My dear mominlaw, Elaine, gave me a piece of family history. Her grandfather was a tailor. He made men’s suits. Being a frugal family, nothing could go to waste…including the woolen salesman’s samples of fabrics. So, the tailor’s wife, Elaine’s grandmother, made a quilt of these samples. Over the years, its been used, mended, darned and patched. I love this about this quilt. But with all the patching and wear, I don’t think anyone will treasure it for itself, and display it, or actually use it. So I’ve made a decision to cut it up and use the patchworked fabric for the background of a quilt(s) that I will gift to family members. Really don’t know where this project will go, but I want to get it started. This is definitely a long term project, and one without any patterns or planned final outcomes. Today, I gently washed about 100 years of soil out of the quilt:
And hung it to dry:
Now I must make decisions on cutting it apart….this is difficult and scary, and very final.