I am so enjoying the stories of Sarah, a quilter and quilt historian and restoration expert, and her family and friends. The way that she takes on a project and traces the history of the quilt maker inspires me.
In August I received a message from my sister-in-love,
I was given an unfinished quilt that my friend's grandma made. She has many quilts (they look hand made to me) and my friend is tasked with finding homes for them - the good ones will go to relatives, but she wondered if you might want to finish this somehow (not sure how as you wouldn't have the same material) and do what you wish with it? There is an obvious area on the back where she used a darker blue material for some reason.
Actually, it IS finished! With the exception of six hand-stitched feathered wreaths. And it is entirely hand stitched and quilted! I cannot imagine the hours that have gone into this quilt... by someone much more patient than I! I will be finishing the wreaths on an upcoming road trip.
From Patchwork Mysteries, book 3, Muslin Mystery...
"A quilt can tell you a lot about itself, if you know how to look at it. Some fabrics were sold only in certain parts of the country, so often you can tell where a quilt was created just by identifying the materials. But what you really want to know is who made it, and what her life was like, when she was born and when she died. And that can be hard to find out."I am hopeful to be able to gather a bit of information on the quilter and will share the info when I get it, along with more details about this quilt and how it is made.
I am far from a quilt or fabric expert, but if I had to guess, I would say that the stars are made of left over fabric from clothing construction, or clothing spanning decades. Some of the fabric appears to be flour sack cloth and others from the 60s or 70s, maybe even the 80s. It includes cotton and polyester; silk and satin.
I currently don't have any UFOs... Now I am not bragging... I am just a bit over the top about finishing a project that I start. Even the year-long BOMs were a challenge for me to just let sit as I completed blocks!
But if someone went through your UFOs and passed them on to another quilter to complete, what sort of info would you like for them to know? ... about yourself? ... or about the project?
Would they have all of the necessary instructions and fabrics to finish the quilt?
Leave a comment and let me know... maybe I will ask that question of the grand-daughter I got the quilt from.
Melva Loves Scraps - Home of the Quilters Through The Generations Series
UFO Busting at Tish In Wonderland