Monday, March 10, 2014

Lydia's Cross Revealed

Lydia's Cross by KSD, 2014
As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I recreated a quilt block from a quilt made by my husband's grandmother, Lydia Fort Rose. Her design variation of Grandmother's Cross and Nine Patch Star was probably made in the early 1950's. Her full size quilt featured eleven inch blocks set with two inch sashing, and was hand pieced and hand quilted from whatever fabric she had around the house. 
My lap quilt version of Lydia's Cross blocks contains a piece or two of her old feed sack fabric, other clothing fabric from my late in-laws (her daughter and son-in-law), scraps of mine, and a few new batik blenders. I wanted a more modern look so I didn't exactly copy her work, but I did use eleven inch blocks.  The back is 5” square blocks in the same color scheme. Mine is machine pieced and machine quilted with a simple scallop stitch using my trusty Singer XL 1000, and I love the final result! It's on the back of my couch right now. 
I measured and sketched out the basic block first, then drew the design in Electric Quilt 7 for final layout, pattern pieces, and color design. As I worked, I thought about how long it took her to cut out and sew together these pieces by hand. She must have had a lot more patience than I do for handwork. I am grateful that she sewed and gave her cherished quilts to her daughter.  I dedicate my inspiring useful remnant to Lydia and to her grandson...Happy Birthday, Jerold!  Here's her original quilt.  Her sense of color and blending resulted in a beautiful quilt with character and depth. 

Lydia's Cross, circa 1950's by Lydia Fort Rose

"Everything you need will come to you at the perfect time.  You just have to be patient and wait for it."  Author Unknown