Next Project – Great Grandma’s Double Wedding Ring Quilt

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I don’t know the entire story of this quilt, and it fills me with questions. How old was my great grandma when she  made it? How long did it take her? Where did she get all of this wild fabric?  I feel like my grandma may have said the fabrics were her old shirts and dresses at one point. I called Grandma this week to ask her some details about the border, which was sewn on by machine. I thought she told me once that she sewed the border on, but I can’t remember now, and she can’t either.
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There are a few things I do know about this top.

1. It’s very colorful and mismatchy.

2. I like it a lot.

3. The pattern is called a double wedding ring.

4. Double wedding rings are very hard to sew.

5. It was pieced probably before I was born, and all by hand.

6. It sat in my Grandma’s closet for a long time.

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I think the quilt came to me with very interesting timing. It started like this. My sister in law loves quilting  and family history. A few years ago, she gave me a miniature double wedding ring template for my birthday. The template is acrylic, so I could cut the pieces with my rotary cutter. I thought that to start I would try making a 3 ring oversized hot pad for my mom for Christmas.

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By the time I was done mangling my three ring hot pad into existence, I realized that I don’t have the skill level to make a full wedding ring quilt—much less a miniature one! I decided that if I tried it again, it would be with a teacher and a class.

While I was still finishing my wrinkly piece of mischief, my mom and grandma were cleaning out a closet, and found this top and gave it to me. I decided that if our ancestors are watching over us, Great Grandma was watching over me, waiting for me to try a wedding ring quilt so I would not judge her craftsmanship.

It’s not perfect, but it is whole. I am so glad it came to me. It took me two years to get up the patience to think I could hand quilt it, but I have got it basted and ready now. I took these pictures to chronicle the hand work inside, because that is one treasures of this quilt that will be hidden once it is quilted.

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See You Soon

Just a few weeks ago, one of my best friends dropped her oldest daughter off to college. I had decided to make a her a quilt, and it seemed like it would time right. I decided to call it “See You Soon,” because I was hoping to finish it before Peach Days. I don’t always name quilts, but when you enter the Guild show they give you a form to fill out, which includes the quilt’s name.  If you don’t name it, Lynette says she’ll name it for you!

With getting kids and myself back into school, and going on a ladies kayak trip, I ran out of time and finished it the day after Peach Days was over.

This quilt was a challenge because I wanted to do an unusual border. I saved some blocks to do that, but when I put the border on it looked absolutely horrible. I ended up cutting them off.  I took the center with me to JoAnn, and auditioned some fabrics with my daughter and my other friend. A random lady came by, too, and said she liked the same one everyone else had voted on.

I am really happy with it, and I hope it reminds her that we all look forward to when we’ll see her daughter again soon.

Stars and Diamonds

A good friend of mine finished getting her teaching degree and license, so I decided I had better make her a quilt. She had commented on liking this while it was a WIP, so I thought it must belong to her.

By the time I finished the quilt, she had taught for her first year, too. I think many of us know how that goes in quilting. I ended up giving it to her on her birthday, because it was the closest occasion to when I finished.

This quilt is based on one I saw on Pinterest from Pat Speth, but I made the blocks enormous to simplify, and I emphasized the negative space diamonds a bit more with the border.

Another fun fact in the history of this quilt is that many of the blocks came from a red white and blue block exchange we did at my quilt guild several years ago. I was so happy to finally finish this UFO.

For my Sister

This is a quilt I made for my sister in 2017. She was working on Nursing School, and it was really just time I made her a quilt. She has a bright, colorful, loving personality, so I wanted that to be reflected in this quilt.

An experienced quilter once told me at guild that she cuts her scraps into 2.5″ and 5″ squares to use in projects later. When she told me that, I started doing it, and ended up with many of the squares in this quilt coming straight out of my stash. I did buy a few half yards of solid color to help it tie together overall and have a bit of a theme.

This year, my sister graduated from nursing school, and recently passed her NCLEX. I could not be prouder of her, and I’m so glad I made this quilt for her to wrap her in my love while she finished her nursing school journey.

2016 Quilts

These are my Quilts from 2016.

They each went to someone I love very much, and have a story behind them.

The turquoise went to a friend who has not been blessed with her own children, but who is rearing her niece and nephew, and told me she was “expecting” again as a joke, because more of her siblings’ kids were coming to visit her as well.

The purple plus sign went to a friend who finished an educational program which was very challenging, and who was having a bit of a dark winter.

The scrappy one is for my sister. The photo of the full front truly doesn’t do its color justice. The braid quilting on the border represents sisterhood. It is one of my favorite quilts I have ever made. I almost couldn’t bear to give it away. Almost.