I immediately thought of this quilt I've slept under during the summer all my life. My great grandmother Grace made this quilt. She made a lot of this same pattern with scraps. She called it a snowball quilt. I decided I wanted to do something with this block.
The original quilt was hand pieced. I decided I wanted to do it by machine. So I ordered some leaf pieces from Paper Pieces and used a gray solid Island Batik to make a bunch of leaves EPP style. I then removed the papers and glued them down to the quilt top. Next was stitching carefully around each leaf. I also went and cut out the backs so the seams wouldn't show through the gray leaves. Next time I'm going to try Appliquik paper which I can keep in!
I also decided not to do all the areas with leaves. I created this fun shape. All the background fabrics are scraps of Island Batik from being an Ambassador the last four years.
Next up was quilting. I layered it with my favorite Hobbs 80/20 cotton/poly batting and went to work. The gray was stitched with large match sticks using Aurifil thread. For all the colors of the background squares I decided to use a variegated thread to blend in and do some simple continuous curve quilting.
Every time I look at this quilt I am reminded of my great grandma. It makes me so happy!
Have you ever made a quilt inspired by your ancestors?
Most of the quilts I make remind me of my Maternal Grandmother. Of course she did every stitch by hand. I wonder how many more quilts she would have made if she had had a machine.ReplyDelete
I was never inspired by my ancestors since none of them were quilters, but am inspired by how much ingenuity and handcrafting went into these older quilts that others have madeReplyDelete
Very pretty ❤ReplyDelete
I have quilts from my great grandmother, both grandmothers, aunts, and mother, but I've not made a quilt inspired by any of them. Good idea though; I should give that a try. Your quilt is lovely with all the bright IB colors. I think your great grandma would approve!ReplyDelete
I love your very clever layout!! Pretty quilt, and a great use for scraps.ReplyDelete
Gorgeous quilt Suzy looking forward to meeting you in Paducah this yearReplyDelete
Turned out so wonderful, love your versionReplyDelete
Wow! I love everything about this! The colors are so vibrant, and I love that it is inspired by a family heirloom quilt. What a great tribute and beautiful quilt!ReplyDelete
Is there a pattern for this beautiful quilt?ReplyDelete
I love your modern take on the classic. The gray paired with the bright batiks is beautiful!ReplyDelete
Beautiful. Inspired by lots of wonderful quilters throughout the world, but not by ancestors as none of them quilted. Take care.ReplyDelete
Both really a vibrant and pretty quilts. I love family heirlooms.ReplyDelete