“This was my first paper-pieced project. Once I got 10 blocks done, I was exhausted already, but it wasn’t necessarily the technique of building this block. The blocks and remaining pieces were put away in a box to be hauled around from one place to the next. It took 12 years before it saw the day of light — after divorce, graduating school, kids grown up, and a new love in my live gifting me with a new sewing machine.
With every piece, I remembered my journey. The small bits of fabric from my grandson’s quilt, or the piece of fabric from my new love’s quilt, even the “dark time” fabric that my ex said was a waste of money. The different fabrics reminded me of my children growing up, my ex, new grandchildren, and memories of the FARTs (Fabric Acquisition Road Trips) with my new love!
While sewing, I would remember the painful past, but learned how to forgive and move onto the new with grace. It is the quilt I am most proud of and love. I couldn’t think of a better person to dedicate it to than my oldest daughter on her 30th birthday! I think she gave up on it ever being finished, but when I placed it in her arms, we both shed a tear or two. It was a journey that reminds me that through everything we experience, we can mold into something beautiful!
This quilt was started in 1996 from a pattern by Karen K. Stone “Lady Liberty Goes to Hawaii” that my oldest daughter fell in love with! The sheer terror of making all the blocks to fit a queen size bed didn’t hold me back. I came up with modifying it by placing borders around the blocks and adding a larger border to the outside.
The trees were to have significance as well. The top number of trees signify the month my daughter was born in and the bottom would be the date. As for the trees on the side, I decided to place an equal number to balance the quilt out.”
Margo from Calgary, Alberta Canada
Quilting by Karen of Airdrie, Alberta