Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Finishing up a baby quilt


My mother started this quilt in 1986 for Tom, who was born in May of 1987. She cross-stitched the alphabet squares, and cut and hand-pieced all the squares together before she put it aside.

And years went by. Several years ago she gave the work-in-progress to me so I could finish it.

Now before I start another "new" quilt I want to finish this one up first.

I have the cotton batting ready, but have to find a suitable backing and binding.


Mom bought and gave me this fabric when Tom was born and I made curtains for his room with it. We used the curtains in the children's rooms in every house we lived in until we moved here. I would cut and alter and sew them to fit the windows and I thought I still had enough material for a small crib quilt. But I don't! So I have been going through the other material I have and have yet to turn up anything suitable.

I hate to have to make a trip to the fabric store, but it may just have to happen.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Margo said...

What neat stories!
But couldn't you use that darling curtain fabric if you pieced it with something else? It would be such a nice ending to the curtain story. You could use a solid color or two that matches the front and bind it in similar gingham. . .just saying, because I love planning colors and quilts!

2:59 PM  
Blogger Christian @ Modobject at Home said...

I love the curtain fabric. Do you think you could seam the panels of it together to use on the back? Afterall, it is the back...

6:31 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

All that's left of the curtains in a small valance. I thought about piecing it with another fabric for the back, but I decided to save it to use for another future baby quilt for one of the other children - since they all remember having the curtains in their room at one time or another.

I found some leftover golden yellow material in my cabinet and it was just the right size for the back. I also had enough medium blue (that my mom used as squares on the front) to make the binding.

Last night I pinned the layers together and maybe next week I can start quilting. This week I have my granddaughters (and son and daughter-in-law) visiting!

9:02 AM  
Blogger Jerusha Gray said...

My mom used this fabric to make my baby blanket when I was born. I still have it. So great. That was over three decades ago- I would love to find more.

11:34 AM  

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