Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilts, Part Three

  Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilts, Part Three

So, here we are with Part Three.  This will be the final episode of the Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt posts.  I had planned on showing you TWO quilts today, but, after a conversation with a friend this morning....I remembered there were two more of these quilts here in my house.  (My memory is haywire these days!)  

This one is really pretty, it has a "Garden Path" throughout.  I really like that, but I would never have pieced it myself.  This quilt, which I bought at the flea market, is beautifully made, but like most I get at the flea market, it has issues.  At some point, I hope to remedy that.
Can you see the green path?  This is a very pastel quilt.

 Look at that edge!  Oh my, binding that does not appeal to me....and the binding does have it's challenges.

  Now, repairing that is going to take some creativity.  At this point, I have no idea what I will do, but, I'll figure out something.

 Isn't it pretty?

 Fortunately, it doesn't need a lot of other work...mostly two of the edges and a few little places to mend.   Well, the binding does need some help....another thing where I will have to figure out what to do.

 It's beautiful!

Here is another pretty quilt...with one big issue.  A friend of mine past away recently and this quilt top in her stash came to me.  It's beautifully pieced.  I actually think her mother pieced it.  At some point, someone decided to quilt it.  Why, I have no earthly idea, but they took some polyester batting and started to quilt the center of the quilt.

 Here is a view of the back.  Isn't that strange?  That's a lot of quilting, then it's trimmed.  I would not know where to go from here, so I am going to un-stitch that quilting and start over.  It deserves to be quilted properly. 


 Here is a close-up of it.  Really odd, but like I said, I don't think my friend did this...it's not something I think she would do.

 It looks really nice from the front.

A close-up.

Here is a better look at the piecing.  Lovely.

During a conversation I had today, it suddenly came to me that I had two more Grandmother's Flower Garden quilts.  How did I forget them?  So, I raided the quilt closet and there they were.  Of course, you have to see those too. 


 A lovely quilt top....beautifully pieced.

  (I love dappled shade, don't you.  I took these photos outdoors behind my house.)

 Very nice piecing!

The only issue with this quilt...Yeah!  One of the corners is not a full corner.  
What will I do?  Another challenge, for sure.

  I wonder what happened?

 And, lastly. a vintage baby quilt.  It has been very used and does need repair.  I've had it a very long time.  So, it will finally be put into the que created by these quilts and someday, I will have it mended and usable agian.

 You can see there is definitely work to do. 

 But, there are good parts too!

 A really special quilt that deserves repair.

The end of the story of these quilts is in the future, as there is lots of work to do.  I have
decided I love this "mending" of old quilts.  I think it will be good for my soul.  Don't you?
These quilts I have shown you the last few days are in need of attention and a good bit of care lest they just gradually fade away.  That could be sooner than one might think, the way time flies.  Somehow, it seems important to me, at this particular stage of my life, that I do my best to rescue and revive these quilts, along with others that I have here.  There are many quilts out there that can't be repaired as they are so very fragile, but I hope to do what I can, while I can, with the ones I have.  And, maybe future ones I run into at the flea market.  You know I can't resist, right?

I hope you enjoyed the stories of these quilts.  I will post more about them as work is done.  I will begin with my sister-in-law's quilt....

Bird Nest Cottage
until next time


sandi s said...

You are going to be busy but it will be fun working out how to go about it. These are lovely old quilts. I love seeing them. I have had to do repairs on a few of my old ones because I still use them. There's nothing as so and snuggly as an old quilt. Thank you for the pictures. Take care. Hugs, Sandi

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

One has only to look around your house to know that repairing these quilts is an act of love. I sure would not know where to start. They'll make a great project while you watch the snow fly. All those pretty little hexes made pretty quilt tops.
xx, Carol

Jenny said...

Good Morning Pat....
I am catching up on my blog reading this morning and oh be still my heart!!! All of these absolutely beautiful Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilts! They are all so lovely and their stories just leap off the page and right into my heart! As you know I am hand piercing a Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt of my own so seeing you take the time to not only repair but to quilt, treasure and love these pieces of handwork just makes my heart smile!

Like you I love flea markets and I usually find myself rescuing some form of needlework. I treasure these pieces and the work and love that someone put into them....so thank you so much my friend for doing this lovely thing, for spending your time this way for restoring just a little piece of history one little stitch at a time!

Sending hugs and love!

Christy said...

This is a very good thing, Pat. I don't know how many people actually make quilts anymore and I wouldn't want them to disappear. Keeping these quilts going is very good for the soul. Happy quilting!

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