Why I Quilt - Episode 3

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Oh you guys… I’m so excited for this week’s post! It is about a lot of people I love, and I can’t wait for you to love them as much as I do!

This week, we’re doing episode 3 of the “Why I Quilt” series - and we are featuring Nancy the Quilting Goddess and some of the quilts she has made for my babies!

Nancy and my daughter, Ellen

Meet Nancy the Quilting Goddess herself! She is my mother-in-law, and my own personal quilting guru - and she taught me almost everything I know about quilting. I never even needed a YouTube tutorial for any new skills, because Nancy is a seemingly endless well of knowledge.

Nancy has 9 grandchildren - 4 biological and 5 step. She makes quilts for all of them, usually (at least) one at birth, and then increasing sizes as they get older and become larger themselves.

My two babies, Lewis (turning 4 in April) and Ellen (cruising towards 1.5 years old), are biological grandchildren numbers 2 and 4 in the birth order, 7 and 9 in the overall count, and they have a handful of gorgeous Nancy-Originals to call their own.

Since Lewis is older, we’ll start with him (sorry, Ellen.). He currently has two Nancy-Originals. The first is pictured below, and was his baby quilt, although even at nearly-4-years-old, it still gets plenty of love!

Nancy made this one for Lewis in these colors because his bedroom colors were navy blue, orange, and red. It matched the “theme” perfectly!

But my favorite, favorite part of this quilt is the backing. It is all the Portland bridges, which have a special significance to me and my husband Kyle, namely that Kyle proposed to me on one of the bridges as we were walking to a Portland Trail Blazer game.

The fabric has double significance, because the fabric designer is a local designer (Violet Craft), whom I have met in person. She even gifted me a Portland Bridges pillow after I saw the one she had on display at a local quilt show and, rather embarrassingly, I cried (I was pregnant, hormones were running rampant, and I couldn’t help myself!).

Lewis’s second quilt was a team effort from Nancy and her colleagues at work. They have a rather unofficial quilting guild at their office, and they make quilts for babies of family members and babies of employees together. Lewis’s is on the larger-end of the baby-size quilt, so it has been great for snuggling even as he has gotten larger himself. And the trucks are, not surprisingly, a huge hit with our sweet little boy!

Ellen got her baby quilt from Nancy at her baby shower. You’ll notice that the color scheme is similar to Lewis’s baby quilt, and I bet you can guess why! Ellen took over some of Lewis’s furniture, and the crib was navy blue, so that color carried through to her room as well. Her overall color scheme was navy blue, pink, and gold. As always, Nancy came through with the perfect quilt!

Ellen got a big girl quilt for her 1st birthday, pictured below. It also fits the same color scheme, even with some iridescent elements! So fancy, Nancy!

You may even recognize the pattern - Nancy did a supersized version of the same pattern I made for Lochlan (featured in my last post). Isn’t it cool to see it in a totally different color scheme?!

This quilt, to be honest, has not been used much by Ellen. That’s not to say it hasn’t gotten use, though! I use it every. single. day. when I put Ellen to bed. I sit in the chair and cover myself up in that quilt while I sing to Ellen and she drifts off.

Nancy’s quilts are (and will be!) a huge part of my children’s lives. They’re woven into our day-to-day activities. They go to daycare with the kids, they are part of bedtime, we lay them out for picnics in the living room, and we snuggle with them on the couch. It’s like Nancy is there with us, showing us her love, every day.

My babies are so lucky to have a Grammy like Nancy the Quilting Goddess. Not just because she makes them such amazing blankets, but because she loves them so much. I think it is safe to say that her grandchildren are why Nancy the Quilting Goddess quilts!

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  • Carolyn Knees
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  • Ava Sipes
    Ava Sipes

    I’m a Granny of seven who never started quilting until my oldest grandchild was to graduate from high school. Been a widow since my children were young and barely making ends meet. I didn’t know how I could get my grandchild something special. My grandmother was very poor but made each of her 12 grandchildren a quilt at graduation. I love and cherished mine thou it is very worn. Now each and every child has a quilt for graduation put away till there time comes for graduation. ( I’m afraid my time will come before each gets their quilt). I will never stop quilting for it has become a passion. I give prayer quilt to the sick or make dresses or hats from the scraps to send overseas.

  • Sue
    Sue

    I love your post, however , I find the reference to ’biological’and ‘step’ unnessary. Why the need? Putting the label of ‘step’ or ‘half’ somehow makes them seem less significant . Like a lot if families, we too, have steps — we have three step-grandchildren and six step-great-grand children, however the label is never used and if someone asks how we have great grandchildren at our age we then explain we were gifted them through marriage. Again, love your posts.

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