Marian at Seams To Be Sew is our head Quilt Qwazy Queen. She has done a fabulous job of lining up some great Qwazy Quilters and some awesome Qwazy Quilt Giveaways.
Sew.... Once upon a time there was this little girl named Doris Cotten. She lived in a small town in Southwest Missouri with her mom and dad and two sisters. Doris' mom taught her how to sew at an early age, just 7 years old. Doris made mostly clothes but at the age of 13 she made something Qwazy. She made her first quilt.
And there you have it ladies and gentlemen. Sew began the journey of Doris. She had the perfect last name... Cotten.... the spelling was a little different but Cotten still the same.
And Sew began the love for anything red, white, and blue; even back then.
I love how Dad didn't just sign his name, he added character to his name.
I entered this quilt in the fair and if I remember correctly, it won a blue ribbon and was chosen to go on the Missouri State Fair. It's just a simple quilt, four patches and rectangles around signature blocks that I embroidered, along with mom's help.
Little did I know it also began the making of the Quilting Queen some 30+ years later....
My second quilt didn't come along until about 10 years later (circa 1983) when I made this quilt.
I was so proud of it. But oh how pathetic it is.
No one taught me how to put borders on. So I sewed the two borders to the top and bottom and then sewed the two borders to the side...
The blocks were huge, I think they're 18"....
And the hand quilting was right in scale with the blocks.... huge stitches...
It was a quilt as you go and I had just purchased my serger so what did I do.... I set it together with the serger... OH MY!
And look, no binding. I serged the edge... because well... no one showed me how to put a binding on. An even bigger OHHHH MYYY!!!
If my Grandma Cotten were still alive she would have shown me how to do that. She was a very prolific quilter. I remember going to her house and all the closets were FULL of quilts she made. Sadly lots of those quilts disappeared (I'm pretty sure I know where they went though). I was lucky enough to be the recipient of 2 of those quilts. They are among my most prized possessions.
A Lone Star Quilt
And A grandmother's flower garden quilt.
As I was thinking about what I was going to write and what quilts I was going to show you, I realized that most of the quilts that mean the most to me aren't necessarily quilts I've made. They are quilts someone else has made.
Like this quilt from the King's grandmother.
Funny thing about this quilt is that she made it for his parents for a wedding gift in 1950. However she wouldn't give it to them until she thought they would take care of it. They didn't receive it until after she passed away. I guess when you have 5 boys you're never in the position to "take care of it".
And the King's mother made 6 quilts in her life, one for each of her 5 boys and 1 for her only grandson. I am lucky to have 2 of them. This is the quilt she made for William, her grandson.
My best friend's mom (from high school) made this quilt for me for graduation. It was a quilt as you go type quilt. I still love it.
And William made this quilt when he was about 13 for Mother's Day for me.
Over the years I've tried a lot of things that contribute to my Quilt Qwazy Queen status.
Miniatures- this one is 12" x 18" and my very first mini.
Needle turn applique (which I will probably never do ever again).
Embroidery and Block of the Month
Yes, even a Crazy Quilt.... one of those quilt as you go ...
But enough about me. You've stuck with me through all of this so how about a little giveaway.
Hoffman is generously giving about a fabric bundle of 885 Bali Dot Collection.
But wait, there's more....
Any Pattern is giving away a Free pattern "The Easter Kitty"
Just use the rafflecopter gadget to enter for these two giveaways.
And there's still more giveaways ....
Head on over to our Quilt Qwazy Queen Bee's blog (that would be Marion at Seams To Be Sew)and you'll find even more giveaways. During the blog hop, the Fat Quarter Shop is also giving everyone who purchases something at their shop a 10% discount. When you check out, just use the coupon code seamstobe316.
Be sure to visit all the Quilt Qwazy Queens today. They too have some fabulous giveaways and stories.