Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Great Granny Along Week 2 !



Would you look at all this GREAT GRANNY goodness! This is a screen shot of the front page of the Group Photos over at flickr!

{Monday, July 16, 2012}

Isn't it just fabulous! I LOVE them all and it's so fun to check in each day and see everyone's progress!

They're addicting aren't they!

Here are a few more blocks for my GREAT GRANNY quilt!

I think it's going to be one of my favorite quilts to date...
Purple Red Orange and Green



I am totally in love with this block...

Green Yellow Brown and Red

This one is a little light, but I think it will be O.K. in the quilt.
A Light One...???

A Fun Pair


Orange and Pink Great Granny Blocks

Great Granny Blocks



I hope everyone is having a super fantastic time sewing their GREAT GRANNY's! And if you're in need of some scrappy fabric to help you along {or get you started!} I happen to be having a GIVE AWAY this week!

I'm giving away some Granny Candy!


I didn't know my Great Grandparents, but my Gram and Gramps {mom's parents} always had a dish or two of candy in their home. One right inside the front door in fact.

Of course we always got a piece {or two} when we came in, and a piece {or two} when we went out.

So I thought some Fabric Granny Candy was perfect for my GIVE AWAY this week!
There are some 2 1/2" strips and some 2 1/2" squares. And they're all ready to be made into some GREAT GRANNY blocks!

To Enter....... Leave a comment on this post. I would LOVE it if you shared a memory of your Great Granny or Granny!

The winner will be announced next Tuesday {July 24th, 2012}.
Good Luck and Happy Sewing!

ooxx`jodi

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Vroomans' Quilts said...

My Gr.Gran was a true inspiration to me (and many others). She was the matri-arch of the family immigrating from Germany. She owned her own store(s) - dry goods, smithy, and hardware as well as managed the family farm. She sewed and tatted,canned, gardened, loved her flowers and made her own wine. Was the best baker and always the first to help a community member/family in need.

Kim said...

I LOVE all your blocks! They are beautiful. The great granny blocks are so addicting. I keep sewing more when there are other things I really should be doing :-)
I don't know my great grandparents or remember much about my grandmother so I really can't tell you much.

Anne said...

My Granny was already an old lady when I was a child - or she seemed that way. The thing I do remember about her was that she always wrapped a granny square crocheted blanket around herself. It had a black background which made the other colours really pop. I loved that blanket and think of it often when I crochet granny squares myself.

Doing a great-granny quilt is on my list of things I want to do ... none of which I'm allowing myself to start until I finish my Farmer's Wife quilt. Thanks for the chance to win! :o)

Celtic Thistle said...

My great-gran was an old lady by the time I was old enough to remember her. She must have been fairly ill as my only memory of her is of her in an alcove bed, which I had to climb up on to to see her. I do remember very clearly the scented geranium on the table in the window though! Anytime I catch that smell I can picture her room :)

susan said...

My granny lived in the UK while we were in Canada but I do remember that she knit two pairs of mittens for each of us every Christmas and I was always excited to find out which colours I would get each year.

Thanks for the generous giveaway and the chance to win.

jirons42 said...

My greatgranny didn't have a candy dish but she always had a pickle crock full of wonderful homemade cookies. My grandma would get mad at us kids for always running to to cookie crock as soon as we hit the house.

kt said...

My granny also had a candy dish, that we kids would try to sneak a treat from. She also had a big fat white cat that we would take for walks (on a leash!)

trish said...

My Nanny had a pretty candy dish filled with ribbon candy. It sat on her coffee table and it was such a treat to have a piece. That same candy dish is now in my home and has been filled with treats as well. :0)

Christine M said...

mmmmm! Yummy looking candy! My grandmother worked in a clothing factory and I had an enormous wardrobe of dresses. I would end up wearing beautiful dresses outside to play just to get some wear of them!

Natasha said...

That is my favorite kind of candy (aside from m&ms!). My grandmother inspires my quilting. She made me quilts and (tried) to teach me how to crochet and quilt. I miss her dearly.

Ann Marie @ 16 Muddy Feet said...

My great granny use to cook us a breakfast that would feed an army. You always got a glass of milk and a glass of grapefruit juice. 1/2 of a grapefruit, toast, scrambled eggs, and a bowl of cereal. I don't ever remember eating anything else there except breakfast even when I spent weekends with her. She had a lovely collection of tea cups and saucers, which I understand that when she died some family idiot of mine, separated the cups from the saucers, and who knows where any of them are anymore. Even though 2 of them had mine name under the cups saying they were mine.

Pat said...

Your blocks are beautiful and vibrant - love them!
My grandmother was a farmer's wife who was also a fabulous cook. She always kept her apple shaped cookie jar filled with homemade cookies - I still miss her but I cherish my memories of her!

Jackie said...

My grandmother died when I was quite young - 8. My most prized possessions are two of her quilts. I can remember her crocheting in front of a big picture window in her living room. She'd be really happy that I'm quilting!

sandra said...

Thanks for the great sewing along and for the great giveaway!
I never met any of my great-granny, but I loved my grannys (mother and father side), and it was one of them that introduced me to chochet... She was so patient with me...

Joyce said...

My "Memere" could do anything....quilt, sew, braid rugs, jewelry, cook , knit and crochet. She had 35 grandchildren and made each one of us feel like we were her favorites. She tried to teach me to knit, but she was a leftie and I could never grasp her instructions. I wish she could see that I finally learned to do half of what she could...only I will never be as skilled. Thanks for the giveaway!

Seams Sew Together said...

My Nana was blind from the time my dad was 16, but she never let it stop her from doing anything, I remember sitting on the swing with her(both of us facing each other, I was about 9) and she would sing her special swing song, I now sing it to my granddaughter. Thanks for the giveaway.

Seams Sew Together said...

My Nana was blind from the time my dad was 16, but she never let it stop her from doing anything, I remember sitting on the swing with her(both of us facing each other, I was about 9) and she would sing her special swing song, I now sing it to my granddaughter. Thanks for the giveaway.

Jeanie said...

My Grandma was the first quilter in my life. I used to play with her basket of scraps and make doll clothes while she was hand quilting her latest quilt. I now have three of the quilts that she made and they are treasured.

Teri said...

I recently visited my father's hometown where my grandmother and great grandmother lived. I was able to share with my grandaughters about water from a well and outhouses!

nanny214. said...

I remember the (only) granny-square afghan that my Nana made. I just loved looking at all the color combinations in it. She kept it draped at the foot of her bed; I always wished she would make one for me, but she only made that one.

I would LOVE to make my own granny quilt--using some of your granny "candy"!

Eliza said...

My grandma was a wonderful Italian cook. We canned tomatoes together in the late summer, and all year she cooked and cooked and cooked. I was thinking of her last night as I made gnocchi for dinner...

The Woolen Cellar said...

