Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Low Volume Quilt and High Volume (Katrina) Quilt

A few months ago, I was pondering what to do with my "fullest" scrap bin, my white / beige / off-white bin.  Soon after, I started seeing the parade of "low volume" quilts in blog land.  They're quilts made entirely of white and beige fabrics or fabrics that have this as a background color.  Google (or search Flickr or Pinterest) for "low volume quilts", and you'll see what I mean.

Last week, after my mom left, and my house got back in order, I started pulling them all out, and have started some initial sewing.  We'll both have to wait and see what I come up with, because even I'm not entirely sure.

As some of you know, my mom, dad, brother and sister-in-law all were living in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit, 7 years ago.  They have since relocated to Dallas, which makes me so relieved today, as I've been glued to the TV watching Hurricane Isaac roar through.  I still have friends in New Orleans though, so my heart is there 100% right now.

With my mom having recently visited, I thought I'd dig out one of my most cherished possessions.  It is a quilt that my mom made many years ago (1970's) that actually survived Katrina.  They had 3-4 feet of water in their house, so they lost most of their possessions, including almost all of our family pictures, but many items stored up high, such as this quilt, survived.

It's a very big, heavy quilt, as the blue fabric is a denim or twill, but I just love it!  It screams 70's, and check this out...
Yep, my mom was fussy cutting before fussy cutting was a verb LOL!  Here's a few other awesome blocks and fabrics:
I just got to add that this quilt has been used for moving furniture, and my mom was totally surprised that I even wanted it.  I still have my eye on a Star Trek Quilt that she made for my brother that I made her swear she'd never get rid of.  He should have it, but if it's still in her closet next time I visit I may have to sneak it home with me ;-).

A quilt this good just has to be shared, so I'm linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced WIP Wed.  Come join us!


  1. how very special to have this quilt and I love how ahead of the trend curve you mom was with fussy cutting.

  2. Such a cool quilt, especially the fussy cutting! Your mom was doing it before it was cool. What a relief that this quilt survived Katrina!

  3. What a fabulous quilt! Thanks so much for sharing the story (and the quilt) with us!!

  4. Wow - what a stressor it must be for you to know that friends and family are in the line of Hurricane's. So glad your family did relocate to Dallas after Katrina but what an ordeal for them...losing most of their possessions/pictures. So sad.

    This quilt is wonderful! I agree with the other's about the fussy cutting - she must have been a "modern" quilter back in the 70's. Thank you for sharing it with us.