The Best Christmas Present

This year I was priviledged to finish a very special quilt top …

1940’s Double Wedding Ring scrappy quilt

Amy M’s grandmother pieced this top in the 1930-40’s. And then she died, when Amy’s mom was only 8 years old.

Vintage double wedding ring quilt, fabric detail

It was discovered earlier this year, and Amy decided it would be a very good present for her mom.

Vintage Double Wedding Ring quilt, 1940’s fabric detail

I quilted it using cotton thread, and an organic cotton batting, which gives the soft hand and low loft typical to the 1930’s. I also used a stencil from that period.

Double Wedding Ring quilt with reproduction 1930’s quilting stencil

We’ve left it as we found it, a few rows not finished, with the exception of a few pieces that had to be replaced from my stash of 1930’s fabrics.  We’ve bound it with a piece of pink that was given to me by a very special friend, from a group of shirting fabrics from the 1940’s from a textile mill in New Jersey. It’s perfect!

Double Wedding Ring quilt with vintage pink shirting binding


The miters can be a little tricky, but just a bit of patience and some extra stitching makes them stay down nicely …

Vintage Double Wedding Ring quilt binding detail

I hope Amy’s mom loves this as much as Amy and her daughter did! I know it’s quilts like these that make me absolutely love my job.

4 thoughts on “The Best Christmas Present”

  1. Hahaha yes, a time machine … it’s funny how the materials I need show up at the time they are needed. This could have been quilted by machine in the 1940’s and we do see examples of those, but more likely it would have been finished by hand. On a frame. With friends. Probably with much laughter and food. That’s something to bring back perhaps!

  2. It was wonderful to hold in my hands. Quilts like these … it takes a special person to want to finish these. I was so glad she decided to!

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