georgia.

13 October 2011

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i give yall georgia :)

georgia is always on my mind.
and by always, i mean always.

it's home. my roots. and my family history.
<3

on top of being raised in the great state of georgia, there was another georgia in my life.
my great grandmother.
{my daddy's momma's momma.}

her name was georgia, but everyone called her georgie.
well not me. she was mal to me. {pronounced mall.}

i used to spend the summer with her.
she taught me how to make biscuits from scratch, how to make homemade jam, how to hang laundry out on the line & how to snap beans for supper.

she amazed me with what her hands could do.
she was the real deal...the epitome of all things good in my book.

she was also a legit do-it-all-by-hand quilter.
i never learned any quilty things from her, but my mawmaw says she did extraordinary things.

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my mal is the very reason i picked up quilting.
honestly.

i try to remember the quilts in her house.
the one i try the hardest to envision is the one that was on her bed.
i don't remember the pattern at all, but i think it was made using old clothes or feedsacks.
i can't even visualize it clearly, but i can remember seeing blues and reds.
and i remember sleeping there with her.
{mal & pal had seperate bedrooms.}

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i was almost 12 years old when mal died. she was 91 years old.
i will never, ever forget her & how she was the female patriarch on that side of the family.

when mal passed away all her quilts were devvied up to be given to all us grandkids.
it's heartbreaking to say that my quilt {along with my sibling's quilts} were somehow misplaced before we were old enough to have them.

i wonder frequently what "my" quilt would have been.
it's kind of fun not knowing, but what i wouldn't give to have that quilt.
or any of her quilts for that matter.

to honor my mal, i wanted to have something quilty named georgia.
so georgia the pattern was born.

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georgia is a pattern that i guest designed for it's sew emma.
for those that don't know, it's sew emma is fat quarter shop's new pattern company.
{get your own georgia pattern HERE.}

quilt stats:
size = 80 1/2" x 80 1/2"
fabric = ruby by bonnie & camille for moda
quilting = darla padilla

this quilt just touches my heart. alot.

do any of yall's great grandmothers {or grandmothers} quilt?!?!
do you have any of their quilts?!?!

oh and yall should scootch on over to the jolly jabber.
psst: giveaway giveaway giveaway :)

♥ rachel

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64 comments:

Kim said...

Beautiful!

James-Linda said...

RACHEL,This is the most Beautiful Post you've ever written! Just so beautiful! Hugs,Linda

P.S.Really like the Quilt too!

Margaret said...

lovely quilt pattern, and an even lovelier story. I hope that one day one of her quilts will be yours.

Kimberly said...

That is, I think, your most beautiful quilt ever. And the story to go along with it...

I think you just made my day!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Just so lovely.

Life In A Pink Bunny Suit said...

I have a few of my grandmother's quilts, my favorite being a red/white that she did by hand. They are great treasures in our home.

Denise :) said...

Very, very lovely. :)

Jessica said...

I actually do have quilts from a g-gma! Well, there are two, and they are at my parents' house. I wish I knew what the patterns are called because they are simpleones I've seen before. But my brain doesn't work that way :/

Both seem to have been scrapbusters that she made sometime in the 20s-30s (based on the prints she used), and feature colorful motifs against a white background. You know, I didn't think about it until just now as I was typing it, but that might have influenced my own preferences for quilts- I love the contrast of bright, simple designs against stark white. I never knew her, but I grew up around her quilts so it makes sense :)

And what a beautiful pattern you created! Love love love it!

KaHolly said...

Gorgeous!! My great grandmother didn't make quilts, but my great great grandmother did and I have the pleasure of owning one!!

Rose M. said...

Oh, Rachel, it's easy to tell by reading your comments, how close you were to Mal. I wish that you had one of her quilts also. Do you think if you asked any of your cousins, that they would part with one, being as how you are such a "quilty" person and maybe one of them is not? It wouldn't hurt to ask. None of my grandmas or in-laws did any sewing, quilting or embroidery or anything like that, but I was closer to my grandma than my mom (my mom was an only child) and I know how much she meant to me. I really (really) love your Georgia quilt pattern!

Lisa said...

I love it! I am blessed to have a quilt that was made by my Great Grandmother whom we called Gran. My grandmother didnt quilt and neither does my Mother, so this connection to Gran is very special for me. I fought for this quilt. It was the one thing I wanted when my Grandmother passed away was Her Quilt from Gran! I love it. Thanks for sharing this beautiful Story!

ecuakim said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE

Stacey said...

