This blog has a story about my family to go with it.
My Mother, Phyllis Holte, decided she wanted to make a quilt for her Brother, Wendle Johnson and his wife, Donna, as a gift to celebrate their new house and their retirement from farming. She was about 1/3 finished when bad news arrived. Aunt Donna was diagnosed with Cancer. 9 days after her diagnoses, she passed away. We were all heart broken. But especially Uncle Wendle was devestated.
Mom had a very hard time with what to do with the quilt she started, but in the end decided to finish it, as Uncle Wendle still had a new house, and she wanted to give him something comforting and filled with love. What better thing to give than a quilt?!
Mom asked me to quilt it, which I was trilled to be able to do. Uncle Wendle was always very special to me. I wanted to find some pictures of Aunt Donna and Uncle Wendle to put in this blog. I thought I should have one of their wedding, as my cousin Corinne and I were flower girls and I thought I had a group photo, but alas I could not find it. In fact the only picture I seem to have is the one below. I would like to think it is a picture of Uncle Wendle and I, but it was clearly labeled Wendle and Corinne. Corinne was the 1st grandchild and was only 3 months older than I. Wendle thought it was pretty fun to have two neices. That probably is part of why we grew up feeling so close to him.
Anyways, I was thrilled to quilt it, and thought about my Uncle a lot while I was quilting it. Mom and I hope it will bring him comfort.
The quilt is from a pattern called Bali Wedding Star, designed by Judy and Brad Niemeyer of Quiltworx.
My daughter Kathleen ( aka kathleenquilts.com) was there when Mom delivered the quilt. She started drawing on my plexiglass and drew out the design in the Center of the rings. I liked it somewhat was my starting point.
I worked the rest of the quilting around this design element.
I am very pleased with the results. I hope both Mom and Uncle Wendle like it!
This quilt is a good example of why I love what I do. It is a lot more than turning a quilt top into a quilt. It is also about the feelings that a quilt brings to the recipient ….
Edit: Hi, this is Kathleen, I’m just logging into mom’s blog to quickly give some extra info — we’ve had tons of questions about this quilt in the store, so I thought that I’d give you some extra info. You can purchase the pattern for this quilt HERE! You can purchase a very similar kit (with yellow background rather than blue) HERE! If you’d like a kit similar to this kit (with the blue background) please fill out the form below and someone at Quilting From The Heart will get back to you!