Monday, June 29, 2009

Hurrah for the Red, White & Blue

Since I am in a patriotic mood, I thought we'd go with a red, white, and blue theme this week. Red, white and blue is just so classic. Never goes out of style. The shades and tones of red and blue change (example: the current aqua and red craze) but the combo always looks good. And further proof is this 3-generation gallery of doll quilts.I came across this one recently and it brought back SO many memories. My mom will probably laugh to see this on here. (correct me if I get this wrong, mom.) She made this little doll quilt with the left over scraps from making the bedding for my newest sibling born to be born in July 1979. Back in the days before ultrasound, so this is a good gender-neutral choice. (Turned out to be a girl.) There was also a double bed in that tiny little room with a matching quilt made of bigger squares of the same fabric. My other sister and I used to love to jump on that bed.
Don't you just love those fabrics? They would be considered vintage, right? So to my dear sister who is about to turn 30 this month, you are officially 'vintage.' Which makes turning 30 SO much cooler.
In the mean time, I'm glad we still have this baby. And yes, my mom has progressed by leaps and bounds as a quilter since then. When my 10-year old saw this quilt she fell in love and wants to have the big one in her room, if it still exists.
This little rail fence wasn't the first quilt I made, but I made this one in the first official quilting class I ever took. Such a simple little pattern, but I still like how effective it is.
Now, of course, I think it is incredibly boring that I only used three fabrics (I did go out on a limb and use a different one on the back, so I guess there are four). I hand quilted this one too (which I don't do anymore) and I just love how soft it feels.
And this little baby was one of the first things my daughter ever made on the sewing machine with some of my scraps. So I guess this combo is in our blood.
And just because I never post pictures of food (partly because it's rare that I make some thing worth taking a picture of) I will leave you with this lovely image of the grilled Jamaican Jerk chicken salad I made for dinner last night. Along with grilled pineapple. My gourmet friend, Christine gave me the recipe. (She's a Pampered Chef gal so you can probably get one from someone you know too.) Oh wow, talk about good summertime food. I had the leftovers for lunch today. And I think I could eat a whole n'other salad right now.

17 comments:

Sherri said...

Love all the red, white and blue quilts...how wonderful that you have the doll quilt your mom made!

jaybird said...

I'm quite the fan of red..white..and blue... and i love the stories behind your three little quilts...makes them even more special!

Aimee said...

Great stories behind those beautiful quilts! So cute!

Wendy said...

What a fun post! I have some of the red with hearts and flowers in my stash--it was in a bag of fabric a family friend gave me when she was cleaning out. Good to know what time period it's from!

The Quilt Buddy said...

You can never go wrong with red/white/and blue!....It's great that you are able to keep the stories with the quilts.

BTW-Your daughter is going to be a natural quilter!

dotti white said...

I absolutely love the reds, whites and blues. That is a wonderful find to have those "vintage" quilts and how sweet that your daughter loves them. Your table and salad looks great, too! thanks for sharing this with us!

Terrie Sandelin said...

The quilts are just lovely -- and the stories you told with them are really wonderful. Three generations -- how really special!

Lisa @ Life with 4! said...

The 3 generation quilts are great.. and the stories to go along with them!!
That salad looks so yummy for a warm summer night. Wish I could get my hubby to eat salads for meals. He's a definite meat n potato guy.

Trisha said...

Love the idea of the three generation quilts all together. I have always loved red, white, and blue in all there different shades.

Sara Richins said...

Love the red, white and blue quilts! You can never go wrong with that combo!

Knitlee said...

Three generations of quilting loveliness! Red, white, and blue are one of my favorites. That salad looks incredible!
Alissa

Christine said...

Your salad turned out beautiful. It is a yummy one for sure! And we now have a Pineapple Wedger that makes it easy to slice up the pineapple.

DeeRoo said...

OK...now I'm hungry! I need to go to the grocery store today...ugh!:)
Those quilts are priceless...thanks for the stories!

Chris said...

Thanks for sharing the quilt stories, love the colors, the quilts are cute and the food looks DELICIOUS!! Have a great 4th!

Amy - Park City Girl said...

Love your quilt trilogy! Great history there :) and YUM!

Laura-Lu said...

I remember that quilt! The bigger one at least. It reminds me of ward and family picnics and watching fireworks. I wonder where it is.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Lovely Red white and blue! Just Lovely.