My name is Linda Christensen and like all of you, I have a great love for quilts. I am married to a wonderful man Larry of 50 years. We have four wonderful children, 17 grandchildren and 5 ½ great grandchildren. The one young great granddaughter loves quilts and loves to pile them up on the floor and lay on all of them. I do believe there is hope of a future quilter in this little girl. I’ve taught one of my granddaughters to quilt and she has made three quilts, and three other granddaughters have also made quilts.
I grew up with my mother who was always doing hand work in the evenings. She made quilts for all of our beds. My mother was the one who taught me to quilt, knit lace and tatting. It was good to have a talented mother who would take the time to teach all these skills to Janet and me. This time of the year I normally start tatting snowflakes for family and friends for their Christmas trees.
I made my first applique quilt when I was 18, riding in a bumpy bus to work for 3 hours each day. The name of the quilt was Forget Me Not. The flowers are blue and light lavender which are my most favorite colors. So this is most likely where my love of applique’ quilting started. I have made many pieced quilts over the years and some are still waiting to be quilted, (no I will not say how many). I, however, made a pieced quilt this last year with the hopes of using up all my scraps, (no such luck). It is on the bed and I love to wake up in the morning and look at all the wonderful colors.
I like to applique as it is easy to take along on trips, camping out in the mountains, or work on in the evening watching TV or should I say listening to the TV. When I look at some of the quilts I have made in the past it is hard to say which one is my favorite. Most likely, my favorite would be my Magical Medallions quilt because of all the time it took to make. It is a scrap quilt made with a few new pieces of fabric added. I had enough left over for another quilt. So I made another scrap quilt this year named Applique Affair. I do have a few more quilts in mind and will most likely change my mind on my favorite in the future.
Talking about the future, I would like to make a few suggestions which might help all of us quilters. With time, we all tend to forget what quilts we have made and who is the proud owner of those quilts. We could make a scrap book of our quilts. Include such things as a photo, name, size, recipient, location where the quilt was made, and stories that go along with the making of the quilt. These stories will be a treasure to you and your children. When I go to my children’s homes and see some of the quilts that I have given to them, lots of memories come flooding back including those memories of quilts I had made and completely forgotten.
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