These are the photos of the quilts that had the second assignment completed from my quilt group. The second assignment was to create the first border using an influential person in your life as inspiration. It was a really special evening being able to see these quilt tops being laid out to share them and their stories...
Hanneke ~ Her first border is a symbol of her mother who is always with her. Her mother is always telling her that fabrics cannot be put together like she does which is represented by the 9~patch blocks in 9 different red fabrics.
Miep ~ Her border is a representation of her husband who has passed away. She placed two black triangles to show the two years that he was ill and in a nursing home. His favorite pastime of fishing is shown in the fabric in the corners and the gold fabric is a symbol for all the good times they had together. The many straight lines between these triangles show his straightforwardness in life and the outer fabric is all the same representing his constant good character.
Joke ~ She has used the Storm At Sea pattern as her border to show the storms in nature around their vacation home but also the storms she has withstood in life. The small red triangles in each corner block are the strength, intensity and sometimes rage of life.
Jacomina ~ This quilt was not shown last time as she was using a piece of fabric for her center block. She used a piece of toile fabric with a little boy and girl as she has entered a new phase in life becoming a grandmother to twins (a boy and girl) for the first time in life. Her border is Broken Dishes blocks to symbolize the harsh winter of 1962~63 in Holland. At the time, she and her mother walked across the built up ice floes on the seas just over the dikes. She remembers this vividly along with everyone being so alarmed that they took this dangerous walk on the ice. She used not only the pattern to show this fragile ice but also her choice of fabrics.
Elly ~ Her border has hearts in the four corners to represent each of her four children. She says her children knew without being told which heart symbolized which. The star of David on each side represents her traveling with her boyfriend to Israel recently while the corners leading out to the heart blocks show the other parts of the world she has been to on vacation with him.
Bep ~ There are 12 blocks built up around her middle block which are a symbol of the members of our quilt group. It shows the warm and cold side of each person in the color variation from red to yellow.
These quilts are all very unique and made special by the stories they tell.