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A quilt for my Grandma, sewn by 3 generations!

2015 August 8

I’ve been thinking about making my Grandma a quilt for a few months. When my mom was visiting in July it seemed like the perfect time. It would go a bit faster, (Thanks Mom!) and three generations could work on it – my mom, myself and my kids – as a gift for the 4th generation, my grandma! I picked a quick quilt pattern and we set to work.

My kids sewed at least one of the seams each, my mom cut and helped me with piecing and we basted it together. Then my parents had to leave and it sat for a little bit while I scrambled to put together a 5 year old’s birthday party and pack us up for 5 days away. Everything got finished last Thursday and I’m so excited to send it off! While I write this the girls are hard at work making a card for their Great Grandma – one they’ve never met, since she lives on the other side of the country.

I’ve always wanted to make a Giant Vintage Star Quilt. It seemed easy enough and fast enough that it was do-able and wouldn’t end up as one of my WIP quilts – I’ve got too many of them that are sooooo close to finished. I should really get on that! Turns out it was perfect. We sized the squares down from the fat-quarter-friendly 18″, to 14″ so as to accommodate the fabric available (more on that later). Turns out it is a great lap size anyhow, finishing at 65″ square. I was even able to quilt it myself.

The fabric for this project was all in my stash and already pre-washed. Of course good, because we were in a hurry! The white was a lightweight set of curtains, I think – that came with the same fabric I used for these Easter maxi-dresses. I was going to use it to make this set of blocks, but since it was needed here plans changed! I did order some white not too long ago from Double Decker Fabrics (now closed) and it will stand in for the other project. (Oh, and the label was from Double Decker as well!)

The top is Spring Bloom fabric by Bella Caronia - scraps from these self-drafted dresses for the girls. I ended up with quite a bit of fabric left over since I needed extra for fussy cutting. I over-estimated a bit since it was my own pattern and I didn’t want to run out! Turns out it was perfect, just enough fabrics for exactly creating the star on the quilt. My mom was amazing and scrounged like crazy when she cut the pieces. In the end we only had to piece one of the large triangles!

The backing fabric is super soft Art Gallery Fabric, Jeni Baker “Dreamin Vintage” from Fabric Spark. It was originally going to be a top for me, but when I saw it with the Spring Bloom colours it was perfect. The border (again, scrounged from scraps and even cut off grain to get enough pieces!) sets it off perfectly. Don’t tell, but I think the back is my favorite! The cream background on the Dreamin’ Vintage adds so much warmth! (It’s sold out now, since I bought it last year, but you can check out her other vintage inspired fabrics here!)

Now that it is done, it’s into the mail and me holding my breath that it gets there. Not that I don’t trust the postal service… but it’s a bit nerve wracking! And it has to travel across the country and over a border…. ack!

 Reader Feedback: Have you sewn a generational quilt?

 Disclaimer: Fabric Spark provides fabric to me at a discount, and I in return link to their shop when I post related projects. 

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8 Responses leave one →
  1. August 9, 2015

    It’s beautiful! My daughter does well with the sewing If I draw the seam line for her to follow. I currently have a quilt in progress for her grandparents, perhaps I will ask her to help.

    • August 12, 2015

      You totally should Lisa! It’s such a great addition to the whole quilt :)

  2. Seams Sew Laura permalink
    August 9, 2015

    What an amazing idea!! Love the colour and the pattern! Nicely done ladies!

    • August 12, 2015

      Thanks so much Laura! I’m glad you like it – and we all thank you! :)

  3. mom permalink
    August 9, 2015

    She’s gonna love it! And you did a great job quilting it. Congrats. She will be thrilled.

  4. Ann (no e) permalink
    August 9, 2015

    Hi Sherri,
    Such a bright and happy feeling quilt ;) Love the fact that the great grands sewed loving stitches into the quilt. Summer is still with us for a few more weeks, enjoy ;)
    Take care.

    • August 12, 2015

      I’m so glad you like it Ann! Thanks so much. I love these colours together!

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