A labor of love...and a lot of work. This quilt was a long time in the making. My great-grandmother, Mary Allen, pieced it sometime around 1940. I'm not sure how my mom knew when she made it. She never shared that. But somehow it came into her possession and was stored in her cedar chest for as long as I can remember. We used to take it out and admire it from time to time. But Mom finally decided to finish it.
It is mostly made from scraps of satin, but evidently Mary ran out of that and finished it with cotton scraps. Mom embellished it with embroidery and, in some cases, scraps of lace, etc. I know that she had great fun finding the right patterns to use...and I think she designed some of them herself.
My mom was an amazing seamstress and did beautiful handwork. This was her last big project. Soon after she finished it, and probably before that, she started getting pretty forgetful and confused...making it all the more special.