Last project before vacation
I am so excited to share this little project. It's got a backstory so have a seat and I'll tell you all about it.
My Mom's Grandmother, Flora, was a quilter and we got all of her UFOs. I've quilted many of her tops and those have been gifted to various family member in Mom's generation. Mom has made several quilts from her blocks and I've made a few myself. My favorite project is this one, where I saved the quilt she made for me using blocks from her UFO pile.
This is another of the Flora quilts. It is a baby quilt for my cousin's first grandchild. There's probably a good chance that this might be her only grandchild.
Flora was best known for her double wedding ring quilts. She made them for every newly married couple. When she died in 1968 she left a pile of arcs. Mom has tried over and over to fit them together for a DWR quilt but the arcs weren't consistent sizes. After a group discussion in quilt club, she decided to applique them to blocks. She's made two veterans quilts with them and still had lots left over. Once we found out about the new family arrival coming in May, she decided to make a baby quilt with them. She folded under the raw edges of each arc and appliqued them to a square of fabric. I think it made a great design.
I was a little stressed about quilting it but I needed to get it done before I leave for the beach Sunday. There's nothing like a deadline to make you stop dithering and get to quilting. I haven't had an opportunity to quilt feathers in a while so I had a great time quilting this little quilt.
Mom's mother's, my Grandma Dove, favorite color was light purple so I dyed the back to match the light purple colors in the blocks.
So when the baby receives this gift it will be labeled that it was made by his/her Great-great-great Grandmother, Great-Grandaunt and First Cousin twice removed. I think that's pretty cool. We hope that the baby will actually use the quilt and not put it away to "save" it.
There's another project for the baby that I'm doing and I'll have that to share in a couple of weeks, I hope.
In other news, I got the binding on the placemats! I still have to dye some matching napkins so I'll save this project to save until the napkins are also done.
I'm packing projects for the beach getting ready to leave Sunday. I'll be back on Monday with a beach report. We aren't expecting really great weather so there should be lots of sewing and crochet with a great view.
3/17/2023 10:39:03 am
LOVE the baby quilt. The quilting is spectacular and it was great to hear the whole story behind the quilt.
3/17/2023 01:09:43 pm
Your quilting is amazing!
that is going to be a pretty neat label on the back of that quilt and it sure should be stressed to use the darn quilt LOL - I had wondered why it was appliqued in such a way and that explains it - it turned out really good and when you think of how old those arcs are it looks like it will hold up to washing really well. I'm sure the original maker of those arc's would have been pleased that they are used!
3/17/2023 04:40:30 pm
That's an impressive quilt! I can imagine it full-sized on a bed too. Lucky baby to be cushioned in such a meaningful treasure.
3/17/2023 05:59:55 pm
What a special quilt, Vicki! Love those feathers!
3/17/2023 11:47:07 pm
That was a great use for the arcs. It will be a great story to tell the baby when he/she is old enough to understand all of the family connection in making it.
3/18/2023 12:35:45 am
What beautiful quilting you did on that quilt!! Your feathers are amazing.
3/18/2023 01:26:51 am
What a treasure is this baby quilt! For so many reasons. And your quilting is fantastic, Vicki.
3/18/2023 08:22:28 am
That is a fabulous quilt, be sure you put a good label on it so its provenance is documented for generations to come. Fantastic quilting, love the feather fronds! All of you did a wonderful project for a new baby.
3/18/2023 12:41:47 pm
I hope this treasure is used, too. The story and the quilt are so special. Have a great vacation.
3/18/2023 01:57:12 pm
Beautiful wedding quilt and quilting! The applique of the rings (arches) was a clever idea.
3/20/2023 10:30:54 am
Your quilting looks fabulous on the baby quilt and the whole story behind it is great. Your Mom turned lemons into lemonade!
3/21/2023 03:42:00 pm
So GG Grandma was a UFOer? Boy did you go to town with the feathers. I love doing feathers but modern improv isn't quite the place for them. I am currently doing modernized DWR and I gotta say this suckers are a bitch to piece.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.