My blog post of April 29 showed rows of “Pinwheel” blocks handstitched by Anita when she was a girl under the tutelage of her grandmother.
I trimmed all the blocks to 9″ square and sashed them with a white tone-on-tone fabric. For corner stones, I chose a navy floral print from my inherited stash of vintage fabrics. The colors of the flowers blend fairly well with the colors in the “Pinwheels,” yet the overall appearance of the print is more subdued than the pieced blocks, allowing them to shine.
I quilted an all-over freehand spiral design with very pale silver gray thread. Then it was back to searching inherited stash for a poly/cotton navy fabric for the binding. I felt a solid navy would coordinate well with the corner stones, and I didn’t feel guilty using poly/cotton since many of the “Pinwheels” were made with cotton and polyester blends.
I am pleased with the outcome of this quilt, and I know Anita will be, too. We transformed a stack of vintage blocks languishing in her cedar chest into a usable quilt. She plans to fold it and display it at the end of her bed to remind her of good times stitching with her grandmother.