Friday, January 18, 2013

Martha Interrupted

The ladies at the church have let me know that they are looking for something to quilt and I was planning to send them Goose Tracks, but I am having a tough time figuring out how I want it quilted. As luck would have it, when I was sifting through the sewing room after Christmas I came across a few treasured bits, one of which is a Dresden Plate that was left to me after mom died. I'm going to have this one quilted first.

The top is beautiful and scrappy and BIG! It measures  94" x 130" so it will go well on our bed.

It was made from a stack of Dresden Plates that she picked up at a rummage sale or flea market, I can't remember which, and there's lots of great vintage fabrics in it along with scraps from her collection - it's amazing how you recognize prints years later. She had to replace some of the petals and finish up some of the plates but it's so scrappy that you can't tell which was which.

I was happy to get this one because she and I spent time creating the layout, particularly the sashing between the blocks and the floral vine for the borders. I just love it.

There is a light brown spot on one of the centre blocks that I need to see if I can get out - not sure what it is but I put a but of plain water on it last night and today it seems lighter so I'll make a more serious attempt.

As I was folding it up I noticed that there's a flower missing from one of the corners - she either forgot it or was interrupted before putting it on. I'll have to see if I can find it in other fabrics that I have from her - or maybe I'll put in a little bird or butterfly, or just leave it as a reminder of her work interrupted.

And there are one or two blocks that the basting still needs to come out on.
It needs to be pressed and then I have to get busy and mark it, get a batting and make a backing because I know that the gals are anxious to get started on a quilt. Sounds like that's my weekend....M


Kate said...

What a beautiful quilt that is! The ladies should enjoy quilting it.

Brandie said...

That os beautiful!
I was lucky enough to inherit a bunch of dresden tongues. I had forgotten that I had them. When I came back across them I knew I had to complete them. It is now one of my favorite quilts.
Good luck with your new bed quilt. It'll make you happy every time you enter your room.

Grit said...

What a wonderful work.
Liebe Grüße Grit

Anonymous said...

I remember your Mom cutting those flowers for the border one weekend at the cottage. Some of those fabrics are from my stash, so I'm sure we could find something if you want to add a butterfly or bird to that one corner. This is from a pattern in one of my books. I remember your Mom loved it with the sashing and the borders. It is so lovely and I am so happy to see it being quilted! jane

Anne said...

Love it. It looks like such a happy quilt. I love the border. I am sure it will be even more beautiful once it is quilted.