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  1. November 4, 2013
    Alex

    Hang on your mom made a bed using Ana White’s plans? I was already impressed enough by the quilt.

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    • November 4, 2013
      Tara

      Yeah, I know.

      She gets onto a hobby – like making furniture, or stained glass, or sewing dresses – and she just does it. She busts her butt and gets really good at it, and then moves on.

      I’m much more of a flighty, what-shall-I-do-today? type of girl. I should probably take a page from my mom’s book.

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  2. November 4, 2013
    Bethany

    Such amazing quilts, what lucky girls! My grandmother and great-grandmother made some beautiful quilts, but I doubt I would have the patience for it ( they quilted by hand). She chose very gorgeous patterns and colors, love them!

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    • November 4, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, the hand-quilting astounds me! I once took part in a quilting circle for a friend’s wedding present (it was a great idea – we all hand-quilted a wedding-ring quilt and it was a gift for them on their wedding day). And I was the worst quilter there. I am not kidding at all.

      My mom machine-quilts. I think that’s the route I will go once I finally get the gumption to start!

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  3. November 4, 2013
    Natalie

    Oh my,Tara. This is such a beautiful post. I started making quilts pretty much out of the blue last year and I enjoy the process so much. Mainly, I hope to impart a little bit of me with every blanket. My quilts are nothing like your moms, mind you… mine are super simple in comparison. But the love that goes into them is the same. I hope one day my daughters see their quilts the same way you see the ones made by your mom. But I say go for it… use them, let the girls drag them around, let them be their childhood blankets. They will mean more to them this way!

    Natalie
    XX

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    • November 4, 2013
      Tara

      Nat – I’m so happy to hear that you’ve started quilting and are enjoying it! I really want to take it up. I even signed up for a quilting class… and then it was cancelled due to low enrollment. πŸ™

      I think that I should try again. Maybe I can find a quilting class that won’t get shut down. It’s a wonderful time to work on my sewing skills (as the days are short and the outside is cold).

      And I’m already loosening up on the quilts… a bit. πŸ˜‰

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  4. November 4, 2013
    Mel

    My Mum quilts she’s made the kids gorgeous quilts, she also knits nd the kids all had hand knits as littlies. I think I’m a novice at everything except knitting but I will try anything

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    • November 4, 2013
      Mel

      your mums quilts are gorgeous, (accident pressed post while replying) I’m loving the embroidered quilt! I let my kids use the quilts they wash up well.

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      • November 4, 2013
        Tara

        Oh, I’m a professional novice at crafting, I think! πŸ™‚ I’m so glad to hear that your kidlets’ quilts clean up well. I’ve got them on the bed (and the girls have been using them), but I still get nervous when I think about paint or dirt or… god forbid.. puke and the like.

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  5. November 4, 2013
    Becky

    First – your mom is a prostar! That bed is genius!

    Two – I totally agree that really nice stuff needs to be kept from the kids. I have beautiful crisp new Star Wars sheets that I’m keeping in the wrapper until nighttime accidents are no longer happening. Not quite the same thing as beautiful handmade quilts but still!

    Third – my sewing machine and I are still in flirting phase. i hope to go on our first date by Christmas! πŸ™‚

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    • November 4, 2013
      Tara

      My sewing machine and I have been having a very passive-aggressive relationship ever since it made its way into my house. I’m learning… but because there’s a pretty big learning curve, I often leave it alone for months at a time (which does not help me to learn a single thing).

      And yes… while I love the idea of the girls snuggling under their quilts while camping, or in the living room, I just know that I’m going to cry real tears when the first stain happens on one of those quilts. I know how many hours were poured into them!

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  6. November 5, 2013
    Danni@SiloHillFarm

    Your mom should totally share her talents with the blog world! Those quilts are gorgeous! USE THEM! I know it’s hard, trust me, I learned to use quilts Sam’s Grandmother made by hand and I’ve never been sorry! Their is some serious ambiance to a well worn and well loved quilt!

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  7. November 5, 2013
    Coffee with Julie

    Aww … the gorgeousness of those two quilts and the special sayings on each one bring tears to my eyes! I am sure your girls will grow to treasure these for years and years to come and maybe even use them with their own children.

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  8. November 5, 2013
    Kenz @ Interiors by Kenz

    There aren’t enough words for me to say how obsessed I am with that nesting doll quilt! It is perfection. Your mom is amazing. Now if only she could recognize me as her long lost grandkid: “White Buffalo” …or something cool like that.

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  9. November 5, 2013
    Amy of while wearing heels

    Those are GORGEOUS. What a special gift for the girls. I am sure they will treasure them for years to come. And, I especially love the personalized message to them both. Beautiful.

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    • November 6, 2013
      Tara

      This is a big compliment coming from the daughter of the Queen of Quilts! πŸ˜‰ I will pass that on to my mom!

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  10. November 6, 2013
    Shari

    Aww, that is so sweet, would your mom like to adopt my kids as grandkids too? I know she already has lots, but really what’s two more? This makes me miss my crafty mom, I can only imagine the things that she would have come up with for my girls!

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    • November 6, 2013
      Tara

      We are always accepting new members at the Casa de Mucho Grandchildren! πŸ˜‰ You have that crafty gene inside of you, too, Shari. I remember your paintings and the furniture refinishings. Your mom would have made some incredible things for S and H, too – maybe, once you don’t have wee babes in your arms – you can do some of the things that she would have done for them.

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  11. November 6, 2013
    Bronwyn MayB

    That is the most wonderful gift. Your craftiness came from your mom for sure – just in different ways! I get mine both from my mother and my grandmother. It’s so wonderful to be bonded by a need to create. I’m so impressed. And quilts are made to be well-loved and well-used. Don’t worry. The odd tear and stain will add to the memories.

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    • November 6, 2013
      Tara

      I think the thing is that my mom has this very focused attitude about crafting/creativity. I’m much more the flighty, “let’s give this a whirl, and if it doesn’t turn out, I’ll just chuck it” kind of mindset.

      It’s funny – a friend’s mom said to me once, “You know… some people just have to create. It’s inside them. And others don’t care. It’s weird how different people are.”

      And she was eating a snack our of a lunchbag that she had made on a loom. A LOOM! I was like, ‘Whoa, girl. I’m not that creative. But I could maybe make the snack that you’re eating from that bag.”

      I’m rambling here… what happened to this comment??!?

      The quilts are on the girls’ beds. I’m already easing up. Sort of. πŸ˜‰

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  12. November 8, 2013
    Tash @ The Dreamhouse Project

    Wow! Those quilts are incredible! What a talented Mom you have. It seems the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree! πŸ˜‰

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  13. November 8, 2013
    Steph

    So sweet! Your mom is super talented that’s for sure! I guess that’s where you get it from??

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  14. November 15, 2013
    Marilyn

    OMG Tara, those quilts are amazing…almost as amazing as your mom! WOW, I’m totally in awe of that lady and I see where you get all your talent from (the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree)

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    • November 17, 2013
      Tara

      Awww… thanks, Marilyn. You’re far too kind. I grew up in a creative household, but I don’t think I quite match my mom’s determination to become an expert. I’m much more of a “What shall I do today?” type of gal! πŸ˜‰

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  15. December 7, 2017
    Susan Cox

    Your Mom is no doubt a super talented woman. Love that embroidery pattern and those quilts looks super cute. Thanks for sharing!

    How to Design Embroidery Patterns

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  16. November 23, 2018
    Jennifer David

    Those appliques looks amazing. I am pinning this for Sunday!

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