Blame it on The Mama!
It took the quilting revival leading up to the Bicentennial for The Mama to jump into quilting. Unfortunately she passed away late in 1979 so her quilting career was short lived. In the intervening years she finished four quilts -- one was a cross-stitched whole-cloth top which she paid to have hand quilted, and the other three were quilt-as-you-go.
She was a Georgia Bonesteel, lap quilting/quilt-as-you go kinda gal. That technique appealed to her because she could work on small sections as she and Daddy Bill traveled around the world. And when it was done, it was done.
So it's no surprise that the only UFO she left behind was a pieced quilt.
|Bicentennial Sampler - Quilter's Newsletter 1975-76|
She pieced some by hand ...
... and some by machine.
I suspect the machine blocks are later when she was probably pushing to "getterdone" because the quality of workmanship is not up to her standards.
I decided to learn to quilt so I could finish it. But I had two boys to raise and a job to put them (and myself) through college and life just got in the way. It was 20 years before I finally got serious about this dream.
Then I discovered it was not nearly as close to finish as I had thought! Whereas the pattern was to be a periodic feature in Quilter's Newsletter Magazine, she only had the issues with the intro and the first two patterns!
|Trees as seen through the fabric|
Apologies for the sideways pics - I'm out of town with only the tablet and haven't figured out how to edit photos on it yet.