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Thread: A Quilt in memory of a Great-Grandmother

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    This quilt is for my brother Patrick and sister-in-law Mary Ann. Mary Ann's mother Pat died last year at the age of 89. Earlier this year we sorted through loads of material, and I promised to make them a quilt.

    This is the end result. Pat loved green, so with her material and some of mine, it turned into a quilt that is definitely in her colours. I didn't have to buy any material. Fortunately there were yards of the background material, but by the time I got to the border, which is mainly material from my stash, I was beginning to run out of the right colours, so the quilt is a fraction smaller than I would have liked.

    The house blocks are big enough for nine to fit the top of a double bed. The hedges were a brainwave, the best way I could think of to make the quilt longer, because it was already wide enough, and sashings just weren't going to work.

    To my English eyes, this quilt has turned out looking very American, which is entirely fitting because Pat was from Wisconsin. She left America in the late 1940s, but still went back to visit family when she could until she was in her 80s. Some of the material in the quilt, judging by the selvedges, must have been bought in the States.

    And she never lost her accent. I can still hear her.

    I'm saving the quilt so Patrick and Mary Ann can have it for Christmas. The chances of them finding it on this website are four zillion to one.

    I'm also posting this quilt on the thread "Quilts made on Vintage Machines" - there are some lovely quilts there if you haven't seen them already.
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    What a beautiful quilt for them to remember her by, you did a lovely job! We in Wisconsin do not think we have an accent...haha. From Nancy in Wisconsin.

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    you did a fantastic job on that quilt! they will be excited when you give it to them. thanks for sharing both the quilt and the story behind it

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    I like the hedges, nice touch. The green is very calming, beautiful quilt.

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    lovely

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    What a wonderful job you did. I am sure they will love it.

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    It is so gorgeous. Then to know that it is the Great grandmother's fabric makes it even more special. Then add it that your kindness in making the quilt. It is a treasure

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    Beautiful quilt -- such soothing colors!! What a wonderful rememberance.

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    A very sweet quilt. The houses are adorable. That is a nice rememberance to give to them.

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    Hedges were a really nice touch. They act as an anchor for the houses.

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    Awesome quilt! The hedges are a beautiful addition! :D:D:D

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    The quilt is lovely. And we here in Wisconsin do not have an accent; however, my English mother and my relatives all do :-)

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    wonderful gift!!

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    This is one creative quilt. Love the hedge idea and your story shows how much it is cherished already.
    peace

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    you did a great job matching all those colors; those look like old country houses--with finely clipped hedges!
    great piece of the past...

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    Truly beautiful

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    Beautiful quilt...great color combos!

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    A lovely, lovely quilt. How precious it is going to be to your brother and sister-in-law. The hedges are a wonderful addition - very clever of you. You did a beautiful job .

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    Nice!!! They'll surely love it!

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    Lovely. Waiting till Christmas would be so hard for me.

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    Beautiful Muv!! You're right, some of that fabric is American...the brown that is in your first house (the third pic), the vertical strip...I have some of that from my mother's stash...and I know she bought it in the 80's for a quilt she was working on for my sister.

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    That is lovely! Brought tears to my eyes!

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    Beautiful

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Beautiful Muv!! You're right, some of that fabric is American...the brown that is in your first house (the third pic), the vertical strip...I have some of that from my mother's stash...and I know she bought it in the 80's for a quilt she was working on for my sister.
    Hello Charlee, I've just dug out a couple of pieces to check the selvedges. The green which is the main colour in the houses says "Ozark Calicos by Fabri-Quilt Inc." The brown flowered strips are "Joan Kessler for Concord Fabrics Inc. Crafted with Pride in USA". The pink flowers in the hedge I have spotted in a photo on Bonnie Hunter's blog, someone in one of her classes had worked it into one of their blocks.

    I wish I knew where the background came from. It has a border print with Egyptians on. It didn't show up very well on photos which is a shame, because in the gateway of one of the houses are a couple of Egyptians who my husband has dubbed the Egyptian gardeners, which gives the whole quilt a slightly barmy edge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grandma Jane
    The quilt is lovely. And we here in Wisconsin do not have an accent; however, my English mother and my relatives all do :-)
    That's funny! We think the same way here in the South...all the rest of y'all have accents but we don't!

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