Family Quilt - From HIS Side

>> Wednesday, August 24, 2011

This is my third family quilt post.
Post one is here, and post two can be found here.
My family quilt posts were inspired by my sister posting about why she quilts on her blog.

This quilt is from my husband's side of the family. His maternal grandmother made it.
It is made in the style of a bisquit quilt. It's also called a "puff" quilt, but Granny lived in Quebec, so I like to use biscuit:)

It's heavy! Here is my husband wishing/hoping that I've already got a good enough picture to share.

You can see it's size and that it's quite worn. You can also guess a bit at the construction method from where it is coming apart.

Here's a view of the back. Each square is a biscuit or puff, stuffed with batting and closed. Then the puffs are stitched together into rows to make the quilt. The white fabric is very soft, the paisley is my favourite. The feel of the red and blue make me think they are cotton polyester blend. You can see some handstitching, as well as different sewing machine stitches between the puffs.

I'm not sure how my husband came to own this quilt {and he's sleeping right now, so maybe I'll edit that info in another time}, but I know he used it all through his university years. We still use it on the couch to watch TV, and it has been used for picnics and gone to music festivals.

Here you can see an 'empty' biscuit. Whether from use or just the construction method itself, many of the outer biscuits have lost their fluff. From the looks of it, Granny handbasted the biscuits closed then machine stitched them to each other. So the ones on the outside edges are not as securely stitched. I do have some of the paisley fabric - there was some in her stash that I inherited in 2002. I had plans to repair this quilt, but I just never have. It's not really 'broken' and still gets a weekly workout as a fort or castle or just a nap time blanket.

Granny was alive when my daughter was born and wanted to give her a quilt, but had stopped quilting many years before. Next time I'll show this quilt - it's hand quilted!

With Joy,
Sarah Vee

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Beth August 29, 2011 at 12:37 PM  

What a wonderful quilt to have. I have always liked the biscuit quilts, and was even looking for a pattern for one last week. I love the colors, and it must be so comfy!

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