It was a big push to finish before I start Teacher Work Days. Once school starts intense projects are much harder.
This quilt was made for JoAnne by her mother Florence about 1976. You can tell that Florence was resourceful. She used the fabric she had.
Since the one-block-at-a-time system seemed to be working so well, I quilted it the same way–A meander-stipple around the birds in each block. My freehand quilting is not great, but it disappears into most of the fabrics and, hopefully, no one will look at the back too much.
Speaking of the back, it is a white piece of wide-back flannel (prewashed) that I hope will mimic the feel of the fleece when it was new and stabilize the overall structure of the quilt.
The wide binding was not in good shape, but couldn’t be removed without danger, so I put a narrower binding over it. The wavy nature of the quilt made it hard to achieve a uniform look, but I hope the original binding peeking out preserves both the quilt and the memories.
So, it is complete and should be back to its owner within a week.
Here are before-during-after shots. What an interesting experience this has been.