This quilt quite literally fell onto my doorstep last week. A neighbor dropped off a bag of fabric scraps to pick through and inside the bag, amongst the piles of clothing scraps, old buttons, and a few recycled curtains, I found four sweet nine patch squares and some assorted matching calicos. Someone took the time to sew these squares and I immediately wanted to finish the job.
I managed to piece the entire 48″ x 48″ quilt top, backing and binding from scraps in the bag. I scraped together just enough cotton batting from many small leftover strips. Just enough batting and just enough cream-colored cotton quilting thread, not to mention just enough of each of these fabrics to finish the job, leads me to believe this quilt was meant to be. I’d never choose these traditional calicos from the store, but I particularly love the delicate wedgwood blue and cream reverse patterns. They feel straight out of a 1930’s farmhouse, and there was something surprisingly satisfying about working outside my normal aesthetic. It’s traditional, it’s red, white and blue, it’s going to warm my knees on chilly front porch evenings and lie in the grass under some Fourth of July fireworks.
Happy birthday, America! Linking up for a Friday finish at Crazy Mom Quilts.