Friday, September 21, 2018

Sewing for my son, remembering my grandpa


My weekend goal is to cut into this richly colored, outdoor-inspired collection of fat quarters. I’m making a quilt for our son Luke, who graduates from college this December. Luke is a smart, outgoing, adventurous young man. He continually amazes me by his can-do attitude, his perseverance against obstacles, and his enthusiasm for life. While he may be ready to take his next step in the world, I remember every step he’s taken along the way. My heart is full thinking about him and the road ahead.


I collected most these fat quarters at two area quilt shops: Quilts on Broadway in Foley, MN and Country Caboose Quilts in Waukon, MN. I also pulled a few pieces from my stash. My plan is to make a simple half-square triangle quilt with an Around the World layout. I’m not using a pattern, but I’ll take notes about my steps and share them with you when I’m done. These are the colors that Luke chose. He also asked that I make his quilt really, really big! 


I know that for most of us, quilt making is very personal. We sew from the heart. That is never truer than when we sew for family. I’ve been feeling a bit nostalgic at our new home on the lake. As I pulled out Luke’s fabrics, I started thinking about my Grandpa Ed, the avid fisherman. He’s been gone many years now, but I would give anything to have him set up his ice house in our bay this winter. I would love to have him walk up for supper and tell me how he caught a few crappies, bluegills, or maybe even an elusive walleye. My grandpa had a ready smile and a twinkle in his eye.  I miss him.

Luke and his Great Grandpa Ed

The lures and wooden bobber in the photos belonged to Grandpa Ed. I’ll leave them sitting out in my sewing room while I work on Luke’s quilt. I’ll be thinking about two men I love as I cut and sew.


Thanks for stopping by the blog today and putting up with my sentimental ramblings. I hope you find time to get carried away quilting too!

~Taunja




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    1. Thanks so much Sherry! I enjoyed writing it!

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  2. Enjoy your quilt making for Luke, while you remember your grandpa too. Loved your post. I too get quite nostalgic while working on some of my quilts. They are expressions of love by our hands and hearts :)!

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    1. I just can imagine how nostalgic you get, as your caring soul comes out in every one of your IG posts!

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  3. this quilt will be perfect i had some of my late father-in-laws lures put into a picture, that was my husbands father day gift after his dad passed, that we had hanging in our mud room it is in storage as we are between moves. i have a bad picture but will try to email to you we love

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    1. I did get the picture! Thanks so much for sharing. What a great idea! I may have to get organized and do that myself! Good luck on your move!

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  4. Sweet memories. I miss my grand parents so much.
    Your grampa looks so happy holding your son

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    1. Thanks Rosemary! I miss mine too. The older we get, the more we miss them!

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  5. What a beautiful post here Taunja! Your writing always gives me a clear picture in my mind and even though I don't know what an ice house really looks like I could imagine one out on your lake :) The colors and patterns you have chosen for Luke's quilt are wonderful! I know you will make something beautiful out of them and can't wait to see. I wonder if you could scan a photo of those lures, transfer to fabric, then work it into his quilt somehow? I've been thinking a lot about doing that with some 3D objects that have meaning. Anyway I'm glad I'm spending my coffee break with you catching up on your blog. I wouldn't have wanted to miss this special one! love & hugs

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    1. Well that is such an awesome picture for me . . . you taking your coffee break with Carried Away Quilting. I'm honored! Wish it were in person. Maybe some day! And now you've got me thinking, I need to take a picture of Brad ice fishing this winter and get that into a blog post!

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