Friday, December 30, 2016

HAHAHAppy New Year!



I've started a new project that will take me well into the new year.
It's using mostly my hubby's old shirts, along with a few stash fabrics.  




I've been wanting to make it ever since
 I saw this photo on Barbara Brackman's blog back in 2014.
I love a quilt with a good sense of humor!





But the story of this quilt isn't funny at all.  
It's told in this book.  

Anna Horn made the quilt in 1917-1918.  
Her son, Albert Horn, was away at war (WWI) at the time.   
A Wisconsin farm wife and mother of nine, she had already lost two children
when Albert left to serve his country.  
Anna comforted herself by stitching the initials that she and her son shared. 

Albert survived the war and the quilt stayed in the family for generations.
It was eventually given to his great granddaughter, Ashley Horn.  


Wishing you all laughter, comfort, love and creativity in 2017!

HAHAHAppy new year!







29 comments:

Patchwork and Play said...

What an interesting idea, woven into this story! Do you have someone in your family with these initials or do you just like the idea of a Ha-ha quilt!?

Quilteuse Forever said...

HA HA HA, this is all what we need for 2017, thank you so much!

Judith said...

AH AH what a lovely story! Amazing how quilts make us remember history! Thanks for sharing the story! Enjoy your new years Eve!!

Helen said...

AHA! No matter how you read it--HA or AH. Laughter and comfort are exacty what we need in the year ahead! Happy New Year to you, too!!

PatSloan said...

Happy New Year!! So interesting to hear the history.. and they seem to have kept the AH through the years!

Karen said...

Love the idea of your quilt. I had missed the story and quilt picture on Barbara's post.

Quiltdivajulie said...

What an awesome quilt project -- and HAHAHAHAPPPPY New Year to you and yours!

Karen said...

What a neat post. I love quilts that have stories. Happy New Year.

Annemieke said...

It is a really funny idea for a quilt!!! Happy and creative new year for you too!
Groetjes
Annemieke

Julierose said...

just love this "Ahhhh Hahahaha" quilt--makes you want to take a big deep breath--hugs and Happy New Year Julierose

Ada Kopitopoulou said...

Happy New Year to you too, with a lot of beautiful creations.

audrey said...

You always have the best answer for those shirts! This is a great quilt. Very whimsical in it's own way!

Diane Harris said...

What a wonderful story! A mother's love goes on and on.

P. said...

Love your quilt! That story intrigues me, as I share the same last name and am a lifelong Wisconsinite. I might have to go check the family tree!

Victoria said...

You never fail to amaze and inspire me, LeeAnn. What a wonderful quilt and story. Truly a AH HA!
Wishing you a HAHAHAHAppy New Year!

Karen in Breezy Point said...

I'm glad there's a happy ending to the story of the original quilt. Your's is very fun--love it!

Cocopatch said...

HaHappy new year too!!!

O'Quilts said...

I love it...so love it...

Ann said...

What a wonderful way to decrease her anxiety waiting for her son to return. I'm sure working with both their fabrics and their shared initials helped strengthen love and resolve.
And I like the say you've translated it from a mantra to joyful words.
Happy New Year.

Kyle said...

I was afraid at first the story wouldn't have a hahahappy ending, but it did. And happy is what your quilt is all about. It's a great interpretation using those men's shirts.

Janie said...

Great quilt and story, I'm glad for her that it was a happy story.
Thanks for sharing!
Happy New Year to you and your family.

mamypatch said...

Belle histoire...Bonne année

bricolos du lundi said...

happy new year from Paris!

Kaja said...

A quilt with a story and a sense of humour (and a happy ending)! What a perfect start to a new year.

Hilacha (loose strand) said...

AHA! all my best for this year. Ha! And that laughter comes along with quilting!

Marit said...

A really fun quilt! Just love the colours and the bits of florals in there...
Wish you a very HAPPY new year, with many joyful creative adventures!
; )

Judy Martin said...

Thank you for sharing this story and the quilt from Barbara Brackman's blog.

I think that your quilt will be really happy.

Happy new year to you.
x

Rachaeldaisy said...

What a wonderful, wonderful quilt!! At first it had me laughing but then truly touched my heart with it's story. I'm reminded once again that quilts are amazing for the stories they hold.

apiecefullife said...

I read this post at the time but it was good to see the quilt on Instagram.
At first I thought you were making you're own political statement but the real story behind it is lovely.