Generations

May
2012
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A few months ago my husband’s cousin contacted some family members and asked if they would be interested in some quilt blocks that had been hand pieced by their grandmother, Mary Lee Anna Mize Womack (1897-1986), affectionately known as Mama Womack.  She had just enough of them to go around to all the first generation cousins so naturally I jumped on it.

My first thought was to feature it in a larger pinwheel sampler style quilt but the extremely small seam allowances would make it too delicate for everyday washing.  I decided to make it into a wall hanging.

I checked my Kona Color Card for some similar solids.   The closest I could find were Windsor, Denim and Evening so I ordered a 1/2 yard of each.  After receiving those and playing with the block I decided to frame it in Kona White and do a row of White/Windsor and White/Denim HST’s around that followed by a solid binding, probably in Windsor.  I did not want to do anything to draw attention away from Mama Womack’s hand work.

At the narrowest point, the block measured 9-5/8 by 10-1/4. I decided to make it a nine inch square. This would be the only way to make it even and center the points as much as possible.  I hated cutting it down but for all we know that was exactly what she had intended to do all along.

The border was intentionally wide because I was doing this by trial and error. I wasn’t sure how much room I would need.

The white border is a tad off but I’m almost done.

Linking up to W.I.P. Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

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