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.
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.
Each doily was matched with a color and the four blocks created a larger design. Through the years she would add more blocks.
We set up an 8-foot table for me to pin baste the quilt. And yes, there was a pool noodle involved.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.