What a great pattern! I have just finished my 36th 'granny' block! I used Civil War reproduction fabrics and so enjoyed using this pattern. I love all your bright colors so I have started another quilt using fabrics like you have used. I am a bit short on strips and scraps so winning your package would be perfect. When visiting my grandmother, before we would leave her house, she would take you to her bedroom and would give you pink candy which was evergreen mint. She always made me feel so special and I can still hear the rattling of the drawer pulls where she kept her candy.

Jane said...

Only knew one of my grandmothers. Her name was Ouida and I remember her sitting in her rocking chair near the space heater churning butter. We still have her old churn and a butter mold that she used.

Anna said...

Wow! Everyone has been so busy. I have some catching up to do.

I didn't grow up knowing any grandmother. My grandpa that I knew talked about grandma though. He had such respect for her that she inspired me even though I never knew her. She did all the things I enjoy most especially baking and flower gardening.

debbie @ happy little cottage said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blocks!!

My Grandnana (great grandmother) had an adorable little house and always wore an apron! She would make a cup of tea served with Lorna Doone cookies and it was the best ever!!xoxo Debbie

Leah said...

Great blocks! When visiting my Granny, she always gave us a small baggie of sweets when we left. It wasn't always the same but it was always something special to me.

Michelle Chitty said...

I would love to share something about either one of my grandmothers however one of mine passed away when I was not even born and the other when I was two. :( Sorry I would love to win though!

Renea said...

I didn't have the pleasure of meeting any of my great-grandparents but I had wonderful grandparents. I cannot eat a chocolate chip cookie with walnuts without thinking of my grandam Anna. She made the most awesome cookies! Also, she crocheted and did the most beautiful work. We would laugh as you would think she was sleeping in her chair and crocheting at the same time. I have some of the most beautiful doilies that she made. Thanks for the great giveaways and for bringing back the memories of my grandma.

Colleen said...

My great granny was old and senile when I can remember her, but she left me a crafting legacy when we cleaned out her house at age six. A large leaf bag size garbage bag full of her beads and bees and pins and glitter and pearl cottons and embroidery thread and tatting string and a myriad of other crafty supplies and notions and things. All cool and classic stuff.

Anonymous said...

i love this sew along! how fun. your blocks are beautiful.

Kathy C said...

My grandmother taught me how to sew, knit and crochet. She lived only a block away and would pay my sister and I to polish her furniture on Saturday mornings. How I miss her. kcannon@anwsu.org

Meredith said...

Your blocks are beautiful! The quilt will be gorgeous! Thanks for the giveaway.

Jess said...

My Oma {my mom's mom} was a fantastic sewer! She made tiny little ball gowns for my mom and later my Barbies. She knitted wonderful sweaters. I never appreciated any of it until she was gone, and now, here I am, a sewer and quilter. I so wish that she were still alive to stitch with.

Jodi said...

My grandfather had a small greenhouse under his house in MA and grew rhubarb plants that he would give away. He passed away when I was three -:(

Anonymous said...

Cathey said: I would love to win the granny squares. I have been ill this week and can't wit to feel better to start the quilt. Thanks so much! Cathey rc.swan@hotmail.com

Bolo heads said...

We called my Great Grandma G.G. Her mind was already gone by the time I knew her. My mom used to say
"I wish you could have known her" I always thought that was funny because I did know her. I knew she existed and that she was always with my Grandma. Now that I am older I know what she meant. She wished we knew her personality, how funny she was and all of that. I guess that is what heaven is for.

I can't wait to start making my blocks, I can't until I finish all the other quilts in the line.

regan said...

My 'Grand-dad Vasis' was in his mid 80's when I was about 5, and I remember sitting on his lap, and him teaching me the numbers 1-10 in Greek! It's still the only Greek I know!

Love all of your gorgeous blocks! The quilt is going to look amazing!

Sonia B said...

Those are some beautiful blocks. Such a fun block.

I just found a picture of my Granny holding my oldest boy when he was a baby. She has now passed on and that baby is almost taller than me. Such a treasure I found tucked away. Thanks for the chance!

luvtoquilt said...

I'm having so much fun making these blocks -- what a great quilt this will be!

Pokey said...

Believe it or not, I had 3 great grandmothers who were still living when my daughter was born! We spoke of the fact that we could never get a photo of all three with Lydia because of their ages, and the fact that one was in California, one in Nebraska, and one in Virginia...pretty cool, though.
I'm enjoying the quilt along, and sharing the block's instructions by Lori with my quilt class.

Laura said...

My great grandmother was a wonderful woman and an inspiration to us all. She was a book author and did a lot for the community including helping create good programs for special needs children throughout her life. She used to sew and the things we have from her are truly treasures.

NW Patchwork said...

Way too many memories to list! She was around until I entered highschool. She had a lot of neat stories.
Thanks for a greast giveaway and QAL!

everinprogress said...

My grandma was always knitting, or cross-stitching, and although she has passed away, I think she would be proud I'm now quilting. :)

Wendy said...

Unfortunately, I never knew my great-grandparents or even my grandfathers. Neither of my grandmothers is still with us, so sad.

My paternal grandma taught me to knit as a child. My mum had tried with no success but somehow grandma got it through to me!

Cecilia said...

I love all of your blocks. I'm hoping to start mine soon, after the grandchildren leave. 😊 my Great Grandmother would come and stay with us for two weeks during the summer and she taught us to play solitaire and gin rummy. She also taught me how to crochet when I was ten years old. I used to think that she had the prettiest hair, it was curly and white. I hope my hair will be like hers when I am older. Thanks for the chance to win some candy.

Cathy said...

My Grandmothers did not sew-- Mom-mom was an amazing cook while Granny knew where to find the best bargains and never met a diamond she didn't like! However, my great aunt Anna was the one who taught me how to sew and her mother made many treasured family quilts. I like to think all of the important grannies in my family would be proud of what I create today as I was inspired by their creativity. Thanks for a chance at this give away. And your granny squares look awesome!

Tina said...

My Grandma Taylor was a GREAT bread maker! She would make wonderful loaves of bread each week along with what she called "Sodie Biscuits". No bread machines back in those days! And the bread and biscuits were WONDERFUL along with a fresh pat or two of butter. My other memory is that she always told the story of going on her honeymoon in a covered wagon since this was before automobiles.. She was a Navajo indian woman and had married a white man and they lived their lives working on cattle ranches in the New Mexico area. They were both amazing people!

Darlene said...

Your blocks are adorable. I've seen so many delightful blocks all over blogland. I've resisted this but I wonder how long I could resist if I won your Granny Candy?

I knew my maternal great grandmother and great grandfather quite well - they lived till there were almost 100. My maternal grandmother taught me to sew and do hand embroidery - I have fabulous memories of her.

Sewn With Grace said...

When I was a child I had waist length hair. Whenever I went to visit my Grandma she would insist on brushing it and braiding it into two long braids behind each ear. She would pull so hard that I would fight back tears each time. She had a wonderful full laugh that came from deep within, couldn't cook a lick, but loved us so much! Your blocks are stunning! Thanks for the chance to win.

