Perfectly Imperfect


Perfectly Imperfect by Sewfrench

Our family’s penchant for making, and appreciating, art comes from many places. There is no doubt these two ladies had an influence in that department.

My grandmothers Floye Bryant Ellis and Mildred Wooley Taylor

These two sweet ladies are some of the strongest women I have ever known.

This pieced quilt top was given to me by maternal Grandma Ellis when we moved from my hometown, in SE Missouri, to Michigan, in 1987. She told me it was a collaborative effort between her and paternal Grandma Taylor in the 60s. It is put together with scraps of their lives, and clothing. Working closely with it, over a month, I have come to truly appreciate the labor of love that went in to it. As I quilted over each piece I had to wonder whose shirt was that? What was going on in their life when they wore it? What was going on in the Grandma’s lives as they pieced it?

It is obvious this quilt top was washed sometime before I received it. I have to wonder if that was the reason it was never finished. Who wants to risk quilting a quilt have might unravel? Just look at those loving stitches!!!

Perfectly Imperfect by Sewfrench

I repaired some of the seams but for the most part they appeared to have a wide enough seam allowance to not be a real concern.

Perfectly Imperfect by Sewfrench

It is completely hand pieced, by them, hand quilted by myself. I left all imperfections as I found them. I did replace six squares that were disintegrated, using fabric I received from Grandma Ellis’s collection.

I am pretty sure the cream, with brown diamonds, was one of my Grandaddy Sam’s church shirts. And that makes me think of all the times he came by to pick up us grandkids to take us to church, three times a week, every week. If the doors were open, he was there. And so were we!!

Perfectly Imperfect by Sewfrench

I patched a hole in the red gingham with red gingham from my Grandma Ellis fabric collection, most likely the exact same fabric. She gave me a whole tub of scraps when she downsized. She used to store it in a large suitcase under her bed!

Love the seaman with his flags!

Heirloom quilt Perfectly Imperfect by Sewfrench

In signing the quilt, I added both grandmother’s initials, and my own, my usual quilt signature. I say, give credit where credit is due.

Sign your quilts Sewfrench

This was a Christmas gift for my older brother. Another of our name drawing, creating a gift, that has happened every year for many years. Not the first time he has received a quilt, but never one with such sentimentality stitched in.

I know my older brother treasures “Perfectly Imperfect” as much as I do.

Perfectly Imperfect quilt by Sewfrench

“Perfectly Imperfect”
a collaboration between two generations
My maternal grandmother Floye Lee Bryant Ellis
and my paternal grandmother
Ruby Mildred Wooley Taylor
Hand pieced by them, hand quilted by myself
Imperfections left because they make this heirloom quilt perfect
Vintage clothing fabrics
66″ by 79″

Linking up with
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Sew, Stitch, Snap, Share
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12 Responses to Perfectly Imperfect

  1. Mari says:

    What a sweet quilt! How great that you have it from both your grandmothers. Love how you finished it. I’m sure your brother will treasure it.


  2. rl2b2017 says:

    Oh, this just made me cry. What a sweet post and the quilt is precious. How lucky to have fallen into your hands to begin with, and I’m so glad your brother will appreciate it. It is just a wonderful quilt. ~smile~


  3. Beautiful work of love, so wonderful that you were able to repair and finish it.


  4. What a truly wonderful story. I love the old quilts because the is always a story whether we know it or not. I think of the comradery of the creators while stitching the quilt…talking about family, friends & the world around them. Lovely post, thanks for sharing!


  5. Loved reading your story and seeing your quilt. Very touching.


  6. Joanne says:

    What a lovely familty treasure.


  7. Julie says:

    Wow, what a fabulous story behind this quilt. I think you have done a beautiful job of mending and finishing it, thus creating a new family heirloom. Thanks for linking this to Sew, Stitch, Snap SHARE.


  8. Linda says:

    A very special quilt!


  9. Jenny Benton says:

    Such a wonderful old quilt, and loved the family story. Many thanks for sharing this with us all.


  10. Marie says:

    Such a treasure, and an absolutely beautiful, heartfelt gift.


  11. It’s a quilt to cherish, for sure! Thanks for linking to Finished or Not Friday!


  12. Anja @ Anja Quilts says:

    What a great finish. Thanks for sharing the story. So glad you were able to save all their hard work. Thanks for linking up with TGIFF.


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