She had recently relocated within the same town…so still about 10 miles away from me or a bit more, but our schedules are so opposite that I just never get over there often enough to see her.
She is also extremely busy with raising 4 kids and her real estate business – I thought *I* was crazy busy…through 4 kids into the mix, and THAT’s how busy Jen is!
She had set aside a couple of goodies for me to see , because she knows me that well --- these are quilts that came through her mom’s mother’s side of the family, though the family histories have been lost over time and no one is left who knows the full details on who made the quilts ---
The only clues we have are in the fabrics, but let’s take a look!
Giant split diamond stars in yummy pastels!
Fabrics look like they date to the 1930’s and 40s..but look at that quilting texture!
Who ever made this quilt was a highly skilled needlewoman. The quilting stitches are precise, striaght and true. I loved the feel of this well worn quilt – it’s been washed and used and washed and used and washed and used….my favorite part?
Hexies appliqued over the inner border at random unmeasured intervals!
All 4 corners end up different with the hexie placement….just SO fun! I’m thinking….baste a bunch of hexies English Paper Piecing style…and applique them right on there!
And of course, a scalloped border with delightful cable quilting finishes off the edge.
The next quilt was no disappointment either!
Who can resist a 1930s era Ocean Waves in these yummy sherbet colors??
Hanging diamonds quilted through both borders….
Peach triangles join where the pieced areas come together to make pinwheels that dance amid the scraps!
No, the piecing isn’t perfect…but this is a FABULOUS quilt with so much life to it! I want to know what article of clothing that giant splashy red polka dot came from! It’s a real scrap bagger, and is finely quilted as well.
Was this a kit quilt? Anyone know?
This reminds me of the kind of kit quilts that I inherited from my Grandmother – made somewhere between 1930 something and 1940 something. I looked for the tell tale blue dots, but didn’t find any. This quilt has been used and loved and washed a lot, but those morning glories are so beautifully embroidered down in a very tight satin stitch blanket stitch..they look as good now as the day they were appliqued:
Beautiful embroidery stems, leaves & tendrils as well as the detail in the center of the flowers.
Super Sweet! Can’t you picture this on a vintage bed??
The next one is the one that was used the most…has the most memories made..and it’s showing its wear and tear through lots of loving:
Jen, telling me the story of the butterfly quilt!
These butterflies are not as finely appliqued…but the fabric is 1950s & 1960s…so was this a case of the needle woman losing her needle skills to her later years of bad eye sight and shaky hands?
These butterflies are made maybe 20 years later than the large stars, or the ocean wave, or the appliqued morning glory. The fabrics in it are so tell tale 50s and early 60s that they make me smile. Look at these sweet butterflies:
Gingham always makes me happy!
I think I remember kitchen curtains in that fabric! LOL!
Aprons and skirts and dresses ---is that where this scrap came from?
Funny to think that the similar “Modern” fabrics of today are just a re-do or up-do of fabrics that were thought to be so “Modern” 60 years ago :cD
This really IS a case of wishing the quilts could TALK to us. I’m so glad I got a chance to see these up close and personal and hold them in my hands and examine each stitch, each fabric, each quirk and wonder!
And with that..I’m out the door to the airport! Greensboro to Atlanta to New York to……IRELAND!
I’ll be in touch as often as I can by Wifi. I didn’t have time to write 2 weeks worth of posts ahead of time…so if this blog goes vacant for a while, just know we will catch up LATER!