12 Months, 20 Years

20 years ago, my mom and I started small embroideries to be sewn into two quilts. The idea came from a magazine, with the goal of creating one embroidered rectangle for each month of the year. I was about to turn 9, and during that summer I embroidered 11 of the 12 months. And then summer came to an end, and the project sat in a box for a very long time. Early this year when I visited my family my mom gave me my completed blocks as well as the materials and instructions to finish the final block.

I traced and stitched the December block (in January, ironically) to finish the embroidery for the quilt.

The original quilt is designed to be an art quilt rather than a functional quilt, and it’s quite a small size. I love the idea of making items functional items, rather than just decorative, but I’m not it sure will be possible to make this quilt functional (for me) due to the embroidery and the small size. I need to evaluate my options to determine how this will be finished and with what fabrics.

How would you finish this quilt?

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Dramatic Lyric

I am a musician and a life-long crafter. I love to read and write, and my favourite book is Jane Eyre.

2 thoughts on “12 Months, 20 Years”

  1. I would put color coordinating fabric squares, or maybe even triangles, around each embroidered block like a frame. So maybe fall blocks would be oranges, reds, and yellows. Winter blocks would be blues and whites, spring would be pinks, purples, etc., and Summer could be whatever colors you associate with the season. Maybe find a color that two seasons share to help transition from one season to the next.
    You could make the frames any size you needed to extend the side of your quilt.

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