Category Archives: heirloom

Johnny’s Cajun Cathedral Window

**This pattern is now available in my Etsy store.

This is a pattern born of necessity.  The father of my oldest and dearest friend of 25+ years has Stage 4 Cancer. 

I started this quilt late September, knowing that I needed to hurry.  His chemo was starting soon and he needs a QUILT!!  There is a Cathedral Window quilt in the family, and they all love it, but I knew I didn’t have the time. 

I did some research–Google is AWESOME–and stumbled on Chapel Windows at Hills Primitive Cupboard.

http://www.hillsprimitivecupboard.com/shop/index.php

A GORGEOUS quilt!  Thank you for the inspiration!!!  Still wasn’t quite what I was looking for, but close—OH so close.  I shrunk the size of the color patch, finagled the setting triangles…  I think this is perfect.

This is a queen.   Each piece is 2″ finished.  Yes, that’s a LOT of tiny squares.  But strip piecing makes it go fairly quickly.

The wind wanted to show off the back!!   It’s a BUNCH of FQ’s cut into squares.  Feels like fall, doesn’t it?

I am totally in love!   The quilting really makes it!!   I did an orange peel over the entire quilt. 

While quilting this, I thought about life.   Each of these individual arcs were off.  Wonky.  IMPERFECT.  Some of them, a LOT imperfect.

But when you step back, they blend.  Beautifully.  Seamlessly.

Like life.   Each moment in your life may not be perfect.  May not be good.   But life in general……is perfect!

I can’t WAIT to show this off at the guild meeting, and then it’ll be on it’s way to Mr Johnny.  FILLED with love and prayers for a full recovery.

The pattern will eventually be for sale as a PDF file.   Part of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Association.  I have testers working on the pattern now.  *****It’s now for sale in my Etsy Store****

I’ve also decided to enter this quilt in the Bloggers Quilt festival!  I can’t get to Houston–so let’s have a quilt show here!  LOL

Blogger’s Quilt Festival Stats
Finished quilt measures : 92″x 92″
Special techniques used : strip piecing
Quilted by : Amy Gay on an Empress Long Arm
Best Category : Favorite Bed Quilt, Professionally Quilted, Favorite Quilt Photographer.
Go take a peak at some of the other quilts!   Especially if you can’t make it to Houston this year!!

peace and pieces,
amy

Treasures!!!

Every once in a while, a priceless family heirloom appears.  These are, to ME at least, TREASURE!  We know that these are made by one of my great grandmothers on my mom’s side.  Knowing the family dynamics, we suspect they are from my grandfather’s mother.  But we will probably never know now.

The first is a Grandma’s Flower Garden.  It is in pretty poor shape.  A lot of the fabrics are shredding, and one entire side looks like it’s been chewed on.  But there is still SO much character!!!

Notice the irregular border on the top and bottom!

This is the “dog eaten” border.

And the stains, and shredding fabrics.

And for the most part, no batting left!!!

These quilts are at LEAST 50 years old, and probably much older than that.  Grandma is 81, but it’s hard to know when her Mother In Law or Mother made them.

The second is a Whole Cloth.   It’s in MUCH better shape!  Only 2 small tears in the main fabric, and just a slightly tattered binding.

There is a center medallion surrounded by a grid.

and the borders have feathers!

I’m so blessed to be given these!  A piece of history.  I’ll take them both to the LQS and see what they reccomend.  Part of me wants to use them, because that WAS the intent of the quilter when she made them.  But these are so OLD!  And Antiques don’t fall into that category, right????   LOL  Maybe I can find a way to display them somehow.

peace and pieces,
amy