A little lost history found…… continuation.
After writing that blog about finding more history behind my Mother’s Key West quilt, I was reminded that many years ago I had started a quilt that was similar …..
I never have been a “soft floral” type, so I looked in my stash. What striped fabric did I have. At that time my stash contained many yards of fabric from back in the days when Fabricland had a buy 1 yd get 2 yd free. (What year did we change to metric?) There were four different prints in the line, so I bought 1 yard of each and came home with 12 yards of fabric.
I remembered there was a striped fabric in there. This collection of fabric would be great.
So I started sewing……………..
Like so many of my projects, it became a UFO and was relegated to the back of the shelf. I think I had completed 10 blocks. I really can`t say how many years it sat there, but when looking at Mom`s quilt and talking about the pattern, my inspiration to finish the quilt was awakened.
I was fortunate to be able to spend time at a cottage with a quilting friend the second week of July. We had a great time swimming, eating and quilting. Our machines were set up in the living room to entire week. One of the projects I brought to work on was my `whirl` quilt. I managed to get the other 10 blocks finished and the rows sewn together. Here is the result………….
It still needs a border. Now that really is my question to you all. Which of the fabrics should I use as the border and how wide should it be. It currently measures 44x 55.
When I showed it off to my 7 year old granddaughter, her eyes just light up and a `WOW! I really like that` was her response. Just goes to prove that ugly old Fabricland fabric can thrill someone.
What I also discovered while completing the top is…… I was a terrible piecer in the beginning. No consistency at all. I`m amazed I got the blocks together without too much distortion. (Don`t look too close for matching points….a lot of them aren`t there!)
When my longarm comes back from her spa trip to Utah, I`ll put it on the frame and finish the quilting. OR, maybe I`ll get some Pearl cotton and hand quilt a large stitch as Mary suggested….. she used `Pearl Cotton no. 8 with a number 24 chenille needle`.
For my Mother`s quilt……well, I have a friend who loves hand quilting and we trade services…