Thursday, July 6, 2017

Grandma's Kitchen Quilt Along: #1: Grandma's Table

When my Gramma Ann passed away in 2014, I was given a box with some her clothes. I knew I would make a memory quilt someday but didn't know when someday would come.

I've been thinking a lot about Gramma lately because we are  few weeks away from our trip to Europe. We will spend most of the time catching up with Niels' family, but since my mom and aunt are joining us, we are going to spend five days in Gramma's beloved Ireland. When I started seeing posts about Pat Sloan's new quilt-along, Grandma's Kitchen, show up on my FaceBook feed, I felt that zing of inspiration I was waiting for.

The first block is called "The Kitchen Table." Pat has been encouraging quilters to share stories about their grandmas as we make this quilt together. It's been fun hearing the stories, and seeing how blocks are inspired by those stories. It's also interesting to see how some people veer off depending on how their creativity leads them.

When I think of Gramma's table, I think of her kitchen. As a child, I thought it was so modern and cool because the cabinets opened by touch instead of knobs or pulls. I'm sure I spend many hours on the floor of her kitchen amusing myself by opening and closing and opening and closing those cabinets. When I was going through her photos a few years ago, I came across this picture of her in her kitchen. I imagine her making her famous lemon bars there.

Gramma's lemon bars inspired this block. I finally had a good excuse to use the citrus fabric in my stash. The yellow print reminds me of lemon slices and the white of powdered sugar. And her table!

Because this a mystery quilt, I don't have any idea what the final design will look like. I'm using the white tonal as a consistent background, but beyond that, my blocks will maybe fit with the cooking/kitchen theme, or maybe they'll feature something else she loved. 

Stay tuned!

Other blocks:
#2: Sticky Buns
#3: Key Holder
#4: Half a Modern
#5: Glasses & Cups
#21: Telephone Time
#24: Grandma's Purse

Linked to:
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hands Quilts
Let's Bee Social #185 @ Sew Fresh Quilts 
Linky Tuesday @ Freemotion By the River
MCM @ Cooking up Quilts
Midweek Makers #80 @ Quilt Fabrication
Moving It Forward @ Em's Scrapbag
Monday Making @ Love Laugh Quilt
Needle & Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation
Off the Wall Ffriday @ Nina Marie
Oh, Scrap! @ Quilting is More Fun Than Housework
Show Off Saturday @ Sew Can She
Whoop Whoop Friday @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
WIPS on Wednesdays @ Esther's Quilt Blog

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  1. What a delightfully inspired block with the lemon bars theme. --Andrea

  2. I love the direction you are going in. Enjoy all each and every memory :)

    Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

  3. Hi Jen,
    Oh my, I love, love, LOVE this post. And your block. This will be such a special quilt when it is finished. It just gives me the chills. I am participating in the GK quilt along as well. I had a few issues with fabric . . . but am finally going along now. I think I have a post about my two blocks on Wednesday. If you would like to see some of my friends blocks and post your own on my FB page, that would be fun. I look forward to seeing this come together over the weeks ahead. ~smile~ Roseanne

  4. What a fun block, and I love that your Grandma is in the center! Have fun on the quilt along, and thanks for sharing your story on Main Crush Monday!

  5. What a great tribute to your Grandma!

  6. Fabulous idea to put the photo transfer in the centre!

  7. What a beautiful way to remember your beloved Gramma. Your block looks good enough to eat!

  8. Love how you tied things about Grandma into that block - well done! Thank you for sharing this story on Midweek Makers today - looking forward to seeing the progress.

  9. How lovely to be reminded of all these memories of your Grandma as the quilt grows you will remember more and more memories you had forgotten when you read other quilters stories of their grands. Your block is lovely do you have the recipe for those lemon bars? They sound pretty good. !!!!!!. Cheers Glenda


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