This year for Christmas my mom made all of the kids quilts. She taught herself to quilt for this purpose, and then taught me along the way. I will always cherish the memories we made while working on the quilts, but also having something that I learned from her that I can use to create gifts and wonderful things for the people I love.
Mom had me pick my quilt design and I gave her this picture as inspiration:
I was not familiar with quilting or the detail required for a project like this. I also had no clue that it had to be hand sewn. *whooops* Good thing I’m her favorite kid! ;)
Anywhooo, I told her I didn’t want those colors, I wanted really neutral treys, whites, with a little bit of blue. Something that would be timeless, classic, and always match my house. I had to wait until this Saturday to see the completed project, but it was WORTH the wait! This quilt is incredible!
Isn’t it wonderful? The branches are hand embroidered, and every single leaf and bird was hand sewn. It’s hard to see in this lighting but she quilted the top in blue thread like wind blowing with swirls and details, and the bottom is sewn like hills! The detail blew me away.
I had asked her to put two love birds in the tree for Jake and I, and I couldn’t have asked for more beautiful birds. You can see the quilting above them is a heart into the wind swirl. Every time I look at it I see something new and fall more in love with it!
Like any good tree, she put a heart with our initials in the trunk. They’ll be there forever.
I couldn’t have asked for a better gift, ever. The amount of time she put into this project, and the effort, thought, and creativity is just astounding. This will certainly be something that I cherish for the rest of my life and that I will always be thankful for.
I’m so thankful that I got to spend the time with my mom this season to help make the quilts, but also to learn how to quilt. I’ve made one of my own, and I’ve got the quilting bug! I have to wait until we’re in the house before I make another quilt because I just don’t have the room in the apartment.
What’s the most meaningful gift you’ve ever received? What made it so special?