Thursday, January 3, 2019

Quilt #37 :: Mom's Western Scrabble quilt

As I continue to blog about my older quilts, there is a part of me that is sure that's I've written these posts already, but alas, I have no record of them. I often think about what I will write as I am sewing, so maybe I'm confusing my memories. Such is life with a brain injury. 

It's easy to understand why this quilt is special. I made it for my Mom!

As I write this, the house is littered with the remnant of Christmas. Mom just returned home to Arizona and we are already making plans for her next visit. We are hoping that she moves in with us here in Ohio. Not only do we enjoy her coming, but it is will be a great help to both of us to have each other around on our bad days. And Niels can take care of both when we are both down!

But, I realize that it is a big ask. She loves living in Arizona. She loves the warm weather and the roping community of Wickenburg. When I made this quilt for her in 2014, we weren't yet talking about a move. But I'm glad she has it to remember so many of the things that are important to her.

I knew when I started thinking about Mom's quilt that it would have a Scrabble theme. For as long as I can remember, Mom and her four sisters have played Scrabble whenever they were together. And even know, living all around the country, they still play virtually on Words with Friends. 

I found the now out-of-print Scrabble letter print on Ebay and bought as much as I could find.

The tiles are not exactly square, so I had to adjust my plan slightly. 

My aunt Lori helped me finalize the words and placement.

I wanted to keep the standard Scrabble colors for my blocks, but give them a Western flair.

While I was working on the quilt, he beloved toy Aussie Wylee passed away.

In 2014, my little guy was in love with spelling. It's hard to tell, but he was pointing to the word love.

Speaking of my cutie, this was the height of his quilt modeling career. 

Wrapping his love in the quilt. 

I am dead from cute.

"This spells GRAMMA!"

Kisses for Gramma.

Hugs from Gramma.

I believe this was the first label I made with a photo. I love how it turned out.

A year later, I was thinking of this quilt, and all the people (and puppy) who have passed. My Gramma Ann died in 2014. And I was mortified to realize I forgot to include my Grampa Leo on the quilt. When Mom came for a visit, I had her bring the quilt so I could add his name.

With that, I am one blog post away from sharing all of my 2014 quilts!

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  1. I love your scrabble quilt Jen. such great memories.

  2. This is such a sweet quilt! I'm sure your mom treasures it dearly <3

  3. Love how you squeezed Leo in there. That was a stroke of genius.

  4. Lovely quilt. Boy you were lucky when you found that scrabble fabric! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

  5. Hi! We now have the long-out-of-print Scrabble tiles fabric at eQuilter!

  6. May I ask how you figured out the cutting of the letters from the fabric? I have some that is similar, but am afraid to cut it, not sure what measurements to leave on the top and sides. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!!!

    1. The letters aren't exactly square, so I adjusted my pattern to make the blocks the same size as the Scrabble letters. It's been a few years and I don't have the fabric anymore, but I trimmed each letter to make it as big as I could with a 1/4" seam.

    2. Ok...thank you. I think I have an idea of what you did from your photo's....I just thought there was an easier way of cutting the letters out. :)


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