Forty years to a finish

When I started putting together the layers for this quilt.  I thought oh dear this is not going to be square. I worried should I take it all apart and start the piecing over?
I could not do that.  I would be taking out stitches put in by my great Grandmother Mae Stella Irvin (B 1898).
These furrow rows were put together while she was in her 80s, and while they aren't straight, they are hers.  I left her work alone and finished it the best way I knew how.
Mae Stella Irvin with a quilt she completed probably in the 1970s.
So I started stitching last weekend, and I finished today.
I used the shamrock fabric I found around St Pat's Day, and pulled the back to the front to create a self binding.  The shamrocks are perfect! My great Grandmother married a second generation American, since her husband's (Frank Irvin's) grandfather was one of the first Irish immigrants to settle in the Qzarks of Missouri.
I think she would love it!
I hope so.

The love is what matters.  I am so lucky to have something of hers and to finish it for her.


Monica said…
I love it! What a meaningful treasure to have. I must admit I'm a bit jealous as I'm the first quiltmaker of my family so there are no quilts that have been handed down to me. *insert sad face*
Linda (Petey) said…
What a treasure and so pretty! DH gets me blocks and unfinished quilts at auctions to finish. It's fun but you are very lucky to know the creator.
WoolenSails said…
I love it the way it is, isn't is supposed to be wonky? LOL
I thought all quilts looked like mine;)

That is a real treasure and love how you used the green to bind it, nice finish.

What a gorgeous quilt, and I think you did a great job of finishing it. (Perfection is over-rated.)
Margaret said…
To have and to hold for ever and ever, such care, and so beautiful.
O'Quilts said…
That is just wonderful..You should be so proud of yourself. A generational quilt that looks so very pretty.
oldgreymare said…
so sweet. I love this post
SewDivaDiane said…
What a beautiful tribute-and beautiful quilt! While I am the first quilter in my family, I come from a long line of knitters. When I use my mom's needles, I am reminded of her and so thankful that she taught me the love of making things.
Mom would love that you finished her quilt.
your blog looks great. You have done a lot of work in the last few years since the quilt bug re-bit you. lOVE, MOM
Nancy in MT said…
No better compliment than one that comes from your Mom. You are lucky that you have that quilting history and now you have made a memory into a treasure.
Karen said…
Beautifully done! I love quilt stories like this.
marlu said…
Just beautiful and you were just right to leave her stitches in place! What a treasure for you and your family to pass down.
Libby said…
Oh what a treasure. I am SO glad you left her stitches as they are.
Anonymous said…
I loved the picture of your Grandmother with her beautiful quilt! You have done a wonderful job on finishing her log cabin! She would be proud of it I'm sure! :) ♥♥♥
Kelli said…
WOW! This is so beautiful. You are very lucky to have it to finish for her. I love it. It must have been a joy to stitch. :)