Every day at lunch, I slip away from my desk
and go into one of our spare offices.
I browse all your lovely blogs...
This week, one such blog prompted me
to come home and look through
some of the quilts that were left to me by my
mom's mother and I began to see
things I never appreciated before about
one of my favorite quilts that she made.
From back here, you don't notice much...
but come with me, while I show you what I
noticed today, in part,
because of all I have learned from
reading all of your blogs when
I first started quilting ...
First, this quilt is completely hand made, no sewing machine needed.
I believe it is called a window quilt.or something close to that...
if you know the official name, comment and let me know!
Second...every fabric in this quilt is a piece of one of my
grandmother's dresses or shirts...and she cut nearly all of them...
in a fussy cut.
Next, even though her stitches may not be the best, or the
most creative, it is all her stitching and I am pretty
impressed at how uniform and perfect it looks.
I know this is a HUGE QUILT by ANY STANDARDS.
and I have it on good authority that she only quilted on her bed.
Can you see how she pieced this entire quilt - hand sewing
one block at a time to another block?
and let me tell you ...that the quilt is all cotton
and the thread is still strong.
But here is the cool part...
Mind you, I have had this quilt for about 15 years.
and I use this quilt...every winter.
AND I JUST NOTICED THIS...
In a small corner of this lovely masterpiece,
My grandmother signed the quilt.
She put her name..first and last.
something I hadn't seen.
She put the date she started the quilt... 3/28/1976
and the date she finished.... 9/20/1977
How COOL IS THAT?
This quilt weighs14.3 lbs.
It has NO batting...just fabric and thread.
I love this quilt on my bed...the weight
of it hugs me to sleep every winter night...
Such a legacy...and I didn't even really
appreciate how much time, work and love
that went into it...
but I finally do now.