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.
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.


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.

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!