One of my sisters has been going through her photographs and found this one of me. I believe it is about 30 years old. Maybe 1985 or 1986. We were on a family vacation at Lake Tahoe, and I had brought along this project to hand quilt. I had pieced the quilt for my grandmother (Grandma Agnes), and planned to give it to her for her birthday in January. I am pretty sure it was November when the picture was taken, because my mother loved to plan Thanksgiving at Lake Tahoe for fifty people. Well, maybe not that many, but for a big crowd.
Grandma loved that quilt for a long time and had it on the bed in her guest room. The colors seem so 80's to me. I bought the best fabric I could find at the time, at a local quilt shop, the first quilt shop I had ever discovered. Over time, the fabrics have faded a bit, not much. When Grandma died, my aunt Gerry made sure I got the quilt back, so it is in my possession.
This wasn't the first quilt I had ever finished, but was certainly one of my first five completed quilts. My points aren't too bad. The edges are kind of wobbly and my binding is so wide! I can see that I have made some progress in my skills over the decades, and that there was a good reason hand quilting never became "my thing". I loved making the quilt and my grandma loved it truly, so I consider it an effort well spent.