"Use a make-up table with everything close at hand and don't rush; otherwise you'll look like a patchwork quilt." ~ Lucille Ball
Monday, October 13, 2008
My Steeves Quilt
DH's descendents came from Germany. The first one to come across the Atlantic was Henrich Stief with his wife and they had seven sons. The quilt is made up of seven colours representing each son and these colours were picked in 1966 when the descendents had a reunion in Hillsborough, New Brunswick. Each person would wear the coloured ribbon representing the son they came from. The ship's sails are shaped as a 7 for seven sons, S for Steeves (Stief was changed along the way to Steeves) and F for family. On each block, I embroidered the ship and the name of the right son for that colour. DH's family comes from Frederick which is yellow and that is why the two yellow blocks are placed in the middle row. The middle block, I used the seven colours to make up a scene. Then on the yellow border, I started at the top and embroidered DH's family tree all around the quilt ending up with DD's and her husband name last. The back of the quilt is done in yellow and I hand quilted in black thread. DH helped with the design and the spacing of the descendents around in the yellow border.
This quilt took me a couple of years to do in my free time. However, it is now an heirloom for DH and someday for DD.
Today, is catch-up day as far as washing and cleaning. We celebrated our Thanksgiving on Saturday with DD and her hubby, then again, on Sunday with my brother and his wife.