Sunday, November 16, 2008

A Quilter's Journey...

Some time ago after a conversation about quilt labels and journals Katherine presented me with a notebook.  It was for journaling about the quilts that I have made, recording who they were for and why, the fabrics and designs used, so that one day someone who may be interested will know the story behind the quilt.

Every quilt has a story.  It's important to make a note of it's story.  Well finally I am up to date with my quilt journal.  It's certainly not fancy in a scrap booking kind of way, just a photo and some thoughts and details.

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I've made a nice quilted cover for it and it's got lot's of pages yet to fill :)

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Just as important are the quilt labels sewn onto the back of a quilt, they may take a little time to do but are worth it in the end, a special message for the receiver of the quilt you have lovingly made for them.

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I love to hold something in my hands that may have been stitched decades ago and wonder about the hands that made it, who it was for and why.   Maybe one day someone might wonder about their great great grandmother who stitched that well worn cosy quilt laying across the end of their bed, a gift of warmth from one generation to the next.

May your journey hold many warm hugs
Kylie

15 comments:

Janellybelly said...

Hi K
I just love your quilt journal cover, those fabrics are yummy! You've done a beautiful job with the labels too.
Love J xx

Christy said...

It's super gorgeous! What a great way to document all your quilting journeys.Inspiring.

Terri said...

What a great idea - I never would have thought of a quilt journal! And your quilt labels - I am totally going to steal that idea, if you don't mind!

Terri

Terry said...

What a great idea and what a beautiful quilt journal! I'm going to start one myself soon!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Love the quilt journal Kylie - I have been thinking of doing this for a while now - so thanks for giving me the incentive to get started! It is a wonderful way to record the story behind the quilt.

Kerryanne English said...

Kylie, a quilters journal is a great idea and a lovely book to pass down through the generations. It has given me an idea for a gift for a friend who quilts.
Thank you,
Kerryanne

Bev C said...

I love the dragonfly material you have used in the journal cover. They are supposed to be good luck aren't they?
Have a great day.

Krafty KJ said...

What a beautiful post and what an improvement to your journal... must get onto that myself and the labels too!

Bree said...

love the material too, did you get it from Sanshi? I bought similar to make a bag for my mum for Chrissie.

smileykylie said...

Hi Bree, the fabric is from the Quilters Barn in Loch Victoria, I did manage to see Sanshi at the last Quilt fair and they had some really lovely stuff, I do like the indigo's a lot though. These were scraps left over from the quilt I made my son this year. Love :)Kylie

Traceylea said...

What a beautiful idea, never would have thought of that. I also love the cover of your journal. Janelly and yourself are a inspirational pair. love it. xx

Hilltop House said...

Hello Kylie, It is so true when you say every quilt has a story. Your journal cover looks lovely and you will enjoy looking back through it one day. Best Wishes, Evonne xx

sewjourn said...

Great idea Kylie - you've inspired me again - I started one but it's gotten a bit behind. Love the cover too.

~hon~ said...

i was in awe..i love it! you made my jaw drop and said 'awww...i like that!' and quilts are awesome! will you please teach me how to quilt? hehehe! GOD BLESS YOU ABUNDANTLY! P.U.S.H.

Tamara said...

What a small world it is Kylie. I have been meaning to look your blog up and then found it through Spoonful of Sugar!

I lover the cover of your journal.