Grandma Denise made a “Bricks” quilt top for baby Maggie, and my friend, Maggie’s mother, asked me to quilt it. Neither the fabrics nor the size are particularly baby-ish, but appreciation for this quilt will grow with Maggie. She will enjoy using it for years to come.
The bricks measure 2 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ finished, and the fabrics are a mixture of scrap bag findings and newly purchased prints. I am sure Denise added the stag prints as a nod to her son, an avid outdoors-man. Since the backing is a sage green and ecru leaf print, I chose sage green thread and quilted heart-shaped leaves and loops all over.
Notice that the rows of rectangles are staggered like brickwork; every other row begins and ends with a half brick. However, Denise sewed full bricks in rows, leaving half brick flaps on the sides of the quilt. After trimming away the half bricks, I cut them all to 2 3/4″ square and added some squares from my stash to make a dolly quilt for Maggie. I used leftover backing print for borders and backing. With sage green thread I quilted an X through each square and meandered in the border. There remained just enough tan binding from the large quilt to finish the doll quilt.
When I first looked at this “Bricks” quilt, I thought of it as a very scrappy utility quilt, colorful but certainly not beautiful. On further consideration, I see it as an heirloom from Grandma Denise to her precious granddaughter. Made with love and the thriftily saved scraps from other projects, it is not a quilt for the cedar chest, brought out for special occasions. Rather, it is a quilt to be used every day, reminding Maggie that Grandma Denise loves her dearly. What better beautiful legacy could there be?
Do you own a scrappy quilt that you consider an heirloom?