After being stored lovingly for many years, Grandma Wight’s Lone Star has been finished by others and this week, it is finally ready to quilt! The original Grandma Wight has passed on, and now, I have the distinction of being “Grandma Wight” to 5 of the cutest little munchkins you have ever seen (and that's a story for another time.) As I pinned this top on my frame, I had the feeling that the original Grandma Wight would be smiling and she would say, “Land sakes alive! What took you so long?”
The corner setting blocks are 21 inches square and I designed a pattern to fit in the corners and setting triangles. I tried to make it look like one of Grandma Wight’s many quilting patterns she used to do on 18” square pillow tops.
So here I am, quilting this wonderful old quilt that Grandma Wight started . . . and I am quilting it in my studio that used to be her house.
Soon . . . the circle will be complete.
Only in recent years, have quilters had wonderful tools like rotary cutters and mats. These quilt strips were all torn from yardage, which I am sure, at the time, was the easiest and most efficient way. Being pieced with diagonals and a fabric mixture of cotton and polyester, it has a few challenges. That, and the fact that I was worried if I could actually pull off stitching the corner pattern design I had created. I was discussing these various issues and concerns with our niece a few weeks ago. Keep in mind--I was discussing, not complaining . . . My niece (who also sews and quilts) put me in my place after I had itemized all the challenges I faced with this quilt. She said, “Well, it sounds like you are pioneer coming across the plains with a handcart!” So from then on, this has been the “handcart” quilt.
I will post more photos as I make my way across the plains . . .
Thread, beautiful thread . . . a whole handcart of thread!After auditioning several varigated threads and numerous single shades of solid threads, I circled the wagons and decided to simply change thread color for each shade of fabric color. I like how it looks. My best friend (who is an awesome quilter) was in my studio and looked at this the other day. She suggested clear monofilament. Uh . . . well . . . good idea if I had any . . . . I actually didn't think of that. But hey, wouldn't that make it too easy? *smile*
Four colors of thread so far.