There’s been quite a few significant quilts finished around here lately, here is the second of the seven year quilts.
Back in 2009, Christine ran a swap for repro 9-patch blocks on Flickr. It was the first ever swap I participated in and being as green as I was, I didn’t think to look into what she meant by repro – I loved (and still do) 1930’s feedsack reproduction fabrics and in my small world, that was the only fabric that came to mind when someone said repro. So I joined the swap. Only, it wasn’t for 1930’s reproductions but for Civil War reproductions. It didn’t matter, I was happy to make and send my blocks and see what came back.
So I had a stack of blocks and left them that way for a loooonnnngggg time. Then in 2013, I pulled them out, determined to just finish them up, with a plan of gifting the finished quilt to my Nana.
Lots of lovely suggestions from people to help me get them together in an interesting way but they languished on the design wall for a long time, we got busy moving house and they were packed away.
A full year later, I pulled them out again, and in a message exchange with Cheryl about what we were each working on, she said something along the lines of “you haven’t finished that thing, just do it already” which kicked my butt into gear and in the effort to just get shit done, I stitched them all together just as they were, put a big purple border on them (Nan’s favourite colour) and sent it off to Heidi to quilt (which she did right then). Come January this year, it was my Nana’s 80th birthday – the perfect timing to get it finished and gift.
While these fabrics are not something I would have ever chosen for a quilt of my own, the quilt itself is so very special to me. My Nana has been a HUGE influence in my life, she is the one I call with any news I have, when I’m sick or need a hug. She’s an inspiring woman in so many ways and I’m so grateful for her. Happy Birthday Nan, thanks for all you are and all you do. XXOO
The quilt :: 9-patch, set on point
Size :: 60″ 60″
Fabrics :: Civil War Reproductions; Beige tone on tone first border; Kona solid second border
Backing :: Wide back in traditional design with gold print
Batting :: Matilda’s own 100% Cotton
Binding :: Different Kona Solid in another purple and scrap of repro fabric in corner
Quilting :: by Heidi