Monday, March 9, 2009

Grandchildren's quilts: #2 Victoria's "Sue's Heart for 9-patches"

Christmas 2003 (Continued): The concept for Victoria's quilt began in "P.S. I Love You," a delightful quilt book. I love the reproduction feedsack fabrics—they always seem so bright and cheerful. I used a couple of white-on-white fabrics for the background fabric. Each 9-patch used one of the white fabrics and one of the reproduction 20's fabrics and were strip pieced. I used the fusible interfacing technique to create the heart appliquest. I made hearts in a big range of sizes with all kinds of pink fabrics. The largest one was centered on the top border and then floated across the top and down the two side borders, gradually decreasing in size as they got closer to the bottom (the last ones were about 1").
Across the bottom of the quilt, I used the 20s fabrics to applique three traditional Sunbonnet Sues and two Overall Sam figures. I was able to find some classic Sue & Sam patterns from the 20s--I just wish the photo showed those too.
The quilting is meandering done by my friend and professional long-arm quilter, Kathy Moran. She did echo quilting around the hearts and Sue and Sam in the borders.
Victoria liked her quilt and that was the most important thing to me—but it sure is nice to feel good about what you create, isn't it?

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