Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Harriet and Carrie Hargrave

This evening I was too tired after a long work day to sew, but I hopped on my blog to see what was up and lo and behold! I have two famous new followers!  I am just thrilled, excited and a little bit terrified :-) that Harriet and Carrie Hargrave chose to follow my blog.  When I met them at the quilting class they offered in Bismarck, North Dakota last fall, these gals struck me as so down-to-earth, hard working, enthusiastic, intelligent and decent people so willing to share their vast quantities of knowledge and expertise.  They are just incredible people and I am thankful to have spent time in their presence.  If you are a person wishing you had learned how to quilt from  your grandmother but didn't have that chance, these are the gals whose books and workshops you want to have.  

I got into quilting in my forties because, frankly, I want to leave something permanent behind. Clothes are in the moment, but quilts will last for a very long time.  I have my great grandmother's handmade lace, pillow cases, quilts, table toppers, crocheted doiles, etc. and through these items kept so carefully in my mother's hope chest throughout her fifty+ year marriage, I have come to be acquainted with her grandmother.  The things she made sparks memories for my Mom and she's told me all kinds of stories about great grandma Block's stitching.  I think it's wonderful to serve a special family dinner on great grandma's 1930's blue bubble depression glass dishes with one of her tablecloths.  She passed away before I was born, so this is the way I'm able to get to know her and remember her.  This is the type of thing I hope to leave for my children.  I have Harriet and Carrie to thank for their expertise in helping me to do that for my family.  Harriet's mother passed these skills down to her and her daughter Carrie is now learning and writing the Quilter's Academy series with her mother.  It's really all about family, isn't it?  That's really a beautiful thing :-)  Thank you, ladies.

Link to Harriet's site

Tonight, my son and daughter will go to sleep under my grandpa Elvin's home-made quilts.  Sleep well!

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