I do not have anything, but hopefully soon I will inherit my grandmother's old sewing machine, not sure what it is yet, but rumor has it it is in a wooden box :O} and a Singer I believe. It will be a very treasured heirloom, especially since she was just recently diagnosed with alzheimer's disease. so soon, she might not know who I am, which is a hard seed to swallow as she is one of the most amazing, loving, special people in my life!!! love your post rachel, hits real close to the heart.

Linda said...

The quilt is absolutely gorgeous! I think the green backing just makes it!
My grandmother is 103 and can't see well enough to quilt anymore. My mother has some of her quilts and I have a piece of one that we used to death. It fell apart and my brother and sister also have a piece of it. It was what inspired me to quilt!

mimi said...

Thanks so much for sharing your story. My Granny has been my inspiration. She hand quilted everything and used any scrap available. She is the reason I am learning to quilt. I have several of her quilts and I SO cherish each one of them.

The Junk-It Folk said...

Seriously, I have not seen a more lovely quilt in a long time. Would love to make it! Thanks for the inspiration! Just shows you that our loved ones live on through our memories of them!

~Laurie~ said...

This is lovely Rachel - made me smile and think of my grandmothers (my great grandmothers passed away before I was born - you are VERY lucky to have known yours) What a beautiful pattern that I just have to have. Thank you for sharing this post with us - warmed my heart <3

~Laurie~ said...

This is lovely Rachel - made me smile and think of my grandmothers (my great grandmothers passed away before I was born - you are VERY lucky to have known yours) What a beautiful pattern that I just have to have. Thank you for sharing this post with us - warmed my heart <3

Amanda said...

My grandmother started me quilting and I have an old maple leaf quilt made of feedsacks. Its all shades of green. *smiley sigh*

Janelle said...

what a beautiful thing, a grandmother. My gramma was the reason I began quilting too, although the only the only thing I learned from her was cross stitching. She made me a quilt which I am lucky enough to have, hand stitched tulip applique.
treasure those memories

Linda.Nell.Cates@gmail.com said...

It's beautiful, Rachel. I just bought a Ruby Jelly Roll and wasn't sure what to do with it. Maybe this will work when I look at your pattern more closely. Very fine work. You are an inspiration. Love your design!

snippetsandyarns said...

Rachel, this is so sweet - you are making me cry!! I enjoy reading how much love you put into this quilt :-)

~ meagan

Chelsea said...

Rachel the quilt is absolutely stunning. Your Mal would be proud!

Love Bears All Things said...

Loved this post....it would be keen to solve the mystery of where your quilt went....
You have designed a beautiful quilt to honor your great grandmother.

I'm a grandmother and I quilt...does that count?
I have a quilt my grandmother made, nothing fancy, just pieces sewn together and machine quilted. She made it on a treadle machine. I treasure it.
Mama Bear

Anna F said...

Thank you for sharing such a lovely story, Rachel. I don't have a quilt from any grandparent, but I do have pieces from my grandmother on my father's side. It was a Sunbonnet Sue quilt with all hand-appliqued blocks. The sashing all kinda just shredded apart and some of the pieces of the Sunbonnet Sues are falling apart from the stitches, but I didn't have the heart to see it thrown away, not something that apparently had so many hours put into. I cut around all the blocks and have them stored in a clear zippered bag. My hope/dream is to one day somehow salvage and reinforce most of the blocks and re-sash into a new quilt. Have no idea how, but maybe by the time I get to that point I will have acquired the needed knowledge.

Margaret said...

i have a quilt from my grandmother. it is in the attic and i don't look at it.
i always get jelious of grandmother stories because it seems that everyone else had a wonderful grandmother while i really disliked mine.
EX. of why...
she let us pick out our blocks before she made the quilts for us.
i remember for a while every time we went my younger sister would be requested to pick out her block from a sampler quilt. she always chose the same one and my grandmother would swear at her becuase of how hard the block was. it is sad that that memory is what comes to mind when i think of her quilt.

Esch House Quilts said...

What a lovely story and a beautiful quilt! As far as I know, none of my relatives were quilters, but I grew up away from them so I'm not really sure.

Tiara said...

beautiful quilt. Love that you are a Georgia girl as well.

Gail's Card Cafe' said...

That's a very beautiful quilt! My grandmother made a quilt for me out of left over material she used to make dresses for me. My Ex took off with it :( My paternal grandmother made a quilt for me also. I think she used it for the feet on it. funny thing is, after I grew up, someone pointed out that the words on the quilt were all alcoholic beverages! LOL My current took it outside without me knowing it and it got ruined. (I know.. why is he still living?) LOL

charlotte said...

