A couple years ago, my cousins asked me if I would help them out by finishing some quilt tops that my Great-Aunt Jo had started before she passed away. I was honored to do it. Isn’t this a lovely stack of finished quilts?
First up was a set of embroidered blocks that Aunt Jo had never gotten set together. Pam asked if I could make them into two separate baby quilts. A perfect idea! I made one for a boy, and one for a girl. I split the blocks into 2 sets of six, and found some cute modern fabrics to put with them. I finished the tops at a retreat a couple years ago, and then, as usual, they languished in my to-be-quilted pile.
Here’s the girl top:
And here’s the boy top:
Last week, I finally got them quilted and bound!
At the same time, Pam had also given me this scrappy Nine-Patch and Hourglass quilt to quilt. I think this one came out fantastic! (But I do love me a good scrappy quilt anytime!) This quilt really makes me wanna make one like it. Look how careful she was to have all her stripes running in the same direction!
Best of all, Pam can look at this quilt, and pick out fabrics that Aunt Jo had used to make pillows, or household items, or things for the grandchildren, so it’s chock full of wonderful memories for them. I love that about it. So. Much.
Pam’s daughter, Rachel, had also given me four small quilt tops to finish up. I finished two of them right away, and I don’t think I took any pictures of them, but here are the two I finally got finished for her last week.
This scrappy Bow Ties quilt:
And this wonderful Triangle quilt!
I love how she put these random smaller units in it, all scattered around:
Aunt Jo loved to embroider, and Pam has a couple of unquilted tops left to have quilted, both of them elaborate embroidered bedspread-type creations — just gorgeous! I think they’d make absolutely wonderful wedding gifts for Pam and Roger’s two youngest daughters who aren’t married yet, right?
So we have plans to get those finished up, too, probably later this year. I’m excited about it, because I truly love finishing up old projects that may not ever have become real quilts without that last little bit of work being done by someone — I’m glad it could be me. I hope Aunt Jo is pleased.