Type of item: Functional
Style: Traditional, Whimsical, Classic, Casual
1960's-70's cotton print remnants from a St. Louis, MO dress factory, muslin sashing, muslin backing, cotton solids for outer borders, Warm and Natural Batting. Misc. cottons for 'turtle' applique in corner.
What was your inspiration?
My mother was a schoolteacher and one of her student's relatives worked in a garment factory in St. Louis. They would periodically bring mom boxes of 'remnants' left after garment pieces were cut from cloth. Mom saved them and when she passed away, I used them to make a nine-patch quilt top. The prints are lovely, and very noticeably from the 60's. A few were from the 50's
What are you most proud of?
It's just a handsome quilt. It is machine pieced and hand quilted, with an appliqued 'turtle' on the bottom left corner (a little whimsical touch I enjoy putting on many of my hand made quilts).
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
A nine patch is a great starter quilt for beginners, and a wonderful block pattern to use for multiple types of prints. It is also quite easy to hand quilt. One only needs to use the 'squares' and quilt an 'X" across each one to produce a very nice handquilted 'design' that holds the batting well, and is pleasing to the eye.