This quilt was hand-pieced by my paternal grandmother, Maude Tucker.
Oddly enough, she then had it long-arm quilted. The batting is thick, and the backing is (gulp) dacron.
The quilt is between and full and queen size.
Oh! My grandmother loved double-knit! She made me so many double-knit pant suits when I was in high school. I was more the "Espirit de Corps" cotton shirt & jeans sort of girl, so these pant suits went unappreciated. Too bad my daughter Natalie wasn't around to receive these gifts. Natalie spent quite a bit of her high school era collecting and wearing double-knit from vintage and thrift shops. She looked a LOT better in it than I did. The jewel in the crown, clothing-wise, was a floor length swizzle skirt (remember those?) made from alternating panels of orange print and black. Oh my. I would give a lot to have that thing back.
Unbeknownst to the family, my grandmother was piecing this amazing quilt from leftover cloth of her clothing projects. We found it after her death, wadded up in a storage closet. The quilt was unbound and very distorted. I claimed it, took it home, and tried to figure out how to wrestle it into submission.
My original idea to bind it with more double-knit was quickly cast aside when I tried to figure out how to control it. I'm not experienced with taming knits. Let's just say it wasn't a pretty sight. I settled for creating the binding from a piece of hand-dyed cotton broadcloth.
I can find a number of blocks that contain leftover pieces of my old pantsuits. I absolutely treasure this old quilt. I like to think that my grandmother would be pleased that I own it.