Since it is July, let’s throwback to a patriotic quilt that I made in 1995.
For MANY years, I have had a pie safe (built to specifications by a good friend) that has held all of my smaller quilts. I use the top of it to display a vignette for the current month and the “quilt of the month” hangs above that.
These quilts are all about 36 inches wide with most being in a square format.
I started looking for patterns for my “God Bless America” quilt and finally found one in a book that my Mother owned. For the life of me, I can’t find it now but I remember that it was a hardback book that had lots of quilts and patterns in it.
The problem with this pattern was that the quilt would finish at 80 inches square…..way TOO big for my pie safe!!!
So, I cavalierly said “I will just cut the pattern in half”!!!! Little did I know that would involve pieces cut to 3/8’s, 5/8’s and 7/8’s inches, and we all know how much of a pain that can be.
But, I persevered and this quilt was born……
Now don’t look too closely because there are TONS of mistakes!!!
The one memory that I have of making this quilt is that I was having problems with the pedal on my old singer machine, and that at unexpected times, it would just take off and fly. I either had to stomp the pedal really hard or turn it off to get it to stop!!!
Fortunately, back then I was quilting with Monofilament thread so you cannot see the places where it took off and my TINY stitches are stacked on top of one another.
I look forward to July each year so that I can pull this old friend out.
This is my vignette……
….which features pictures of my sweet Dad and some of his WWII papers…… sweet memories all the way around!!!