Thursday, January 17, 2013

A Keepsake

I love and appreciate every gift I received for my birthday, because I know that each one came from people I love, who love me, and wanted to make my day special.

Today, I want to show you a gift I received from my mother-in-law.
Calling it a "gift" doesn't do it was a labor of love.
She's made each of her grandchildren and her daughter a handmade quilt, with designs in the blocks that represent something they love.
Remember, I shared the other day, how I broke my favorite ironstone gravy boat, and comforted myself by purchasing this charming little pitcher.  Imagine my surprise then, when I opened my gift from her to find that she chose pitchers and wash basins for my quilt and pillowcases.  I knew she was making one for me, because many months ago, she asked what colors I wanted for my bedroom.  I told her ticking and white, but beyond that, I had no idea what it would look like, or what she would sew in each block.  She couldn't have made a better choice.
In addition to all the hand-embroidery she did on every block, she also hand-quilted the layers together.  I can't even imagine the number of hours she put into this quilt.  What a keepsake.
On a separate note, remember last year when I was whining about my oldest son moving into the dorm at college - even though he'd only be 30 minutes away from home?  Well, he decided he didn't want to rack up a bunch of college debt and joined the Army Reserves today, which will help pay for his school.  To add to that, next semester he's transferring to a college almost 8 hours away, where he can get his master's degree.  I wish someone would hit the "pause" button, because things are changing to fast for this mom's liking!  I am proud of him though, and he scored very well on the test they have you take, getting him additional college money.   Sigh...where did the time go?



  1. What a beautiful "keepsake". I know you are very excited to use it!!! Love the little story about your gravyboat...Hate it for the loss, but think the quilt will always remind you of it. Beautiful colors!!! :)

  2. Angie!
    That quilt with the ticking and pitcher & bowls is definitely a keepsake. Your mother in law must love you very much! :)

    Congrats on your son doing so well on the test, taking a big step for his career and life and his country. I know you are proud. When I hear of young men so willing join our military and makes me very proud.
    thanks for sharing it with us. Hang in there...Pat

  3. What a beautiful gift, very special! Time does speed by...your son sounds like he is growing up faster than you'd like...I think all parents understand!

  4. A labor of love indeed and so exquisite. Your Mom-in-law is very talented and she loves you stacks!

    Your son's heart is in the right place and you must be bursting with pride, but at the same time it leaves a feeling of sadness when they fly the coup. My daughter, a talented graphic designer lives in Johannesburg which is a 14 hour drive by car. I miss her tremendously. She made a whirlwind visit over new year and I wish that we had more time together!

    Enjoy your beautiful quilt Angie and all the best for your son. May God bless all his endeavors!


  5. Angie, the gift/labor of love is stunning! I mean truly jaw-hits-the-desk gorgeous! Every detail so lovingly added for you with you in mind! What a treasure! Your mother-in-law is very talented and, obviously(!) loves you very much.

    Ahhhh yes...the chicks flying the nest. Where does the time go since they were wee babes? Your son sounds like a very level headed and responsible young man. You have ever right to be proud of him...and to weep as he heads out on his own.


  6. Your new quilt is beautiful and the pillow case is a work of art. Enjoy it!

  7. Your son sounds mature and quite wonderful. That quilt is such a treasure. Enjoy all your treasures!

  8. Angie, Happy Belated Birthday! You are loved and appreciated. Your mother-in-law's gift is beautiful -- just like you.

  9. Wow that quilt is absolutely gorgeous! Your mother in law is very talented, and what a perfect theme to choose for you!

  10. Hi just founded you at the Cindy's party.
    wow..beautiful quilt present,full of love. I love the colors so much
    happy belated birthday and have a nice weekend
    warmly greeting from Rome

  11. What a beautiful quilt. That would take many, many hours to make. It's perfect!

  12. Angie what a beautiful quilt!You are so lucky to have such a sweet Mother in law! Happy Birthday!

  13. Angie~
    The quilt is beautiful...stitched with much love that will be a keepsake for generations!
    I am sure your Son will do amazing...sometimes it is us as the parents that have the toughest time with growth! He will take all that you and your husband have given/taught him and carry that with him forever! He and YOU will be fine!

  14. Oh how beautiful! It couldn't be more you! She trully has amazing talent.

  15. Your quilt is so beautiful and the pillowcase too!! A treasured keepsake for sure. Visiting from the Country Whites Weekend.

  16. Wow, that is one beautiful quilt and I adore the ticking she used. Love the pillow case too. Yes, as our children grow up, they fly the nest and sometimes it's a long ways away. My son is 7 hours away and I only see him twice a year, but we stay close by phoning all the time. My nephew did the same thing and had to give 8 years to the Army. He is done with school and a year in Afghanistan, and is now a Captain. He really loves it and may stay in for life.

  17. What a wonderful gift! My mother-in-law has also made a handmade quilt for each of her grandchildren and it is so special....not many people do hand quilting anymore. I am sure you will treasure it always.

  18. Gorgeous quilt. Love it displayed on the ladder.

  19. The quilt is beautiful! What a keepsake she gifted you with. And you are right there are more hours than you could count wrapped up in that gift. Hours of love.

  20. I forgot to mention in my first comment that I love your header! This is the first time I have stopped by. Came over from Farmgirl Friday.

  21. WOW the quilt is gorgeous. You are right a true labor of love. Every detail is special. Love the colors too. What a treasure to own. Happy Birthday!
    So nice to meet you and visit your lovely blog from Country Whites Weekend.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie Design

  22. What a very special gift! Wow, what a change of plans! Congrats to him. Life is going too fast! Thank you for sharing at Rustic Restorations Weekend!

  23. Happy Birthday! Adorable gifts you received!
    Would love to have you visit me sometime.
    Have a fabulous day!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  24. What a thoughtful and lovely keepsake! Your quilt is lovely and you are so lucky to have such a talented and loving mother-in-law in your life! Love the ticking, and the needlework is amazing!

  25. Oh, my! What an exquisite and priceless gift from your mother-in-law! Her talent is awe--inspiring... her love for you even more so.♥

    Congratulations to you and your husband on raising such a mature and level-headed young man... way to go, Angie's Oldest Son!!



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