At last this quilt is on my dining room wall. I bought the top at our downtown antique mall about 10 years ago - it was a Christmas present to myself. Earlier this year I dug it out, repaired the seams that had unraveled, and asked Eula Lang to machine quilt it. She gamely accepted and did a wonderful job. She did make the necessary comments:
1. The edges are not straight but I'm assuming you know that.
2. Not everything could quilt out.
How I love being able to look at it on the wall. What kind of fabric diary was this? Just when I think I see some pattern or order, it goes away. There are nine-patches! There are 12 patches and everything in between.... Some fabrics reappear all over but there is one section that was definitely added at a different time with very different fabrics - the lower right corner. Most of the squares are 1 1/2" square but they get larger in that corner. And notice that lone long strip in the upper right corner.
My dad likes to count things. As I was binding this the other night, he whipped out a yardstick and counted blocks in one corner. He estimates there are more than 1,600 squares in this quilt. I'm not going to count and confirm that right now but I can tell you it measures about 70" x 78".