Sunday, August 9, 2009
One of the important projects on my "to do" list is to compose a family quilting and sewing history; I've written to various family members to ask for their input and have recently received wonderful letters from my grandmother and two great-aunts on this subject. The quilt pictured above is a generational quilt started by my great-great grandmother, Emma Acelia Wakefield Fitzgarrald and completed by my great-aunt Joan. There are 86 grandmother's flower garden blocks with each having a yellow hexagon for the center, solid colors for the next ring of six hexagons, and coordinating prints for the third ring of twelve hexagons. When my great-aunt received these blocks upon the passing of her mother, some of the blocks had been sewed in strips with white hexagons in between; however, it was evident that her grandmother had started removing the white hexagons from the flowers. My great-aunt decided to continue removing the white pieces and applique'd each flower onto a 7-inch hexagon of white cotton. My great-aunt wrote me that she has worked on this quilt at home in Iowa and has also carried the blocks with her to work on them while traveling in Minnesota, Kansas, South Dakota, Michigan, New York, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Mississippi, Texas, and several other states along the way. My great-great grandmother began this quilt in the 1920's, and it was completed by my great-aunt Joan in 2001. How grateful I am to have the information on this piece of my family quilting heritage!
I've been doing some sewing with Mill House Inn recently...the fabrics are absolutely gorgeous! Recently I completed a wonderful quilt using a jelly roll of this line by Joanna for Moda. I can't share pictures of the blocks or quilt...but I can say that you are going to love it. This is one of those patterns that is not only fun to make but also leaves you wanting to make another when you're finished--it's that cute!