Friday, March 7, 2008

I Love Things That Have Meaning

Candice took a color class at BYU and she had to do a project. Being a photographer she wanted to tie that in as well (or maybe it was part of the class.) We got inspiration from a poem I had and put the first line of the poem on the quilt. "Home is where you can be silent and still be heard." The pictures are of my grandparents, great grandfather (in the kilt from Scotland), and other relatives. The flowers symbolize that they have passed away and are honored by their posterity. The quilt represents that even though my ancestors have passed away their character traits, genes, testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and talents live on through us. Hence, "Home is where you can be silent and still be heard."

I fabrics started out as white cotton that we dyed in the bathtub with acrylic craft paints, cut up into smaller pieces and sewed them back together. The stippling/quilting was done on the sewing machine. The jewelry is all inherited and also represents them. It is pinned on so any piece can be removed and worn. I have other jewelry that I put on there but I like to wear them and don't always put them back. I'm sentimental and they mean a lot to me. This small quilt hangs in our study.
This stitchery represents my other grandmother, Mildred Hunt. She was always looking out for us before she passed away. I still think she is up there, looking down on us, and watching out for our welfare. The purse to the left was hers. It is hand crocheted and very old. (1800's) These are in my studio. The walls are filled with all kinds of treasures that don't fit with my style anymore but I still love them.
Here is a close up. The angel represents my grandmother, our last name and the year we were married are stitch in their along with a heart that represents my husband. My children's names are stitched as well. Saundra White (I think that was her name), was the artist who drew the design for me. I sold her patterns called "I done My Best," in my store, Heartland Manor, and she was doing an artists open house for me. I did the stitching myself.

What do you have in your home that honors your ancestry? I'd love to hear.


what kind of a name is abra said...

Love it all! Love the decorations, quotes and the positive things you surround yourself with! I am having a drawing to celebrate my blogaversary, check it out!!!

Kari & Kijsa said...

That stitchwork piece is just charming! we have a pice of needlework our mother did for our grandmother..we in turn received it when she passed away- a true treasure!!