This beautiful antique quilt top was an auction find that my mother-in-law purchased. (shh… under $10) I added good quality muslin (Fat Quarter Shop has 108″ that is really nice) for the backing and binding.
She likes my Pantagraphs and has me choose them as we go.
The center Drunkards Path blocks were pieced by hand and were all well done. No repairs were needed. I think they are feed sack fabrics. It isn’t exactly all the same prints but they look near enough alike that the eye thinks they are the same. Maybe this top has a story about digging through sacks to find more that coordinate! The border fabric was added later by machine and seems to be from a different decade.
Part of the finishing includes a label. Because it is for family, I give it a wash in my machine to clean up years of dirt & etc as well as (especially for this one!!) remove various and excess dye. It has a lovely, cuddly grandmotherly feel and look to it now. Now usable instead of sitting on a shelf in the closet. Best use for a quilt!
One blessed grandma had both a granddaughter and a grandson due this summer. She was great in getting quilts made for each of them before they arrived.
This is a beautiful fabric line in reds and tans with sweet small floral prints. It is really pretty!
And the little man has a bright quilt with trucks and signs and all sorts of fun toys to see.
Both quilts are backed with minkee and are lightly quilted at her request. They are so cuddly! And the baby pictures have been so very cute!
A new addition to her home prompted this quilter to make a new quilt to coordinate with her new room. She used the pattern, Marcie’s Maze, and used purchased pieces, not a jelly roll as the pattern suggests. Super cute fabrics and great piecing!
Doesn’t this make you wish you had a new sunroom to decorate?
I repaired and finished a quilt top that my husband’s grandmother had made years ago. He has such fond memories with her. His cousin owns this quilt and she is glad to have the quilt finished now and out of the closet.
I needed to do a lot of repairs. Some was because of age and years of living in a plastic bag but other repairs were needed just because seams had come apart that weren’t sewn together well. It is a small connection to have shared this project with someone who my husband loved and is part of our family heritage.
I was only able to add a meander quilting design as I needed to go slowly and work from the front of my machine to help it over bulky seam corners and watch for holes in the piecing that I had missed as I repaired it.
Both the owner and I are pleased with the finished quilt. I added a label with the quilt’s story and our connecting names. I enjoyed hearing stories of times she spent with her grandmother and all that she learned alongside of her.
Her husband made a quilt rack from wood from the family farm barn for her display. Many special memories are all worked into this piece.
This quilt is a personal pattern by the maker and features the initial of her granddaughter’s first name.
I love the script “E”! Darling fabrics are girly but not baby style for this newly-turned 3 year old. (sorry for the blurry photo)
The backing of the quilt is minky fabric and lightly quilted so that it still is cuddly and drapes. You should see Miss E modeling with the quilt! 🙂
This stunning quilt has hand-embroidered baskets stitched by the owner’s aunt. A very special heirloom!
The pieced blocks have a freehand quilting design and the embroidered blocks have outlining and a small meander. The setting blocks and borders are a freehand quilting design to compliment the pieced block quilting design.
This quilt is quite the memory quilt. I wish my photos could capture how dear this is! As the maker’s nearly first start into quilting, that in itself is a memory to hold. Based on ideas from the book, A Quilter’s Diary by Mimi Dietrich, this quilt holds a rich family history!
In the quilt, there are special blocks for parents, for their marriage, for each of their children, family name, and lots of fun memories. Do you see there is even an Ohio Star block? 🙂
I wish you could hear the stories behind the blocks. It is so fascinating! The near top row of mostly cream blocks fall across the pillows on a made bed. Great planning! The center block of that row is an old quilt block made by her great-grandmother. Then she repeated that block pattern across the top and my quilting in those blocks mimics the original block.
Here are some close-up peeks at the blocks and borders.
I did custom freehand quilting on all of the quilt. Each block is quilted to go along with the block design and I kept a swirl theme throughout the quilt.
I love this super example of using photos in a quilt. This is a precious masterpiece and I’m pretty sure the receiver would have cried to be given such a gift!
The batik fabrics are perfect with the photos. The 4 corners have special embroidery designs.
I did all custom freehand quilting and used the sashing & the on-point brown corners as the basis for each quilting design. The quilting for the sides tie the cream border to the quilt and then a swirl in the outer border compliments the rest of the quilting.
A beautiful quilter wanted her wallhanging custom quilted to highlight the center panel and accent the borders.
My favorite is the mosaic style maze border that she added. Just beautiful work!
And the back showing part of the center panel quilting….
This quilt is just amazing! Pieced baskets and appliqued flowers set on point.
She said she wanted to finish the quilt with a scalloped border so I left space on the border to allow her room to work.
At our local guild show, I finally got to see the finished quilt! I love her scalloped border.