Several years ago a friend of the family gave me a box of quilt tops his mother had made decades ago during the 1950s and 60s. Jerry had saved them all those years, not knowing what to do with them, just feeling they were too special to get rid of. I used one of them to make a "retro flower power" design quilt for charity. When he announced excitedly that he would be a grandfather this summer, I decided to use one of the old tops to make a special quilt for the new baby.
I cut 4 big 17" pieced blocks from one of the tops, then joined them together with a deep blue sashing to frame them. The small center cornerstone block is embroidered with a little note that says "Love Great-Grandmother Wallace" as a reminder of who made the blocks initially. A label on the back includes, the date I made the quilt, my name, who it was pieced by -- Great-Grandmother Wallace, and the approximate time the blocks were originally pieced -- mid 1900s.
It was an honor, both as a quilter and a friend, to take those precious blocks and turn them into a special quilt for Jerry's grandson.