I finished this quilt for my father in 2001. I began it in a class, at the Northeast Quilters Show (?) in 1999. It was a class taught by Sharon Newman and I thoroughly enjoyed it. At the time my son was 6, so you can see why it took me until 2001 to finish it. I wasn’t as good at getting back to projects as I am now, andprobably didn’t leave things out so that the young child wouldn’t destroy it! The pattern was in a book called Treasures from Yesteryear.
I did a mix of hand and machine quilting, which was a perfect blend of old and new techniques. I felt like it gave it that extra special touch.
I pieced the back with some leftovers from the front. This was a technique ha been around for a long time, but has had a recent resurgence with modern quilts. I find it depends on the purpose, it was a quilt to be used, and, he did in his chair most every night in the family room.
I even made a label! This was before I developed the technique for labeling, which you can find here. It is a little like big stitch embellishment or quilting – again maybe ahead of its time!
Dad is no longer here. The quilt came back to me when he died, and I cherish it.
Thanks to Sandra for sponsoring Throwback Thursday! She too, wrote about a quilt for her dad this time. It is great to revisit these treasures. This is a pretty old picture, but one I love of the two of us.
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I noticed the connection that you and Sandra both shared about quilts for your father’s today. It’s nice getting to remember such lovingly created and gifted quilts.
It was fun to revisit the quilt and think about my Dad. He really loved that quilt and for that reason, it i one of my favorites.
A pretty quilt with so many memories. I went back and read your label tutorial. I need to do that more often with my quilts, and your process makes it easy to do. Thanks!
Thank you, Wendy. I am glad you went back to the tutorial. It is so easy to do if you do the little label before/as you prepare binding. The Pigma Pens last too!! which is a good thing. I have one I washed the other day and that was printed on fabric, and it is entirely plain white (and I know I followed the directions for setting). So printed on computer may work, but only if it is not going to be washed too frequently.
What a wonderful memory you have-so glad the quilt got returned to you.
Thank you, Vicki. I have one that I made for my Mom, too. I have an idea who they may go to, but haven’t quite decided….meanwhile I am enjoying having them.
Sweet story and sweet quilt. I like how you mixed hand and machine quilting, and the way you used the leftovers from the front to piece the back. It’s my favorite way to make a back. The best part of your story is that your father used the quilt every evening. Sad that he is gone, but what a lovely remembrance for you.
It really is one of my favorites; in its simplicity and its history. I love the scrappiness of it, too. So glad you stopped by and enjoyed its story.
I love that quilt! It’s as wonderful now as it was in 1999.
Thank you, Susan. It is a favorite but I was surprised how little no ago it was!