Saturday was our Scrappy Mountain Majesties workshop with the Green Country Quilters of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
During our show and share a couple of very special family quilts were brought in, to all of our delight!
These quilts may have never won public awards,
But they won first prize in the eyes of those who were given these quilts in love.
Who slept and dreamed and felt comforted beneath the pieces and stitches these quilts contain.
These quilts are a family life line, a visible reminder of favorite people who are no longer with us.
These quilts are a legacy!
1960s Grand Mother’s Flower Garden.
This quilt was made by a great grandmother, using scraps from her great granddaughter’s clothing (Shown left). I love how vibrant and colorful this is!
Each roset contains an orange or yellow center, a solid color round, and is finished off by a scrappy second round before being framed in white. These rosettes are then joined in a lovely lavender path.
The story goes that this quilt was made to match a very special newly painted purple bedroom! I don’t remember how old the owner was at the time…maybe 7? Could be 9? But the fun part of the story is…none of the other cousins received quilts from this great-grandmother. Whether she got too old to do more, or whether she really just favored THIS granddaughter, so made a quilt for HER daughter –we can only speculate. But it is a wonderful example of a great-grandmother’s love in hand piecing and hand quilting this quilt for a newly painted purple bedroom in 1960 something.
Check out the border!
The top and bottom borders are like this, while the side edges are finished with half rosettes and the edge straightened.
I guess great-grandma ran out of that one purple because the purple changes….just here on the bottom edge. One lavendar was color-fast – the other one, changed shades over time.
I LOVE THIS! I think it makes the quilt more human, more real, with loads more character!
1904 red work by a pair of great aunts!
I about flipped when this was brought to class! Another well loved family quilt that has been slept under for generations and has gone through the washer and dryer on occasion – an example of a quilt that was meant to be used and loved and enjoyed!
Some favorite scenes:
Girl with dolly.
Boy blowing bubbles
Eagle and shield
Dated flag with great-aunt’s initials!
Toad and toad stool!
Pig & trough!
And my favorite of all:
Sunbonnet Sue on an ostrich! So cute!
I really loved seeing both of these quilts. I love the stories behind them. The family connection full of memories of growing up wrapped in the quilts that were made with love.
What quilts will be remembered by future generations long after we are gone? What memories will our quilts hold for them?
I am a firm believer that quilts will continue to share our love with those we gift them to, even when we aren’t around.
It sounds funny to say ---but somehow the love stays behind even after we ourselves have moved on.
SO! I am home! I woke to the sound of chirping birds this morning – Wonderful!
I hope you are planning on joining me for Quilt-Cam tonight at 9pm EST!
I’ll be ready to sew – will you?