Here's my first UFO project for the year. No, not Chaucer the cat, but what he's so grandly made a bed of.
This is a full size quilt my Grandma May made for me in the late 1960's, the last quilt she hand-quilted. Grandma made all 10 children, the many grandchildren and maybe some of the great grandchildren a quilt.
Made of left over pieces from clothing she made for herself and my cousin Judy and maybe others. I got Judy's hand-me-downs as I was a bit younger but built the same. Grandma quilted it with the diagonal lines you see across the blue patch.
Over the years it has had a lot of use and many of the patches and a good portion of the domestic backing had holes or hung in shreds. A lot of the quilting lines have disintegrated also.
I repaired the patches by appliqueing new patches on. I found cotton fabric in 60's patterns, thankfully that part was easy, and to make it blend in with the older faded pieces I used the backside facing outward.
I got a huge white sheet at the thrift shop for $2 to use for the new backing, safety pinned it in place and would occasionally quilt on it. I am quilting inside the patches following the seams, that way I can preserve Grandma's quilting but have a secure backing. I left the original backing and the original patches (shreds & all) in place, just worked over them.
As you can see I am a practical quilter who does not worry about getting 12 stitches to the inch, I doubt I could see ones that tiny anyway. I quilt the way Grandma did, I'm about the same age she was when she made this quilt. It's about half done at this point so I don't know if it will get finished in February or not but I am shooting for the end of March for sure.
Other UFOs I will work on and hopefully finish this year are the St Nicholas cross stitch,
A Halloween cross stitch piece and an embroidered renaissance ladies piece. I'd like to finish them all this year but if I finish the quilt and St Nicholas I'll feel really good. The Halloween piece would be a bonus and the renaissance ladies could become a piece for next year. That one I would like to delve into stump-work for parts of it.