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Do You Have an Heirloom Quilt From a Long-Gone Family Member?   Quilting Swaps - Unsewn

Started 3/23/21 by judyinohio; 3146 views.
In reply toRe: msg 47

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.  

judyinohio

From: judyinohio

3/24/21

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.  

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

3/25/21

Yeah, Find-A-Grave is a fantastic site!

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

3/25/21

JulietDeltaOscar (fixin2quilt) said:

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,

You betcha it is!  It may take a bit of time on your part, but starting with the person you know, you can do a search to see if anyone else has created a family tree with that person in it.  Create a family tree of your own (it certainly does not need to be connected to any other tree .. it can stand by itself) and let Ancestry chew on it for a while.  Eventually, it'll give you some hints (those little green leaves).  Hopefully one of those hints will give you children, which you can then enter into the tree and let Ancestry chew on it some more.

It did *exactly* that 3 times over with some photos from my parents' collection.   My Mom made friends when she was in high school and after graduation when she was working.  She and these ladies remained life long friends.  My Mom hosted an annual Christmas dinner and these ladies (and many times, their husbands) would come over.  I grew up with memories of these people.   We didn't socialize so much with them as everyone grew older but I *still* retain memories of them and some of their children.   

Well, in going through my parents' photos, I came across quite a few photos of these ladies, circa 1940s & 1950s.  While I remember them, they mean absolutely nothing to my kids.  I probably have never even mentioned those friends of my Mom's and those Christmas dinners.  So, I really didn't have any need to retain the photos but I just could NOT bring myself to throw them away without giving a search the old college try.  

That's when I got onto my account in Ancestry and created family trees for the various ladies ... discovered more facts about their kids, which I plugged back into the tree.  Ancestry was very accommodating!  Then doing some general internet searching, I was actually able to find Facebook pages for grandkids, emails and general locations.   I send off cold emails or text messages to the kids and/or grandkids explaining who I was, what I had and that I would **very much** like to snailmail those photos to them.  

I had a very nice email correspondence with one of the children (the gentleman was slightly older than me) and he was just delighted to get the photos of both his parents.  He had never seen it before.  The other two people were grandkids and, again, they were just so happy to get actual photos of Grandma & Grandpa.   *I* was very pleased to be able to send those photos back home.

So, depending on how much time you want to spend, it certainly can be done.  :-)

latterberry

From: latterberry

3/25/21

Judy, I love both quilts and the stories that go with them.  Do you have notes written about them pinned to them so your family will know and remember their history?  Makes me sad that I have no stories like that.  My mom passed away before my lovely long arm lady finished up a quilt my mom had pieced.  The lady sent the sweetest note when she finished the quilt about how knowing that this was my mom's last quilt, she took extra care with it.  Both quilts are stunning treasures but particularly love the lavender border on the first one.

judyinohio

From: judyinohio

3/25/21

Yes, the old quilts have notes attached to them. It's hard to know if my twin granddaughters will ever place any value on old family quilts since I don't really know them. DD has remained single and has no children but since she makes quilts I know she will hang on to the "oldies but goodies" and do her best to encourage her nieces to value them someday.

latterberry

From: latterberry

3/25/21

Same here.  I can't imagine my two granddaughters placing any value on mine and DD is single too and have no one to leave them to.  I try not to think about them being sent to a thrift store some day.

Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3)

From: Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3)

3/25/21

I had my hands on a quilt like that once, from DH's childhood friend.  It had the names of a couple of his grand aunts on it, had been found at a garage sale.  He was just wondering if I wanted it, it was in pretty bad shape - no I didn't but I was surprised one of his sisters didn't.  There were names on it I had heard MIL refer to for years but he said no.  Not sure what happened to it.

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