photograph by John Stalowy

Ruby's Legacy

Actual size:  15 x 18
Scale Size:  90 x 108
machine pieced and hand embellished

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This was very special piece because I used many of my grandmother's old fabrics and antique buttons that I inherited from her stash for making doll clothes.  I recognized several satins that graced my Barbie's wardrobe.  Because Ruby's supply was mostly solids, I  needed some printed silks for variety, so my cousin, Denise, and I went to every thrift store in La Quinta, California, and gathered up all the small-print men's neck ties.  Each square was machine pieced on muslin.  I used my Bernina to do all the fancy seam stitching and then spent hours and hours hand embellishing with beads, french notes, lace, and embroidery thread.  I put the call out for threads and laces, and three friends from my Monday at Monica's sewing group showed up the following week with armfuls of embellishments.  Thanks to Laura, Barbara and JoAnne, I had tons of fun threads and laces to add to my quilt.  Because I was honoring my grandmother with this quilt, I added the initials of my nine grand children (in order of appearance): Joshua, Katrina, Eileen, Anthony, Arie, Hayden, Alex, Hattie and Lauren.

photograph by Shelley Emslie