The first thing I did was spread it out on the living room floor to marvel at the quilting. Then I lay down on it and got all misty-eyed. It was so beautiful!
My grandmother pieced the top in the late 1960s or early 1970s. She'd sent it to my mother to finish, but that didn't happen. Instead, it got tucked away, and I found it many years later in a big plastic tote that ended up at my house after mom passed away.
You can read below about me discovering the quilt top and ultimately deciding—thanks to inspiration and encouragement from Quilt Diva Julie—to take it apart and remake each block.
My goal was to preserve the wild and wonderful vintage prints in the tulip/lily-shapes and replace the sketchier fabrics.
Blocks Before and After:
Chris truly captured the eclectic spirit of the quilt with her free-form quilting. I love, love, love it! She matched the thread to the many colors in the blocks so that it blended in and didn't detract. That's a lot of thread changes!
I really appreciate the TLC she put into the quilting. You can see more on Chris's blog and public photo album.