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Out of Mom's Workbasket


After my Mom passed in 1998, I found several beautiful crocheted items she had been working on.  Among them were five 10 x 10 inch crocheted squares.  For years I tried to figure out how to use these in a way to honor her memory.  I was not a quilter at that time, but I did do a lot of sewing.  So in late 2018 I decided I could use them on a quilt.  It took me about six months to design the quilt after I figured out I could make them form a star by placing them together in a certain way.  This quilt took me another year to make after I got the design.  I made it with polyester crepe back satin (white) and polyester dupioni (2 blues).  I added machine embroidery in the borders, and the center star is also machine embroidered.  I painted the flowers and birds around the white part after I quilted them.  Then I finished it off with a row of pearls along the binding, hot fix pearls throughout the quilt, and sewed on five pearls in the centers of the crocheted squares that came from one of her broken necklaces. Her name was Zephana Compton Bivens and she was a master craftsman in woodworking, handwork, and sewing. This picture shows a bend in the right that is not really there.  I will replace the picture when I can.

Date Added: July 12, 2020


Name of Pattern or Block N/A
Owned By Betty Jo Tatum
Name of Maker Betty Jo Tatum
Name of Quilter Betty Jo Tatum
Year Made 2020
Year Made is: Certain
Located in City Ashburn
Located in State VA
Located in Country US
Condition of Quilt Mint
Design Source Totally Original Design
Design Source - Description All out of my head, although I did use commercial machine embroidery designs in border and central small star.
Genre Other
Genre - Other Desc. I haven't figured it out...part art, part traditional I guess.
Quilt Type Wall Quilt
Quilt Width 57
Quilt Height 57
Measurement In: Inches
Fabric Used 100% Commercial Cotton, Polyester
Construction Technique other
Construction Technique - Other Desc. Piecing, applique, painting
Piecing By Machine
Applique by Machine
Types of Quilting Machine Quilted
Embellishments Beads, Machine Embroidery, Other
Embellishments - Other Desc. crystals


#2 faith smith 2020-09-04 06:02
absolutely awesome - I know she is smiling down on you - such a wonderful memory to your mom
absolutely love it!!!!
#1 Susan Monsegur 2020-08-18 20:17
Absolutely stunning and a wonderful tribute to your mom.
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