These are the things that mean the world to me. Spending time with loved ones or doing the same patterns they once did makes me feel closer to them in a way. Mom told me stories about her mother(furthermore referred to as Grandma.) and her sisters. Grandma and her sisters had a quilting circle where they worked on quilts for each other and each others family members. Mostly using scraps and what ever they could find.
This is the baby quilt. Mom added pieces inside the circle because she didn't like how they looked. I think it makes it look original. You can still see the circle if you look real closely.
So we got together and decided to work on seeing if we could make the pattern that Grandma had made.
Here is our result. I think it turned out looking good. I still have a lot of work to do on it, but for now I am pleased with it. The time I spent with Mom working on it means all the more to me. Years from now when I look at the finished quilt I will think about my heritage of quilting that Grandma passed on to Mom and then to me.
Then you fold them into each other. The picture on the right is one completed square before it is attached to another completed square. I put the pink square there and pinned it to give you an idea of how this goes together. The trick with the points in the middle is to get the folded square stitched to each corner and tacked down loosely enough to fold for the next step, but tight enough to hold it down. It took us a few squares of doing it before we got it right so don't worry if you struggle with this part.
There are better tutorials online. I'm doing a quick overview because this is about family heritage. Not necessarily the quilt pattern.
Here is my Mom sewing the smaller white squares together.
Can you see how it is coming together? This was our first one. Mom said she always wanted to do this pattern the way it was intended and this helped answer some questions she had about it. How amazing this is going to look on a bed as a whole quilt when it is finished!
One completed square measures 8" and this is our first one. Many more to go until it is finished. I'm thinking about putting a border of pink or gray around the outside and then bind it in the other color or maybe white. We'll see. I'm also contemplating doing the whole thing by hand. I'm already sticking by hand, the quilting I haven't decided on a pattern yet, but a had quilted top will take a lot of time to do. Maybe I'll update this in another year or 2.
What is your family's heritage?