So here's the story of a UFO (UnFinished Object) that on Sunday June 12, 2016, officially became a Finished Object......after about 8 decades!
I bought the 1930s top at an antique store in the 1980s. It was quite a find! The applique artistry is amazing, it came packaged with more of the same green fabric that was intended for the back, and green is my favorite color. I decided to do a bang-up job of quilting to honor the wonderful work of the anonymous woman who started the quilt. Since the 80s, it has been the quilt I take with me when I demonstrate hand quilting and talk about antique quits.
So I've worked on it just a few hours at a time, just a few times a year. In the meantime, I've raised two kids and done tons of other quilting and sewing. A couple of years ago, I decided it was time to actually put some focused hours into it, quite honestly, so the poor thing wouldn't end up for sale again as a UFO....
I can't tell you the rush of emotion as I spread it out Sunday night, all bound and completed! I am thrilled! And I hope the lovely quilter is warmed and happy as well, 80-ish years after she stitched these wonderful flowers!
There's more info in previous posts:
"Magic Vine" - Dec 2012
This post tells the history of the pattern, of this particular quilt, and has photo details of all the flower appliques.
"Magic Vine - Quilting Progress" - June 2015
This post is an update on the quilting progress as of a year ago.