Thursday, January 24, 2019

Hand Pieced QAL, Dust off a Quit Book Blog Hop Coming Soon

I have joined Patty at Elm Street Quilts and Kristin at Simple, Handmade, Everyday for the Hand Pieced Quilt a Long.

One of the main reasons I joined this quilt a long was in memory of my dear mother-in-law who was a prolific quilter.  She used templates for her patterns, her points did not always meet, but  her quilts were always filled with lots of love.  I first met her in 1972 and she made us many quilts over the years, I even have some polyester quilts that she made.  My mother once asked her to make her  a quilt out of scraps I had leftover when I made my mother, sister and myself clothes while I was in high school.  My mother even had a pattern picked out, one with extensive trapunto in it.  My mother-in-law Ada was firm and said she would make the quilt, but she would give it to John and Karrin.  Too big for me to get a good picture inside.  It is called Star of the Bluegrass, and she made it in 1973.  She could usually hand-piece and hand-quilt a quilt in a month, but this one took longer with all the trapunto.

This next one she made for our spare bedroom, which is still where it resides.  She made this one in 1991.  

This is my first piece for the Hand-Pieced Quilt Along.  I'd like to thank Patty and Kristin for this quilt along.  I think of my mother-in-law every day, but especially working on this.

Around 1992 or so my DFIL developed Alzheimer's and I figured we would not be getting anymore quilts unless I got busy, so I started quilting around that time with my first finish I have documented in 1994.  

 I'm still working on my project for the Dust off a Quilt Book Blog Hop hosted by Bea @ Beaquilter
coming February 18-22.   The majority of my project is hand appliqued.  I'm doing to redoing the large unit a second time.  I should have that finished the next couple of days and I can assemble the top.  My project is 62 x 81, but I might enlarge it a bit to fit John's hospital bed.  

Meanwhile, I am still drying out his room from the last storm damage, and water leaking up through the foundation.  The room is a sunken living room, and that is why it has a problem and not the rest of the house.  Our daughter Katie, who has had extensive water pipe breakages in their house has an industrial type air mover that she brought over.  So I have been slowly moving that around the room, especially under area where he sits got the most damage.  

Thanks for stopping by!


Danice G said...
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Danice G said...

The family memories are always precious. Your mother-in-law sounds like she was awesome. Your hand pieced block looks perfect. It is my first time even attempting hand piecing and my block looks just OK. I deleted my first comment due to a typo error.

Quilter Kathy said...

What a wonderful tribute to your MIL! ENjoy the quilt along!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I enjoyed reading about your MIL! Your block looks great, too. I think hand-piecing definitely helps us feel connected to quilters of the past!

Susan said...

Of course the most damage would be right where your husband needs to be! I'm so glad Katie has one of those. I was thinking about it, not knowing if such things are rentable or not. I know California needs rain, but not right under your house! I didn't realize your MIL had made that quilt. You have such loving memories and keepsakes from her.

Patty said...

Great block - thanks for joining the Hand Pieced QAL link-up!