Graduation Quilt – Broken Star
When I was in college and struggling my mom told me that I could pick out any quilt design and she would make it for me as a graduation present. That was just the motivation I needed. I looked through all her quilting books and found a Broken Star pattern with solids and in rainbow like colors and loved it.
After 18 years almost to the day I received my gift. I get teary-eyed every time I look at this quilt. I graduated from UW-Stout on December 18, 1993 and received my graduation quilt on December 17, 2011.
As you can see it is beautiful! My mom did an amazing job.
In 1993, my mom had three 5-year-old girls to take care of, farm chores to do and very little sewing and quilting was done during this time in her life.
Once the triplets were older and she got back into sewing she has made many quilts and finished quilts that she started before the triplets. In the past couple years, since my triplet sisters have been in college, my mom has made some very beautiful quilts for others and I have forgotten about this quilt. This Broken Star Quilt was very difficult to piece and I remember her telling me that she was struggling with it. I have always imagined us tackling this quilt together or that one day after she died I would find this unfinished quilt and have to finish it alone.
This is my mom’s story:
“I had a little trouble finishing your graduation quilt on time. I didn’t get much quilting done for years after the triplets were born. Once I did get back into making quilts, yours got put aside while I made others; even some for you.
“In 2009, I joined the Curtiss Corners Quilt Club, and someone suggested a “Pizza Box” project for 2010. Each participant was to put a pattern, directions, and fabric in a pizza box. At the monthly meetings a person would take someone’s box home, make a block and return the box the next meeting. By January 2011 a person would have 12 completed blocks.
“You know how I procrastinate. Well, the night before the meeting I still hadn’t decided on what I would put in my box. I thought an easy way to do this would be to put the fabric strips for the diamond in the box. I had 11 of the 32 diamonds completed. I put a finished diamond in the box as a sample for people to follow, and 12 baggies – each with the fabric for one diamond… I would only need to make 9 more.
“The very next weekend my friend invited me on a weekend quilt retreat because someone in her family had cancelled at the last-minute. I was so anxious to work on the Broken Star, and suddenly it seemed possible that I might actually finish it! That weekend I got all 9 diamonds finished and I started to put it together. It was a very difficult pattern and I’ll never make another like it, but it was very fun to quilt. I finished it in June 2011 and it was shown at the August Quilt Club show. It took 3rd place in the Pizza Box Category and 1st place for all Hand Quilted entries.”
Thank you, Mom! It was worth the wait!!!