Earlier this month I shared part of my crafty legacy by showing you the beaded sequined ornaments that my Great-Grandmother Ethel left behind. Today, I’ll share a quilt she made, and how I’m hoping to preserve it using the Flip- Pal Mobile Scanner (feel free to read my review of that, too.)
So, once upon a time, probably in the late 40’s or early 50’s, my Great-Grandma Ethel made a quilt. Actually, several, but this one was special- it was the one she made for her own bed. This style of quilt is usually called “redwork” because, traditionally, the quilter would embroider a design in red (or less often, blue) on a white background. Then it would have been joined by red sashing and quilted.
Well, GG Ethel did NOT make a redwork. Instead, hers was Bubblegum Pink! And you’ll see below, it’s so faded that everything is almost white. There is just a touch of color left in the embroidery to give me the clue that she was a Quilt Rebel:
Also, in the corner squares, the stitching has pulled out or degraded to the point where you can barely see it. But here are a few of the lovely baskets that remain:
This poor quilt is beyond repair, I fear. But I have this idea now to make a copy of GG Ethel’s quilt, using the same embroidery patterns from hers. I’ve been stumped as to how to copy the patterns… it seemed too difficult to lug this thing to the copy shop and try to copy the quilt itself.
Enter the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner.
Scanning is the answer! First, I can scan the actual quilt and use the “Stitch” mode to create a single image. (That will be great for the scrapbook, too, because as you can see from he above photos that the pictures don’t turn out well.)
I actually needed to scan each block 5 times to get it all….and then I used the magic Flip-PalÂ to scan one of the blocks:
Ok, I missed the part in the middle, but it’s just white space anyway. But the idea is that I’ll be able to print it out, enlarge, and use it as a template to make my own version of Great Grandma Ethel’s quilt. And THAT’S preserving a legacy!
Stay tuned to see my progress through the year, as I scan and re-create the quilt. But in the meantime, what would YOU do with a Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner? ‘Cause I have one to give away!
Contest Rules: Open to US residents only. Winner will be chosen Dec. 31, 2010 around 12 EST via Random.org. You have THREE chances to win:
- Leave a comment sharing what you might do with a Flip-Pal if you win it.
- Leave an additional comment if you are a fan of CraftTestDummies on Facebook.
- Leave an additional comment if you are a fan of Mobile Scanning on Facebook.
Winner will be notified via e-mail and has 5 days to respond- otherwise a new name will be drawn.
This contest is closed- but read who won it here!
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