This quilt started as a way to use up some of my stash. The solids were from a charm pack and the background was left over from another projects. I decided to build on half square triangles and played with various layouts. It is such a cheerful quilt, I decided to give it to my dad for his 95th birthday. Then I decided to make it extra special by having all his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and various spouses, sign it. I think there are 30 signatories.
This is quilt number 3 that was given to my granddauther it was my husband's crib and I used it also for our son. It is embroidered and applique and the cart at one time held a stuffed little lamb. It was made by his paternal grandmother which he never knew really but he was he first grandchild for them. He was named actually for one of their 5 children who died in a fire. This was to meet the fate of donation also see the story in Dresden plate and my crib. It is also going to Bonnie Hunter to love like her own.
Another from the fabrics my Mom sent home with me. Scraps from my Grandma, Mom, and my stash that I cut into squares and put into bags by color. More in that later. Then wondered what to make, I did try to make other things from them, I think there is a blue one posted here. Then I saw Jenny’s tutorial called Checkered Dresden on the scrappy Dresden plate. So I stacked a 2.5 square and two 3 inch squares and then cut my “feathers” for the plates. And boy, did I not really care about colors other than it shouldn’t be the same or really clash. I appliquéd them to a giant piece of white. Then went on a mission to find a border print that was reminiscent of these older fabrics. Since I had all these big white areas I really wanted to try some of the big “arty” designs in my quilting. I sat and drew with my chalk pencil right on the quilt until each part of the design came together. What I learned, well as I hinted above, I won’t whack my scraps into squares, it really limited what I could do. I will drag out my sheet of stiff plastic and my water soluble marker and design on that.
I saved this from donation. I had given it to my granddaughter when she was born but Mom decided it was time to donate now that our granddaughter has graduated from college. Given in love my me but never used. It was my crib made by my mom and material grandmother from flour sacks and embroidery threads Read the story of the Dresden I posted to read the background, but this quilt is also going to Bonie Hunter who will love it like her own.
Our club occasionally does signature quilts. This one sat in pieces until it appeared in a UFO night. This is when you bring unfinished projects and other things you would like out of your stash. We sell tickets for a quarter and all money goes to the club. A friend got this and decided to send it back to the next UFO Night. I thought it might be better if it was finished so rescued it from her. When laying it out I found that two of the blocks were too small, which is probably what stymied others to finish. I took the blocks apart and resewed them. The picture makes it seem like I didn’t know what I was doing when I laid it out, but there are some really nice appliqué blocks and hand embroidery that I tried to spread out and make the focus.
I cut and pieced the 60-degree triangle pieces of this quilt entirely from blue pieces and scraps in my stash. The quilt contains pieces from more than 40 years of quilting, including pieces of a fabric from the quilt I made in 1979 for my first child. I realized that nearly all of the fabrics were florals. When I decided on a blue solid for the sashing between the diamonds, I was drawn to a blue with the name, "Mediterranean." My mother, who was from southern France, was born on a ship at sea in the Mediterranean, and a teasing story perpetuated by my French grandmother said that my mother was actually a naughty mermaid baby who was tossed into her arms by a frustrated Mermaid. I just mailed this quilt to one of my sisters, who spent many years tending my aging mother's flower gardens, before our mother died in 2019. It's named Mermaid's Garden in honor of Mom. The quilt is pictured crosswise on a Queen bed.