Peggy said...

Your blocks are beautiful. I need to start this quilt. I am in love with it. The more I see it the more I want to make one. I can always remember going to my grandparents house and my grandpa would always tell us to go to the basement and get something to drink. Inside the pink basement fridge, was every kind and color of soda you could ever want. I always remember that and now do the same thing with my grandchildren. Unfortunately, my fridge isn't that pink one that I loved.

Country Mom said...

I'm loving all the granny blocks. I so want to get start on one, but I'm in the middle of another project now, that I have to get done. My grandma taught me how to sew, cook and garden. She was such a sweet kind lady. Everyone who knew her loved her. Great giveaway prize. Thank you.

gccmom said...

I love these blocks and hope to do some when my life calms down a bit. Summer is way too busy for me.
Memories....ahh...I had a wonderful grandmom. She died when I was six and I miss her still. Every year for Christmas, she bought us a new coloring book and crayons. She also bought some for herself! We spent many happy hours coloring together. She also would eat the food we didn't want when my mom and dad weren't looking! She got the mumps that way! I sure did love her!

Mary said...

Always loved to visit my Grandmother. When I was in gradeschool my parents would take me to her house and I would get to stay for a week, all by myself. I loved being in her company. I think my love of sewing and embroidery came from her. It was just so nice being with her. I miss her, even though she died many years ago.

Susan said...

I grew up on a dairy farm in MN. One day my great-grandmother came to visit. I asked her if she liked to come out to the barn to see the cows. She saw a milking machine and asked if we could milk 4 cows at a time. I started giggling and explained the mechanics of the machine. We ALL had a good laugh when I retold the story at the supper table!

Winona Thompson said...

I never knew any of my great grannies, but I was blessed enough to have my granny live with us as I was growing up. When I think of her, I think of a little grey haired lady sitting with a crochet hook in her hand saying "one, two, three, one, two, three, etc." LOL She was always crocheting and kept track of where she was out loud. LOL I sure miss her.

mtaylor944 said...

My great-grandparetns and all but my maternal grandmother had passed away long before I was born. She was a quilter and she gave each grandchild a handmade quilt when they graduated from high school. I still have mine and take it out every so often to trace the perfect stitches and remember her. She was wonderful. I'm so glad I had the opportunity as a young woman to not only know Grandma but also know Virginia, her real name. I often wish she were here to show me her tricks and tips for quilting. Hopefully, I can talk my aunt into letting me browse her quilting patterns some day so I can reproduce some of the quilts she made. Until then, I'll keep working on my Great Granny blocks and browsing blogland for all the latest and greatest new things to inspire us all. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

B Greene said...

My grandmother wasn't a quilter, but she loved to knit and crochet. She never sat down without picking up a project - her hands were never still. She lived to be 104 and they were 104 great years!! Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to reminisce.

Kala said...

I was fortunate that I got to spend time with my Great Grannie Annie! She was a soft spoken woman of many talents. She didn't have a tv so it was always so quite at her house. I remember coloring while the adults talked. Her home had that your safe and all is right with the world feeling. Thank you for the giveaway and for sharing your talent with all of us.

becka said...

My grandmother helped to instill my love of sewing by purchasing my first sewing machine and helping me with some of my first projects. She was also a wonderful cook and enjoyed trying new recipes. I love this block and would like to try to make it when life settles down a bit around here!

Katie Fleming said...

My grandmother (Nani) was always their to inspire me to chase my dreams!!!

Thanks for the giveaway!

- Katie Fleming
Kate Michelle Designs

Heidi Staples said...

Love your granny blocks! It's one of my favorite patterns. My grandmother love to collect dolls. Her house is full of them, and my girls love to visit them and her! :)

Rae said...

I didn't know my great-great grandmother or great-gramdmother but I have some of their quilt blocks. My grandmother taught me to sew and embroider. I spent hours at her house sewing on her old black sewing machine (that only went forwards and backwards, no zig zag), which was easy to do since she lived next door. Thanks for the giveaway. raybanfandango at hotmail dot com

Karen said...

I love your great granny blocks. I don't remember my great-grandmother very much. But my grandmother is who taught me to sew on her treadle machine. She didn't quilt, she was a crocheter and she taught me that as well. I have her treadle machine and love to bring it out to show my grandkids. Thanks for the give away.

Joan said...

One of my grandmother's lived in my home town and my other grandmother lived in Wales. I was fortunate enough to spend precious time with both of my grandmother's. I remember visiting my grandmother everyday after school and sitting in the big rocking chair with her. I spent a couple of summers with my Welsh grandmother and we shopped, did the gardening and just spent valuable time together. I have such wonderful memories.
Thank you for the generous giveaway.

Gillian E. said...

My very crafty Grandmother always had a dish of caramels on her coffee table! The things I remember most about her from my childhood are waking up to the smell of fresh baked cookies before the sun came up, her teaching me to crochet when I was 5, and making a simple drawstring bag out of pretty fabric.
I love that fabric reminds me of her :)
Your blocks are amazing!!! Can't wait to start a quilt for baby #4!!! :)

Candice said...

I never knew my great grandparents, but my grandma was the best!! There were ALWAYS keebler fudge stripe cookies at her house for us :)

Terrie said...

My grandparents had a dairy farm in Wisconsin that we visited faithfully every summer. I LOVED every moment of it and would cry and cry everytime we had to leave. They didn't have a candy dish but
my grandfather always had a bag of lemondrops to share and my grandmother spent nearly every waking moment in either the kitchen or the garden and her cooking was wonderful!!!!! Lovely lovely memories !!! and ps....i LOVE your candy too :)!!!!

Linda S. said...

I never knew my grandparents, but my mom taught me to love sewing and crafts and was a wonderful grandma to my kids

Sharon said...

I am named after my granny and she was very special. My dad was an only child so the 5 of us were a true blessing for her. She always sewed and made me many dresses when I was growing up. I am loving the quilt-along and I thank you for taking the time to do it for us. Your blocks are so pretty! I am loving mine and really enjoying the process of making them.

the mrs said...

I only had one grandmother that I ever knew. She lived nearby and she was my most favorite person on the planet. She was sweet and kind and lovely in every way. I loved the way her pantry smelled, all of her knickknacks and her apricot tree in the backyard was the best climbing tree ever. Thanks for a reason to reminisce about Grandma again.

Heartsdesire said...

Unfortunately, I never met my great grandparents and both of my grandfathers had passed away before I was born. My grandmothers lived in different provinces, one in Nova Scotia and one in Ontario, so I didn't get to see much of them. I do however, remember taking the train to Nova Scotia every few years to visit "Grammy." She was a very loving, caring person and always welcomed us with many hugs and kisses. Love all the granny square quilts, it can really become addictive.

robinh said...

