In 1980 my husband and I bought a 85 year old house from a couple that were both going into the nursing home. The house came complete with all their furnishings and much more. The lady of the house was a dollmaker and collector. In fact the china cabinet I still have from that home was used to showcase her porcelin antique dolls. She had trashbags full of old fabric for dressing her dolls, which was left behind. I decided to make a Grandmothers Garden quilt from them.
My daughter, Emily, was just a baby then also. I sewed many of her outfits, so alot of the fabrics are from the little blouses with coordinating Capri’s, and dresses I had stitched for her over nearly two years. So I feel it’s more a memory quilt for her than anything else.
This was my first attempt at quilting and the pieces where all sewn together by hand.
I did take liberty with the pattern too. Instead of complete octagons, I attached each flower
to a coordinating square. The above fabrics are very old. It had lettering, so I was able to
make a flower with my husbands and my name on it.
This is also antique fabric. As you can see, I did a buttonhole stitch around the flower
to attach it to the solid back ground. There you have it, another treasure found while
cleaning out my storage area. I don’t think I’ll have any excuse for being bored this winter,
do you? Doesn’t this have you wondering what treasures may be hiding in your closets
now? Get busy there ladies and see what jewels have been laying away for years, just
waiting for you to re-discover them!
Today’s Thanksgiving, so I’d better get busy and lend a helping hand to DH. Fortunately,
we always prepare it together-I’m so……blessed!
” Happy Fall Y’ll”