Hello and happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I was able to take a short trip at the end of last week to visit with my Mom. While I was there she brought out some treasures…some of my grandmother’s unfinished quilt tops!
My grandmother lived with my mom for eight years before passing away about
two years ago, so my Mom is still finding some of her unfinished quilt projects that were tucked away in drawers. This scrappy quilt is one I had never seen…so I’m not sure when she pieced it. But it’s a lovely collection of scrappy goodness (my grandmother loved scrap quilts more than any other type)! My Mom actually doesn’t have many of grandma’s finished quilts, so I brought this one home to have quilted for my Mom!
And…although at first glance there didn’t seem to be a pattern here…I figured out that my grandmother actually was very deliberate in her block placement. I think I’ve found my summer scrap project! I’m going to write up directions for this and have it as a free pattern…and how about a scrappy summer sew-along as well? If you’re interested in joining in…please leave a comment on this post!
Another one of the quilts my Mom found was one I was very familiar with. Near the end of 2005 when my grandmother was almost 85 I signed up for a 2006 block of the month quilt at one of the Las Vegas quilt shops. And then I decided it would be really fun to sign my grandmother up as well so we could sew the same project together….so I told her that the upcoming year of blocks would be her Christmas present. Each month I would pick up both of our blocks, and several times we got together to sew our blocks and have lunch at her house.
The fabrics were mostly Fig Tree…however my grandmother could never just sew from a kit and always added in some fabrics from her stash. I ended up finishing my quilt into a queen-size, but my grandmother decided to piece a smaller version (the patterns are found in the book Egg Money Quilts by Eleanor Burns).
As Grandma grew older she worried about her piecing accuracy and didn’t quilt as much–so she never finished this project. The real treasure in finding this unfinished project, though, was finding her handwritten note taped to the quilt top specifying the finishing instructions: it just needed an outer border. She gave the page number in the book where the finishing instructions could be found, included an extra Dresden block to use for a pillow, and also noted on the bottom of her note that I’d given her the fabric. So this quilt came home with me as well. I’ll add the border and also give this quilt top to my Mom. But I’m thinking of keeping the extra block for me…and the note of course! I’ve always been so grateful to my grandmother for instilling in me a love for this wonderful art of quilting…and so very grateful for the blessing of being able to finish some of her later works in progress!
Thanks so much for stopping by!