I have never free-motion quilted over corduroy and wondered how it would act. I'm happy to report that it went well and actually seemed very normal to quilt. I experimented with some very "organic" clam shells. Norm called the whole look primitive, and I guess that's about as good a description as any!
I really like the texture of the quilted corduroy. For the back, I used a soft wool flannel in a subtle herringbone pattern.
So that's my experiment of the week and pretty much the sum total of what happened in the sewing room the past few days.
* * * * * *Back in October, I visited my aunt, who showed me two quilts pieced by my great-grandmother on my dad's side.
|My paternal great-grandparents, Max and Esther (50th anniversary, July 1944)|
Unfortunately, however, Great-Grandma passed away in 1952, when the aunts were 16 and 17, and the quilts all but disappeared in the goings-on after her death. My aunt was fairly certain that my great-aunt had taken them home, ostensibly for safekeeping.
Over the next many years, as the aunts got married and had children, my aunt asked about the quilts, but for whatever reason, they were never turned over to her and her sister.
Indeed, forty years passed before the aunts received their quilts. After my great-aunt passed away in 1994, the quilt tops were found among her things.
They were finished simply for each of the aunts at that time by one of their sisters-in-law, with what feels like a poly batting and tied with yarn.
|Aunt Celia and her double wedding ring quilt|
Celia remembered quite a few dresses in the scraps of her quilt.
My aunt told me that Great-Grandma sewed may things, including the Christmas and Easter dresses made for each of her granddaughters every year. She also made baby clothes, and the baptismal gown worn by a good number of babies born into the extended family in the last century, myself and my daughter included. (The baptismal gown is a story in itself. If I can find photos of it around here, I'll post those another time).
This is one of the baby items Great-Grandma made in the 1920s. My aunt has a Victorian style decor and displays this year-round.
The confirmation dresses worn by two relatives in this photo were made by my Great-Grandma in the 1930s.
It was fun to visit with my aunt about these things. I plan to go back there again and look through some family photos with her, which I'm sure will prompt a story or two.
I can't recall how I had heard about these quilts made by my great-grandmother; it was something mentioned in passing in the past year or so, but I'm glad I followed up and asked further about them. It was a treat to learn more about an ancestor I'd never met whose legacy lives on in her handiwork and the memories of those who knew her.