9/24/11

Grandma's Quilt: September Art Bead Scene and Love My Art Jewelry Monthly Challenges


"Grandma's Quilt"


Art Bead Scene Inspiration Artwork
"Housetop" by Lillie Mae Pettway

My grandmother is one of my most favorite people I was blessed to have in my life. She taught me so many things, and was an incredible influence on my character - on the woman I am today. I wrote about her in a blog post called "Teapots" (which you can read here) where I spoke about my childhood and the wonderful times I spent with her.



When I saw this month's challenges for Art Bead Scene and for Love My Art Jewelry, I knew that I would be combining them into one piece called "Grandma's Quilt". She was the person who taught me to sew and to embroider. I'm not very good at all at either, but she was patient and persistent, and I loved the stories she would tell me as we sat together at the sewing machine or with our projects on our laps.



Her mother used to knit, and made the quilt squares these pictures were taken on that my grandmother crocheted together into a quilt. I've had it for my whole life, and someday I will pass it on to my grandchildren and tell them about the remarkable woman who gave it to me.


Glass Mosaic Micro-Mosaic Focal:  Molly Alexander
Lampwork Beads: Blue Seraphim
Vintage buttons, beads, etc.

To see more of the Art Bead Scene entries, you can go to their Flickr group here and read more about the inspiration artwork here.

To see more of the Love My Art Jewelry Art Spark entries, you can go to their Flickr group here and read more about this month's challenge here.

16 comments:

Copper Diem said...

Gorgeous! that pendant is stunning!

Bobbie said...

This is beautiful, and the tribute to your grandmother touched my heart -- made me think of my own grandmother who'd sit and knit or quilt while I played nearby. Thanks for a lovely memory!

FryeStyle said...

Homerun! I Love it!

mairedodd said...

molly, this is really stunning... your mosaic is gorgeous... i am still hoping to complete a submission for this abs challenge... and i love your bead soup as well...

Beadbug said...

I love it.

Lorelei Eurto said...

WOW- you rocked this challenge. A real winner!

Chris said...

This is wonderful! And it so honors your creative loving grandmother. Just plain wonderful~

CraftyHope said...

Your necklace is beautiful and that focal is OUTSTANDING! It looks like you put a lot of time and effort into this month's challenge. Wonderful.

Jenni said...

What a fabulous necklace and a wonderful story of the women in your life and the traditions they passed on to you. That focal piece is quite an honour to them all.
jenni

Cindy said...

Molly, what a gorgeous and sentimental piece. I enjoyed reading about your Grandmother - she reminds me of my own. :-) Your mosaic focal is really beautiful - I've never seen anything like it! Your necklace is truly one of a kind.

TesoriTrovati said...

O.M.G.
Molly! I have been behind the times but I am working to get that post up for tomorrow's blog tour. I have to comment that this is most definitely the most intricate, intriguing and amazing creation yet! Way to go!
Enjoy the day!
Erin

In the Light of the Moon said...

Found myself sitting and staring and staring some more.This focal is AMAZING Molly!!Of course the whole necklace is beautiful,but I just cant stop staring at the detail of the pendant.I just know that your grandmother is smiling.I just know it.Hugs,Cat

Cillaw said...

Perfect says it all!!

Kristen said...

Wow! The stained glass pendant is gorgeous. I love Blue Seraphim's lampwork bead, too.

Abeille à miel said...

what an absolutely stunning piece, and an amazing tribute to your Grandmother's beautiful work.

missficklemedia.com said...

Once again, your work has set a new standard for us all! This is exquisite and gives true honor to your grandmother.

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