Since doing the Trunk Show last Thursday for the Loose Threads Quilt Club, I've had quilts to put away. Before doing that, though, I took pictures of the quilts so that I could write the history of each one. Then I figured maybe it would be something worth sharing here. So whether you are interested or not, I am going to attempt to share an old quilt each Wednesday for the next few weeks/months.
To introduce the trek through my quilts of old, let's look at two Double Irish Chains.
In the mid-1980s, I bought my first mat and rotary cutter to make this quilt. I took it as a class at a now-defunct local quilt shop offering, I believe, a Quilt-In-A-Day/Eleanor Burns project. I cut it out at home and went to the class ready to sew. It is my very first effort at chain piecing. When finished, I asked Grandma to quilt it for me, and she did. We used this quilt on our bed for many years - I'll guess 10, at least.
Then I decided to make another one on my own to give to my daughter for her bed. Does anything say 80's any more than this color - dusty coral/rose/pink? I was crazy about it then, and was so pleased to be making this "heirloom" for her.
This quilt became my first-ever hand-pieced quilt. By me, that is. I had a new "Q-Snap" quilting frame, and it decorated our family room one long winter while I worked on it. I do not remember exactly how long I spent piecing and quilting it, but it was stretched out over a few years, I'm sure. The quilting actually happened sometime after we moved to our current location in 1992.
Here is a collage of close-ups of both quilts. The quilting shows up better. At some point, I hope both quilts will be treasured by my kids.
So, there's day one of Way-Back Wednesday.
Happy Quilting, Friends!