Lucy's quilt inspired me to create my own family memory quilt. I started making blocks with a set of coordinated fabrics from Keepsake Quilting. Instead of following the pattern in the book, I came up with my own way to strip-piece the blocks, trimming excess fabric along the edges to create the corner triangles.
|My paternal grandmother|
I inked all the "signatures" myself, using a lightbox and an alphabet from The History and Technique of Lettering by Alexander Nesbitt (Dover Publications 1957).
To get the appropriate number of blocks, I even included pets!
|Beloved Golden Retriever!|
When the blocks were complete, I found a fantastic antique-looking rose print, and used setting squares in a dark red and black print. I outline quilted all the blocks, then life intervened and my album quilt languished for a couple of years!
My friend Annie came to the rescue and machine quilted the sashing and borders for me.
The simple leaf and vine quilting was the perfect finish and at last the quilt was DONE!
I began working on this quilt some time between 1988-1989. It was finally finished in 2004. My antique-inspired quilt is well on its way to actually becoming an antique!