When my Grandma moved into a nursing home a couple years ago, my sister and I teamed up to make her a quilt as a housewarming gift. We got together to shop for the fabrics, choosing prints with lots of bright colour and floral motifs. Grandma had always loved her garden so we wanted to make a quilt that would reflect her passion.
Sarah and I each made ten 12" x 12" blocks using the fabrics we'd purchased, plus some coordinating stash bits thrown in for good measure. There's a healthy mix of traditional blocks and modern, improv-ish blocks. We arranged the blocks and pieced them together. My sister FMQ-ed an all over stipple and then I completed the quilting with some hand-stitched birds. The finished size is about 48" x 60" - large enough to be snuggly without being too heavy or cumbersome.
Between the flowers, the birds, the butterflies and the riot of vivid colour, this quilt reminds me of Grandma's garden, her love for nature and her vibrant personality. Grandma was thrilled with the gift and featured it prominently in her suite.
Sadly, Grandma passed away on July 25th. She was a wonderful woman and I will miss her terribly.
My aunts offered the quilt back to my sister and I, and since I'm Grandma's namesake, we thought it fitting that I keep the quilt. I'm so grateful for the gift and the small measure of comfort it's brought me over the past week. It's probably my imagination, but I'm convinced that it still smells like her.
Jen at Quarter Inch from the Edge has started up a brand new Throwback Thursday linky party which I'll be joining. Please stop by and check out the projects, and while you're there why not link up a project from your archives too?