My sister-in-law found these 10 quilt tops in her mother's attic. She thinks (?) they were made by her grandmother, and asked me in February to quilt them in time for Christmas gifts for members of her family. OK......I'm getting them quilted on my Handi-Quilter 16, but there is no fancy quilting here.
First of all...these are charming quilt tops! I really think they were created by at least 2 people. It looks to me like one person pieced all of the blocks by hand and assembled some of the tops and I think that someone else (possibly?) assembled some of the quilts with a machine. At any rate, we are talking about very frugal folks. Most of the blocks have patches that have been assembled from a variety of similar fabrics. I'll show you some of the photos I took along the way. The photos of all the quilts were taken before they were quilted.
Also....grain of fabric, matching corners of piecing and sashing, trimming extra threads, and any pressing at all were NOT on the agenda of whoever pieced these tops! Bless their hearts!
It would have been congruent with the period of the fabrics to have used muslin on the backs of all of them but Brenda asked for colored fabric backs, and I was able to find extra wide backing fabrics for all of them so I didn't have to mess with seaming the backing fabric.
The first quilt I called "Bull's Eye", but I don't really know what the pattern name is. After quilting and washing/blocking it now measures 62" x 71". This is one that will probably be OK to get some gentle use. Most of the fabrics are woven plaids, and I was able to find a blue flannel backing that is very close to the color of the sashing. The blocks are small enough that I could quilt a motif in each block with my (robotic) Pro Stitcher with one pass, then do some free motion continuous curves in the sashing.
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