Are we cousins? the candy dish figures big in my gramdmother memories as well. My grandmother is the one who let me use her sewing machine and dig through her scrap bag, thus inspiring a new budding seamstress. She was green and did not know it, reusing, painting, slipcovering to make her home beautiful with little cash. She still inspires me, even though she has been gone over 30 years!

Maria said...

Love your squares! My Granny was the most wonderful, inspiring, funny, caring and "one of a kind" woman. She passed away 16 years ago, but all my memories of her still makes me laugh!

judys said...

My grandmother (Nana) was a huge part of my childhood....we always spent Christmas with her and my aunt no matter where we were for the rest of the year! usually holidays in the summer too. She was just always there-a steady, solid part of our being kids! I am so please to be that part of my granddaughter's life now, and hope she has those kinds of memories of me as well....she is lucky enough to have two great grandpas, and one great grandma still! Love the Granny Blocks, they remind me of the afghans I used to make!

Linda said...

I love the granny squares and have enjoyed seeing so many different color combinations being used. My grandma was ample bosomed and soft to be hugged by. She also wore sensible shoes. Isn't it funny the odd things that we remember from so long ago?
Lequilts.blogspot.com

legato1958 said...

I remember visiting my great grandmother , and in the summer evenings after a wonderful meal, we would go out back to feed the outside kitties and her geese. They would follow us around and honk at us!

sue
legato1958 at aol dot com

Quilt Monkey said...

These blocks are so enticing - I think I might have to make some this weekend! I didn't know any of my great grandparents and only had one grandmother living when I was a child. I remember she loved purple and owls and showed me how to peel an orange when I was very little! Thanks for the chance!

Jan S said...

Never knew my great grandparents, but my mother's mom made quilts. I remember a homemade frame she had that pulled up to the ceiling to get it out of the way. when I was little, I always thouht it was so cool, having a quilt hanging from the ceiling!

Jan S said...

Never knew my great grandparents, but my mother's mom made quilts. I remember a homemade frame she had that pulled up to the ceiling to get it out of the way. when I was little, I always thouht it was so cool, having a quilt hanging from the ceiling!

Jeanne said...

My granny was a quilter who made me 4 quilts when I was growing up. I was too young to appreciate all her time in making them. But I knew she loved me alot from those quilts she made me. She had a heart of gold and would give
you the shirt off her back. Thanks for the giveaway.

Jeanne said...

My granny was a quilter who made me 4 quilts when I was growing up. I was too young to appreciate all her time in making them. But I knew she loved me alot from those quilts she made me. She had a heart of gold and would give
you the shirt off her back. Thanks for the giveaway.

Ana said...

Oh no I am hooked now! Pulling fabric and cutting my background pieces. You blocks are great, what an inspiration.

Melissa said...

I didn't know my great grandma's but I am told that my maternal one was a very good seamstress! My mother told me that my love of sewing skips a couple generations. I quilt and so does my daughter, Francine!

Tamie said...

None of my grandmothers sewed but one great grandmother was a quilter. She was very ill by the time I met her but I have two of her quilts that I cherish. I love your blocks.

Cathy said...

My G-Gran lived om New Brunswick, clear the other side of Canada from us. I recall meeting her once when I was about 7yrs old. My daughter however was very fortunate to know and spend lots of time with 3 great grandparents. And has many great memories of them to pass on to my grandchildren.
I would love to win some G-Gran candy. Due to a recent storm in our town my basement flooded and my sewing room is all packed up so I'm unable to get started on the wonderful blocks.
CathyC in Alberta
cathyc1950@gmail.com

Sallie said...

My grandma taught me to cross stitch and let me make Barbie clothes on her sewing machine. Thanks for the giveaway!

Judith said...

My Grandparents made me laugh everytime I visit. It was a loving home and tasty meals, music and memorable stories. My grandmother will be 97 next month and she still makes me laugh to this day. Since the great granny along I have gather all my scraps to sew one. Judith, Texas

robin said...

My Grandma was a wonderful woman. As her youngest grandchild, I suppose I was a bit spoiled. When my mom died when I was a teenager, she came to stay with us for a few months and it was such a comfort to me to have her around. I miss her very very much.

Libby said...

My "Grandma" would always bake cookies ~ Tollhouse chocolate chip cookier ~ Until she was not able anymore, she would have a jar in the freezer for me and told me to bring it back next week and like clockwork, I had another jar of cookies, and there was also a home cooked meal waiting for me every Tuesday nite; funny how this quilt made me think of her and how I still miss her.

Libby said...

My "Grandma" would always bake cookies ~ Tollhouse chocolate chip cookier ~ Until she was not able anymore, she would have a jar in the freezer for me and told me to bring it back next week and like clockwork, I had another jar of cookies, and there was also a home cooked meal waiting for me every Tuesday nite; funny how this quilt made me think of her and how I still miss her.

KatieQ said...

I don't remember my father's mother, she died when I was 18 months old. My mother's mother (Babcia) was from Poland. She made the best potato pancakes. Her favorite flower was the bleeding heart. She grew purple dahlias with flowers as big as dinner plates. She always seemed so old to me, but she died in her 70s. I'm 63 now so it makes me realize she really wasn't that old after all. She was very religious and said the rosary every day as did my own mother until she died at 93.

sarah said...

My Grandmother (paternal) was an amazing quilter(and cross stitcher, and baker and cook, and embroiderer, etc). She had dementia in the end but was still making quilts, at 92 years old, up until the week that she passed away..amazing!

abc1x1 said...

Meine Großmutter strickte Socken und immer hatte sie für mich eine Tasse Tee und Gebäck. Manchmal gab es auch leckeres Eis.
Ich liebe diese schönen Grannys.
LG Sigrid

Karen said...

My maternal great grandmas lived together in a small cottage behind my grandma's house. About all I remember of them was that the called each other Mother Clark and Mother Fowles. I have one picture in my mind of them playing canasta in the shade of a large tree during a hot California summer.
My grandma hooked rugs. She claimed not to know how to sew, but I learned later that she hated sewing as during the great depression, her mom made her and her sisters do all the piecework for her seamstress business.
I inherited my beloved mother's joy of sewing, crafting, and creating. I miss all of them terribly!
Thanks for the chance at winning some candy!

TaraB said...

I only knew my Great Grandmother. We make rolls that we call "Granny Belle" rolls from her recipe - no matter how hard I try to make these rolls, it doesn't work.

I also remember playing with snails in her backyard. There were 1000's of them.

She was an amazing quilter and I am lucky enough to have a very large bin of her scraps - I hope to one day make a quilt in remembrance of her.

Daisy said...

My maternal Grandmother was such a fun and giving person inspite of the hard life she lived. She was making me a postage stamp Trip around the World quilt when she passed away. It is on my UFO list to complete. There are pieces of my clothes that my Mom sewed and pieces of her clothes that Grandma made for her. Grandma has been gone since 1971 and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of her. She was just so special. I love your blocks. They are so bright and cheerful. I would love a chance to win your candy jar. Thanks, Daisy

Brenda said...

