This is gunna be long one because I feel as though this quilt has an amazing story.
Last winter I was working on a quilt for my boyfriend at the local high school's musical I volunteer at. A mom of a cast member asked me if I could make a quilt for her. Her grandmother had left her a bunch of squares that she had cut but couldn't put together before she passed. This mom wanted the quilt made for her daughter who never got to have a quilt from her great-grandmother, but she had no quilting skills herself. So I agreed.
When she gave me the squares she also brought the quilt her grandmother made her so I could get an idea of she made her quilts and do it as accuratly as possible. As she was showing me the stuff, she was pointing out how the squares she was giving me were cut from the same cloth of squares in her quilt, and her mother's quilt. Some were the same fabric as a dress her grandmother made her in kindergarten and the same as fabric used to make doll clothes for her mom when she was a kid. It was so amazing to see the connections:) I knew this was a really important quilt.
So the first thing I did like her grandmother was the diagonal design. It was tricky because there were three patches her grandmother had already sewn that needed to be included (the quilt wouldnt have been right without them).
The next thing was that her grandmother used a flannel like blanket for the batting, so I did the same and I am actually in love with this technique:) I feel like it makes it homeyer.
And the last thing was her grandmother used a sheet for backing, which is another technique I fell in love with! It also ended up that I used a green sheet very similar to the green sheet used in the quilt she showed me, so it made it even more special.
When I gave her the completed quilt...the look on her face proved how much the quilt meant to her and her daughter, to have a piece of their grandmother even after she was gone. It made me realize I want to do this for the rest of my life. I want to quilt and make people feel good, feel like that. This quilt was my inspiration and I have to thank her grandmother for that.
And thank you guys for reading my story and looking at the second quilt I've completed! Comments and critiques are always welcome:)