I am always so grateful and honored when a client hands me a quilt and trusts me to quilt it for them. Occasionally I am given one that also overwhelms me a little. Such is the case with this beauty:
This one is special. Well, all quilts are special, but this one has an unknown history, an untold story. It was given to me to quilt by a lady in our guild. It belongs to a friend of hers who found this quilt and a wedding ring quilt. I don’t know where she found them, in fact I don’t know anything at all about the quilt and that allows my imagination to run wild while I’m working on it.
I do know that it is exquisitely hand-pieced and that many of the fabrics are old. Several look and feel like feedsack prints.
When I look at this piecing it amazes me. Even though I don’t know the age of the top I am sure all those hexies were cut without some of the tools available to us today. They all fit together so beautifully. The most surprising thing to me is just how straight and square the quilt is. When I loaded it on my longarm, I was floored to find that it was so straight and there are no puffy blocks and no wavy edges. I mean, we’re talking a lot of bias edges people!
When I’m given a top like this to quilt I always get so emotional. I know that may sound a bit over the top but I can’t help it. To think that I get the privilege of finishing a quilt that someone so long ago took the time to piece always gets to me. It’s like I’m connected to the maker over time somehow. Does this make any kind of sense to you? (Because I admit – it sounds a bit loony to me when I read it back to myself!) You can read about another quilt that had a powerful effect on me by clicking here.
My initial quilting plan (before really looking at the top) was to do a quick, edge-to-edge design. After looking at it I just knew I couldn’t do that to this quilt. Instead, I am using some modern quilting motifs to bring the flowers to life. Kinda like mixing the new with the old.
Pebbles to suggest the center of a flower, loops to create a petal affect, and meandering in the background to allow the flowers to pop have all been fun designs to stitch. I still haven’t figured out what I’ll do in those green sections, but hopefully inspiration hits soon!
My goal is to have this finished so I can deliver it at the next guild meeting on Wednesday. Since I have to work Monday and Tuesday, I might be dreaming. But I agree with the saying ‘if you’re gonna dream, dream big’ so I’m dreaming big!
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