Friday, October 01, 2010

Aren't Grandmas Great?

A million years ago when I was a kid, my great-grandma made me this:

She actually made two, one for me and one for my sister.
Exactly the same, except mine has yellow binding, hers has purple.

(cause when you're eleven, purple is no longer cool)

Hand quilted. 

Itty bitty stitches.

Anyhoo, fast forward to a couple of months ago when I decided I wanted to make a quilt like it.  I didn't want to purchase a pattern and the only ones I could find online were paper-pieced, and had more of a wedge look to the rings, mine has square-ish bits.
I was stuck.

My grandma found out I was looking for the pattern, emailed her quilty friend that she had given all the quilting books to, and 6 weeks later I have the pattern. 

Aren't grandmas great?

The pattern is from "Country Quilts in a Weekend" by Fran Roen.  It was published in 1991.
With a title like that I would have NEVER found it on my own.  EVER.

I looked it up, Amazon doesn't even have it.

Upon reading the pattern, I was shocked to find out it was strip pieced.
using 2 1/2" wide strips.
super simple.

I'm working on a tree skirt using the pattern's templates and construction method.
tree skirt WIP (2)

I've got all the arches cut and I wanted to see what it was going to look like and get a sense of how big it will end up being.  about 45" square.

tree skirt WIP

I love things that look difficult but really aren't.

Don't you?


  1. Oh Kristin, it's beautiful. I love it!

  2. strip-pieced!

    You must share your secrets soon!

    I absolutely love it to bits.

  3. What a cool way to make an EASIER double wedding ring quilt. I'll bet if that pattern was reissued now or the technique re-published, it would become wildly popular. I really love the combination of fabrics in your rings.

  4. I had to look for awhile to figure out how it was strip pieced. How Smart! It looks great. I have always wanted to make one but the wedge pieces have always scared me off. Now it just might be doable. :)