And here's my oldest UFO - finished!
I started this quilt in November of 2010. I bought Eleanor Burns' Irish Chain book and began collecting 30's prints.
Looking back at these fabrics and my box of leftovers, I am still smitten with these prints.
I knew I wanted to add something in the empty spaces between the chains and hexagon flowers seemed to be a perfect fit so I commenced to learning English Paper Piecing and then I hand appliqued the flowers:
The finished quilt is 70" x 89". This was the second quilt I dropped off at Jackie's that needed custom quilting, which is why it's taken this long to finish. Again though, I did not need it for anything in particular. Jackie has a fast turn around time if you need something quilted in a certain time frame, but I rarely need that. There are only 2 quilts I asked her to quilt a quickly. One I need in 7 weeks and she had it to me in a week and the other I needed ASAP for a little 5 yr old girl who was getting a new heart and she had that to me in 2 days. 99% of the time, I tell her to just put it on the back burner because I'm in no hurry and I know others might be. I told Jackie she could never, ever retire. :)
I like the little swirls she added to the border:
It took me a long time to settle on a backing and I didn't particularly care for the one I chose at the time, but I like it better now:
And I think this is the first time in 5 years that she hasn't had one of my quilts. So I hurried up and finished one up, pieced the backing and dropped it off... along with a dozen eggs. :)
This quilt feels fresh and sweet and reminds me of a bygone era before I was even born.
Can one be reminded of something before their time? I'm not sure if the 30's were a fresh and sweet time though. I am currently reading 'The Worst Hard Time' and I'm fairly certain I would not be strong enough to weather what people from that time endured.
I'm adding this one to the quilt ladder that is now full:
Wonder if Grandpa will mind making another one...or two. :)