Club House Quilter, Kim, has had a very busy summer! She got roped into finishing off a quilt top that her friend’s grandma had made back in the 1960s. Kim took one look at Grandma’s quilt top and there was no turning back!
Now Kim’s friend has a lovely quilt made by grandma that will be treasured for many, many years to come! Way to go, Kim!! Nice job!
A neighbour heard that I was a quilter who loved old quilts. (YIKES!! I’m like the Cat Woman of the neighbourhood!!) Anyway…she had her husband drop off a bag. Inside was a quilt and a note saying she hoped I could do something with this old quilt made by her maternal grandmother…If not, then do away with her!! (Oh sure make ME the heavy!!)
Well the quilt was stunning…
BUT it was faded, worn and tattered and had definitely seen better days.
At first I thought maybe I could salvage a small corner and turn it into a keepsake pillow for my neighbour… but there just wasn’t a big enough square without a hole or a frayed section! I think it was time to put grandma’s quilt ‘down’!
I figured the quilt was made between 1930-40s and at one time it was magnificent…heck if you could look beyond the holes she was still magnificent!
I love the soft colours in this quilt…these are the exact same fabrics that they are trying to reproduce now a days…and I have to toss it out!! Put her down…pull the plug…send her off to Quilt Heaven!!
NOOOOoooooooo! I can’t do it!
It was hand pieced and hand quilted with little itty bitty stitches and was obviously well loved at one time! I’ll be darned, I just couldn’t put her down!! There was NO WAY!
So the solution to my problem hangs in the balance…sort of…if you get my gist…
So I hung her up on the ladder…beside my other oldie (but goodie)…and I’ll be darned if she doesn’t make me happy!
I LOVE looking at this quilt! I have folded her in such a way that only a few fray marks are showing…and she looks content up there hanging with the others! Heck when the sun hits her, she looks darn right HAPPY!
Just look at those fabrics…and those well earned wrinkles! I should look that good at her age!
Yes, she will soldier on…
Yup, grandma’s quilt has found a home! I like her…I like her a lot! She’s staying! Keep those cotton pickin’ hands off Grandma’s quilt!
What about YOU? What would YOU have done with Grandma’s Quilt? Have you ever been faced with the dilemma of putting a quilt ‘down’ …or did you rescuing it?
Have a magnificent Monday and Happy Quilting!~P