Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A Cross-Generational Quilting Project

Many years ago, likely in the early 70s, I got two quilt tops from my Grandmother.
At one point since then, they got very musty, so I wrapped them up and stored them in the freezer.  I found them when we moved ... in the freezer ... and no longer musty.

The tops were a good size ... 78" x 88".  They were made up of twenty blocks measuring about 18" x 20".

The fabrics were from my childhood ... my grandfather's pajamas, an aunt's dress, sun room curtains ... a real trip down memory lane!

The poodle fabric is so much fun! 

I suspect that my Grandmother made these tops in the late 1960s.  I also expect that all of the fabric was left over from projects or salvaged from old garments.

After deliberation, I made the decision that I'd take the tops apart and rework the blocks.  I did the math and decided that if I put six blocks in each new quilt top, added some colourful sashing and borders, and put on equally colourful backings ... that I could make seven interesting lap sized quilts.

Thus, I am about to make seven lap quilts for my sister and I (as was the original intent when they were given to me) ... and five more, one for each of our  kids.

I have some wonderful fabrics assembled to use for sashing and borders ... fabrics that will truly add MY touch to my Grandmother's handiwork. This is some of them.  The rest are in the washer and drier ... :-)

I am pretty excited to be involved in this project ... finishing quilts started 45+ years ago ... a joint project, by Jennie and Bill Stearman.

Life is good!

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