There's nothing better to a quilter, than a well used quilt. My oldest grandchildren have always had a "blankie". Actually, they are quilts and they have been slept with every night since the girls were one or two years old. These quilts go everywhere with them. Even on vacation! These are well used quilts.
This is Jessica and this is her I spy quilt from at least 6 or 7 years ago. It is well worn and very soft. When she was little we used to play I spy with it. She was a smart kid and knew where all the cats, balls, bugs and flowers were. now after years of use, little rips and holes are starting to show up. This quilt has been patched once. Today, while it didn't need a patch, we sewed a beautiful little dragonfly embroidery on it today. It's just sweet and I can guarantee that this quilt is going nowhere except home with Jessica.
This is Emily having fun under her blankie. This little quilt was given to Jessica by her other grandmother when she was born. When Emily was a baby, she adopted this little quilt as her own. It's been washed and washed so much that within a few years, holes started to appear.
Emily has a great memory and says that the very first patch that we put on the quilt was this little purple cat. When she was a toddler, she was a real cat lover.
Then Emily said we put on the poodle patch. She must have been going through her doggie phase.
Then we added snowmen, apples, more cats.
Then the holes were out of control especially on the back, so the back of the quilt has been completely patched over with large pieces of quilting cottons. It has many many lines of zig zag stitching and is very secure now.
So, back to the front, the holes were continuing to come quilting on the front, so I started adding my stitch-out embroidery samples. They were cute too. So Emily has an octopus, a "Bride" patch, a lovely "S" from when I was making Stephanie towels, and even a snake on her blankie.
Today, we added a very elegant dragonfly and it's covering a new hole that just came out in the past week.
Both of these well used quilts have fun histories and many many memories, for both Jessica and Emily and of course me too!
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