On a bitter cold Saturday in February of 2019, I woke up to find the power out in half of my house. This included the half with the furnace. We soon discovered one of the two power lines running from the main into the house wasn't working. While my husband and stepsons set to work running new electrical, my dog Cricket and I sought refuge at my friend Regina's house, just 4 doors away.
Curled up in a comfy chair, enjoying the warmth, and the company, we soon began talking about one of our favorite topics: quilting! We both belonged to a couple of block-of-the-month quilt-alongs, one of which wasn't being run as smoothly as we thought it could, and we decided we could start a business, and teach what we love, put a modern twist on vintage blocks, and make it fun and interesting. And we both said the same thing: how hard could it be?
My Grandmother's Quilt was born on that cold February morning, and turned out to be much more involved and complex than we had imagined, but it has been such fun! Some things were easy. First decision was that Cricket would be our mascot, our Quilting Therapy Dog. Second decision was hiring my stepson to be our Media Department. We definitely fumbled our way through that first year, got creative about interacting with each other during the Pandemic Lockdown of 2020, and learned how to not be afraid of the camera. We discovered we truly enjoy designing quilts, figuring out block patterns, researching their history, writing instructions, and filming video tutorials. Plus, it gives us plenty of opportunities to expand our abilities, release our creativity, take road trips to find inspiration, and our absolute favorite thing in the world: buy new fabric!
Our name, we know, brings up images of rocking chairs, kindly white-haired ancient women, and faded, well-loved, threadbare quilts. To be honest, the name of our business came from one such quilt, made by my husband's grandmother! But don't let the name fool you. We love taking those vintage quilt patterns and recreating them with modern quilting techniques, and sharing those techniques with other.
We're wrapping up 2022, gearing up for 2023, and facing new challenges, like this blog, and launching a youtube channel (stay tuned), and continually looking for ways to expand our brand. Like taking our husbands to a quilt show, or on a day trip to find barn quilts (don't worry, we'll bribe them with food). And the biggest challenge is we're going to be doing all these things without the help of our Media Department. He's moving on to greener pastures, but promises to teach us his mad video editing skills before he leaves. We are definitely going to miss him, his skills, and the hilarious comments he made behind the scenes.
We invite you to join us on our journey as we explore the quilting world, one quilt block at a time.