My Cousin’s Quilt – Finished

Well, this was an interesting project. I don’t often take on the repairing of old quilts, but this comforter was treasured by my cousin. She approached me in the fall of 2019 and her is the story of its coming to life in a new form 2021!

Arrived at my door and taken apart in early 2020. I was sneezing; I washed it….I procrastinated.

Finally, I started pressing and cutting the pieces. The fabric is fragile but I think it will hold up. I found out from my cousin that it was a wedding shower gift for her mother, some 58 years ago! I used to babysit for this cousin and her siblings, so it touched me to be asked to do something.

Together with my cousin we came up with a plan; once I figured out the usable fabric size. I could make 2 1/2″ x 6″ rectangles and get enough for something interesting. Cheryl came up with this design after I sent her a few samples.

I added a few more colors to the design to pull out all the gorgeous shades of greens, blues and purples. Eventually, a top was born.

Then a back was planned.

A quilting design was chosen.

And the quilt was quilted.

And a close up of the quilting.

And the back.

And the quilt at the end of a bed. It looks great and I am really pleased that Cheryl is too.

Here’s what she said on Instagram…

Now, it is your turn to link up your finishes for the month. Before I forget, this was also my OMG and I am pleased that it is done this month. We’re downsizing our apartment in the next few weeks, so there will be blogs but fewer than normal. Normalcy should return for me around March 1. Next week’s hostess for TGIFF is Quilting Gail.

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“Cheryl’s Quilt”
43″ x 63″
Quilting Pantograph: Clamshell Pampas Grass (Anita Schakelford)
Quilting Thread: Superior Thread, So Fine #434 Misty Blue
Quilters Dream Cotton Batting*

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Show Your Stripes Blog Hop – 2/24
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Linking Up:
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Wednesday Wait Loss
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  1. Nancy Bekedam
    January 28, 2021 / 6:30 PM

    Beautiful remake!!! Love the quilting design you used, too, Kathleen!!! Very Japanese!!!

  2. January 28, 2021 / 8:48 PM

    The colors in the quilt are so vibrant! You did a great job working with some pretty challenging fabric. What a fun story this quilt has and will have!

  3. January 28, 2021 / 10:26 PM

    Excellent rescue mission, Kathleen!!

  4. January 28, 2021 / 10:42 PM

    It is looking very healthy now. Great rescue.

  5. pamelaquilts
    January 29, 2021 / 12:43 AM

    So awsome that you could remake this quilt! The fabric still is beautiful, and it will have a whole new life now!

  6. January 29, 2021 / 8:15 AM

    That’s awesome, Kathleen! Love hearing the story behind the quilt! 🙂

  7. January 29, 2021 / 8:17 AM

    What a nice story to go with the quilt and it continues on to comfort many more family members!

  8. January 29, 2021 / 9:17 AM

    What a beautiful rescue, this quilt will continue to give comfort for many years to come!

  9. Vicki in MN
    January 29, 2021 / 11:33 AM

    I think you definitely need to include yourself, Thanks to your cousin and YOU this quilt has a new life. You done good!!!

  10. January 29, 2021 / 12:22 PM

    That is so awesome!!!! Looks fabulous and the memories….

  11. January 29, 2021 / 12:30 PM

    You were very kind to take on this project! And the finished quilt is a great reward! Awesome!

  12. January 29, 2021 / 1:20 PM

    Wow, what an amazing transformation. I would be hesitant to take on such a challenge, but I love the way you approached it and had her collaborate with you along the way. What a family treasure!

  13. thedarlingdogwood
    January 29, 2021 / 3:07 PM

    Such a great quilt makeover! I’m so glad you were able to breathe new life into this family quilt!

  14. January 29, 2021 / 4:07 PM

    Wow Kathleen you did an outstanding job rescuing and reviving the quilt, that is so pretty! I laughed when I read ‘the sick quilt’ but also got a hug feeling knowing how well-loved it clearly was and is. Yay you! Also there is no direction on the TGIFF page to you being the host this week, just last week’s with Laura, who I tried to link at until I got to ‘Linky party has closed’ and went, wait, what?…

  15. January 29, 2021 / 5:34 PM

    What a great way to save an old, well loved quilt! You did a beautiful job on it 🙂

  16. January 30, 2021 / 12:24 PM

    What pretty fabric and a lovely redo. I loved reading about your process and the history of the quilt as a “sick” quilt. So priceless.

  17. patty
    January 30, 2021 / 1:34 PM

    What a great story. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish!

  18. inquiringquilter
    February 2, 2021 / 7:39 PM

    What a touching story with a wonderful result! I’m not sure I would have accepted a project like that but you turned it into a beauty! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

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