I don't think I knew either of my great grandmothers. I did love both of my grandmothers very much and enjoyed spending time with both of them.

DianeM said...

My only Grandparent was my Mom's Mom Grace. But 3 of her sisters Aunt Hazel, Aunt Ida, and Aunt Mary were all still alive as well - good German farm stock! My Grandma and Aunt Ida lived together till Aunt Ida went into a Nursing Home. They ALWAYS had a glass bowl of candy too (yummy, chewy Brach's assorted toffees) - I don't know how they did it 'cause if it were me the candy would be gone in a day! And at Christmas time they bought a tin of those mixed hard candies to have on hand. My Grandma was very healthy & mobile so I have many memories of her babysitting us with Aunt Ida....we always thought Aunt Ida was nicer 'cause she wouldn't spank us, but Grandma would! Grandma was born on St. Patrick's Day so I always remember to wish her a Happy Birthday in my thoughts (she's been gone many years now). In honor of her my daughter's middle name is Grace.
Your quilt blocks are beautiful...isn't the flickr group amazing?!
Smiles, DianeM

Catherine said...

The Great Granny quilt is next for me to do. I remember my Grandmother crocheting table cloths. Her stitches were so fine and small. She was a lovely person and always so neat in her appearance. She definitely was an inspiration to me. I would love a chance to win some candy. Thank you.
Catherine

Patti Shanks said...

Just started my granny blocks yesterday but already I'm loving them! My grandmother also had candy dishes- at the front and back door! Mostly for my grandfather who had a sweet tooth! My best memory of my grandmother is her sewing on her treadle machine! I have the machine now, but sadly have never used it.
Thanks for the giveaway.

Amys Crafty Shenanigans said...

I love all of your grannies!! They will look amazing in a quilt. I'm still gathering fabrics so would love to win and get started!!! Thanks for this!! My granny left two fanily quilts to my dad and thi is what started my passion for them. One is pink and white (may have been red in it's day) and is a jacob's ladder set on point and the other is a mustard and brown jacob's ladder but set square so they actually look like old fashioned razors!! nt.

kbzelazny said...

LOVE your squares! I got my love of sewing and crafting from my Grandmother. Many years ago, she gave me a sterling silver thimble that I treasure! Thanks for the great giveaway!

Pontos da Flávia said...

I was lucky to have my grannys for so long! I was adult, when they passed away! Lovely memories... And both my grandmas sewed... :o) I have them all in my heart....

Kim Walus said...

Like you, I never knew my great grandparents but as a child I lived close enough to spend each Sunday and most holidays at their home, up until we moved when I was 10 years old. I really miss their farm and the family picnics in the summertime, the many family gatherings and holidays spent together, and all of the cousins, too.

We would go back to visit from time to time but Utah was a very long drive to Wisconsin and my mom had cancer all my growing up years so it was never the same without my dad's family around. Good times!

I still cherish the memories of that part of my life and try to recreate those special times with my own grandchildren!

Di~ said...

She wore a long white apron while working in the grocery store that they owned. They lived ina cute little apartment above the store in the little town of Malad Idaho.

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

We called her 'Great nan in bed', she was bedridden but I always remember visiting my Nans and going in to give her a kiss. My Nan is my best friend and utterly wonderful!

Stephanie/PurdueLiz said...

My grandma (mom's mom) was the one who taught me to quilt. I spent the summer between my sophomore and junior year of college going over to her house and making 2 log cabin quilts, one for me and one for my (then) boyfriend (now husband). I am so very glad I got to spend that time with her and learn such a wonderful craft skill.

I only have one great-grandparent that I remember, my dad's grandma. And coincidentally enough, we called her Granny. She lived to be 96 and she was still sharp as a tack until the very end. One memory that sticks out (besides all the family poker games when I was a kid) was one year hubby and I visited at Christmas. She couldn't remember hubby's name (she has sooooo many grandkids, great-grandkids etc, that keeping up with spouse names got too hard). But she DID remember that he was an engineer and was asking him how her little fiber optic Christmas tree worked. Such a keen mind. Such a wonderful lady. One of my favorite pictures is from Christmas 2000, a couple years before she passed. It's of Granny, my Grandma, my dad, me, and my 4 month old son. 5 generations.

Segelfliege said...

Your blocks are gorgeous!!!
My granny always had a bar of chocolate ready when I or my siblings visited. She just loved to spoil us.

Carrie P. said...

So many fun blocks. YOurs are beautiful. I am working on more. sweet giveaway.
I did not know my great grandmas but my grandma that I did know was the one that taught me how to embroider. I think about her lot whenever I do embroidery.

Joelle said...

Grandma (Dad's mom) would let me have Fizz when I visited. That's what we called Coca Cola. When I was in the hospital at age 4, I asked for Fizz and they had no idea what it was. Grandma also let us dress up in her costume jewelry and old acting clothes- she'd been in vaudeville. She was a really great lady in many ways.

Janet said...

I didn't know either of my grandmothers. One died when I was one year old and the other lived thousands of miles away, in an era when long distance travel wasn't common. I did meet her once when I was fifteen. I have a picture of her though that I love, in an old fashioned flowered dress standing in her garden.

Marga (MarPie) said...

Both my grandmothers died when I was young. Love your blocks and would love to make a chance to win some fabric. Love the granny and you took me over the threshold to start one too. Thanks.

Kind regrads,
Marga♥

Marcia W. said...

Both of my grandmothers were fun to be around, though it was yes maam no maam and had to behave well. My maternal grandmother taught me to sew on her treadle machine. My paternal grandmother taught me to fish for brim with a cane pole. She also taught me to make tiny little stitches as was a handsewer. We miss them.

maggie said...

My Grandma was a seamstress and I loved spending time with her while she sewed on her tredle machine. She made me lots of clothes from feed sacks and because I was her favorite, I got to pick from the pile of feed sack that she had saved and picked the prettiest ones for my dresses. I am not young any longer, but I still miss her.

Lynn said...

count me in! my grannie is 94 and still has a candy dish. one of my favorite memories of going to her house is the smell of chicken and dumplings cooking and a sprint to the "candy jar"...

Connie said...

What great memories I have of my Granny, Maggie. She was always sewing. She did alterations and also made clothes for people. When she sewed she would always throw the threads on the floor. Why I don't know, especially when she was the one that had to clean them up. Granny lived to the ripe old age of 93. Loved me some Maggie!

Claire said...

I only knew my Grandmothers and they were both amazing ladies in their own ways. One of them had a small stash of fabrics that she gave to me and I made clothes out of them. If only I had hung onto them - they surely would be more than vintage by now! I love seeing all these Granny blocks and just know I am going to have to make one too!

Susan said...

All your blocks are so cute. I can't decide which one I like best!
My grandmother came from Russia, and she could knit like nobody's business. When a grandchild or great-grandchild, or even a great-great-grandchild was born, she would start their sweater in the morning when she got up. By the evening she would have finished baby sweater, hat to match, and even a pair of booties. She passed away at age 102, and her baby sweaters are still being worn.

