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Thread: UFO from my grandma

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    UFO from my grandma

    My dad's mom passed away almost 20 years ago now. I was 9. My mom saved this quilt from her things but is not a quilter herself. So, now I've got it and am hoping to finish it...someday.
    The top is done and basted with pins to the batting and back. She started some hand quilting, which I have never done, but I'm not sure how much she was planning for each block as only a few were started, and none seem finished. We'll see what I can come up with.



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    it's a beautiful quilt. the applique stitches are so tiny and even. what a treasure!
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    Oh how beautiful! It must be so wonderful to hold the quilt knowing your grandmother once held it herself. I'm sure while your holding the quilt and meditating, it and grandmom will speak to you - you'll know what to do. Of course, first you have to practice hand quilting on scraps if that's what you wish to learn It's like teaching your wee ones to write; it takes time and lots of practice, but it comes to be our own perfect signature.

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    Lovely quilt and how special that is was started by your grandmother. Thanks for sharing.

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    What a wonderful keepsake. Don't stress over not knowing exactly how she would have quilted it. She would be thrilled that her grandchild has her quilt and is going to complete it! It's very pretty.

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    That is a very special quilt from your grandma. Take your time deciding how you'll quilt it. Once you decide and you have it finished, be sure to post pictures. Thanks for sharing.
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    How neat to finish something your grandmother started. What a neat legacy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    it's a beautiful quilt. the applique stitches are so tiny and even. what a treasure!
    Isn't it amazing!?! I'm a little intimidated. I've made 4 quilts, but only 1 of them really had detail to fuss with. I'm kind of an instant results crafter. But I am looking forward to someday figuring out what to do with this beauty and learning a new technique. It really has a great weight and feel to it.
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    This is such a pretty quilt design. Let us see how you finish it.

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    The safety pins were better quality back then but check to make sure none are showing signs of rust. You wouldn't want to have it get spots before you get it finished. It is very happy quilt and will look great when you finish it. It will be a good quilt to start hand quilting on. You may be nervous but getting it quilted and ready to display or use is better than it sitting away someplace. Go For It!

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    What a wonderful treasure! I know you are thrilled to have it and you will do a wonderful job I am sure. Your Grandmother would have been thrilled to know her granddaughter has it and will finish it.

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    Beautiful quilt and well worth finishing. Grandma would be proud.
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    Grandma quilts are wonderful. I still have some of my Grandmothers blocks and pieces, to drag out and ponder over now and then, I finished some but not others, I like the ones that still small like her the best.

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    Oh this much mean so very much to you, quite a sentimental quilt and it is lovely. Take joy in finishing it, thinking of your grandmother and how much it would have meant to her to know that it is now in your hands.
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    What a beautiful, wonderful find!

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    What a joy to have it!!! You are not bound by her plans, but check on the batting. Some of the older stuff needs stitches every 1/2". (someone gave me a roll of that. It shreds if you even look at it.) Ask an expert on this. If that's what you've got, it might be good to re-sanwich with a modern batting.

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    whar a treasure!!!its very nice dont firget to make a label for it
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    She sure did lovely work, the stiching is out of the book! You are fortunate to get it . Good luck with finishing it . What a priviledge to follow in her footsteps!

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    I agree with Tartan. Practice on a dummy block at first and then do that every day until your fingers remember how to do it. It will be lovely and don't worry about perfection. Having it and using it with pride is what counts. Also, as a beginning hand quilter, strive for even stitches, not small. Small stitches will come with time.

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    Thanks for the great tips everyone! I'll definitely check over the pins and take a closer look at the batting.
    Naomi, Wife to Wayne
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