Many needleworkers will tell you that their dream is to create a family heirloom that can be past down the family from generation to generation. This can be a daunting task but obviously one which is well worth it in the end and a task in which I did endeavour on a few years ago



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Quilting is a tradition that dates back to when the west was wild, traditional quilts were made up of scraps of old clothes and fabric and we’re designed to keep you warm at night. It was tradition when a young girl turned 13 years old she would have a ‘quilting ‘ which to form the first part of her bottom drawer for when she found a husband and set up home. At this time the women’s folk of the village where she lived would come together to make the quilt to begin her road into womanhood.

The project

So to choose the project, to cover my love for both quilting and cross stitch it was decided to complete a cross stitch quilt of pink roses with matching pillow cases for a double bed.

Little did I know at the time that this project would take over three years for me to complete. Three years and many thousands of stitches later the cross stitch work was done and it was ready to quilt.

A family Affair

Like those women’s folk in the west when it came to do the actual quilting I involved my gran who had brought me up, we spent many an evening working on it. Sadly gran passed away before the quilt was completed but stepped in grandad and my aunt Judy to complete the quilt and it was successfully completed last year


I will always treasure the time spent on the quilt with gran, grandad and Aunt Judy. Like the womenfolk of years gone by I feel it is very important to keep these traditions alive for future generations and to preserve these ways of life

About Heather Gibson

I was brought up in a small village in the rural Scottish Borders and I'm a self taught artist working mainly in watercolours and oils. My interests include needlework, and all other forms with craft work. Connect with Heather on Google+