Saturday, January 19, 2008

Building a Legacy of Love


This is one of my big accomplishments for the year 2007. I made a quilt for my Mother and Father In-law titled, "Building a Legacy of Love". I couldn't post it sooner because I didn't want to give their Christmas present away. It was a combined gift from all their children so everyone helped with picking out pictures and getting a company to print them out. I could not have down it without all their help! My inlaws are in the center as shown above with the scripted lables above and below their picture. Then all four of their children's temple weddings and mission pictures are surrounding them. Above and below are the grandchildren. Then surrounding the perimeter are pictures throughout the years starting with a darling picture of my inlaws gazing into each others eyes the night of prom. My husband and his siblings picked pictures of their growing up years that were meaningful to them. It was actually quite a project because I didn't have a pattern. I found a design that I liked on the internet that would work well with the size of pictures we wanted to use. But I only had access to the pictures. Most of the really difficult work was in doing the math and figuring out all the dimensions. I am NOT a mathematically minded person so it took much trial and error to get it right. All of the individual 3 1/2 X5" and 5X7" squares had a 1/2 inch border of a different fabric. So I had to cut out literally over 600 1" strips in addition to all the squares. The quilt is just a few inches shy of a King. This is my very first quilt so I was very pleased with the outcome. I love my inlaws so much and am so grateful they gave me their amazing son! I would do it all over again I love them so much! Actually, typically after a big project, I pack up my supplies and do not visit that particular creative outlet for a very long time. However, this time, I'm actually kind of addicted and am getting ideas together for quilts for my kids.

I was so pleased to learn that my In-laws loved it so much that they put it on their bed right away. The picture below shows how well the quilt goes with her existing pillows and color scheme(that was intentional).

(This is kind of coming across as a bit of a bragging session, sorry!)

10 comments:

Shawny said...

Holy Moses Kara! That is sensational! Kudos to you! I think on this one, you have all rights to brag!

singin'mama said...

thanks Shawny. I guess this would explain a whole month of no blogging!

Jen-(Mimo) said...

Oh wow! That is amazing! And that quilt is going to be a wonderful legacy for whoever enherits it (hopefully that will be you!) as well!
I envy people like you who have the patience and wherewithall to put a project like that together. They are very blessed to have you for a d-i-l.

CC Girl said...

AMAZING!!! I am in awe, that quilt is fantastic? Do you take orders?! Seriously, that was brilliant. I love it!

Michelle said...

Oh my word!! That is probably the most beautiful quilt I have ever seen!! You totally deserve to brag!!

Katie Kempton said...

Oh my goodness!!! Leave it to you to pull off something this amazing with no experience! You are so "multi-faceted!" (that is the word you taught me)... I am in awe, really. I wish I could see it in real life. You're the bomb dot com. Love you! (and no, it's not a bragging session! I am glad you are sharing your talent) Love, Katie-oke

Lynnette said...

Wow! Way to go. That quilt looks so amazing. I can't believe it was your first one. Nice job.

Debbie Groff said...

That is beautiful, Kara! I have done some quilting and can appreciate all the work you put into it! I bet Steven & Joni were thrilled! P.S. I love reading your blog -keep it up!

Aunt Debbie (Groff)

Sarah said...

Kara, I am impressed! You just made a family heirloom :) What a great way to spend your time!! Love your blog, by the way. I am soooooo happy to be in touch with you again!

The Wilsons said...

I've fallen off of the blogging radar, especially comment-wise, for quite awhile now...but I'm back...

WOW!!!!! That is beautiful and amazing. I am SO impressed! I will put in my order with my two-year-old son right now that he must marry someone who will make one for me and Duane. :)

You are incredible!

And happy bday to your sweet Lincoln--time is flying, isn't it?