Do you remember back in 1999 when every quilter you knew was busy making a millennium quilt? Perhaps you were one of them?
Well, I was one of those quilters. I had a grand idea for my millennium quilt, and as usual, I went all gung-ho at first, then it joined my other UFOs as life got in my way.
Wanting to combine the past with the present, the old with the new, in a nod to the passing of a century and the beginning of a new one, I completely hand pieced my quilt top. And I wanted to hand quilt it as well, so it languished in the unquilted tops pile . . . for 12 years!
When I sponsored my Final Countdown tasks for 2012 a few weeks ago, the first assigned task was to find your oldest UFO and do something about it. I’m not completely sure this is my oldest UFO, but it’s one of the oldest, and given that I had just moved, I was lucky to have even found this one, so it’s the one I chose to “do something about”.
I loaded it on the longarm and machine quilted it. I figured that was mixing the old with the new in yet another way — hand piecing, machine quilting . . . and that meant I’d have it done a lot sooner. Who knows how long it might have laid there waiting for me to hand quilt it — another millennium?
So now I present to you my finished Millennium Quilt . . . “Do You Remember . . . ?”
One hundred 6″ hand pieced quilt blocks, one for each year of the century, and in the center of each one is a trivia fact that happened in that year.
If nothing else, it’s a good read, and very fun to look at!
I sorta tried to match the fabrics for the decades to fabrics that quilters may have had in their stashes during said decade but I didn’t get real obsessed with doing that, because I’m not an expert at fabric dating, so I just went with what I thought some of them would be (like 1930s reproduction fabrics for the 1930s row), and others from what I could remember.
For example, I do know for a fact that I had a shirt made from this brown plaid in 1977! This block’s trivia fact says: Minimum wage is $2.65 an hour.
The block pattern is from a magazine (that I can’t seem to locate right at the moment, but I know I still have somewhere), and was originally a 12″ block. Since I needed to use 100 of them, I had to reduce the size. If I find the pattern, I’ll update the post to let you know what magazine and issue. (You know it’s an old one!)
I inked the lettering onto the center patch of each block with a permanent fabric marker.
I set the blocks 10 across and 10 down and surrounded them with a 6″ plain border.
I can’t get it to show up real clearly, but I quilted the title of the quilt into the top border.
Here’s a shot of the back side, which is also not real clear. I outlined each patch of each block, then quilted “petals” in between them. I did diagonal lines spaced 1″ apart in the borders.
I bound it with the same plain white. The finished quilt measures 72″ x 72″.
I suppose you all have had your millennium quilts finished since the year 2000? Am I the last quilter to finally finish my millennium quilt?