Friday, June 7, 2019

Red White Blue Tree of Life wrapped up

     Over a year ago, a friend of mine gave me a RWB top with the Tree of Life hand pieced that had sat in her mom's trunk until she passed away. Anne asked me if I could get it quilted. I hemmed and hawed and stalled for a long time. It needed repair to the red because someone had tried quilting it and pulled out the thread leaving holes. The borders were not even or reaching the corners, Some hand piecing had come undone. 
      I found some Kona red that sort of matched, washed it, and hand stitched it on.  I sort of fixed some of the undone spots and added red to the borders to even it out. From being hand pieced and handled, it was a bit wonky. I bought wide back cream for the backing so there would be no additional seams and it would not take away from the front of the quilt. I used all cotton batting which I usually use 80/20. I thought the time period needed it. I quilted it with Glide cream and red thread. I used a sort of modern print dark blue for the binding and sewed on a cream sleeve for hanging. It is about 72" x 86".
     Today I delivered it to her hair salon and now it is done and I can breather easier. It was a cute quilt that had lots of wonkiness. It is done. 
     Kevin the Quilter has done an exquisite job on a new Tree of Life as an anniversary present if you check out his post.

Back, hard to see
Detail

7 comments:

Debbie said...

Wow...amazing job bringing this back to life. Reading thru what needed to be done, I would have balked too. Repair is not for me. But you accomplished it, because things are not noticeable in the photos. The quilting looks great too. Super job!

Quiltdivajulie said...

I am so happy for you that you can count this one as D-O-N-E. Funny how certain projects hang over us like dark clouds.

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

I applaud you for doing this job for your friend. Back in my younger days I "saved" some quilts for people too but I won't do it any more. From seeing your finished product it hardly looks like any wonkiness to me so you did a great job on it.

Mystic Quilter said...

You were very brave to take this project one, but congratulations on doing a wonderful job!!

Vicki W said...

It's lovely! You brought it back to life.

Alycia Quiltygirl.com said...

Oh my gosh - what a labor of love - you restored it beautifully and the quilting is perfect for it!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Nice job on the quilt. Yes, I got to help hold up Kevin's quilt last month.