Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Oldies but Goodies--I Hope
The top photo is of one of the basket embroidery blocks she made sometime before her death in 1932. They appear to be embroidered on a linen. I don't know if that's why they never made it into a quilt. They will need to be squared up since they vary from about 11 inches high to almost 13 inches wide. Twelve blocks--identical except for the ribbons on the baskets--two each in 6 different colors.
The second block is part of a completed quilt top. The blocks are about 4.5 inches set in a checkerboard with a very wide border of the same rose colored highly polished, incredibly soft cotton.
She passed away after a long bout with cancer. My dad was 10 years old. How appropriate is it that her rose/pink quilt top is pink--although we think her cancer started as cervical cancer.
When I was a child, this quilt top was stored in the attic of our 1918 four-square farm house. I used to love going up there to play on rainy days--in spite of all the dust. I'd decided when I was two-and-a-half that I'd make quilts when I grew up, but I've waited decades to do this one. I confess that it will not be hand quilted, but I'm getting better at machine quilting--and I know more and have more ideas about how to do this one than I did years ago.
I'll probably set the blocks with alternate blocks. We'll make those decisions later. No big hurry for blocks that have already been around more than 70 years!