Quilts are full of love. When I see a handmade quilt I know that someone spent a lot of time laboring over it with love. I can not imagine someone making a quilt without feeling a lot of emotion. From picking the pattern to the perfect fabrics it is all a labor of love.
I shared a quilt with my readers years ago – a Cathedral Window quilt that my mother made. I wrote about it here. I loved being able to share that quilt with my readers and received a great deal of comments on that particular post. Today I am thrilled to share some of the quilt facts that I found in some of my mom’s stuff. I knew she had written all of it down and when we were moving her one time she remembered that she had promised to pass that info along to me. Fortunately for both of us she had taken good care to document it and had remembered to pass it along when she found that envelope.
My mother started the quilt November 21, 1983 and finished it 4 years and 8 months later. Here is the breakdown of hours per year:
- Year 1 — 141 1/2 hours
- Year 2 – 224 hours
- Year 3 – 247 hours
- Year 4 – 102 1/2 hours
- Year 5 – 163 hours
Total hours — 878
I also found the notation on the back of the index card where she recorded the entire cost for the project. She bought 38 yards of muslin for a total of $85.65 and bias trim for $5.57 for a total of $91.22. All of the fabric featured in the quilt blocks was either fabric from her own stash or donated to her. As I stated in the original post each block was different. She prided herself in having each one being different. Pretty remarkable.
I was so thrilled to be able to have all of those “facts” about my special quilt and now my readers know all the details as well. Aren’t we just the lucky ones?
If you are a quilter let me know what the longest time is that you spent working on a quilt. I would love to compare. Please leave me a comment and remember to Comment for a Cause for Donors Choose.