My Uncle Frank arrived from Ireland for a two weeks' visit and brought this old woolen utility quilt - to see if it could be fixed up. Challenge accepted!
This is a utility quilt made for him by his Mom, my Grandma Mary Lou, who taught me to quilt. We think she made it in the 1970's. She made it from family clothing, so it holds a lot of meaning and comfort for Frank. He can point to his sister's (my Mom) jackets, his mod plaid pants from the sixties, etc. etc.
My brother and his family came up from North Carolina for Thanksgiving and so my niece Alyssa and I started to work, removing the binding, which took no time at all.
And removing the black yarn ties...
Inside was this wool batt, covered in a loose woven fabric that looked like cheesecloth:
So interesting to see how Grandma had foundation pieced it:
We shopped for new backing and batting, and a couple of woolens for patches, and then it was time to cut and pin some patches
A little machine blanket stitch on Alyssa's "new" machine:
|left to right: niece Alyssa in front, me, sis in law Janette, cousin Dana, niece Megan, sonTommy, Uncle Frank, brother David|
Yesterday I picked up where Alyssa left off, and finished patching up the top. Gave the top another good wash and dry.
The stained-glass beauty of a backlit top.... a wabi sabi quilt if ever there was one:
Stay tuned as I attempt to sandwich, tie, and bind this before Frank returns to Ireland! Today I stayed home from church which I hate to do, but I have a terrible cold and have lost my voice, and just need the rest I think. Listening to some good Sabbath music, thinking fond thoughts of my dear Mom who passed away this time of year 16 years ago, and of Grandma Mary Lou who passed away two years ago and whose quilting legacy lives on in the sweet young hands of Alyssa....
Life is so good.