Ok, so I mentioned while at the family reunion I might have ended up with a couple of quilts…..
The first was loving hand quilted by my Grandmother.
I looked at grandma’s quilts last weekend, and it struck me how much she was able to do with so little. Having visited a couple quilt stores myself over the weekend, and fussing over each and every bolt of beauty I encountered, it is really odd to think that Grandma’s works of art were created with her scraps and with worn out clothing. No shop hops to find the right hue, the right shade, the right print. just using what she had. I really love everything about this quilt, but couldn’t help picking a favorite square or two…
Now clearly I am already giddy, but this put me over the moon…this is GREAT- Grandma’s quilt. I am one of the lucky few in my generation to have clear memories of my Great Grandma. I love this quilt for so many reasons. I love the vintage fabric, I love the pale but bright color prints…
What I love most though is that this quilt was USED…. there were a few squares that at my first look over made me do a double take…
The bright squares? They are patches!! Where the quilt was worn or torn it was patched with other quilt squares….
This quilt is entirely done by hand, pieced, quilted and bound…. some of it is a little shaggy, so I am planning on doing some of my own repairs. When I first got it I was unsure about that, it seemed like I would be messing with an heirloom, but now I can see that it is fully in the spirit of the quilt to have a few repairs. I don’t have a room where I can just spread this out and feel safe about it, so it will soon be on a quilt rack on the wall. Until then I get to ponder how I can show all of it that I want to.
And finally, I also got this….
My suspicion is that it was a bit of “stashbusting” but I do remember this being thrown over the back of Great Grandma’s chair….This I actually feel safe using… it is most likely standard old red heart 🙂 but I know it would wash ok and it is a great lap blanket size.
After taking pictures tonight, and thinking on how lucky I am to have handmade things from so many of the women that I love (I have baby quilts, blankets and clothes from my mother as well, and DH has an afghan his mother crocheted). I wonder if I didn’t have such examples around me if I would think of crafting the way I do…I wonder if I would craft…. and I am extra thankful to have such a history of talented women.