Here in the U.S., we celebrate Mother’s Day this Sunday. One of the most memorable things I’ve ever done with my Mom is the creation of “Gloria’s Garden.”
The quilt is 73″ x 73″, and was made in 2009. Mom chose the fabrics and pieced the top (a variation of “Blooming Nine Patch”, from Traditions with a Twist by Blanche Young and Dalene Young Stone.) I did the embroidery and quilting.
The lace border and all of the 3-D flowers are digitized free-standing lace, made from over 60,000 yards of thread. My embroidery machines logged nearly 7,000,000 stitches in the making of this quilt, including over 3,000,000 in the lace border alone. Embroidery designs are from Zundt and OESD. That, of course, does not include all the stitching in the quilting, which was all free-motion.
The quilt won 1st place in Computer-Aided Machine Embroidery at Houston International Quilt Festival 2009.
And to my breathless delight, the quilt won the $12,000 Gammill Longarm Machine Workmanship award at the American Quilter’s Society Paducah 2010 show. (Note: I quilt on a table-set longarm machine, not a frame system. I move the fabric, not the machine. But that year, the categories were divided by the type of machine, instead of whether the machine was moved over the quilt, or the quilt was moved under the machine. The rules have since changed.)
My daughter surprised my Mom by travelling to the award’s ceremony.
To make it even more special, Annie, who is a talented jewelry artist, created matching silver brooches for Mom and me.
The flower echoes the shape of some of the free-standing lace embroidered flowers in the quilt, and the flowers I quilted. The flower center features a small piece of one of the fabrics used in the quilt.
The quilt is now in the permanent collection of the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY. The curator of the museum took my photo with the quilt when I was there “visiting” it.
Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!
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