Monday, September 04, 2006


Over the Labor Day weekend my mom and I worked on a quilt. Not just any quilt but a quilt top that my great Aunt Minnie had made sortly after my Aunt Betsy was born. That makes this quilt about 35-40 years old. It apparently sat around waiting to be quilted somewhere where it was damaged with some leaks. So, I brought the quilt with me when I was staying with my mom for my Grandmother's 90th birthday shindig.

Mom has much more experience with quilting than I do, so she did the cutting.

I did a fair amount of sewing.

and we came up with this top. The original is what is inside the blue border. We also put on a white border after the blue, but I somehow didn't get a picture of that.

We had to replace a little bit of the white fabric along one end because the stains wouldn't wash out. There are still a few stains here and there, but that's okay. It's part of the quilt's history.

We then tackled the back. There wasn't one. And apparently we didn't guess well enough when we bought the blue, oh, 4 years ago? There wasn't enough fabric to back the quilt with the blue fabric. Mom came to rescue with some white fabric and between the two colors, we managed this:

Stripes! We've since pinned the backing, batting, and top together and it is now waiting for me to quilt it all together. Hopefully it won't be another 30 years before that's accomplished!

It was fun sewing with my mom. We had never done that before and I hope we get to do it again.


Anonymous susan said...

The quilt is beautiful! Sounds like you had an awesome weekend!

9:24 PM  
Blogger ML said...

That is a lovely quilt! I like how you overcame the lack of fabric for the back. Great idea!

7:24 AM  
Blogger JuliaR said...

I've never sewed with someone - always by myself. It sounds like I should look into this as a new, fun thing for me to do!

1:51 PM  

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