Mostly I like stitching or creating work that I have designed myself, but sometimes I see a piece of work that is so lovely I just have to make it for myself.
I fell in love with this design by Nancy Halverson of “Art To Heart” (called Family Matters) and started stitching it way back in March 2006 on a family holiday – our first as a family of 5. I love the little people as well as the sentiments expressed by the quilt, and particularily loved that fact that the family on the design was of the same composition as our family. Our youngest daughter, Michaela, was 7 and a half months old at the time, our son Rory was a few months shy of 4 and our eldest daughter, Amelia, was 5 and a half years old.
I modified the design, which was meant to be made up at half the size and the applique was meant to be just fused on. I made it as my first try at needleturn applique. I also inserted a train in place of the dog that was in the original, as we do not have a pet, but Rory was mad about trains.
It has taken me a long time to make, mainly because I decided to have a go at hand quilting, another technique that I have never tried before. I have been taking my time because I would like it to become a family heirloom, because more than anything else, Families are Forever.
Tomorrow we are heading back to the same holiday house where I started this quilt, for a two day family holiday. I hope I can manage to have a swim in water deeper than my knees (while someone else watches the little people).