After visiting the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum this week, I was inspired to bring my quilts out of storage: two quilts that my great-grandmother Jean (my father’s grandmother) made for me.
The first was gifted to me in 1993, when I was 10. The pieces are all hand-embroidered and each includes the name of one of my half-siblings or cousins.
Before my museum visit, I would never have specifically looked at the quilting stitch. This first quilt features hearts; the second has a scallop design.
The second quilt is newer. I remember one Thanksgiving when my great-grandmother asked me what my favorite color was. That’s always been a complicated question for me, so I said “peacock colors.”
I received my peacock-inspired quilt in 2009.
These quilts are precious to me, so unfortunately they don’t see the light of day very often — I keep them tucked away in our linen closet. It was such a delight to have an excuse to dig them out and take a close look at the work my great-grandmother undertook out of love for me. (And not just for me, of course: all of the children in the Minton family receive quilts like this!)