Monday, February 16, 2009

Mom and I had a profitable day on Saturday. We met up at the church building to tack a few quilts. When my Gramsie was with us she would make these blankets and tack them for everyone. Russ and I have acquired quite a few from various things. I recieved one to take on band trips, one for graduation, we were given one when we were married and so on. My mother has taken up the tradition now and I have been able to help her tack the blankets for the last several years.
Before starting we have to pin the unfinished blanket into this frame.
Once it is in place, we can then start tacking. Mom always threads the string...
and I come behind her and tie.
When we get around once, then we have to roll the sides so we can reach the center. We repeat these steps until it is completely tacked. Then Mom takes them home and finishes the edges and waa-laa...a beautiful quilt to keep you warm during these frosty winter nights.
Mom got to the building at 7:15 a.m. and I arrived at 8:45 a.m. Mom was able to finish a lap robe before I got there and then we finished the rest of them and finally went home at 5:00 p.m. It takes a while to finish, but we are so happy it's done!
We were able to finish these five on Saturday. Mom had finished a couple on Friday, also! It's always nice to feel the sense of accomplishment after finishing something like this.

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Miss Tori said...

When you say "tack them" do you mean tie them? Such as with yarn? I used to help my Granma too with tying quilts. However, since she passed away, no one in our family makes quilts any more.

Sasha said...

That is so awesome Lisa! I love that you and your mom do these things together.

ssbean said...

Amazing!! Looks like hard work, but it seems like an awesome tradition to have with your mother. And since you're having a girl, maybe the tradition will continue.

Earl Gearl said...

Tori, yes, tack or tie. We say tack, but it's the same thing. We don't use yarn. I can't remember what the stuff we use is called. You can get it at Hobby Lobby and most craft stores.