Fransson Quilts, Sewing

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September 6, 2011

Oh I haven’t forgotten that I’m still trying to work through Mrs. Hartman’s book.

The next pattern in the book is Snapshots:


It’s a little different from the Postage Stamp quilt. There’s a pattern in the way the blocks are placed.

Now here’s the kicker. . it’s already done. Yeah this was the 1st quilt I started working on last year. It was a great precursor to the Tokyo Subway map.

Fabric choices:

Well we had an older quilt that my husband grandmother had made us for our wedding present (we’re in yr 12 now) and let me tell you – we used that everyday! The main reason was it had that vintage sheet feel – super soft and super comfy. Well using it everyday it began to fall apart.

Quilt top shot 1

(sorry for the crappy picture)

Blocks were completely missing in some spots:



As much as it broke my heart, I thought it’s time to put this away. . . but than I thought, “Why not make a quilt for Grandma out of it?” What does that mean? Well you might want to cover your ears if you’re reading this. . it means I would be tearing the quilt apart and putting pieces of it in a new quilt to gift back to her. Horrible? I didn’t think so. . . well maybe since she put so much work into it. I didn’t want to pack the quilt away. I think when you make something like a quilt it should be used, right?

Here’s the backing:


I thought why not pair that with other Christmas fabrics. . . and send it to her as a Christmas gift.

Fabrics for holiday quilt

Grandma’s sewing skills are awesome cause I had a hell of a time taking the quilt apart. I’m taking my favorite blocks out of the quilt and I’ll add it to another quilt for sure:


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  • Reply Jenna September 6, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    What a lovely gift that is sure to be cherished!

  • Reply Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts September 6, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    That is a great idea. I made a quilt for my grandmother for Christmas last year and she sleeps under it every night. It is so nice to be able to give something to someone special in return for all the love they’ve given you your whole life. 🙂 I am sure she’ll love it!

  • Reply Pétra (Creative Mom) September 6, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    My sister in law has an old quilt in similar condition and I don’t know how I can fix it. She isn’t ready to take it apart like you are doing I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

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