Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Family Reunion Quilt: A Custom Finish
My mother-in-law and her brother were in charge of the family reunion this year. They decided to have it be honoring the ancestors we all have in common (their grandparents). We participated in activities they enjoyed and were good at: sawing boards, hammering nails, making butter, making quilts, and eating good food.
My mother-in-law printed pictures of our ancestors on specially treated fabric and purchased fabric for the rest of the quilt. She came over one day and we cut out the quilt and laid it out on my design wall. All of the blocks finish at 4 by 6 inches except for the vertical pictures. We added a one inch border around them to make them finish at 6 x 8 inches.
After she left I pieced it in columns, sewed the columns together, pin basted the quilt, and added the binding by machine. All in one day. It went very quickly.
Then the night of the reunion tying the quilt was one of the activities. Everyone who came, shared things in common with the ancestors, and participated in the activities earned tickets. Towards the end of the night the quilt was raffled off. My mother-in-law's cousin won the quilt and loved it!
This is the only picture I was able to get of the finished quilt. Cheetah is holding it up right before they had the drawing after dusk.
It was fun working on this quilt and learning more about the ancestors. My husband and Monkey both have his name for a middle name.
P.S. I will be linking up with some of the fun parties on my sidebar. Check them out for lots of great quilty inspiration.