Well, I have figured out how large I need to make the squares in order
to get the correct size hst needed. This is for the resized block that
i am using for Fl***Flamingo. I have 32 different FQs that I bought
specifically for this quilt and have cut 1 strip from each as a start.
I just did the math, and I need 48 hsts for each center block.....right
now, that means I need a total of 1344 (1) hsts....672-2.5" squares!!
Well, at least I'm making progress with this thing, right??
I probably won't be working on it while Mother is here, as it is for my
Dad and Stepmom. I am going to give her my quilting books and magazines
and have her pick out a pattern that she likes (provided that it doesn't
involve applique). and then we can work on it for a bit.
Now, I finally got the "old" quilt out of the bluebird-in-raincoat
fabric (this was the quilt that my grandmother made for me when I was a
baby). I talked with Dad last night and was telling him about it....if
it is the same quilt, he knows a bit about its history. Here is the
story he told me:
If it is the quilt he thinks it is, my great-grandmother and her sister
made it - all by hand! He thinks it is the quilt that he used on his
bed when he was growing up, but wants to see it to be sure. If it is,
he said that the quilt, a sheet, and a thin plasticy-nylon blanket were
all that he had to use in the winter (and the house is still as drafty
now as it was then, if not worse!!). He said that he used to sleep
fully dressed, with 2 pairs of socks and a watch cap (black knit hat),
under the sheet, blanket, adn quilt in order to stay warm.
When I told him that is was super heavy, that was practically the point
that convinced him it was the same quilt. Wahoo!! Now I know a little
bit about this treasure!!
Now for the question: 2 of the blocks have completley disintegrated to
where you can see the batting. In order to make it look at least close
to the same in color, I was going to use unbleached muslin and try to
replace the missing blocks. Do you all think this would work? I was
planning on hand sewing it to the fabric that remains on the surrounding
blocke, and mending the places that I could. Having seen the complete
quilt, it will no longer be getting machine washed.
DH even said he would be willing to have a custom frame built with glass
or plexi-glass to have the quilt put in, and then I could have a lovely
new piece of artwork to put up...just gotta figure out where it would go.