One day late last summer, my cousin, Tamara, gave me bits and pieces of two quilts, and asked me if I would finish them for her.
They have special meaning because the quilts were started by her grandmother, my great-aunt Dorothy, and Tamara came by them when things from Aunt Dorothy’s estate were parceled out after her passing.
Tamara has two daughters, Sophia and Elise, and wants each of them to have one of the quilts as a keepsake from their great-grandmother. So I agreed to finish them for her, and we discussed the options.
The first one was an Improved 9-Patch, and we both agreed that the edges needed something more, and that it really deserved to be hand quilted, since it had been hand pieced. I showed its before pictures HERE. After adding the additional melons around the edges (by hand), I passed the quilt on to my Amish friend, Edna, who did a wonderful job of hand quilting it.
It’s not huge, just twin size, measuring approximately 70″ x 80″.
Since there was so much of the solid blue used in the blocks themselves, I chose that same blue solid for the binding, and finished it up and delivered it to Tamara. She was thrilled with how it turned out and very glad to have it back in a usable state. I didn’t wash the quilt, even though I think it could use a gentle washing; I left that part up to Tamara.
The second quilt? It’s an Irish Chain with some “extras”, and is made out of some unusual materials. I’m working on it and should have it done next week, so I’ll be back to show it to you when it’s finished.