Karen W said...

I am so into Geneaology and thought that making each of these squares and naming them after each of my great grandmothers would be a great tribute and a way to make a great quilt. Thanks

Cecilia said...

I love this quilt-a-long! It comes togther so quickly and easily. I didn't know my grandmas, they passed before I can remember,and I wish I had some memories of them. Thank you for the giveaway!

Helen said...

I used to stay at my Nana's house every second weekend (my dad live there). If I was ever sick - tummy ache, cold, whatever - she would always make me some semolina. To this day, if I am feeling miserable, all I want is a bowl of semolina.

Claudia said...

My Grandmother shared her feed sacks with me and taught me how to make a gathered skirt. It was a treadle machine and I loved it. I only wish she were here to see the quilts I have made. Love the great granny square blocks.

Sharon Dawn said...

I have been trying to resist starting another quilt until I finish my current project, but your blocks are too much!!

Luckily I knew both grandmothers and two greats well enough to have lots of sweet memories of them! One of the greats that I don't remember made a baby quilt for me that I still have. My Grandfather is the reason I married my husband....I always wanted to find someone like him!!

Thanks for your Great Granny Along!

mary said...

I like your granny candy. My granny liked to hand quilt.

•stephanie• said...

my grandma taught me to sew. my mom was never interested in learning. she always volunteered to do the dishes if her mom would sew for her. so the sewing bug skipped a generation. sadly, none of my girls sew either. i guess i better get busy and teach my granddaughters how! i don't want the love of stitching to die with my generation!

Kimberly said...

My Grammy didn't sew but she crocheted and she sure did crochet a lot of granny square afghans. I still have one along with the little granny square vest she made for me some time during the 1970s. I want to make my own granny square quilt! :)

JaneT said...

My mom's mother tatted and I was fascinated with it. When she died, I received her tatting shuttle. I have tried to teach myself several times and always end up with a wad of thread. I can remember when we went to see her each summer over 1000 miles from where we lived, she would always have what to a child looked like every Pepsi bottle in South Carolina waiting for us to have Pepsi floats.

suemac said...

My grandmother had an old treadle sewing machine. She and I would practice on it. I loved that machine.

Julie said...

Sadly I never knew my great-grannies but I have (and cherish) a baby afghan crocheted for me by my great grandmother who died when I was 4 years old.

arkie said...

Lovely quilt blocks! My paternal grandmother taught me to sew on her treadle sewing machine. She inspired me to learn all the "home" skills. My first afghan I crocheted was for her.

bestjlb said...

Beautiful blocks! I am just going to have to do this quilt along! I never knew my great grannies, but I did have wonderful grandmothers. One of them introduced me to coffee on Sunday afternoons when I was about three years old--a little bit of coffee with lots of milk and sugar! My other grandmother had a pretty candy dish on her coffee table that she filled with Russell Stover hard candies at Christmas. I used to dig through them to find my favorite raspberry ones! Thanks for stirring up the memories!

Anonymous said...

just found you thru Nancy Zieman's doll clothes blog roll- Love your blog!
My Babci, (grannie) taught me to sew on her treadle, bought for her by my grandfather on my Dad's birthday-- 4/12/1918- I have it in my bedroom and cherish it. Isn't that cool?
susan in ct

Emily said...

My Great "Granny" always gave us ice cream. And my "Granny" taught me to love fabric. Thanks for reminding me about them.

Therese said...

I remember having soda crackers with peanut butter every time I'd go to Grandma's! I miss her a lot! mudhens1[at]embarqmail[dot]com

Mary said...

Your blocks are awesome! And what a fun giveaway!
I only knew one of my grandmas and she lived about a quarter mile from my family. I always loved her popcorn the best. And I loved to watch her crochet.

Linda said...

I love the Granny Squares! I haven't made a quilt with them, but my mind is sure churning with the idea....a good winter project. My maternal Grandparents also had a candy dish, which was much loved my all of the grandkids. I love your blog!

Tealovinglady said...

I love all these great photos of your quilt squares. I haven't started mine yet but plan to soon.

I loved to visit my grandparents when I was little. We lived in CA and they lived in Arkansa so it was a car trip to get there traveling across the states. My sisters and I always had so much fun on those trips!

One of my favorite memories of going to my grandparents house was that my grandmother knew how much I loved apricots. She would make sure she had canned lots of them before our visit and we would eat them at every meal. Then she would make sure we took home whatever canned ones didn't get eaten up by me and my sisters. I still love apricots and think of her every single time I eat one.

Anda W said...

I had no great grandparents growing up!? My grandparents lived with us growing up which was wonderful! awolk at rogers dot com

Audrey said...

I just love your Great Granny quilt blocks and would love to win the Granny Candy! My Gram was very special to me. She taught me to knit and crochet. Sitting by her side, learning the different stitches, is one of my favorite memories of her. She crocheted a red, orange and yellow poncho and matching tote bag for me in the early 1970's. I thought I was all that when I wore it. Just thinking about her makes me smile. Thanks for the bringing back some great memories!

Mrs. Burke said...

I have enjoyed all of your great granny blocks. I believe I got my love of quilting from my granny. I quilted her a picture quilt of her life for her birthday a few years ago and it hangs above her bed. Now that she is aging, she gave me a quilt that was hand pieced by her quilting group, all of whom have passed. I will get it quilted. I just have to keep telling myself that. Thanks again for your inspiration and the fun you bring to quilting.

Jan Quigley said...

Both my grandmother's passed away before I was born which is a great shame as I would have loved to have had a 'nana.' Luckily my mum has shared many memories of her mum with me. She had 9 children, 2 died young, but she raised the remaining 7 through the great depression & WW2 which both hit hard here in Australia. Both her sons served in WW2. They didn't have much when it came to material possessions but they were all loved & made to feel special. My mum & her 2 surviving sisters are all in their 80's now & they all still talk with fondness of their childhood & their lovely mum.

Carol in E TN said...

My dad's parents always had a candy dish with chocolate stars or chocolate disks with little white candy "things" on top. Great giveaway!

Ginny said...

Love your blocks! Hoping mine turn out as well! My grandma helped take care of me when I was young and I remember watching her sew. I have an old tin where she kept her tools and some very old spools of thread (wooden spools) that were her's. I keep them in my sewing room where I can see them, and smile.

Karen H said...

I remember my grandma's favorite candy was horehound candy. I tried to like it as a child, but just couldn't... Maybe one of these days I'll try it again. Your blocks are beautiful! I need to finish a few of them, so I can get them posted. They do go together quickly1

Angela said...

I am loving all the blocks. My grandmothers were great ladies, my granny (mable) could sew anything without even needing a pattern, she did not quilt but made our clothes even bridesmaid dresses again no pattern. I inherited her treadle machine and love for sewing.

