My grandmother made quilts. Big, comfy quilts. I was lucky enough to receive many over the years, and I use all of them. However, there was one quilt that I couldn’t use because it was made for my twin bed 25 years ago and wouldn’t fit on any beds I now own. It had nine squares down the length and six for the width, made up with Square in a Square pattern blocks . Long and skinny.
The other problem with it is that I had used it so much as a kid that the binding was fraying along the edge. After I found that out, I thought about what I was going to do with it. I came up with what I thought was a solution. I would take the binding off, and move one row of six along the side of nine. That would make it eight squares by seven squares. What I didn’t realize is that there would now be a need for two additional squares to be made. Yikes.
Talk about snowballing. The project just kept getting bigger and bigger. I decided that I would take the entire quilt apart, use the nice 1970s backing for two new squares and replace that and the binding with new. Taking the quilt apart took a lot longer than I thought it would. While I was at it, I thought I could rearrange the squares into a nice, cohesive pattern.
I put all of the corresponding squares in a pile, and made the two additional ones. I counted each pile and made a drawing to work off of. When I got to where I thought I liked how they were on the draft, I took them and laid them out on the bed. It seemed to work.
Somehow, once I did get back to it, I didn’t get any pictures of the sandwiching, so you will just have to imagine the layering of the top, batting and backing. I also tied the squares since Grandma had done that originally.
And here she is completed. Is she perfect? Nooooo. But I am glad I can now use the quilt instead of having it in some drawer, and every time I look at it, I remember my childhood and Grandma. Can’t get much better than that!
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