Oh this project made me so happy! Grandma Emelia made this, circa 1940's/50's. She gave it to Auntie Bev who used it all through 1960-1990's. Youngest daughter, Nancy, took it over but, by then, it had worn out so bad that the backing and quilting had been removed. I complained to Nancy for years about it just sitting in a box. I finally got Nancy to trust me to restore our Grandmother's quilt. I worked on the fragile quilt top first; it was "handkerchief thin" with rips and bad repairs. Then I put iron-on pellon behind the fabric that was so thin it was almost transparent. Finally I quilted it very simply - like they might have back in the 50's - just "stitch-in-the-ditch." I took it back to Nancy in Houston during my spring break trip.
It was so satisfying to watch Nancy lovingly fold our Grandmothers Quilt over the cubby door of her display cabinet right next to her husband Bob's Grandmothers Quilt; both of which were 9-patch scrappies from the 40's/50's.