Saturday, March 2, 2013

The story behind the quilt

Week 2 of being without my Bernina. This is what withdrawal feels like. I can't wait for it to come back after a good service.

In the mean time, the story behind my latest quilt project. My aunt sold her in-laws home few years ago who have passed away for quite a number of years now. While doing a final clean up of the home she found some old hand embroidered pillow covers. They were made by her mother-in-law and looked a bit worn. Also they were not standard sized. They were much smaller than the store bought pillows we have now a days. She did not have the heart to give them away but instead gave them to me and said see what you can do with them. I held on to them for some time and finally decided to do something with them.

The covers were worn in the center so I cut the embroidered part into triangles and sewed them along the diagonal to form a square. I got 7 such squares. 6 of roughly the same size and 1 slightly larger. These squares too have been sitting around for a while now.

A few weeks back I ordered a copy of Victoria Findlay Wolfe's 15 minutes of Play -- Improvisational Quilts: Made-Fabric Piecing Traditional Blocks Scrap Challenges. I had always been curious about her quilt making process since I met her in person last year. One of the challenges in the book is making your own fabric using what you have. I decided to put these principles to use and ransacked my aunt's closet for other items that might be associated with her mother-in-law. I found a whole bunch of bedsheets and un-used pieces of fabric, all pretty floral prints. Then decided to make some made fabric out of these sheets and fabric pieces. So far I have made a few 5x5 and 7x7 postage stamp blocks.

I don't know where I am headed with the quilt design for this project. I am going with my instincts and see where it takes me. Everyday a new thought pops in my head when I look at these prints. It's literally 5 minutes of play with  everyday in my case.

So much for enjoying the process than thinking of the end goal. I think this will make one nice memory quilt for my aunt.

Linking up to weekending at 1/4" mark & live a colorful life


  1. They are so pretty! Great idea with postage stamp blocks. I'm also learning the value of enjoying the process!

  2. Your postage stamps blocks are fabulous! I'll enjoy following along to see what you decide to do with all these treasures.


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