Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Greetings from the Lake!
This is a really exciting finish for me. I've had these fabrics for quite a few years and it feels really good to finally make a quilt from them. My uncle found a bunch of fabric in the attic of his childhood home and gave it to me. We think it belonged to my great grandma...she quilted and sewed clothes and, of course, made quilts out of clothing scraps.
While I was making this quilt, I thought it was so ugly and I just wanted it finished so I could make room in the studio. But now that it's finished, it just dawned on me that I made a quilt using my great grandma's fabric. Isn't that wild?
And it's not really that ugly...it has its charms. I decided to give this quilt to my aunt Kathi who appreciates things like this...who sees beauty where others do not. And she's sentimental about family things...things from the past.
That and she just bought a cabin and every cabin MUST have an ugly quilt. It's the one you remember from your grandma's house when you were a kid. The one that was perfect for making forts in the basement, the one you dragged around the yard, through the woods, onto the boat. The one you brought to the beach to watch fireworks or have picnics. The one you wrapped up in at the campfire while roasting marshmallows. This quilt will be perfect for all of that and more.
I wanted this quilt to last a long time so I made bias binding and attached it by machine. Plus, OMG, bias cut gingham...so perfect! For the back I used a larger red gingham that I liked better online than in person and an Anna Maria Horner print that never seemed to go with anything else in my stash. The whole thing came together like it was meant to be. And I think it was.