Monday, June 4, 2012

Quilt from the past


I took this quilt over to mom and dad's Saturday to photograph.  It is one I made in July of 1995 for my grandfather.  He was dying of cancer and would be gone in November.  I re-purposed some old quilt blocks in a pinwheel style.   

The heart was appliqued to cover some fraying edges.  I can see that these blocks weren't perfectly hand stitched and had lumps. Some of the fabrics used look very modern.

I hand quilted outlining the inside of blades.

I used to make embroidered or pigma pen labels, sometimes with a little fabric paint.
And a badly done machine binding.  I was in a rush to get this done.  I gave it to grandfather when I went up to visit him that August.
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I like photographing on dad's new patio.  It provides a nice backdrop and I can even stand on the deck and take a picture looking down.  I gave the quilt to my dad to use when he naps in the living room.  I made a square pillow case with handles to carry it.  Grandmother used to keep it in the car to use when they would go to the park to hear music. 

 I have a ton of that orange fabric still left.  I have used it for many different projects.  Im not sure why I bought so much at the time.  I know it was a nice quilt shop cotton.

keep dreaming...Colleen
Four generations of Yarnells, baby me on great grandmothers lap, 
my dad on the left and my grandfather on the right.

6 comments:

kheli said...

Lovely quilt and quilt story!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

A quilt made with love with a great story - no matter how bad the process or technique, to me they are the BEST quilts we make!

Carrie P. said...

a sweet post and a very nice quilt made with love.

Richard Healey said...

That is a wonderful quilt I enjoyed seeing it.

http://richardquilts.blogspot.com

Barb said...

I enjoyed seeing your quilts...thanks for sharing.

Megan said...

Such sweet memories - it's so awesome to hear about quilts being used and loved. I think the plaid print's my favorite!