I don’t know about the rest of you, but that year brought me my 3rd child in 3 years with the 4th and final one arriving by 1980. Daily life was a blur of diapers before disposables and making baby food in a blender for all of them. Breastfeeding and wearing nursing bras seemed to be the only attire in my closet. There was little time for fun sewing except to make more plastic lined diaper covers and baby dresses and hope that the teething stage would pass quickly in time for their progression into nursery school.
So, imagine my surprise this week when I received a whole collection of unfinished baby quilts donated to our local American Sewing Guild. Flashback to 1978 and Holly Hobby quilted fabrics/flannel and nylon blanket binding with the original sales receipts from Sears in a huge bag. When I say “unfinished” there were 4 cut pieces 45 by 55 inches of quilted assorted colorways along with 4 cut flannel pieces that all needed to be attached and some sort of binding attached along the edges.
Since I had no idea of the best way to attach already quilted fabric to thin flannel, I decided to just use my bartack stitch on my machine and space them out as evenly as I could to join the 2 together. Then, I made the binding using fabric I had in my stash and not use the nylon binding in the package.
Thought you would like to see the label and the price back then. I can remember as a small girl in the 1950’s that you could send not $1.00 along with 3 labels for a free selection of ribbons but just 10 cents. Imagine! What you got was a nice little collection of laces, rick rack and ribbons to use for doll clothes. These days this same package costs $5.
This time I attached the 2 layers with a straight stitch following the zigzag quilted lines on the top layer and using the nylon binding as a regular binding. I attached it to the back and flipped it to the front and stitched it along the folded edge. The stitching on the flannel back looked like a frame and the corners were done separately to hold them securely.
Yes, I know the corners did not match up exactly but in the world of community sewing for charities, maybe it won’t be such a big deal to a homeless family just needing to keep the kids warm. You can see the rough texture of the home dec fabric but it was double the thickness of the Holly Hobby ones.
Finally, this navy and white beauty was left in a garbage bag for years in a storage unit after being totally pieced by hand. One of our generous ASG members offered to quilt it on her large quilting frame after another member, Sandi, added the blue borders and all those quilting swirls helped to hold all the pieces together and attach the backing. Now all it needs is the edge binding and it can be given to a needy family too.
For those of you who are wondering…well, Mrs Mole…how about some wedding photos?
It will be shocking for the guests at the wedding, never mind the groom and officiant/priest…Mamma Mia! At least the flowers are strategically arranged to cover her lady parts!
Happy January sewing everyone!