Fast forward twenty + years later and those quilt pieces were still sitting in a box. When I found out my daughter was pregnant with a little girl, I decided it was finally time to finish "Grandma's Quilt".
This is what was in the box: small scraps of fabric, and pre-cut triangles.
There was only one finished block and this was it. By looking at it, I knew she was trying to make a pinwheel quilt.
But I also found two embroidered heart panels. Hmm, what to do, what to do. I had no idea what Grandma's original plan was as I only had pieces of fabric and one finished block. There were no quilt patterns in the box. So I came up with my own design.
The original quilt block was extremely crooked, so I had to cut it down a lot. Then I made a quilt block using the other fabric scraps in the box, plus some of my own white fabric from my stash.
I then made the rest of the pinwheel blocks using the pre-cut triangle pieces.
It was a coincidence that the colors of Grandma's Quilt pieces just happened to be the colors my daughter chose for her baby's layette: pink and teal. Or was it a coincidence? Sometimes I think these things happen for a reason and are not coincidences.
After all the blocks were made, I laid them out in a pattern I liked. I did make a mistake that I would correct if I had to make the quilt all over again: I would have turned the bottom of the top heart block out so it was facing in the opposite direction. Unfortunately I didn't recognize my mistake till the whole quilt was done.
Once I decided on my layout, I just started sewing the rows together.
This is what the quilt looked like after all the pieces were sewing together before it was quilted.
Using an old piece of pink polka dotted fabric from my stash (sorry, I forgot to photograph the back of the quilt and I already gave it to my daughter) and some quilt batting (also from my stash), I then began quilting the three pieces together. I did the "Stitch In A Ditch" technique to keep it simple.
I then cut my own bias tape and finished off the edges. Because I was lazy and I didn't want to hand sew the bias tape on, I added a pretty lace trim from my stash to the edge of the quilt.
Here are a few close ups of the lace on the edge of the quilt.
This quilt cost me nothing to make since I used items I already owned. I love that this quilt has so much history to it and that two grandmothers had a part in making this quilt. So much love and history has gone into it.
Have a Great Day! Amy
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