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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; 2985 views.
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.

judyinohio

From: judyinohio

3/25/21

Speaking of quilts in bad shape ... I have a remnant of one from DH's great-grandmother, just a segment, really.

It's a piece of a quilt in the Improved Nine Patch pattern and when I saw the quilt all I could think was it must have been used in a dog's bed it was so tattered. When I spread it out I was so upset at what had happened to the quilt and all I could think was "Those doggoned hillbillies did not respect their grannie's work at all".

Or maybe they loved their hound more.  LOL

Anyhow, I noticed one section looked decent so I brought the raggedy old quilt home with me, cut out the good part and saved it before I threw away the rest of the mess.  I call this "Rachel Rebecca's Remnant" in her honor.

bornblesse2

From: bornblesse2

3/25/21

Judy, the fan block in the first quilt you posted, was similar to a block called Baby Aster .  Your quilt is different in that the blocks are sashed instead of put together to make a circle.

Cathy (cacnurse1)

From: Cathy (cacnurse1)

3/25/21

judyinohio said:

. my baby quilt

What a wonderful quilt to have!  I'm sure your daughter knows it's history and to treasure it.

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