I was instantly drawn to the chaos of colors and loose organization. I unified the quilt by using green perle cotton for handquilting on the front, mint-green backing, and green striped binding. The name of the quilt refers to Aunt Nancy, the Mennonite girl as she was then, and the mint-green color of many plain Mennonite church cement-block basements back then (I haven't been in one for a while - maybe it's changed).
This is the second quilt I've made where I used three methods of quilting, and I'm really pleased with the texture and interesting creative process. I don't get bored with it, even on a queen-sized quilt like this (the other quilt was for my mother, and the first time I used the felted ties was on this comforter).
|I couldn't wait for the perfect cloudy day to photograph the quilt, so that's why it shows the sunlight and shadows.|
This spring, I knew that it needed to go to my cousin April, Aunt Nancy's youngest daughter. So I told April I had a late birthday present for her, finished the quilt as I said her name to God over the stitches, and then we visited her in Philadelphia. She was surprised and delighted and in literal need of a blanket. Furthermore, she loves folky unique style like this for which I am grateful, because I have a fierce love for things that are not traditionally pretty or trendy. I wanted her to have the quilt because of her mother, but I wanted it to be loved for itself, too.
I am satisfied. Happy. And ready to begin another quilt!