Grandmother’s Flower Garden Doll Quilt – Tied

Several readers suggested that I tie the little Flower Garden quilt, and that idea really appealed to me. I’ve never made a tied doll quilt before, and I thought it would be fun to try.

The top, backing and binding are vintage fabrics — the batting is an old flannel sheet. Although I’m fond of the backing fabric, I wish I could have found a piece with a smaller print. The ties are 3 strands of embroidery floss.

I fondly remember all the utility quilts made by my Grandmother Dellasega (Grandma Dell). They were extremely heavy, so I suspect she may have used worn quilts or blankets as batting, which made them very warm and cozy. The patterns were simple and I don’t remember them as being particularly pretty, but I loved them just the same. One of the things that struck me about her quilts was how closely tied they were. The yarn colors never matched the quilt, so they stood out — I’m sure she used whatever yarn she had on hand. I never saw her make a quilt, but as a child I remember thinking that it would take a person a really long time to tie all those knots.

In homage to her, I tied this little quilt in Grandma Dell style. I think she’d like it.

Grandmother’s Flower Garden Doll Quilt
Martha Dellasega Gray, 2010
hand pieced and tied
16″ x 20″

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