OH! I totally forgot to tell you - I asked her how long it took to make the quilts. The one in the second picture on the right took altogether "just" six months.
She DID do the quilting on the winner by hand. She's had it for 64 years, but really got to working on it regularly (not daily) to finish it three/four years ago, she's not sure. She'd started the needle work when she first received the gift and it was about 1/4 completed when she started the project again all those years later. The "last bit," the quilting part of it alone (she did do by hand!!!!!) took a year.