Thursday, May 7, 2009

Grandma's Velvet Crazy Quilt

Connie at Quilt Qua has a great giveaway for those entering a quilt in her Show and Tell. All you have to do is post a picture or two and tell about one of your favorite quilts for a chance to win a Moda Jelly Roll.

I decided to submit Grandma's Velvet Crazy Quilt.

I remember my grandmother working on piecing these blocks when I was very young. Velvet was hard to come by, so progress was slow...she worked on it for years. The blocks were pieced on heavy feed sack material and she embellished them with feather stitching between the pieces.

After her death I inherited the top which only needed a small corner finished. I added feather stitching between the blocks and a small amount of additional embellishments, still keeping it rather low key in her style. I then added a picture of her and her birth and death dates as well as a picture of myself and my birth date to represent the person who started it and the one who finished it.

Because the quilt was already so heavy it didn't need batting. I added a brown velvet border and used a lush green velvet for the back, did a turned edging and tied it with variegated crochet thread.

Grandma and I together have won a couple of ribbons with this quilt and it is truly one of my treasures.

The label


Geta Grama said...

What a treasure, Mary ! You are so lucky to have such memories.

Crispy said...

How wonderful Mary!! Two generations in one quilt and to have won ribbons for her too!!


Jacquie said...

I love that quilt! I think it was my favorite of the ones you broght to McPherson.

Barb said...

Wow, Mary, that truly is an amazing quilt and one to be cherished forever.

meggie said...

What a wonderful story to go with your quilt. I wish I had put my blog address on my quilts. I have wanted to comment on several beautiful quilts on Quilt Qua, but there are no contact details, which is a shame.

I have posted 3 of my quilts, & I guess only one of them is contactable by Connie.

Sunna Reyr said...

I love to read about your Grandma, she must have bin a very special lady. And that quilt you two made is precious. Wish I could see it in person.