Monday, June 16, 2014

Nancy's Churn Dash Quilt

Tomorrow I'm traveling to Michigan and will deliver this quilt to my sister: 

I can't wait to show her the surprise.  It's 75 x 88, and should fit on her twin bed in her independent living facility.  It is machine quilted with Baptist fans by Cheryl Tobias of Napinee, IN.  

If you remember, I talked about starting it last September when we sold her home and had a large sale of the contents.  See blog post here:  Remaking an old quilt top

This was the old quilt top that was in with her linens:

I am excited to give it back to her, but I don't think she will remember the old quilt top.  She probably picked it up for a song at a garage sale.

It was a lot of fun remaking it into a usable quilt, and as I was taking pictures of it this morning, it taught me something:

I looked at this block, with a pieced together section and mismatched background pieces.  It's my favorite block, so why am I trying to be so "matchy-matchy" in my quilts?  Note to self:  loosen up a bit!

Thanks for all of your kind and understanding comments on my last post about Sally.  They helped me so much.  I am quilting on a new project, and have immersed myself in your thoughts, which are helping me through the grieving process.  I really appreciate all of you.  Thank you.

Linked this post with Design Wall Mondays:  (Here)  I enjoy seeing what other quilters are working on this week.


  1. The churn dash quilt should make a wonderful addition to your sister's room. You gave new life to a quilt top long neglected.

  2. had a long post, lost my connection, lost post. May Michigan enfold you in her arms~

  3. You did a beautiful job on the remake!
    I have similar thoughts to yours. I love the vintage "make do" quilts. Why do I insist an making anything but that?

  4. Your sister will love this quilt! It will make her new home homier! You did a wonderful job of remaking the top! It is so hard to not be matchy-matchy.

  5. I think the same thing about old quilts. The "make-do" aspects give them so much personality and so I'm trying to loosen up a bit and remember to do the same thing. Have a great trip. I love how you remade that quilt--sort of a real "trash to treasure."

  6. Lovely blue churn dash... a real treasure for your sister. I love how you remade it! And how true it is that some of our favorite blocks on antique quilts are the "made-do" variety... I have a quilt like that from an aunt, and it's a favorite!

  7. Nice work on the blue churn dash for your sister! It looks wonderful on her bed.


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