The story of this quilt starts with me doing some cleaning (it gets more exciting, trust me) last October. In the process of decluttering my basement space where I sew, I moved a big green Rubbermaid storage tote out of the way, which had come from my late mother's house a few years before. I wasn't sure what was in it but figured probably more stuff to haul to Goodwill. Boy, was I wrong!
Inside the container was an old quilt top, which I recognized by its handiwork as having been made by my grandmother, Lillian, probably back in the late 1960s or early 1970s.
|Grandma Lillian C., early 1970s, Louisiana.|
|Grandma's quilt top, c. late 1960s/early 1970s.|
I had never seen this quilt top before, and I wondered how long my mom had it. Had Grandma made it with one of her grandchildren in mind? She was known to do that, and since she lived a thousand miles away on the other side of the country (and perhaps because of her eyesight and/or other reasons), she might send a quilt top to Mom and rely on it being quilted and finished on the receiving end. As I looked closely at the various fabrics and handled it, I understood perhaps why Mom had put it away and didn't rush to finish it. There are some challenges to be sorted out, for sure. But on the whole, there's a lot of love in this quilt, and I think it's beautiful and inspirational, like my grandma.
|Mom and Grandma, late 1960s, Wisconsin.|
And here is where I tell you what you already probably know: Fellow quilt bloggers are the best! Within a very short time of that post, Sandi of Piecemeal Quilts drew up the block in her quilt design program, based on the photos I'd posted, and sent me a PDF complete with templates. How amazing and wonderfully generous is that!
Two days later, I sent Sandi a photo of the test block I'd made. Though I didn't have a whole lot of experience piecing curves, it all worked out beautifully. The block was square and true to size and lay flat and smooth. I was thrilled!
Sandi responded by showing me a sample quilt layout she had created "just playing around" with the blocks set on point. It was simply gorgeous, and I knew I had to make it. Over the next few days, we chatted by email about fabric choices and other possibilities. This was going to be so much fun!
I got started on this quilt right away, and except for the almost-fiasco where I knocked a cup of coffee onto it in the final hours of assembly, it went together really well. I finished the quilt top in early January and sent it off to be quilted.
Sandi did the quilting on her longarm. She filled in the white space with freehand leaves and swirls and did parallel quilting in the cross pieces of the blocks. So pretty! When she was done, Sandi, her mom, and her aunt made the couple-hour drive to delivered it in person, so we finally got to meet!
The fabrics I used are from the Vintage Modern line by Bonnie and Camille for Moda. I loved the turquoise and red color combination. The soft floral prints have a soft, vintage feel, while the overall quilt has a contemporary look.
Quilt measures: 80 x 80 inches
Special techniques used: Curved piecing from templates
Quilted by: Sandi Walton
Blogger's Quilt Festival Category: Bed Quilt
I'd like to make another one of these, maybe a wild and scrappy version next time around. I think Grandma would be tickled!
Would you like to give it a try? Stay tuned, because I will be doing a tutorial on how to make the four-lily block in the coming weeks, and I hope you'll join me for that. In addition, Sandi and I are finishing the pattern for this quilt, which should be available in the near future, as well.
Thanks so much for taking time to visit, and I hope you will stop back again soon!