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The First Quilt my Grandma made for me.
(Mohave Valley, AZ)
Grandma's Quilt brought back to life
My Grandmother made this quilt for me in the early '80's. The blocks are made from printed fabric that she outlined with hand stitching. Her binding was simply a rolled edge stitched in place with more hand stitching.
I used the quilt nearly every day for almost 20 years without a thought that it would ever wear out. After all, we see quilts that are far older that are still in perfect condition. Of course, many of those quilts have spent far more time in a hope chest or closet than on a bed.
The rolled edging didn't stand up to the wear and tear of constant use and I was forced to retire the quilt to a shelf for many years. It made me sad to see it there, but I feared trying to put another binding on it. Scripture warns of the dangers of patching an old garment with new fabric.
Finally, throwing caution to the wind, I took the chance of adding a new binding so the quilt could get back to doing what quilts do best - keeping us warm and cozy. The new binding was a bit more challenging than putting one on a new quilt, but the end result means this quilt will get to come out of the closet and resume living in the "life" of the light.
I'm glad I took on this task as the quilt reminds me of someone who loved me enough to spend hours stitching around all those little hearts and baskets.
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