My friend and blogging buddy, Crystal Trulove at Conscious Engagement posted this blog today that feature a quilt made by her daughter and friend and a dragon quilt made by Peggy specifically for Crystal. Quilting helped lots of folks get through the pandemic. Scroll down to see a pair of beautiful quilts made in two, very different ways.

This post also speaks to the close friendships that are developed through blogging. Crystal came down from her home north of Portland, Oregon and stayed with us while we all enjoyed the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. She also carried Bone back with her to meet her Cherokee Tribe in Oklahoma. And she has been working with our son Tony in defining what medical benefits he is eligible for from injuries received while serving as a Marine and Coast Guard pilot, a specialty of hers.. –Curt

Conscious Engagement

Over the Garden Wall-themed. Each fabric is carefully chosen, including the fabrics that had to have frogs and bluebirds, pumpkins, and teakettles.

Today’s post is about two quilts. Maybe three if you count the amazing quilting on BOTH sides of one of them. Ok, we’ll make that 2 1/2 quilts.

The end of March, my kiddo Tara, and their partner, Brynnen, came to visit for a real visit. This time no masks and we were indoors together and even hugged. It was blissful. Tara wanted to see me, but also wanted to work on a quilt. This is a new kind of project for T. Their very first quilt ever is not quite done, but will be finished soon because Tara was picking up some fabric for that quilt that I had at my house. In the meantime, they had started this new quilt. So the one you see here…

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31 thoughts on “Quilts

  1. I am utterly in awe of the artistry exhibited here as well as at Crystal’s post! I just imagine all that love poured into those quilts. If the fabric doesn’t keep you warm, then the love surely will! 😘

  2. Peggy’s quilt is stunning!
    A friend gave us a quilt when I was working for the government and even though it was just a personal gift, I had to declare it on my ethics form as it was valued at more than $250. I am sure the same person would value Peggy’s quilt at much more.

    • Peggy says thank you, Ray.
      Quilts are special gifts. I just told Linda from Shoreacres that Peggy makes each quilt special for the person she is making it for. Our son Tony’s, for example, was made from old T-Shirts of his that reflected his service in the Marines and Coast Guard. –Curt

  3. I’ve just never been able to whomp up the desire to engage in quilting, but I admire people like Peggy who do such fabulous work. I will say that one of my most treasured possessions is a quilt my grandmother and her friends made, together with my mother. I can look at it today and still pick out pieces that were cut from my dad’s old shirts, my sundresses, and so on. It’s amazing how much memory a little bit of fabric can carry.

    • Your quilt sounds like a treasure, Linda. All of those memories plus a reminder of the quilting bees that women used to get together for. It would be difficult to find a more meaningful heirloom.
      Peggy works hard to make each of her quilts meaningful to the person she is making it for. Our son-in-law Clay requested one with cows and farms on it since one of his happiest memories was of the times he spent at his grandparents farm in Kentucky. He got it and uses it every time it is cold in the house. He guards it jealously. It’s an adult blankie. 🙂 –Curt

  4. Curt, what a surprise and an honor to be re-blogged here! I am SO glad that Peggy got to see my public admiration for her art and generosity in gifting me that quilt. I’m glad I had the opportunity to show so many people how beautiful it is! I look forward to seeing you both again soon, now that we are vaccinated and Pedro’s eligibility just came open, so he can get vaccinated any day now, too.

    I like how you highlight the bonds that are made between bloggers. It’s a beautiful thing, only possibly in this digitally connected world of ours.

    • We were both excited to see what you did with the quilt, Crystal. Reblogging allowed me to feature both Tara and Peggy’s quilts on my blog plus say thank you. 🙂
      I discovered early on how valuable the blogging community and blogging friends are. The pandemic certainly reinforced this. –Curt

  5. Well that was a lovely and creative break from our snowy/drizzly weather. Makes me want to finsh the quilt I started decades ago. The problem was that when I divorced, my ex insisted on getting half of the finished quilt squares! So, now I’m left with either a lap quilt, or reconfiguring it all, integrating with new fabric. Go figure.

    • Now that has to be a very strange divorce settlement, AV. 🙂 Were the squares made from family heirlooms like Great, Great Granny’s wedding dress? None the less, lap quilts are fine. I have two and use them frequently. 🙂
      And thanks on “a lovely and creative break.” I’ll pass it on. –Curt

  6. Wow! Curt, Pegg’s quilt is breathtaking! A true work of art and I am in awe of her ability. It is truly an exquisite work of art – and humungous! The reverse side is just as extraordinary as the front. A very gifted and talented lady. Lovely to see Crytal’s blog and full post and her final sentence sums up her absolute joy in her new present: ‘I am deeply grateful to be able to wrap myself inside the love of a new friend, and to bring her artistry to life in my home.’ Precious moments, special gifts, a frienship for life.

    • Peggy says thanks so much, Annika. She puts a lot of work and love into her quilts, as well as creativity. Crystal has become a good friend, once again showing just how valuable our blogging connections are. –Curt

  7. Love these quilts and the bonding they brought on. So glad that many of us found solace in doing something with our hands during the quarantine. I became a bit productive myself. And, in fact, I may not go back to the frenetic pace I was trying to keep up prior to Covid. It’s nice to stay home and stay occupie!

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