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G is for Grandma.
My Grandmother Della Bollibaugh Oldham, photo taken by my Dad in 1928
G is for Grandma and no, I haven't lost track of my quilting theme. Though I never saw her in the process of quilting, my Grandma Oldham was the original inspiration for my interest in quilting.
My older cousins, who lived across the street from her, talk about the quilt frame suspended from the ceiling in the front corner room and the ladies from the Methodist Church who would come and sew regularly. We lived 90 miles away--a formidable weekend drive in those days. And I am the "baby cousin", knowing her only much later in her life and after her eyesight began to fail.
Now being the baby cousin did not mean that I was left out of the quilts from Grandma. At the age of 78 and going blind, she made me this Single Irish Chain--also known as Double Nine Patch. The work is all by hand.
The squares of the nine patch are 3/4 inch across. (So is a penny.) The quilt, which is roughly double bed sized, has at least 4000 of them.
I don't know if the flow of the colors through Grandma's quilt just happened, or were carefully planned. In my interpretation of Grandma's Double Nine Patch, I tried to follow the spirit of that flow of color. Using a black background, very bright squares, this was done by machine with modern strip piecing methods. The squares are a whole inch across.
G is for Grandma's inspiration--with modern methods.