And my granny Dora well she did not sew but she had a beautiful flower garden and would take business flowers every week, she walked everywhere as she never learned to drive, not only did she grow flowers. But children too, she had 16 that lived. And she was famous for what my kids call MawMaws hot rolls. I recently acquired a crystal candy dish that belonged to my Granny Dora. I would love to fill it up with beautiful fabric.
Happy sewing.
Angela

craftytammie said...

my nana taught me to sew, and i love that my kids get to see her often. she's 93 and still awesome. i called her last week and she was making apple butter. :)

Nancy said...

The Great Grandma that I remember was named Gladys. She actually lived until I was in college. She was an amazing crochet-er and a fun lady. She was a big fan of the Utah Jazz- Stockton & Malone, which was hilarious. I love the Great-Granny squares and have already made one which turned out great! Thanks for sharing with us.

Sharon said...

My grandmother passed away in 2005 at the fine age of 102 -- she was a quilter and I have some doll quilts that she did all by hand. She made each of by boys a quilt also and they still use them 36 & 38 years later. Wonderful memories!

Rhonda D. said...

Love your Granny blocks! I remember when I was a little girl, going to church with my Granny, and
playing under the quilt frame. Little did I kow I would quilt some
day. She died before I started quilting, but I know she is watching over me. Thanks for the
chance to win.

wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

Homemaker Honey said...

Oh, what fun! I see my granny squares in the image from Flickr that you posted. Yes, they are addicting! I knew two of my Great Grandmothers, one on each side. Both lived into their 90's! One had two children, while the other had nine. One grew up in Kansas and the other on a mountain in Tennessee...so very different. I'm very thankful that I had the privilege of knowing them both.

Deborah
homemakerhoney @gmail .com

Cynthia said...

I remember my great grandparents and my great great grandmother. I really loved my great grandparents, they died when I was about 9 years old. We didn't live closeby, but would visit every summer. They made me feel special :) My great grandmother bought me one really beautiful outfit every year. She would always have baked goodies for us when we visited. I have warm, fuzzy memories of them. My great great grandmother was scary to me as a young child. She lived to be a hundred and didn't speak to me much.

Fran said...

My maternal Grandmother was a sweet & gorgeous person, completely unselfish & very loving. She taught me the basics of a sewing machine when I was young so now (many years later) that I have become obsessed with quilting, I think of her often when I'm sewing.

sewpsyched said...

I don't remember my Granny sewing but my Mom sure did. She taught me and I eventually became a Home Economics Teacher. Remember "Home Ec"? (;0)

AlyceB said...

Beautiful blocks!! My favourite great grandma memories involve visiting their farm when I was a child - collecting eggs, seeing sheep, pickingn fruit, and all the old-fashioned farm food you'd expect. Plus a bag of fruit and some jams to take home with us!

Heather said...

I was fortunate to know several of my great grandparents and spend lots of time with them as a child. Two of my great grandmothers were still around when I got married 12 years ago. One was able to attend our wedding and but the other was not. Between the wedding and our reception we made a special visit to make sure we had pictures of us with her. It is one of my most favorite pictures from that day.

NancyL said...

I never knew any of my Great Grandma's, but 1 of my Grandma's helped me learn how to crochet

NancyL said...

I never knew any of my Great Grandma's, but one of my Grandma's taught me how to crochet, and my first project was a beautiful Granny Square afghan which had bright scraps for the blocks with the last made of black. It was beautiful!!

Carla G said...

My Grandma taught me to crochet & knit. And I still remember listening to her knitting needles clicking as she made sweaters for all the grandkids. I wish she was still around... Thanks for a chance to win! :)

Andrea said...

My grandma (mother's mom) taught her to sew...my mom taught me to sew when very young...around 8-9 years old on an old Singer. My Grandma sewed all her life...she made us some patchwork log-cabin-like place mats when we got married 40 years ago. She also crocheted and did needlepoint. I treasure the things she made me.

Libby Clarke said...

My Grandmother was a Special Ed. teacher and I do not remember her being crafty or into sewing but when I was away in college she got scraps from all the clothes I had made myself in high school and she made a quilt for me. It is a little worse for wear but I still have it 40 years later.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

My Grandma's were both very talented~ sewing, crocheting, embroidering and in the kitchen. Yum! I love your blocks! Thanks for the fun giveaway!

Cindy said...

I love that you are asking for Granny stories. Mine died over 30 years ago and she was an extraordinary quilter. I wish she could be with me as I quilt since she never knew I took it up. I'm the only grandchild who has taken up her hobby.

I feel so blessed as just 2 days ago I was clearing out some things in my parents' garage as they moved into assisted living some months back. In a box I found a quilt top my grandmother made, in amazing condition. I smile every time I look at it and think of her working on it. I'll be taking awhile to study it and think about how I'll finish it. It's an amazing treasure!

Jamie Lee said...

Yours look so pretty!

My grandmother's mom died during the Spanish flu epidemic and her dad remarried a woman who abused (really abused) his original 3 kids. At confirmation she wanted to take her birth mother's name, either Veronica or Bridget, but her dad made her take her step-mom's name, Agnes. She never got to meet her great granddaughters, but one is named Beatrix Bridget and one Veronica Mae. I like to think she would have really liked that. I hope those names stay in our family for a long time.

Avon said...

Thanks for the chance to win. I always love a chance to win some fabric that I didn't pick out. It makes one stretch to use someone else's fabric choice. Love your squares, and your blog. :)

Avon said...

Thanks for the chance to win. I always love a chance to win some fabric that I didn't pick out. It makes one stretch to use someone else's fabric choice. Love your squares, and your blog. :)

freakadoodles said...

My grandmother always hosted the most amazing holiday dinners. She had a huge dining room table that everyone fit around, and she made tons of shellfish, homemade ravioli and meatballs, and pies and cakes. Once, we stopped by their house on a random weeknight, and they were having pork chops and mashed potatoes. I was confused and disappointed, because it had never occurred to me that they didn't have those amazing feasts every night!

Sewcando said...

What a great giveaway and a super idea to fill a candy dish. I never had the opportunity to meet my grandparents on either side as they passed away before I was born, but my mother-in-law makes the bestest grandma. Every time we see her she gives my kids change and absolutely loves to cook for them.

Joyce Carter said...

Both of my grandparents passed away before I was born, so I never had a chance to get to know either set. You are having such a great giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win.

Wendy said...

My great grans were gone before I was born, but I did know my both my grans. My gran Cotton was the sewer quilter in the family and I loved being around her. She always had a quilt in the frame and I loved watching her quilt. She made the tiniest most perfect stitches ever! She also had bowls of candy which she called pogey bait for all the grands when we would come over! Thank you for a lovely giveaway.

Amy DeCesare said...

I'm so lucky to have known all of my grandparents, and 2 great-grandparents. I even had a neighbor who was like another grandma to us, so we called her Grandma, too! My favorite memory...out of a million...could be the way my great-grandfather broke up hard pretzels for me to eat, while I sat on his lap. I must have been only about 3 years old.

Karenkay said...

