A couple of years ago, I had the privilege of doing the finishing work on this quilt for my friend Martha.
Every now and then, I get to participate in a really long-term project. Quilting this quilt was the final step in a project that Martha's mother started a few decades ago.
The quilt top had been ready-to-quilt for many, many years, but there had been no one to quilt it.
When Martha offered to pay me to do the quilting, I hesitated a little, since I don't consider myself a "pro" at quilting yet. But Martha wasn't in a hurry, and she said I could quilt it however I wanted to.
Since I love to make quilts, I'm fascinated by quilt-construction processes. One of the things I love about this quilt top is that it was foundation-pieced: the strips of quilt fabric were all stitched to a "foundation" square of fabric. Once the foundation square was covered in fabric strips, any excess was trimmed from the edges, and each square was stitched to other squares.
(Here's what the quilt top looked like from the back - foundation squares in white and green.)
Another thing that's impressive is the variety of fabrics in this quilt. All colors & styles of fabric, including shirt & dress fabrics, flannels, florals, stripes, novelty fabrics, heavier fabrics and lighter fabrics -- they work together to make an amazing scrap quilt!
Martha said that her mother sewed clothes, often for other people, and that she made quilts from her fabric scraps.
For the quilting, I used my favorite machine quilting style -- a free-motion meander. Light-green thread blended well with the light-colored fabrics, and contrasted well with the dark fabrics.
When Martha asked if I would quilt this quilt top, she let me choose the backing and binding fabrics.
The blue floral is the fabric I picked for backing, and the solid blue binding turned out just right.
This is a big quilt -- in this picture, the quilt top is lying on a queen-sized bed, with about 12 inches of overhang on all sides.
It really makes me happy to be able to finish-up-and-make-usable a quilt project that's been in the works for all these years.
... and the other half is visible here.
I'm honored that Martha trusted me with finishing her mom's quilt.
I'm glad she can use and enjoy it now.
I'm glad I got to enjoy working on it.
Quilts can be, in many ways, links to little parts of history. This one certainly is. It reminds Martha of what it was like watching her mother at the sewing machine, doing the work she did so well. It gives me a glimpse into the life of a lady I never met, who, several decades ago, had jobs and hobbies that were probably a lot like mine.