Since I was out of town visiting family in Charlotte, NC and then Des Moines, IA for a week, I didn't get anything done on my current WIPs. However, I did come home with a new project to start.
While in Charlotte, I showed my parents the plus sign quilt I made for my Aunt. It was the first time my father and step-mother had seen one of my quilts in person so I was nervous to show them. I am very pleased to report that they loved it! My step-mom loved it so much that she has entrusted me with her parents' wedding quilt. This quilt is had stitched, almost 70 years old and to say it needs some TLC is an understatement.
See what I mean? The big, gaping hole is courtesy of my parents' late dog Sam. She would head upstairs to the guest room, hop on the bed and chew away when no one was looking.
How about a closeup of Sam's work...Pretty impressive, huh?
And just for good measure, a look at the back.
My step-mother's wish is that the quilt be made into smaller pieces that could be framed. She would like pieces for herself and her sister, the 4 grandkids (5, including me) and the eight grandchildren. At first I cringed at the thought of cutting up a family treasure such as this...but, then again...that hole. Right? So I told her I'd think about what we could do and then proceeded to obsess over the quilt for the rest of the week while I was in Iowa.
I think I know what I want to do, but I'm not exactly sure.
My step-mom wants me to include the fabrics from the top and the backing fabric. I want to salvage the stitching...I think it would be a crime to pick it out. I mean, look at it. It's beautiful.
What I think I would like to do is make something like an Ohio Star block. They were both from Ohio and that's where they raised their girls.
|Image from Marjorie's Quilting Bee blog|
My thinking is that I will cut the pieces keeping the stitching in the middle so that it is prominent in the design. I'm not sure about that backing fabric though. If you look at the block above, my thought (at this minute) is that I should include that backing fabric in the "B" segments and then add an inch to inch-and-a-half border using that fabric. And I'm seeing tone on tone cream for the background. It's going to be a while before I start working on this so I am open to suggestions if anyone has some!
Also, this quilt desperately needs to be cleaned. It's not going in the wash and I'm not sure I trust anyone around here to dry clean it. I need to do some research on the Internet as to the best option for cleaning it myself...again, I am open to suggestions on this as I am terrified it will fall apart. Although, the parts without the giant, gaping hole seem pretty sturdy. Still, there is no way this is going in the machine!
Now, on to the giveaway.
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