Monday, November 25, 2013

Progress on my heirloom quilt

I made some progress on my heirloom quilt this weekend.  
As I have been sewing this I have been remembering my Aunty Ellen who taught me to chrochet and to tatt.   There is a linen hankerchief with tatted edges in one of the squares.  I remembered my Gran, and her sister Ester who wore these lacy collars on their evening dresses.  I dont know if they made the lace or bought it, but I do remember how they were both always so well dressed.  When I was little I used to look at the photo of them sitting out in the garden brushing ther long shiny hair in the sun.    Because of that photo I would often catch rainwater to wash my hair in in the hopes that my hair would also grow down to my waist.  Alas it never did.
 When my machine gave me trouble winding the bobbin I remembered the brother sewing machine that I first sewed on.  I began sewing my own clothes at about 12, and my mom gave me a clothing allowance to buy fabric and patterns.  When the machine gave me trouble I used to sing the jingle "oh bother the brother" and it is so firmly embedded in my brain that I think I must have sung it quite often!

The embroidered camisoles were worn by my great grandmother, and the cutwork comes from a christening dress which was worn by many generations.  The skirt was falling apart, but the embroidered sections were still in good conidition.  I now want to create an edging by turning over the back, and have been researching how to do the mitred corners on that.  I have just done "in the ditch" quilting, and it went quite well, so I am wondering whether to do more quilting.  What do you think?

15 comments:

  1. How wonderful that you are turning clothing from beloved family members into an heirloom quilt. It is turning out wonderfully. If you know how to do fancy machine or hand quilting then that would look very nice. If not, leave it as it is. It is quite beautiful as it is.

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    1. Joyful,
      I hope that is enough quilting to keep the batting in place. I have never been very succesful at free form quilting. thank you

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  2. Wow....that heirloom quilt is a fantastic idea....you will always have all your memories in one place to admire.
    You also get to feel warm and snuggly with your past loved ones whenever you use it.
    Now I want to make one too....I've got quite a few old hankies and lace items that belonged to my mother and grandmother stored away.
    You did a great job!

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    1. Virginia,
      Hankies work very well, I am glad I have inspired you.

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  3. What a wonderful way to remember your loved ones. So beautiful all in white.

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    1. Jenny,
      Yes I am happy at how it turned out, just have the edging to do.

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  4. That's really lovely and reminds me that I made a quilt top from the skirts of my dear departed grandma, aunts and mother in law. Now you've given me inspiration to go and finish it. You've done an amazing job. All I could figure out was simple squares. (I'm not much of a quilt maker) :)

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    1. Veronica,
      That sounds awesome - I have seen quilts like that - just the same size coloured squares? They look so pretty,and even better if they hold memories. I am not much of a quilt maker, but enjoy the process, and my corners dont all match....

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  5. that quilt is beautiful and loved the history behind the work of your hands and heart.

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    1. Thistle cove, thank you, I love crafts that tell a story.

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  6. How lovely to incorporate some family vintage pieces into this quilt :)

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  7. Beautiful, great job!

    I love heirloom quilts, they look so Victorian.

    I have a double bed heirloom quilt sewing pattern that was given to me, I really should have a go!

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    1. Thanks Tania,
      the fact that this is just a baby quilt has made it much easier. When I made a double bed one before I ended up quilting it with little wool ties.

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  8. Dearest africanaussie;
    Wow, your aunt taught you the quilting♡♡♡ Your heirloom quilt sewing look SO great and wonderful done. I don't have much talent for sewing, I wish I had (^^;)

    PS> Thank you SO much for your sweet comments for me!!! I REALLY appreciate these. My blog friends like you really comforted my heart♬♬♬

    Lots of Love and Hugs to my dear friend in Australia, xoxo Miyako*

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