Friday, October 29, 2010

Bloggers Quilt Festival - "Momma is that a Ladybug??"

Momma is that a Ladybug?
48" by 54"
Hand quilted/ Hand Applique
Commercial and Hand dyed cotton
2001
I'm so glad to be once again participating in the  Blogger's Quilt Festival.  When Amy asked that we share the story behind the quilt, this quilt came immediately to mind.   Before I had my princess daughter, I always was into very dark, somber colors.  It seemed like all I wanted was muted traditional hues.  When God blessed us with Tessa, it was like the light broke through all those many years of wine, navy and beige and replaced them with fushia, yellow and fire engine red.  She was such a joy. . . . .well . . . and a handful. 

You see Tessa walked just before she turned 9 months and was a toddler on the go and go we went!!!  Really a day didn't go by where we didn't go for a walk, or take a ride, or explore some new adventure.  
2002
One warm spring day when Tessa was about 3, we were walking to the shops of our little borough.  It used to take us forever to go the short 3 blocks because Tessa had to stop and examine every little thing.  When we were almost there, she stopped to look at a leaf.  She got closer and closer and then waved me in to look too.  She said, "Momma is that a ladybug???"  I told her yes it was.  She told me "Shhhhhhhh I think its sleeping"  and off she went on her journey.

The moment stayed with me all day and inspired me to pull out a favorite greeting card I had gotten from a fellow quilter.  It was joyous graphic flower with a lone ladybug perched on it.  I used the thoughts of Tessa's words and the card to design the above quilt.  Now that Tessa is a worldly teenager, I'm so glad that I have the quilt to remind me of those moments when a ladybug held so much wonder.  It might not be my most perfect piece but it will always be one of my favorites!

Be sure to  take a look at all the great entries in the Blogger's Quilt Festival.

40 comments:

Lonci said...

This is a lovely quilt:)

Marie said...

It's gorgeous, I just love it

Lynne said...

What a lovely bright quilt and a wonderful story to go with it. And what beautiful hair you both have!

Rebecka said...

Your quilt is beautiful! So colorful and eye catching!

Judys Fiber Art said...

Very lovely story and quilt. It is amazing how children can change your life. I have seen so many wayward teenagers and rebel adults change after they have a child. Life takes on new meaning.

Doris said...

What a sweet story and what a lovely girl...

quilthexle said...

What a wonderful story behind your quilt! Glad your daughter brought bright colours to your quilting - I like that ;-))

colourdujour said...

Isn't it just like a child to change an outlook on something, like your choice fabric colours! I like how you put the memory of your daughter and the lady bug moment into a quilt. Well done.

Carol said...

Great quilt. Very dynamic.

Kristen said...

Beautiful quilt! Isn't fun to see everything new through a child's eyes?

Karen said...

This is a beautiful quilt, Nina-Marie.
The colours and design are stunning.
But most of all I love the story behind your quilt. What a wonderful memory!!
Does your daughter still enjoy the quilt, too?

Cecily said...

A fabulous quilt with a beautiful story... thanks a ton for sharing it!

Allie said...

What a beautiful quilt - I love the story it has! Gorgeous colors and design!

Janet said...

Lovely story and beautiful quilt! I glad you broke out of your dark stage.

Karen said...

Great colours! Our children change us not just physically. Such a wonderful moment to have captured.

kameleonquilt said...

What a beautiful moment to have in your memory! The quilt it inspired is truly beautiful too!

Kit Lang said...

sooooooo pretty - and a sweet story!

Kelli said...

That is such an adorable story! It sounds like that one sentence sums up your daughter as a little one!
Gorgeous!!!I just want to pinch her cheeks! I don't think she'd appreciate it now but huh? : )

Sandra said...

What a beautiful original quilt, thanks for sharing it and its wonderful story. Hope you print out this post and attach it to the back of the quilt to keep the story with the quilt.
Hope you have time to come visit my entries.

Chris said...

Beautiful quilt. I love all ladybugs :)

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

What a sweet story! Isn't it great when a quilt brings back such wonderful memories?

AnnieO said...

I love that you preserved this happy memory in a sunny and beautiful, fun quilt! Your Tessa sounds like my youngest but she walked a little later, 10 1/2 months! She's still always on the go at age 20 :) Thanks for sharing your quilt's story!

Robin said...

You have captured such a wonderful memory in your quilt! I love how vibrant it is. Thanks so much for sharing its story.

Fran said...

I love the bright colors!

quiltmom said...

All quilts tell a story -this is a really sweet memory of your daughter. It reflects the joy and curiosity of a young child- It is one of the things I love about teaching kindergarten.
Thanks for sharing your lovely story.
Regards from a Western Canadian quilter,
Anna

The Quilt Ladies said...

VERY NICE, and I love the colors

Angie said...

What a great inspiration for a quilt!

Heidi said...

wonderful quilt and wonderful story
greetings from Germany. Oh and i love your block-background

Marit said...

Lovely story behind your very personal and colorful creation. I love the way quilts can hold so many memories...
; )

Kathy said...

What a great story for your floral quilt with the cute little lady bug.

Eileen said...

oh, my goodness!! what an absolutely marvelous quilt and the story is so fun. i love ladybugs, of course, so it is perfect that way...i think i need to figure out a ladybug quilt, too. thanks so much for sharing and having a great day.

Vicki said...

it's beautiful! (and I love that I'm commenting right after Eileen, she's my college roommate's mom! and ladybugs are totally her thing!)

Denise :) said...

What a happy story! I'm enjoying the stories as much as the pretty quilts! :)

elsie123 said...

These quilts we make from the heart are always special. Very nice, both the memory and the quilt.

mngirltx said...

What a great story! The quilt is adorable.

Pattilou said...

The joyous words out of the mouths of babes! The quilt is a wonderful reminder of the simple little joys of life--lady bugs always delight children--and what better way to remind us to keep something childlike in our lives!

Mama Mel said...

What a lovely quilt and story! :)

"Lois Grebowski" said...

awwwww... I love the story behind this quilt. Kids do brighten up our lives, don't they?

seventhsister26 said...

Kids have a way of bringing things back into focus;) Love the quilt;)
Happy Quilting!!

Quiltbenaco said...

E' bellissima la storia che ci hai raccontato, e bellissima รจ la trapunta che ti ricordera sempre la bimba
Ciao Domenica