I recently had the honor of finishing up another quilt for my Great-Aunt Wanda. About three years ago, she gave me a quilt top that had been made by her sister, Mary. If I ever met Mary, I don’t remember it, because she passed away years ago, and Aunt Wanda was in possession of this quilt top that Aunt Mary had hand pieced but never quilted and finished.
It was far from flat. In fact, it waved like a Homecoming Queen. Therefore, I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it, or how to go about it. Here’s what it looked like as a top:
Since it was hand pieced, should I hand quilt it? But how to get it flat that way?
And when would I ever find time for that, anyway? It measures 70″ x 84″. I can’t even find time to hand quilt a table runner these days. It laid in the cabinet for almost 3 years, before I decided that I really needed to do something about it.
So I decided to (as one of my old friends from guild would say) “take the machine to it”.
I chose a solid gray backing, and loaded it on the longarm frame. I had to measure and pin, measure and pin, and measure and pin some more, just to make sure it would come out flat and true when I got done. And amazingly enough, even though there are a few “bubbly places”, especially in the one worst corner, there are no tucks or puckers. I can hardly believe I managed it!
What I really want you to notice is the fabrics in this quilt. They’re fabulous! I’m not a fabric-dating expert, so I have no idea what year they might be from, but some of them are definitely feedsack fabric.
And where she ran out of something in a block, she just put something else in, and carried on. I think that may be my favorite thing about it. You can tell where the blocks are, but each block sometimes has more than one substitute fabric in it.
I chose a burgundy binding to pull out some of the colors from the front, and it went well with the gray backing.And now Aunt Wanda has it back, and she’s very happy with it, and we’re both really happy that it’s now a finished quilt.