And this is the after adding borders, batting and backing. The backing is the same blue fabric as the borders. I pieced it down the middle. We had enough of the blue to do the whole quilt.
Her great-grandmother had already made a pattern with pencil on all the white blank squares; so I have been using that for the quilting design. I added the middle simple pinwheel pattern in the center to add to the design.
Here is a close up of the hand quilting thread that I chose to use for this quilt. A variegated thread of blue's from light to dark.
I placed the quilt on top of our queen size bed to show the size. It is the same size as our queen size comforter. My daughter-in-law hopes to just keep this quilt folded and displayed atop a hope chest someday.
I have kept the quilt as original as I could. I did not want to remove any of the stitches that her great-grandmother put in. This quilt was all cut using cardboard and paper patterns and hand stitched together. I am told that she often quilted and collected pieces from anything that she could find. She also did intricate embroidery and quilted by hand. She had a quilting frame and set it on the back of four chairs and she would hand quilt it there.
My daughter-in-law has asked me to finish this quilt for her. She does not want me to rush and she has even suggested my enjoying it for awhile; she just would like to inherit it back to her someday. My plan is to finish the quilt and gift it back to her as soon as it is finished.
I am not a fast quilter and I seem to have more than one project going at a time; but still I hope to not take a long time getting this quilt finished.