Monday, 23 May 2016

A Nana's Love - Finished

Finally, after many months and years of waiting, this quilt is finished.  To recap, I started it for my Nana when she was in hospital.  I sewed strips of fabric into blocks, then sewed two blocks together at right angles (on top of each other when one set of strips going horizontal and the other going vertical).  Cut them in half diagonally and that formed a square with the stripes going in different directions from the centre.

Nana passed away on the 9th of May and her funeral was on the 12th, the day before Mother's Day....and the blocks were put away, out of sight.  After a few years I decided I should get them out again.  I don't know what I was sewing back when I made them, but with a bit more knowledge this time around, I realised how crooked they all were!  After squaring them up, adding some white sashing to give your eyes somewhere to rest with the busy-ness of the blocks and sewing on some borders, I finally had a quilt top!  

I sandwiched it with double layer batting and some lovely flannel on the back, took it to the quilter and voila...finished quilt....then, due to a bit more family heartache, I put it away again....out of sight, out of mind.

In April this year I decided I wanted to finish it, it wasn't fair to have this quilt sitting, alone, in the dark, unfinished.  So I chose some navy/white striped fabric for the binding, measured everything up and sewed my binding all ready to attach.  I don't know what happened exactly, but somehow I ended up with about 4 1/2 metres of spare binding!?  Crazy!! 

Now, I am so pleased and proud to say this quilt is finished.  I named it "A Nana's Love", because I want to remember her and her hugs every time I wrap myself in this quilt.  It's bright and cheerful and lovely and warm.  So, Nana, I hope you really like it, I hope you're looking down and that you're pleased with your quilt.  And, when I see you again, I can't wait to get another hug from you, I think I'll hold on forever!!

1 comment:

  1. This is a beautiful quilt! What wonderful memories it has and stories it can tell. The very best kind of quilt.