Here is a picture of my grandmother’s quilt top.
As you can see she did the appliques diagonally across the block. I would have expected them to be put into a quilt top on point. There is also a lot, a whole lot of white background. Some quilter’s may have loved having all that back ground to fill with quilting, but I didn’t have a clue what to do with it.
One day while looking through a rather old quilting magazine, I ran across a picture of a little quilt with only four blocks. Two Sunbonnet Sues and two Overall Bills surrounded by sashing and then a couple of borders. But this simple little quilt gave me the idea of making four smaller quilts from Nanny’s quilt top. And being one who likes to have a complete plan, I started searching for quilting design ideas. My go to is Pinterest. Click here to see what I found.
Okay. Now I have a plan. But remember that the appliques were diagonal, so I had to cut them down. And in some cases I had to sew some background fabric onto a corner. I ended up with 10 1/2″ blocks which would finish at 10″. Perfect for making 25-patch blocks. All I needed were a whole bunch of scraps from which to cut 2 1/2″ squares. I had fabric strewn all over my sewing room for several days while cutting all these squares. I also had to cut lots of 2 1/2″ squares from the background fabric. Did I say that this background fabric was flour sacks? I didn’t quite have enough but did have some from a previous quilt that I had refurbished. Yay! I’m on a roll.
After picking up all the fabric I had all over the place, I started sewing. It went fairly quickly. Then I designed the embroidery for the other block I needed for the quilts and started embroidering. I showed you part of the quilting in the previous post. Here are two of the quilts completed.
If you have inherited a quilt top and don’t know what to do with it, make something else out of it. It’s okay. It’s yours now. Enjoy it.