My husband’s grandma was a quilter. She left behind a few unfinished quilts. I chose to finish one of them up as a gift for my sister-in-law’s wedding. Although grandma is no longer with us, I was able to share something tangible that she had a hand in for an occasion that I know she was missed and remembered. For a big project like this I’m glad I had a goal date to finish it otherwise I don’t think it would have gotten done! There was so much love put into to this and some blood, sweat, and tears too. At one point when I was quilting I even sewed my glove to it! Whoops! Although there are some imperfections (as with any handmade project) I am so proud of how this turned out!
I chose to do something a little more simple and modern for the back since the front is a very traditional pattern.
About a third of the front was hand pieced and stitched by grandma. Isn’t this amazing!!
Before I basted the layers together I sprayed water on the pieces and hung them on the line to get some of the wrinkles out.
I used pins and a bit of basting spray to hold the layers together. I had to move everything in our living room to have enough space to lay it out! I taped the back to the floor very tightly and it worked well; I didn’t get any wrinkles in the back while quilting.
I hand embroidered the label. First I used spray adhesive on fabric to stick it to a piece of cardstock. Then I ran it through my printer to get the design on the fabric so I would have something to follow for my stitches.
Cats love quilts…
I used the tutorial for magic machine stitched binding
and I love how it turned out. No hand stitching to finish it!
The happy couple and their quilt!