. That love has stayed with me for almost 70 years.
    carolyn.

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  183. I have been following as you created the blocks for your quilt. I loved seeing which blocks you chose for each of the entries. The finished quilt is magnificent. It's been an inspiring journey. My own grandmother barely spoke English and certainly couldn't write it so I have been sharing your project vicariously.

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  184. SherrieWohlgemuth@yahoo.comDecember 17, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Both my grandmothers play a huge roll in shaping me. unfortunately they lived too far away. But I get my love of quilting and cooking from them. Thankfully I am able to spend more time with my grands.

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  185. Both of my grandmothers had a roll in shaping my life. My one grandmother taught me to knit and my other grandmother taught me to crochet. My one grandmother was always making one craft or another and had a farm with my grandfather. I loved to spend time on the farm, collecting eggs and seeing the animals. As an adult I have a hobby farm just for fun with chickens and love sewing and crafts of all kinds. Your quilt is very beautiful. Lisa

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  186. I love your quilt. All those different block made in one quilt.
    I inherited th old sewing machine from my grandmother, maybe there started my love for quilting.
    Dini
    akuijer@versatel.nl

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  187. My grandmother was a part of my life until she died when I was a young girl. She didn't do any crafting, that I know of, only a pet parakeet she called Bobby. She was always good for a five dollar bill in my birthday card...since my father didn't like The Beatles, there was no other way I'd have gotten Abbey Road without her gift!

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  188. Your quilt is *amazingly beautiful*!!!
    Thank you, SO much, for sharing your process, and taking us on this wonderful journey!!
    Reading the journal and enjoying the blocks you selected for each entry, has been a delight!!
    I watched my maternal grandmother crochet... She was creative, and did beautiful work. I'll be forever grateful to her for giving me a hook and a piece of red string, and showing me how to chain and single crochet! ... I took it from there. Neither grandmother quilted... I am entirely self-taught, sewing, knitting, crochet, tatting, embroidery, weaving, quilting, everything! (Never met a fiber art I didn't love!!!)
    Thank you, again, for taking us on this wonderful journey!!
    Blessings!!!
    Pat T.
    in Michigan

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  189. ONe of my grandmothers is only a short, old memory or being very sad being left with her while my parents went away one afternoon. She dies shortly after that and since I was only 1 1/2 I didn't have much of a memory about it all. I had to be told much later in life of this day! My other grandmother I have many found memories. We lived in her house my entire life until she died a very old and happy woman. She was a fun and interesting person, not at all interested in anything crafty, yet she supported both with compliments and questions and with the funds all of my sewing in my teen years.

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  190. I have been enjoying this quilt for months! Jusat beautiful...

    Daphne in Orange

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  191. Unfortunately both my grandmothers died young and so I didn't get a chance to know them.

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  192. Your quilt is just beautiful! Both of my grandmothers were very special to me, and I have wonderful memories of them. I believe my life, including my love of quilting and crafts, has been molded with quite a bit of their influence and a great big bunch of their love!

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  193. I was especially fond of my maternal grandmother. She made a special Christmas stocking for me when I was 9, and at 66 I still treasure my stocking. When I got my Handiquilter, I named it Hazel after her.

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  194. Your Blog makes me happy. I have been following it for more than a year, reading every post in your journey to create the "Farmer's Daughter Sampler Quilt" and the delightful diary entries yo had that went with it. The quilt is amazing!!

    My love of Theatre comes from my paternal grandmother as she took me to my first play when I was about 10 years old and I continue to enjoy going to this day (45 years later).

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  195. My Grandma's were both wonderful, but Gramma Ella lived next door and she loved to sew. She had a treadle machine right inside the front door. She sewed scraps together and mostly made rag rugs. I have one that I treasure. She inspired me to sew and especially to love old sewing machines and scrap fabrics. Love you Gramma!
    Thanks for the memories,
    Jud Z

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  196. OMG Susan your quilt turned out beautiful. I have watched your progress making this beautiful quilt and I am sure she would be proud. My Father's Mother played a huge part in my life as did my Mom's but not like my Grandmother Ryan. She had a rough and hard life and basically taught me what to stay away from...

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  197. Unfortunately, my grandmothers passed before I was born - however I am learning more about them as I have started my geneaology journey! I do however have 2 very sweet grandmother-in-laws. One is an AH-MAAAAZING cook, the other is smart as a whip. So yep - they have all touched my life :)

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