This year is the year–of Vintage Projects.
Recently, my mother surrendered two quilts started by HER grandmother, Mina Opal, (my Great-grandmother) in the 1930-40s. Today we will take a look at the first one.
Mina Opal created 53 applique butterfly blocks. My mother added one. She then added sashing and started to build a top (early-to-mid 1980s). But she was unhappy with the results and put the whole project away for about 35 years.
ASIDE: Now that I think about it, my mother quit on the quilt about the time Mina Opal became ill and died (1987). Hmm…I wonder if that had something to do with it?
Anyway, when it came to me I asked if there were restrictions on what I could do, because “It won’t look the same when I bring it back.”
With my mother’s (blind-faith) blessing, I have gone to work. First, pick the entire top apart. It took days.
Clean up and iron each block. This was a tedious but useful process. It helped me to see the work more closely and to better appreciate the skill and care Mina Opal and my mother, Verna, put into the quilt. It also gave me clues as to the possible original intent.
It also gave me a reason to AGAIN use my new lint roller. WHO KNEW one would be so useful?! I don’t know how I did without one this long.
I chose the largest possible size (9″) for the blocks and squared up. This step was the hardest emotionally so far. Cutting 80 year old fabric…arrgh! What if I make a mistake? But, I went slowly and only did a few blocks at a time. And double-checked. A lot.
Time for design decisions….Coming soon!