This is another very special little quilt called Nannie's Nine.
My mum also caught the quilting bug and easily transferred her wizard embroidery skills across.These blocks were made at her beginners class and the plan was for it to be a quilt to celebrate her and The Tinker's Ruby Wedding anniversary. Sadly halfway through the project a stroke behind her eye affected her vision and hand-eye co-ordination irreparably and she was never able to sew or knit again.The blocks sat in a cupboard for years and she would often say how much she would have loved to have finished that quilt.
Finally, as her 70th birthday approached I "lifted" them from the cupboard and secretly took them off to try and do something with them.I decided on a lap quilt and this was the result;started hand quilting just after Christmas 1995 and finished at about 1am on the very day of her birthday,May 30th 1996 ...I'm good with deadlines.
I added various family related inscriptions to the blocks, memorable dates in our lives, places we had lived and such like and of course my mum was thrilled with it.
I've always been so relieved that I finished this one because sadly she died before her 71st birthday and in the year of the Golden Wedding Anniversary.
That was all sad enough but how much sadder would that bag of half-made blocks seem now.