Today I am posting a picture of a quilt that I just finished. The quilt has a little story. I was given some quilt blocks that my husband's grandmother painted back in the mid 60's. At the time, Artex paints were popular. Does anyone remember those? The quilt blocks were done with a berry pink on white polyester fabric. Of course, polyester fabric was the "in thing" at the time. The design was a sort of wreath shape of little flowers. Grandma never put the blocks into a quilt. She passed away in 1986. Her youngest daughter, Nina, ended up with the blocks. Nina had intentions of making a quilt with them but was not able to. She used to sew a lot and very well but has bad arthritis and can no longer do anything like that. She passed the blocks along to me. I had the blocks for about a year and a half before I could decide what to do with them. I did not want to do just a plain sashing around the blocks. I wanted to make something a bit more exciting. I found some cotton fabrics at the quilt shop that I thought would look good with the berry pink. I came up with an idea for sashing that would be a little bit creative but still couldn't make myself start on the project. Then one night when I was having trouble going to sleep, I was thinking about basket blocks for a quilt. The thought popped into my mind that flowers & baskets go well together. I could cut the flower blocks into triangles and add them to a basket pattern. Voila! I gained some enthusiasm for making the quilt. I selected several green fabrics for the baskets and did an on point setting. I opted to have the quilt professionally machine quilted. I sewed the binding on yesterday. This morning I put a label block on the back. Grandma had painted a West Virginia state block (she lived most of her life there). She had painted her signature on it and the year she was born. I took a photograph of her and scanned it onto fabric. The picture was appliqued onto the label. Then I added my name and that I am the spouse of her grandson. Grandma's name was Lula so I think the quilt name will be "Lula's Flowers".
Now the quilt will go to a relative to take to the family reunion. They hold a small auction at the gathering. Each family is supposed to donate something for the auction. I hope that someone gets it that will appreciate the quilt.
I tried to get a space between the two pictures but it just isn't working. I know I posted a picture of this reproduction basket quilt not very long ago. At the time, the binding was not on. I did that a couple days ago. Binding a quilt isn't the most exciting thing to do. Good handwork to do while watching television, though. Anyhow, I promise this is the last time I will post a picture of the quilt!
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