It’s finished, and now I can Share

I have been working on this for a while, and now it is ready to head to its home. I am not the one who pieced the top, but I added the final border and quilted it on my Bernina.

Doilies Quilt displayed at Spirit Wind Ministries Retreat Center

Back in April at Camelia’s 2021 Spring Quilt Retreat Paula asked if I could take this top and finish it for a friend. This quilt top was made by Grace Canady for her Granddaughter Hannah Grace Cooley, both of North Carolina. So, it came home with me.


Beginning in 1998, Grandmother Canady started to collect Doilies. One Doily was cut in quarters and was used to create a block.

Close up of 1/4th of a Doily used in a block

Each doily was matched with a color and the four blocks created a larger design. Through the years she would add more blocks.

Each Doily created four blocks

We set up an 8-foot table for me to pin baste the quilt. And yes, there was a pool noodle involved.

Pin Basting the top/batting/backing.

I quilted it using my Bernina 830. There’s a lot of quilt under that needle.


Close up of quilting in the Sashing.


After quilting the Sashing, it looks like each block is in a circle. I repeated the design on the border, but a bit larger.

A close up of some of the blocks

Of course, every quilt needs a label. Years from now when asked, Hannah Grace can flip the quilt to the back and show that her Grandmother Grace made it for her. It was begun in 1998 and completed in 2021.

Quilt Lable

Thank you to Rebecca Canady Cooley for entrusting me to be a part of this beautiful quilt. Your mother did beautiful work and I’m sure Hannah Grace will treasure this for years to come.

A Beautiful Quilt displayed on a Beautiful Day in Southwest Virgina at Spirit Wind Ministries Retreat Center

Meet the lady behind the Doily Quilt – Grace Canady. This picture is of her several years ago when she gave the quilt top to her Daughter, Rebecca Canady Cooley to hold for a future present to her Granddaughter, Hannah Grace Cooley.

Grandma Gracie and her Quilt of Doilies

I’m back at Quilt Retreat in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia. In between visiting with my quilty friends, sewing and eating great food (thank you Paula) I’ll try to post some pictures.

Happy Stitching!

Quilt Mouse


About Quiltmouse

I am retired. I love to quilt. I make charity quilts as well as quilts for my friends & family.
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2 Responses to It’s finished, and now I can Share

  1. What a great legacy that quilt has!! and so unique with all the doilies like that. you quilted it just perfect. I can imagine the Love that that quilt will bring!


  2. That is a fantastic quilt, love the doily idea and such a great photo of Mrs Canady. Great job on the quilting. Love the label!!

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