Sunday, February 15, 2015

Scrap Quilt Top My Mother Made

My sweet mama has been gone for 42 years, and I miss her still.  During the winter months when she couldn't get outside to garden, she would take  scraps of fabric from old clothing that had become worn, or outgrown, cut it into pieces and hand stitch them together to make quilt tops.  I have had one of the quilt tops packed up since she passed away, so I know the fabric in the quilt top is at least 42 to 50 years old.  Recently it has been on my mind that I should try to do something with it. So yesterday, I replaced some of the squares that had developed holes over the years, laundered it on gentle, and ironed it.

You can see that there is really no particular pattern, just colorful swatches all sewn together.  I remember some of the clothes the pieces were cut from.  Several were scraps from dresses she had made for me, some from old  aprons she had worn.

I purchased fabric for a backing, and batting for the middle, and started on the task of putting it together.  I spread the backing fabric out in the foyer floor, topped it with the batting, then the quilt, and pinned it all together.  Twelve hours later, I had it sewn together, and bound.  I used the sewing machine to make it into a quilt.  Mind you, I know nothing about quilting, but after looking at the top, I decided to just sew across the quilt where the "crosses" were made on the top. Mama had placed them across and vertically on the top, so by stitching along them in both directions, I was able to have a semblance of a pattern on the back, and at least it can now be used.  It is in NO WAY perfect, but I am happy to be able to have it out where I can enjoy it.


This is the fabric I chose for the backing.  So many of the squares on the top are floral, and I thought this fabric looked somewhat vintage and carried out the floral pattern.

When I was a little girl, the ladies of the church would make friendship quilts for the pastor, and embroider their names on the square they made.  So I decided to sign mama's name and embroider it on this quilt top.  She always had me write her name for her to embroider.  She thought I had better penmanship than she did, but I didn't.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing this colorful quilt.  It is so special to me because I know the many hours it took for Mama to sew it together by hand.

Nothing fancy about it, but it is special to me. I will think of my sweet Mama everytime I see it.



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