Love the quilt and I agree, the green backing makes the quilt. I have just recently received one of my great grandmother's quilts. It is a grandmother's flower garden, all hand quilted and very worn. But I love it. I blogged about it a week ago if you want to see a couple of pictures. http://grammieq.blogspot.com

Becky said...

What a wonderful tribute to your great grandmother! Thanks for sharing!

Miranda said...

What a great quilt and a great story! We have a few of the quilts my grandma made. They are just squares and hand tied. She was a artist, and a good one. We have a lot of things she painted. And an old book full of her drawings. My grandparents slept in separate rooms too :) She knew so much about all kinds of things. I wish that I would have asked more questions and learned more from her. Thank you for sharing this story and making me think of things I should think of more often...

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Great post and such a gorgeous quilt! The first quilt I made I gave to my 92 year old Grandmother, instead of passing it on I passed it back!! She does beautiful embroidery, she gave me a tablecloth she did that you can see on my blog, and she has crocheted blankets and cushions that her grandmother made. She has made me and my children each a crocheted blanket and we love them!

Michaela said...

I have several from great grandmas and grandmas on both sides! They were all stored away and when I picked up the quilting bug, family started digging them out and passing them my way. They're all beautiful, but my absolute favorite is the king size double wedding ring that my great grandma stitched as a wedding gift for my grandma. All by hand. It's incredible.

Karin said...

Georgia is stunning and your great grandma Georgie would be proud! What a truly lovely story to accompany a truly lovely quilt. My MIL quilts, but no one on my side of the family does, nor did. I wish they had, but I suppose I'll be the first becasue every family should have a quilter. :)

ohangelina said...

a touching story. i love the quilt. i too love georgia. cant wait to get back on her ground. xx

Kate R said...

This is a lovely story - thanks for sharing. It brought back beautiful memories of my grandmothers. None of them were quilters, but one was a very good seamstress and prolific knitter. Even though I didn't learn from her directly, like you, it is partly because of her love for things handmade that I started making things.

Sharon said...

Your story was lovely! I had a Grammie that I just adored. She never taught me to quilt but I have some doll quilts she made for my daughter about 30 some years ago, all hand stitched and quilted. The grand-daughters play with them now and I hope they will be passed on. No full size quilts though. Your Georgia quilt is lovely.

Sonia said...

One of my grandmother's quilted. My mom has several of her tops. I hope to one day finish them. :)

The quilt you showed today is beautiful!

God bless and keep you,
Sonia

Jennifer O. said...

I have to agree with a few others that this is your best post. And two thunmbs up on the quilt. In the whole Emma series I like yours and Thomas Knauers. I did not know my great grandmothers but I have heard of their stories. http://www.gablehousesewing.com/2011/10/halloween-costumes-from-past.html and http://www.gablehousesewing.com/2011/09/baseball-and-family-history.html In my family at least one or a few people sew. My gradmother could sew like no tomorrow but was a horrible teacher. My mother quilted and cross stitched. I had the quilt that my mom made for my grandmother. My grandmother had passed in 2002 and to many creepy things kept happening in my house so I gave the quilt back to my mom. Its been quiet here ever since.

Mrs Quilty said...

Those kind of memories are so special and no one can take them away from you ever! I lost someone very special this week and I have some very special memories of her all my own as well. And as a special treat, a quilt she made (one of the few) just happens to be on my hubby's and my bed, which she gave us a long time ago. Your story so touched me and your quilt is beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Dolly said...

This quilt reminds me of my grandmother's sleeping porch! On warm evenings we would curl up and read on a cot and go to sleep only finding the next morning she had put a quilt over us in the coolness during the night. Oh, the memories!

SarahZ said...

Oh my! That touches my heart, too! I just received 20 Dresden Plate blocks, with coordinating ice cream cone borders and lavendar sashing that were made by my great grandmother, Gertrude Artherholt, from Iowa! My Mom has had them, in acid free paper for a looong time. Since I have 4 sisters, I may make 5 4-block quilts from this ...very exciting!
Georgia is indeed beautiful!

harleywife57 said...

this is so pretty !! I am sad to say that my grannies and my mom did not quilt ; my mom and her mom sewed , but not quilting ! My mom is the reason I started sewing so young ! I do have a braided 'rag rug' my granny made for all of us grandkids decades ago and I have some sewing 'treasures' from my ma . They both have passed a long long time ago . I know my mom would have loved to quilt !!!

jlamanna said...

No one in my family quilted, but my Auntie Anna had a fascination for quilts and had given us several that were made by local women's groups, so I grew up surrounded by lovely pieces on our beds. Guess that's where my obsession came from!

