Family Heirlooms

As part of  Cheryl Sleboda‘s  “My Family Quilt Blog Hop” I am sharing some of my family quilts today.

This is a list of all the  people involved with this family oriented “HOP”. 

The “My Family Quilt” Blog Hop!
Oct 1. – Sylvia Lewis http://bunchberrystudio.blogspot.com/
Oct 2. -Judi Hurwitt http://approachable-art.blogspot.com/
Oct 3. -Deborah Massie Boschert http://deborahsjournal.blogspot.com/
Oct 4. – Sheila Frampton-Cooper http://zoombaby.com/blog/
Oct 5. – Pokey Bolton http://pokeysponderings.com/
Oct 6. – Frieda Anderson http://www.friestyle.com/
Oct 7. – Lisa Chin http://somethingcleveraboutnothing.blogspot.com
Oct 8. – Cheryl Sleboda http://muppin.com/wordpress/index.php/blog/

I am so lucky to have had a grandmother who loved to sew, actually both of my grandmothers made quilts. Didn’t everyone’s?

While  I only did a few sewing projects together with my  maternal grandmother, my MeMaw, I believe her encouragement and support was crucial to my life as an artist.

My mother, father and grandmothers (and husband and kids too) were and are all very supportive of my artistic endeavors and while I am sure no one ever imagined I could or would make a living as a quilt artist, I knew from an early age that I wanted to make quilts. I was probably 17 or 18 when the idea struck me and somehow I never let it go.

While the path was certainly long and winding I did eventually make a career as a quilt artist and am enjoying myself immensely doing it.

I started out making traditional bed quilts and very quickly began experimenting with my own ideas and designs.

But I never would have really gotten off the ground if it hadn’t been for the influence of my family quilts and the support of my family.

Here are the antique family quilts that I own.

This first one is your standard Grandmother‘s Flower Garden. My maternal grandmother and great grandmother made this quilt together and another one just like it that my sister has. I find it very interesting that my maternal great grandmother made her living as a seamstress. I am sure these quilts were made from leftover dress fabrics and paper pieced and hand quilted.

These are the two quilts I own from them.

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I also inherited a quilt from my mother’s second husband, Scott Daily. A truly wonderful man. Someone in his family made this summer quilt. I don’t believe this quilt has any batting in it. Or if it does it is only a very thin flannel.

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Lucky for me I inherited this Double wedding ring quilt top from my husband’s grandmother Ingrid Anderson. Ingrid really loved me and if I had ever had a little girl I was going to name her Ingrid Rose Anderson. The boys tell me it is a good thing I never had a little girl. Oh well. 

I took all these photos outside on the neighbors fence the other day and of course George had to get in on the act. The neighbor has two little Yorkies and when ever they are out in the yard the dogs run up and down on either sides of the fence  barking at each other. It is pretty funny to watch as George makes a wide loop at the end of the fence to head the other way once again, tongue hanging out and determined to sniff at the bottom of the fence at a certain spot on the loop.

George is now 14 years old so the fact that he ran up and down the fence for over an hour is amazing to me. Of course for the  next two days he was gimpy and favored one of his front legs. It’s a _itch getting old. He was very good though he never once stepped on the quilts he always went around them.

Over the years I have bought several antique quilts. So these are now part of my family heirloom quilts collection. Oh those poor boys when I die.

Early in our marriage we began attending antique auctions. We were soon hooked and still go to many auctions and flea markets every year. This quilt came from one of those auctions. I had to have it, it’s green and that is my favorite color.

I believe it is made in the 30’s from a published pattern because I have seen other examples of this quilt at flea markets. 

This one is in really good shape and beautifully made. I can’t image anyone wanting to get rid of it, but I am so happy they did and that now I own it.

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 To continue my antique collection I bought this PINE TREE quilt several years ago in Paducah from Cindy’s Quilts. If you know anything at all about me you know I love tree imagery and tree quilts. This Pine Tree pattern is a bit unusual for the bottom trunk design. I think it is marvelous.

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It is in really good shape, except for the binding which is beginning to fray away. I don’t know what I should do about that. I will have to talk to my friends the appraisers in Houston.

 

 

 

 

This last antique quilt is from my Unitarian Universalist church. It is in really bad shape. The red fabric is all fraying and the binding is  bad. BUT all the signatures are in great shape. It looks as if they are embroidered over a cord. I have all the documentation on this quilt and keep it in an heirloom box with tissue.

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As the day progressed of taking pictures of these old quilts, what I noticed on all of them was that they needed a good cleaning.

So when I finished taking the pictures I got on line and order up a 5 lb container of Restoration.  I have used this product before on antique linens and find it is a very gentle and effective way to clean fragile items.  I will give all these quilts, except the church one, a good soak and then lay them out on the lawn to dry, back sides up on an old sheet, before the weather gets too cold. Then I am going to put a few of them on my guest beds. Now that all my boys have moved out of the house I can actually display my antique quilts on beds without the fear of ruination!!!!

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7 responses on “Family Heirlooms

  1. judy

    Great history and quilts. I love your blog and all the wonderful colors. I was in your class in Madison and purchased 5 patterns. I hope this winter to start using some of them. Thanks for sharing and I hope you get at least one daughter-in-law that appreciates the treasures you have. I loved your class and would take another one from you. Maybe next year!!

  2. Diane Fulton

    What a great post and great collection of quilts. I especially like the 30s lily pad quilt. Glad to hear George is doing so well. I didn’t realize he was that old.

  3. Bonnie

    What a lucky woman you are to have such wonderful old quilts…and to have known your grandparents. My Mum and Dad came to New Zealand after the war…she was brought up in Dr Barnados homes in England, and Dad was from Wales…I was the first kiwi in the family! I never met my grandparents and because dad died when I was a child…never learned about his family either. There must be someone in our past that loved textiles though…where else could it have come from to be so strong in me? I did meet one of dad’s brothers in 1997 and have met a cousin and his family as well…so I consider myself lucky to have a small connection.
    George is delightful…I would never have imagined he was that old either!

  4. Frieda

    I am very lucky to have known all my grandparents. And to have some of their handy work. I still remember an old crazy patchwork quilt my paternal grandmother made from wool that was SOO heavy to sleep under. I wish I had that one too.

  5. Deborah OHare

    You are so fortunate to have inherited quilts from family members. Sadly I am the only one in my family to ever pick up a needle. I gifted my mother a needlepoint kit once and my Dad finished it!!
    Beautiful quilts. I love the Grandmothers Flower Garden.

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