Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Depression Blocks and Fond Memories



It's time to post my Lovely Year of Finishes completed goal for May.  I originally posted on May 3 that I wanted to quilt and bind my Depression Blocks UFO.  I have done so.

896 HSTs sewn into 56 -12 inch Depression blocks. Finished quilt 84x96. 

This quilt is for the bed in the guest room. It gets pretty darned cold in this old farm house in the winter so I will use it to keep the grandkids warm when they sleep over every other weekend. 


I've been working on this off and on for several years. I love Depression blocks and think of Grandma when I sew on it. She taught me to quilt and she told me many stories of how she survived during the Depression years on a farm in rural Iowa with Grandpa and 5 kids. I've used some of her tips myself during hard times.


So I should probably call this quilt Fond Memories - of Grandma, of learning to sew, of old fabrics used in other projects.

Backing is some plain brown flannel to make it extra warm. and I did some easy line quilting on my plain Jane DSM.  Binding sewn down by hand. I like how the polka dots look on both the front and back. 

Now I need to start thinking about what I hope to accomplish in June.  


15 comments:

Julierose said...

Oh Cathy--your depression block quilt is beautiful! What a wonderful remembrance of your Grandmother..Julierose

ARLENE said...

What a beautiful quilt. I have a number of depression blocks from a swap and really would like to use up some scraps making more. Thanks for reminding me!

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

Oh my... I really love this! Depression blocks are one of my favorites and yours is stunning!!

Carrie P. said...

I just love your quilt. Congrats on your finish.

Vic in NH said...

Thank you for the dimensions. I had never heard of depression blocks and I like this very much! Did you start out with 5" charms and sew down either side of their diagonals? I'm going to try one.

wobblybobbin said...

Oh I love this quilt! I have a million HST that are value based but I got stuck trying to decide on a layout - I love this block! going to give it a try :)

Stitch and Yarn said...

This is just gorgeous – congratulations!

Sara said...

Great story behind this one:) Love that the quilt top is the focal point for the quilt as a whole.

Cutie and Company Quilts said...

This is a beauty! Congrats on your finish and thanks for sharing the story. Love your attention to value in this quilt, it really makes the design pop.

evaj said...

wow .wow wow,,,,,,Hugs Bambi

wombatquilts.com said...

Wow. What a fabulous quilt. I love love love the scrappy feel.

Terri said...

Love the lights and darks - lovely contrast - so colorful and joyful.
Thanks for sharing.
Hugs

Karen said...

Very pretty quilt. Oh so many pieces but forth all the effect. I hope you enjoy the quilt.

Shauna said...

Wow! Grandma quilts are the best! and just think of the stories you will tell your grandchildren as they are snuggled under this beautiful quilt! Love the scrappiness of it.

Sarah Craig said...

That is a lovely quilt, and a great finish! I bet your grandkids will have some fond memories around that quilt too! Whoop whoop!!