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Work in Progress Wednesday: Still Mardi Gras in the Sewing Room

Flying Geese Pinwheel Quilt Block

I recently received a treasure trove of quilting supplies from my daughter’s cheerleading coach. The coach’s  grandmother died at age 95 last summer. She was a dedicated quilter and quilted right up to the very end. When I went through her boxes of fabric, trim, finished blocks, buttons, templates, and all the miscellany of a quilter’s life, I found a completed Mardi Gras quilt top with the batting already cut and layered. It just needed to be basted and quilted.

My daughter’s coach and her grandmother had been very close, and I knew she would like to have one of her grandmother’s quilts. So I offered to finish the quilt for her. That’s what I’ve been working on (with a several-week hiatus because of a stiff hip that gets worse when I sew.)

Here’s just one of the Mardi Gras blocks. Each one uses different fabrics. I used two of my new sewing machine’s decorative stitches to quilt the inner seams of the pinwheel, then a small stipple on the white section. I’m going to use different decorative stitches on the orange, yellow, purple and green sections. I’ve done the stippling on two blocks and have ten more to go. Sometimes I wonder why I open my big mouth and volunteer to do things like these, but I know that in the end I’ll be happy and so will the coach.

Linking up to Freshly Pieced today for Work in Progress Wednesday.



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  • jan May 1, 2013, 10:01 pm

    I think it is terrific for you to complete that quilt . It probaly sounds silly but I can’t stand the thought of her quilt not being finished. I am glad you are doing it.

    • cdmwriter May 2, 2013, 8:27 am

      Yes, that’s the same feeling I had. Coach Kelly has been very kind to my daughter, so I wanted to honor her and her special relationship with her grandmother (who was a very good quilter — much better than I am!)

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