Monday, October 02, 2006
~My Forever Project: Grandmother's Flower Garden~
Everyone needs a life-long project. It must be something that is a huge undertaking, one which will loom over your head for life. A project that you will move with you every time you move. Yes, a project that will last your lifetime!
I am being sarcastic, but I just happen to have such a project.
About ten years ago, a lady in my church knew that I was interested in quilting, and she gave me a quilt top that her mother-in-law found among some things she was cleaning out. The quilt top, a traditional Grandmother's Flower Garden, was gorgeous--a circa 1930's or 40's quilt top, mostly hand-pieced.
I fell in love with it. It has a few quirks--the seamstress ran out of the purple fabric and substituted another fabric in one corner. There are also several other variations that make it very unique.
And so began my journey. I chose to outline each tiny little hexagon with hand quilting. When I quilt it, I think of the woman who sewed it, and wonder why she didn't quilt it. Was the quilt top her life's project? Or did she sew it together and then lose interest? Perhaps she made it late in life and didn't get a chance to quilt it. I know where it came from, but the person who gave it away did not know who made it. I wonder if the pieces were scraps from clothing, or purchased for the quilt.
Well, I dug it out of my cedar chest last Friday night and started working on it again. I say it's my "life project", but truly it's taking so long because I'm not working on it! I haven't quilted on it for over a year. I was going to work on it last winter, but I never pulled it out. After I finished the hexagon (the larger "flower") I laid it out and counted the hexagons I had finished. I was shocked. In ten years, I had only completed 30 of the 64 hexagons! At this rate, I'll be well over 40 before I complete this quilt! Yikes!
I decided to leave the quilt out and work on it in the evenings, instead of starting a myriad of knitting projects. Now that I've made up my mind to work hard on it, I am on my 32nd hexagon. Great, now it's almost half-way finished!
Do you have a "forever" project? If so, what is it?