Monday, February 10, 2014

a quilt story

Way back in the 1980's I was inspired by this quilt.

The pattern is "Flywheel".
My friend had it hanging way up on a wall in her entry.

It was made during the Depression era for my friend's mother as a wedding gift.

I was fascinated by the soft yellow background, rather unusual.

So I decided to make a copy. It was hard to find any yellow fabric at the time nor could I find an accurate pattern. This was before the internet or the use of all the tools we now have for quilt making.

Using a similar pattern I made this.

It is a much softer yellow than in the photos.

I am thinking I hand cut out all those pieces while watching some games, not the Olympics, but another international competition, maybe the Goodwill Games in 1986.

I was in a small quilt group at the time where we helped hand-piece blocks for each other. 

And Geez Louise, I've been hand-quilting it from time to time ever since!

So the first night of the Winter Olympic Games, I pulled it out once again so I could quilt while watching the competitions.

Making headway with the goal of finally finishing this very 80's quilt THIS year.

I may break down and machine quilt the boarders. 

I think our quilting foremothers would be just fine with that.