My daughter has often said (and rightfully so) that I have a vivid imagination and make up stories about strangers that I see or situations that I observe. If I see a man with two children eating breakfast at Village Inn on a Saturday morning, I immediately produce a story in my head about him being divorced and this is his weekend to have his kids so they are having a special time together out for breakfast, and so on.
The same is true for quilts. Historic or vintage quilts often don’t come with provenance and I love to imagine the story behind their creation. For this Indigo & Cheddar Basket quilt, can’t you imagine a grandmother teaching a granddaughter? The blocks are far from perfect in their piecing. At times it looks like the maker ran out of fabric and just added enough onto the edge to make the basket shape. Yet, the blocks are somewhat complex, using both triangles and rectangles that are then trimmed into baskets, with added appliquéd handles.
The biggest challenge for me in creating this charming quilt was to reproduce the “errors” and not make each block symmetrical and precise. What fun!
In my imagination the grandmother quilted it herself because the stitching is quite fine and a little complex. My ability to replicate the quilting is lacking since I am not a hand quilter but I couldn’t see a reproduction of the quilt including machine quilting. I would love to have known this grandmother and granddaughter. My first granddaughter is due to be born in four months. I can’t wait to have the time to sit with her and teach her about quilt making as we discuss the important things in life! We have so many stories and quilts to create.