This is Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilts, Part Two
This photo was taken behind my house....On a sunny day...too sunny really, as this quilt is actually darker than it shows here. You'll see later.
So, here's the story:
This summer I went to Texas for a few weeks and while I was there, my sister-in-law, Nancy Jo, brought this quilt out to show me. Actually, as you can see, it's still in the quilt top stage.
The top was made, we think in the 30's, by Nancy Jo's aunt, who was a school teacher at the time, living in a boarding house away from home. So, she pieced the top during the evenings to pass the time. (By the way, Nancy Jo's family lives in West Virginia.) Her aunt, the sister of Nancy Jo's Mother, is no longer with us, so the quilt belongs to Nancy Jo's Mom. It was never quilted so I was asked if I could 'do something with it' for her Mom's 90th birthday. How could I say no?
As you can see there are some black places on the quilt. Those are holes. There are several.
Before it can be quilted, it must be mended. That will be quite the task. The mending won't be invisible, of course, but I will do what I can to make it 'look good.' It's still a top and that will be helpful, actually.
A better look at the edge. Also along the bottom, in this photo, there needs to be another row of piecing. I'm not doing that, so will figure out what to do instead. Did you hear me say I like a 'challenge?'
I'll even the edges too.....for easier binding.
I will have to give some thought to the quilting itself. I'm not going to quilt around each hexagon....it would just take too long and my deadline is next June.
This is the quilt...photo taken at night in my house. While the quilt really is darker than those first photos...it's not as dark as this photo...although I love the way it looks here!
And, another look.
I will do my best to make the quilt presentable for Nancy Jo's Mom's birthday next year.
And, YES, it will be a challenge!
Every year I look for the first Bluetts to bloom. I missed that this year, but while I was out taking the photos behind my house....there were lots of these! You see them in white, pink and also BLUE. So tiny and cute!!!!
Tomorrow, Part Three!
Bird Nest Cottage
Until next time