Sunday, May 08, 2022

Helping Mom With a Finish

Since 2017, Anne has been continuing to hand piece blocks for a quilt called Roses at the Window, begun by mom in 1990. 

When she first uncovered the box with all of the contents and instructions needed she was in awe of mom's organization skills and fondly referred to this as her quilt-in-a-box, working at it off and on as a hand stitching project.

A short while ago, after mom's goddaughter Bernadette was diagnosed with breast cancer, my sister Betty offered that we would give her a quilt made by mom. Bernadette was thrilled. It's taken a little longer than planned, but the quilt is now ready for delivery.

With all of the blocks sewn, I helped Anne assemble the top. We needed to incorporate another cream to the sashing, which ended up working out well. We also decided to cut it down in size a bit and incorporated the surplus blocks into the backing. 

A border of dark green worked to nicely frame it.

And Roberta found a beautiful leafy floral pattern to quilt it with which really suits the floral print and leafy green backing. In the pattern, there were roses appliqued overtop of the grid of blocks but we opted not to go there.

Betty was keen to help out as well, so she finished it off by doing the binding and giving it a good wash. So, it's officially out of the box and ready to go. Bernadette's oldest sister is visiting this weekend so Anne will be able to hand deliver it. This was a great team effort to not only finish up one of mom's projects, but to be able to share her quilting legacy with extended family on this Mother's Day. Mom would be thrilled; I know we three are....M


Sandy said...

What a beautiful & thoughtful gift! I love that you’ve each added something to a project your Mom started so long ago.

Rebecca Grace said...

What a special, wonderful finish! I wish all of our quilting mothers and grandmothers were as organized with their WIP projects as your mom was. When I have had someone bring me a tub of a family member's in-progress quilt to finish, I usually have a couple of hours of detective work to do up front to figure out what is what, how things were meant to go together, in the absence of any patterns, templates, or drawings to go by!