|My grandparents, Edward and Ruth, at our wedding|
In all my time with her, I never heard her mention quilts. There was cross-stitch, embroidery, tatting and crochet..but no quilting. So, it came as a surprise after she and Grandad passed away, that my Mom and Aunt unearthed a number of quilts and quilt tops. Probably not a surprise to them, but to one who can’t remember her kids’ names (I only have two kids), it was a surprise. After dividing them up, Mom gave me several from her stack. The prevailing opinion is that my great-grandmother, Mary Ellen, made these quilts although, no one’s absolutely certain because none of the quilts have a label.
|My great-grandparents, Jesse and Mary|
This is where it (finally) gets interesting. Mom also brought forth a gorgeous hand-pieced and appliqued top of what I’ll gingerly describe as orange sherbet and mint green. The appliqued sunflowers are dimensional, although it’s kind of hard to tell from the pictures. It was stored with the backing fabric…all it needs is to be quilted.
Can you hear the JAWS theme music yet? Da-dum, Da-dum, DUMDUMDUMDUM! Yep, this is the point at which my Dear Mother says ‘It just wouldn’t be right to machine quilt this and since you’ve already hand-quilted one before….’ You know, if you put a ‘B’ on the end of ‘da-dum’ you get ‘da-dumb’, as in ‘da-dumb girl couldn’t say no’.
While I must agree that only hand-quilting will do, my poor hands haven’t recovered from my last foray into that arthritis-inducing, back-killing art known as hand-quilting. Plus, I’ve no idea what quilt motif/style to use here. So, it’s sat all this time, waiting for someone to get the lead out and finish it. I admit, I am scared to death to quilt this thing. What if I choose the wrong style, what if my stitches look like crap, how long is it gonna take? Nope, no pressure here! Wish me luck.