wordless Wednesday. My sisters and I grew up with quilts our grandmother had made and we loved them so much that we eventually wore them out. And then several years ago my youngest sister decided on her own that she’d give quilting a try and has since made some gorgeous quilts. Although most quilts made today are quilted on machines, she does all the quilting on hers by hand. She pieces the tops by machine but the final quilting she does by hand. When I told her I had started a quilt for my first grandson 14 years ago but never finished it, she told me to bring over what I had done and we’d see if we could finish it. So I did, and he loves it even though it was so late in coming. We did have to enlarge it from it’s original size of course but it turned out quite well. Here’s piece of it:
After finishing this, I was hooked and ever since my sister Linda and I meet once a week to work on our quilts. Of course we’ve gone on to make ones for everyone in my family as well as some for me and of course friends and family members of her own. Now this last week, we finished one for her daughter-in-law who is a school teacher like I once was so it was fun trying to design something befitting an educator young or old. And below is the end result we came up with. It has at last been fully pieced and is awaiting the quilting process. I just can’t manage all those tiny stitches and get them as evenly spaced and in size as it she does, so that part remains to be solely done by Linda. Here goes my (not so) Wordless Wednesday pictoral contribution for the week:
Each of the little red school houses has over 40 pieces alone in it that had to be cut and sewn together. And the center is paper pieced with lots and lots more pieces as well. So this one took a while to do. When we can’t find patterns to “borrow” on Pinterest or Craftsy or the Internet we find ways to create our own. But the overall design of all our quilts is entirely of our own doing.
When she gets ready to quilt this one,
the backing on it will be: What else, but apples for the teacher!
**All photos taken by Natalie