When I lived in Seattle, my significant other was the recipient of several boxes from his great aunt's estate. By the time I moved in most everyone in the family had picked through things but there were a couple of items that caught my eye. One was this quilt top.
I was told by a couple of his family members that it was ugly and no one wanted it. Well, it isn't gorgeous but it was made by his grandmother. That means something and I know that he was very close to his grandmother. Long story short, I took it. I knew that at some point I would find a way to have it made into a quilt.
I have no idea what the fabrics are in the top. They look a bit like rayon and since my assumption is that it was made from scraps from the 40's, that is probably a good guess. The top is had stitched onto foundation fabric of muslin and feed sacks.
I know that I am going to have to do some repairs to the blocks. It looks like a couple of blocks are coming apart.
Obviously, it is a scrap quilt and maybe not the prettiest thing but, as I said before, someone near and dear to him made it.
Here's my plan. Secure the blocks, trim the raggedy edges and then find a nice reproduction feed sack fabric for the backing. I will use cotton batting. Now the plan gets a little shaky. I do not have the time or skill to hand quilt this. If it were a beautiful top, I would do it but this is borderline utilitarian so I don't feel badly about putting it on the long arm. I have no idea what design to quilt. Would a meander look goofy? Should I just straight line it?
I have to quilt it this upcoming Saturday and then ask my sister if I can put it into her front loader washing machine. I know that will be gentle enough to clean it (the fabric is dirty in places) without beating the heck out of it. I have this deadline because I have to get it in the mail for his birthday which is on the 3rd of October. It is one of those significant birthdays (60!) and I think this will be a great gift.
So, tell me your thoughts about my plan and any suggestions about the quilting. I need a little help from my friends!