Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Scrap Quilts and Events in Wedding Ring by Emilie Richards, Part III

The scrap quilt my mother for me when I was in high school
In the Quilters' Book Club this month, we're reading and discussing Wedding Ring by Emilie Richards.  Some of us are making a quilt block to represent each book we read in the book club.  I'm calling my quilt "Curl Up with a Good Book Quilt."  If you'd like to make a quilt block to represent one or more of the events in Wedding Ring, here are some suggestions to get you started.  Click the block name to take you to its pattern:

Tessa repairing the Wedding Ring Quilt that Helen made and Nancy quilted:
Double Wedding Ring Quilt Block

Gram's Old Quilt
Scrapbagger Quilt Block

Helen made the quilt from her best scraps.  Quilter Pepper Cory said this of scrap quilts: "Here's what a scrap quilt is not.  It's not hastily made.  It's not badly made.  It's not made from fabrics that are crummy, leftover.  It can be really a lovely thing.  And I think scrap quilts are the root and branch of quilting anyway because the whole idea is to do the best job with what you have."  

Years ago, my mother made a scrap quilt for each of her daughters, using fabrics left from the clothes she had made for us.  She has also made/is making a high school graduation quilt for each of her eleven grandchildren.  Have you ever made a scrap quilt?  

Cissy's need for love touches each of the women at the "Old Stoneburner Place" differently but deeply.  Did you feel the women's gift to her at the end was appropriate and meaningful?  Inquiring minds want to know! 

By commenting, you are entering your name in a giveaway for Clare O'Donohue's book, The Devil's Puzzle, part of her Someday Quilts Mystery Series.  Plume Books has generously offered copies of Clare's book for TWO lucky winners this month.  Remember that if you are reading via email, you must click on the title of my blog post to be able to comment and to read the comments of others.

The Quilters' Book Club selection for August is Between Heaven and Texas by Marie Bostwick.  Get the book so you can begin reading, discussing, and quilting with us!

You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post


  1. The older we get, the less important stuff becomes and the more important relationships become.

  2. It is fun to see the squares and remember the dresses!

  3. I am not actively participating in your book club but I sure enjoy checking in with your blog and seeing your choices of blocks. I agree with Karen's comment above - and I love the quote from Pepper Cory - thanks for sharing that! I adore scrap quilts and usually shy away from making a quilt from any particular "line" of fabric. The very first quilt I made back in 1991 was a scrappy nine patch using fabric from my great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother. I've been hooked ever since!

  4. I think scraps quilts are the most beautiful! Love your snuggly quilt.

  5. I made a scrap quilt top last year, after see the wonderful quilt that a friend had made ( I still have to baste and quilt it). Scrap quilt's have become very fashionable in the UK, I think that it is a sign of the times, plus quilters realising that you just cant keep buying new fabric, that couldn't possibly be all used, in a life time.
    I think that Helen and Nancy wanted to support Cissy, and to mother her. Both of them could relate to her suitation, Helen being a single mother and Nancy feeling like a single mother who didn't feel that she was worthy of her new life.

  6. I've never made a scrap quilt but several are in my future. I have boxes of sorted clothes from my granddaughters & grandson. I'm hoping the right pattern will fall in my lap for these projects!

  7. A couple of years ago I worked with a group, Quilts of Compassion in Toledo, Ohio, that makes lap quilts from donated fabric in 6" and 10" squares. We would end up with a lot of spare pairs of 10" squares. I would take the stack and mix and match them together, back them with fleece, then tie the corners of the squares. They were so cozy, and yes, made from the scrap stack. Since moving, I've made a few here and there from my own stash. Their quilts have gone to Joplin, MO; Moore, OK; Boston, MA and so many individual places to "give comfort to the hurting". They have a FB page, check them out. I pray almost every day for the recipients of my quilts.

  8. I don't normally like "scrappy" quilts but that is, I think, because a lot of people don't plan it out and it gets too busy. I love the one pictures above though. It's not busy and cluttered. I might have to rethink doing a scrappy quilt one day.

  9. Scrap quilts are my favorite quilts to make. I love to take others trash scraps and turn them into beautiful quilts. Love the one your mom made for you above and love that it is tied!

    I think what the ladies did for Cissy was so very touching and loving. Cissy needed them and they needed her in their lives.

  10. I'm fairly new to quilting, so I don't have too many scraps. My mother-in-law made several scrap quilts from clothing she made.


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