Gramma is a very special person around these parts… after all, she taught me to use a sewing machine. That’s kind of a big deal to a person who lives, breathes, eats quilting.
At the end of last year, Sweetwater Co announced their latest (at the time) fabric line and an embroidered block of the month pattern which was perfectly Gramma. Most of you don’t know her, so you’ll have to take my word for it, but it really is perfectly Gramma. I sweet talked her into a collaboration — she does the embroidery, and I’ll do the piecing and quilting, and then send the finished quilt back to her. After all, if we waited for me to embroider all the blocks it’d be done in about 10 years…
Well, she finished all the blocks up in no time at all, and sent them to me this summer. She even wrapped them in yellow tissue paper! A couple of weeks ago, with the holidays looming, I was feeling a little homesick, so I pulled them out and started to put them together.
Even with my busy schedule and lack of work-life balance, this was a quick put together. And it was wonderful to work with Gramma’s embroidery and feel all the love I know she put into them.
I did change up the final border. The pattern called for the same black gingham, but I would have had to piece it … and non-matching gingham would have driven me crazy. Major thanks go to Jennifer, my friend and local fabric dealer, for choosing the red border.
A full reveal will have to wait until the weather and my quilt holder cooperate… he’s sleeping off turkey.
And yes, Gramma, I will make sure to get a shot of Woody on your quilt.