Friday, October 28, 2011

A Carpenter's Star

Here's one of my favorite quilts:  A Carpenter's Star for Evan


This quilt was made for my dear husband by our triplet daughters and myself a couple of years ago.  A traditional quilt block, made with giant half-square triangles (no Y-seams!), we made the quilt in 1-1/2 days!  Each of us put together a quarter of the quilt, and I pinned and pressed as the girls helped to stitch the borders.  We finished the top in time to wrap it and give it to him for his birthday, unquilted; but he understood, since there were other 20 unfinished quilt tops in the queue waiting for the machine quilter (me).

Evan loves the design, the clean lines, the colors, the fabrics, the fact that it is called a "Carpenter's" Star (since he is a carpenter himself!), but he especially loves that all four of his girls made it just for him!

He folded it up, held it on his chest, then fell asleep with it on the couch.  Oooohhh! A tender moment.  It was a PERFECT gift for him.  

PATTERN
Within a couple of days, I quilted it just like he wanted, then the girls and I grabbed our needles and thread and went to town on the binding.

He loved it, and we loved making it for him!  That's what quilting is all about. Making a quilt is an emotional process; personal and precious. Thinking about my husband, planning the quilt, then making it for him was like infusing the quilt with love.  It made the final product a creation from the heart, not just something thrown together, though it did go quickly.  The finished quilt is a conduit of our love for him, and that is something worth far more than anything money can buy.
See more Carpenter's Stars >>  Carpenter's Star Slideshow

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23 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love this post Deonn. The quilt is beautiful and you and the girls making it for your hubby makes it even more beautiful. You summed up what making a quilt is perfectly.

Unknown said...

I agree with Angie! Such a beautiful story. I felt that way making ones for family as well!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

A great man's quilt, but a quilt made with love from people who mean a lot to him. How special! Thank you for sharing.

Angie in SoCal said...

What a wonderful story - so touched the heart! A beautiful quilt beautifully quilted- thanks for the pattern link.

maria said...

The quilting is fabulous and what a wonderful story.

Mrs.Pickles said...

Beautiful quilt!

Selfsewn said...

I love it too!
Great bold patchworking!!

Színek és álmok said...

Very nice work Quil

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sukie said...

great work on the quilting!

Kristen King said...

I've made a lot of quilts for my husband and he has loved them all...and of course, a lot of love went into each one of them. Love your carpenter's star, and it might just have to be the next one I make for my husband who is also a carpenter! :)

LJ said...

I love the Carpenter's Star pattern and reading the story makes it extra-ordinary! I've just ordered several of your patterns and can't wait to 'get to work'. I wish I could join a class but Utah is just tooo far away. Hmmmm. Have you thought of having an online course of some sort?

Janet said...

It is a beautiful quilt and what a lovely sweet story to tell about it.

trish said...

What a sweet story and an amazing quilt!

Dannelle said...

Your post has me misting up. So beautiful- quilt and story behind it. Thank you for sharing.

Nic said...

Wow, it's stunning. Sometimes simple design really is the best, isn't it.

Lyanna L. said...

Love the quilting. great job! =)

BunkHouseQuilts said...

Oh, made me tear a bit. It's so nice and the story is great! What a special family time.

Lynette said...

wonderful story for a gorgeous quilt :)

Editfolt said...

Welcome Magyrországról. I really like your quilt. Beautiful colors, and stitching.

Eileen said...

that is just stunningly beautiful! thanks for sharing your lovely piece and the wonderful quilting. thanks for sharing and have a great day

ladyfan3 said...

Hello can you tell me the colors you used for this quilt I love this and I want to make one for my son in this same color it looks so expensive and classie and I want to do the same color so if you can tell me your colors I would sure appreciate it thanks

Darlene said...

I have three granddaughters:)I better get busy and buy the pattern. Beautiful quilt and story. Thanks for sharing your talents.

Unknown said...

Beautiful quilt and lovely story!