“Giant Dahlia” Finally Finished!

My grandmother, “Gaga,” pieced this quilt top years ago, circa 1985. I am pretty sure one of the clothing pattern companies, like Simplicity or McCalls, produced the pattern. I am also pretty sure that Gaga’s quilting buddy, Minnie O’rell, also made a similar quilt. What a lovely central design topped off with the Four Patch on-point border! You can see that there is a wider band of white on the right of the picture than on the left – that’s for the “pillow tuck.”

During her lifetime, hand quilting was “the” way one finished quilts. We worked together on quilting several, in fact, on wooden frames that filled the entire living room. After she passed, my mom inherited at least ten unquilted tops. We commissioned several, right away, to be longarmed. (This was before I owned a longarm machine.) Somehow, this top was overlooked and was given to me several years ago. Last spring at a retreat, I designated it as the-quilt-I-will-finish-by-spring-2023 in a UFO challenge.

Most “Giant Dahlia” quilts are prime candidates for hand quilting or custom machine quilting. I opted instead to quilt an overall meander which drew in fullness in the central medallion, figuring “finished is better than perfect.” I found a pink print of the same shade in my stash for the binding and attached a label that contains both our names.

Gaga’s piece de resistance is finally finished!

12 thoughts on ““Giant Dahlia” Finally Finished!

  1. I love this! I tried to make one several years ago and it ended up in the trash, just could not get the center of the Dahlia right. I still have the pattern and still have it on my bucket list to make.

  2. What an amazing label!!! And I absolutely love this quilt. Truly a family heirloom 😍🥰

    That 4-patch border is perfect and if that’s the pillow tuck then this is a huge king size quilt! Wow 🤩 amazing work finishing this Aby. The binding exactly matches and the quilting enhances the piecing, don’t kid yourself!

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