Cecelia said...

Such a sweet story and I love your quilt!

Libby said...

WHAT A SWEET STORY ~ AND QUILT

Anita said...

I totally relate. My grandmother (she is gone to heaven already, was 96) quilted for most of her life. She couldn't travel because of her back, and when my grandpa was away working sometimes she would quilt and can, and quilt and can some more. I have several of her hand-stitched quilts and machine pieced quilts displayed in my home. Yes, I was inspired to start quilting because of her!

Brenda said...

Congrats on the new pattern! I love it! My dd has a friend at school whose name is Georgie. It's neat how those "older" names are starting to become popular again.

VickiT said...

What a beautiful quilt and story behind it. I'm sure you'll love that quilt and it will definitely be something to pass on to future generations with the story of how and why you created that pattern I'm sure.

My Stepmother's name is Georgia.

Nancy said...

This has brought back so many memories of my Grandmother who taught me to quilt! She's been gone for 24 years now, but it seems just like yesterday that I would be piecing tops on the treadle machine while she hand quilted in the corner. I have two of her quilts, one I pieced and the other was her gift to me when I got married 31 yrs ago. It's my most cherished gift.
Love Georgia, both the state and the quilt. They're both beautiful!!!

Mimi said...

My gramma's names were Agnes and Louise. I have no idea what their mother's names were because I just can't remember my parents telling me... or I have forgotten.

Jenn at The Little Shop of Stitches said...

Oh, yes. I have two quilts that my great-great-grandma made. That's TWO greats! The quilts are exquisite.

armadillo59 said...

Hey Rachel. Love your Georgia quilt. So pretty! My grandmother is still alive and she was the quilty one in our family until her arthritis got so bad in her hands. She made me a quilt for my wedding present. I has sunbonnet sue all over. She did most of the piecing by machine but she appliqued all those sues by hand. I appreciate your love for your "mall" and your wish to honor her. She would be very proud of you and your "quiltyness"!

Mary Ann said...

That's a very lovely quilt, and a sweet story. Such happy memories.

Mouster1 said...

What a beautiful story! Lovely quilt too. Thanks for sharing your story.

Susan said...

Your post about your mal touched my heart! My Granny quilted, but most of her quilts were utilitarian, not just for looks, and they were all hand-quilted. I have a couple of her old quilts that are just falling apart now (but I treasure them!), and two quilt tops that are my pride and joy - a Jacob's Ladder and a butterfly applique - both made from real 30's, 40's and 50's fabrics, which I plan to finish myself someday when I get really good at quilting.

I love your pattern and totally "get it" concerning the love behind it! :)

Linda said...

I called my grandma "Mawgam" I couldn't say grandma when I was little and so I turned it around. I still have the "silk quilt top" she made me when I was in high school, about 1963 or '64. I think of her every time I see it. She lived on a farm in Arkansas, and had the hooks in the ceiling for the quilting frame.

Candace said...

I'm fortunate enough to have quilts from three of my great-grandmothers; two who were a big part of my early years and one I never got to meet. They mean the world to me. I only started out with one but over the last few years, I've been given more and more quilts from two of the quilt makers.

What really scares people though is that I still use the quilts to this day. My Nannie's (dad's dad's mom) quilts are always on my bed every winter because they are so warm.

Page said...

Wow! It's beautiful! And what a sweet history it has. The only grandmother that I knew did a little quilting. She made a beautiful appliqué quilt for my grandparents' bed. One of my cousins was the recipient of it when she died. But before she died she and I started working on a quilt. I still haven't finished but one of these days I will. And it will be a sweet treasure to me to remind me of my Mimi.

Jen said...

That quilt pattern is gorgeous and I love the inspiration behind it!! I wish my grandmother's had quilted, but I am self-taught. I did pick up the craftiness through the generations, just not quilting!

Jacque. said...

Rachel...this is a gorgeous quilt and a heartwarming story. Thank you for sharing both of them.

Jennifer Blosser said...

Your Mal would love this one! Beautiful gal! Makes me wanna applique!

Hugs & stitches,
Jennifer

Stephanie H said...

My grandma is not a quilter, but a painter :) I have several of hers now. And whether they match the rest of my house or not, they HAVE to be on my walls somewhere! It's the only thing my husband, smartly, doesn't complain about hanging! I recently completed my first quilt ever :) I made it from start to finish knowing I was going to give it to my grandma. Her health is poor right now and she hasn't been sleeping well. The night the quilt arrived, she used it and said it was the best night sleep she's had in months. She's so sweet. Her appreciation makes me want to give her every quilt I make from this point forward!

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