I also knew all my grandparents. My dad's parents always had fresh baked cookies and a jar of candy ready for us. My mom's parents always had wonderful family get-togethers!!

Terry said...

I love your blocks! I have so many wonderful memories of all my grandmas that it would be hard to choose one to share. Let's just say they always made me feel loved! Thanks for the giveaway! :0)

Julie said...

i don't know much about my grandmothers. i don't think either of them were into sewing or crafting. i wish i knew more.

BoogaJ said...

My great grandma was a super cook and cookie baker. Every Christmas I remember going to her house and seeing tins of homebaked cookies tucked in every nook and cranny!

Deidra said...

My grandmother had a dish with fake candy in it and she would always try to trick my kids into thinking it was real candy and asked them if they wanted any.

Material Mary said...

I'm excited to do this quilt a long. I will be a little delayed in starting as I have to finish up some things first...a memory of a great grandmother, she died before I was ever born, but she made numerous quilts as she was a prolific quilter, so her legacy lives on. She was widowed while pregnant with her 5th child..her life was really hard, but she managed to raise kids and quilt...
Mary

Karen O said...

I remember my Maternal Great Grandma clearly. I got to visit her at the farm. She lived to be 96, and some of my favorite pics are the 4 generations of females together. I was blessed to be able to have some 4 generation pics with my Grandma, Mom, Myself and daughter before my Grandma died at 94 years old.

Robert and Cassie said...

What a fun giveaway!! I love all the arrays of beautiful squares! SO fun! My grandma made several quilts but I never really got to know her, it's so fun making quilts and thinking how easy it is now to quilt compared to 50 years ago! All the hand stitching they had to do! WOW!

Margaret said...

My Gramma by today's standards was a very large woman. She was squishy. I loved to sit on her lap and snuggle. She also had the most beautiful white hair. Not much of it but she would let me comb it for hours. She was a sewer and blind from diabetes. She used a treddle machine and I would sit on the floor under the machine and work the peddle while she sewed. I miss her a great deal and wish that my children could have known her.

Sandra said...

I am just getting started and I just love these blocks. My granny always had banana pudding for us. I know its not candy, but it was delicious.

Sandra said...

I am just getting started and I just love these blocks. My granny always had banana pudding for us. I know its not candy, but it was delicious.

Nanna said...

I rememeber my grandmotehr always having candy, love your blocks, beautiful color combinations!granny candy! that's too cute!
Helen

Susan said...

Oh My Goodness does that bring back memories. My Dad's mom always had a jar of candies at her house, too! I think that's why I always have a container with candy on my living room table to this day:) I know my kids love it, too!

Heidi Kuijer said...

I am sharing many family memories on my blog as I make my great granny blocks. Funny you mention the candy dish...My grandmother always had a candy dish full and when we would walk in, she would say first to my little brother and I that we can go get a piece of candy. :-)

Loving being part of this QuiltAlong.

Hugs from Holland ~
Heidi

Stephanie C. said...

My grandma loved frogs and always had. It wasn't until shortly before she passed last year that she told me why - frog is an acronym for Forever Rely on God. I'm not a religious person myself but I was glad she shared that with me. We keep various frog stuff around in our family in memory of her.

Amanda said...

My great grannies had passed on before I was born, but my grandmother was my inspiration to start quilting. She makes quilt after quilt for her church ladies aid society and is wonderful!

Phyllis said...

My Nana Corabelle taught me the love of needlework. She always had something in her hands, whether it was knitting, crochet, or sewing, even crafty things. She didn't have much but used the things she had and items people gave her. Fabrics were even cut from used clothing to make quilts. I miss her still and think of her every time I pick up needle and thread.

mindingmomma said...

My great granny was blind and my love of listening to the radio comes from her.

MJ said...

I love quilting because of my granny Janet. I was named after my granny and inherited her Singer treadle sewing machine -- how lucky am I? Granny Janet was famous for her star quilts. She would cut hundreds of diamond shapes using a pencil, cardboard template (I inherited one of these) and a pair of scissors. If you live near Idaho Falls you might have one of her quilts.

MJ said...

I love quilting because of my granny Janet. I was named after my granny and inherited her Singer treadle sewing machine -- how lucky am I? Granny Janet was famous for her star quilts. She would cut hundreds of diamond shapes using a pencil, cardboard template (I inherited one of these) and a pair of scissors. If you live near Idaho Falls you might have one of her quilts.

nancy b. said...

My mom's mom lived with our family from the time I was very young, and she was a sweet, quiet woman who always had a dish of horehound candy in her room. The one candy I've never learned to like! I learned to sew on her old Singer treadle...wish we'd kept it!

Love all your posts...thanks for the giveaway!

Bonnie said...

I remember visiting my great granny during the summer months in north ogeden. The lilacs were always in full bloom and smelled so sweet. I can't pass a lilac bush now with out thinking of her. Also she wore a hearing aid, every time we'd lean down to hug her, her hearing aid would scream, and she never heard it. So funny!!

Bonnie said...

I remember visiting my great granny during the summer months in north ogeden. The lilacs were always in full bloom and smelled so sweet. I can't pass a lilac bush now with out thinking of her. Also she wore a hearing aid, every time we'd lean down to hug her, her hearing aid would scream, and she never heard it. So funny!!

MoeWest said...

I got my love of gardening from my Grampy. We spent every summer with my grandparents. Grampy had a large veggie and berries garden and I was his helper. Nanny canned the garden bounty, but I was more interested in the growing of it. Nanny had her rose bushes and I loved her flowers gardens too.

Maria said...

My great granny Elizabeth used to sew me Barbie clothes when I was little - she was my first exposure to handmade goodies!

Debbie said...

I don't remember my gr. granny but my grandmother was a great quilter and an inspiration. I still sew on her old machine. I love this pattern.

Beth said...

Here is a quilting story told to me by my grandma that makes me laugh, now that I am a quilter, also. She belonged to the same quilting circle for over 70 years. There were women there who were even older--in their mid 90's, I'd guess, who continued to come to the circle and work on the group quilts. Grandma confided that after some of those ladies left, the younger gals would pick out their quilting stitches and re-do them, because the older gals could no longer see well enough to make small stitches but no one wanted to offend them or perhaps cause them to stay home.

Katherine said...

My great grandmother is the one that I credit with my love of sewing, crochet and needlework. She got me started into the world of handmade when I was a young girl. She was a talented sewist and needlecrafter as well as the best grandma. I miss her but think of her when I'm stitching. She would be so proud that the seeds she sowed in me as a child have blossomed into a lifetime passion.

Kathryn said...

My grandmother was a quilter, and I'm lucky enough to have her tredle machine, and one of the quilts she made.

Anonymous said...

Those granny square blocks are so cute! My Great Grandma taught me to cross stitch on gingham on her porch one summer when I was little. I remember stitching the fabric to my shorts. She laughed so hard! Thanks for the memory and the giveaway opportunity.

Jane

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