April 18, 2014
When I graduated high school and was getting ready to go off to college, my Grandma made me a nice big quilt for my bed, and for my future. It fits a double bed. Grandma never had a lot of money and she was a great manager, very creative and inventive to make the dollars and cents stretch. I think all of her quilts were basically the same, practical pattern: squares of the same size laid out in a simple array. Usually she tied them, and usually she used whatever she had on hand for the backing.
I knew my quilt was special. She made the familiar pattern, but she purchased fabric for the backing and she quilted it in long-stitch diagonal lines, using her ever-constant crochet thread, because Grandma was above all, practical. She made quilts for usability and durability.
Well, I’ve had this quilt since 1971 and it has seen a lot of wear. Much of that time it has been in the cedar chest because I didn’t have a double bed and because it was showing signs of wearing out, a treasure I didn’t want to lose. Now I have a double bed again and I wanted the comfort of thinking my Grandma was near, so last winter when it got cold I dug out my quilt and started using it again. The poor ol’ thing really is worn. Grandma bound the quilt using the method where you turn the backing up over the edges, so now they are really in a sad shape.
Here is a pic of my quilt today.
I just need to decide on what to use for a new binding, then restoration will begin. I plan to re-stitch the quilting where it is needed, using yellow crochet threat just like Grandma did and trimming the worn out edges before binding them. More later…
~Janie at Isabella’s Whimsy