In 1991, I was in my late 20's and was making quilts. I have learned a lot since then, but I want to share this quilt with you:
When my grandmother died, my grandfather gave me a box of fabric scraps that had belonged to her. She was a quilter, too. I made this quilt for my daughter.... she was 4 years old... and I dreamed of the day that she would grow up and it would become a part of her home.
To my horror, when I pulled it out of the washer, all of my blanket stitches that I used to hold the sun bonnet girls on with, had shifted.... pulled away and were distorted. It's a wonder there were any Sue's hanging on at all!
My little girl is 27 years old now and has a house of her own. I still have not parted with the quilt, because I know what will happen when she washes it.
I've been thinking of putting the quilt on my sewing machine and machine stitching the Sunbonnet Sues in place and calling it ok. I will then send it to my daughter and she can decide if she will display it, use it, or keep it in plastic its entire life.
Any suggestions? Man! I wish I could still quilt like that!