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I *think* this may be one of the blocks that is sometimes called "Hearts and Gizzards." So, yeah, they do kinda look like hearts with flat sides.
JulietDeltaOscar (fixin2quilt) said:
and the binding was done by wrapping the backing to the top side, and hand-stitching in place.
One of my quilt guild members, an older lady (unlike myself-LOL) said that is the way many were bound back in the day.
Perhaps she was ill (or had surgery) and this was made as a "get well" gift to help her recover from the illness. Or to feel better after a loss of a child or something like that.
We will never know but there certainly was a lot of love involved in making that wonderful signed quilt.
Yeah, I know some people still do it that way, but I think it was more common in earlier days.
This is the quilt block that was made by my great-aunt Sarah Jane Shelton. This is Sarah (green dress) with my grandmother, Katie Leoma Shelton Mathews ("Oma," in the pink dress), taken in Carter, Oklahoma on Mother's Day 1974.
Amazing facts about Sarah. She was born in 1888 and died in 1989 at 101, and at the time of her death, she had been in a nursing home for more than 25 years. She was about 85 in this photo in 1974, when we were there for Mother's Day and took her out for a little while to visit my grandmother and some other relatives. Sarah and Oma were full sisters, but they had several other half-siblings with a different mother. They also had another sister - either a half-sister or step-sister, Pearl, on their mother's side of the family. Information is sparse, and I haven't figured out the exact relationships yet. Sarah never married, and Pearl outlived or divorced a couple of husbands, and then moved in with Sarah and lived there until she died - I believe in the mid-1960s. When I was a kid, we would go visit them and they seemed like 100 years old even back THEN. Pearl was older, and a little scary to me, but she was just very quiet because she was very old, had almost no teeth, and would just sit and rock and dab at the corners of her mouth with her hanky. I was fascinated by her pierced ears and with her habit of dipping snuff. I never saw so many empty snuff jars as there were under their kitchen sink. No idea what they were saving them for. LOL
This is my 4-generation photo, taken in 1975, with me, my Mom (Mary Lee Mathews Osborne), Oma Mathews, and Matthew Osborne (age about 6-8 months, I reckon).
And one more - Oma "Ma" Mathews, at her house in Carter, Oklahoma, circa 1971. I guess she kept the quilt in the closet; I never saw it in her house back then.
A copy of that photo of Sarah Shelton certainly needs to stay with the quilt with her signature on it.
Wouldn't it be a fine bit of detective work if you could locate facts about other signers of the quilt ... maybe data from local cemeteries or some such easily researched stuff? (No, I'm not suggesting you go tromping around gravestones, you can find some data just using the person's name, the county name and your good friend Google.)
Yeah, I wish I had more time to do such research. I have found a few of the people on findagrave.com - at least have found where they are buried. But that doesn't tell too much about them. I would love to find some of their descendants and see if they are interested in having a photo of something they made back in 1938, but I doubt if it would be worth the effort it would take to find them, as there is likely little interest at this point. I should find out if some sites like ancestry.com provide a place where people can upload information and photos, for whoever is out there doing family history research and might like something a little different for the family scrapbook. I don't really know if ancestry.com is the best repository for such things, or even if it is the best site to do research, but I certainly see a LOT of their ads on TV these days.
What is really interesting to speculate about is that there are surely many other quilts like this one in closets and attics out there - if they still exist at all - and wouldn't it be interesting to go back in time and meet the people who made them. I wonder how many more there are out there.