Sunday, December 9, 2012

Loved, Not Perfect... and Slow Sunday Stitching

Do you remember the first quilt you made? Has your quilting been influenced by another quilt maker? Over the years I have made a stab at becoming a quilter. It is only this year that I really consider myself a quilter. Why? Not from a lack of trying, I can assure you. I've made a couple of crib quilts years ago. I would really hate for anyone to look at the machine quilting very closely. This was before I discovered the use of a walking foot. Anyone been there and done that? But, these quilts are loved. You can view two of them here.  My granddaughter took a Sharpie marker to her Sunbonnet Sue when she was about 3 years old. But, at nearly 18 years old, she still has and loves that quilt.

My mother's quilts were my first knowledge of hand-made quilts. My family has always loved my mother's quilts. They are strictly scrap quilts made from our left over dress fabrics. There were four of us girls so there were plenty of scraps. I recently inherited a few of her quilts. They are much loved. They would not win a prize at the fair, but I am thrilled to have them. The fan quilt shown below is my favorite. I love the royal blue and sunny yellow. One of the fans says "Vote". LOL

My first try at making a full sized bed quilt was back in the mid-1990's. I thought scrap quilts were passe'. (I laugh at that now.) So, I went to Walmart and bought fabrics just for that quilt. They are not great fabrics, but are 100% cotton. So, that was a plus. I'm pretty sure the seams were more like 3/8" rather than a scant 1/4". I machine-pieced the quilt and started hand-quilting it, just as my mother did. The backing was solid white, cheap muslin...just like my mother always used. And I was intending to just lap the backing over the edge of the quilt to finish it. My mother never used an actual binding on her quilts.

Some where along the way, the backing shifted just enough that I wasn't going to have enough to lap over. I became discouraged and stopped. I put it away and eventually it found it's way to a mobile home on my husband's family home place that's used for storage. Friday I went and retrieved it. The fabric really is cheap and the mice had nibbled at the edge of it. There was a couple yellow stains on the backing. The safety pins I used to baste it were rusting. I was shocked to realize that 2/3's of the hand-quilting was done. Believe it or not, I washed that unfinished quilt.yesterday. I took out all the rusty pins after it was dried. I then re-pinned (new pins) all the unquilted parts. The batting is polyester... like my mother used. I intend to repair and finish quilting this quilt. It was my first and deserves love. Even if it will not ever win a blue (or any color) ribbon, it will keep someone warm at night.

Here is the quilt. It is a Rail Fence pattern set on point. Colors are pink, med-light blue and navy. I'll bet someone in my family will love it as much as I love my mother's quilts.
This is a bad photo of the side of the quilt I apoligize. It is of one of the set in pieces. 
This will be my slow Sunday stitching for a while. You can see what others are slow stitching on Kathy's blog. Link up what you are slow stitching.

3 comments:

Ellen said...

Oh my gosh - I am so glad that you retrieved it. I too am sure that someone in your family (maybe even you) will treasure it for years to come!

Teresa in Music City said...

I so glad to hear you say you're going to finish it! It definitely deserves that! I finished up my first quilt too. It will never be my most beautiful or my favorite, but it has a place of honor in my quilting showcase :*) And what a blessed quilter you are to have quilts passed down from your mom! I am SO jealous!!!

Quilter Kathy said...

Absolutely! So happy to hear that you are giving this treasure some TLC! I have some scraps of that light blue fabric! LOL
Thanks for linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching!

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