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I am doing the Instagram Quilt Fest this year. All month we get a prompt each day for a post. Todays prompt was about quilt classes. I had something in mind that was in my giant UFO bin. Since DBIL was not at the shop today I decided to pull everything out of the box and laid it all out. I am happy to say there really were not many block swap blocks left. Lots of things just need borders and such. Well I found my second ever block I ever made and used it for my Instagram post. It is still half quilted. I realized this is my oldest UFO. I have decided to finish this next out of the block and make the pillow I had planned way back in 1984. The project is entirely hand done. My teacher had us make our own templates, cut it out with scissors, draw the stitching lines, hand piece, needle turn applique and hand quilt. What a great piece to learn all the techniques. I still like the color choices too.
While going thru the bin I pulled out a few other projects to complete into finished tops as well. I also came up with some plans to combine some of the things rather than make more blocks why not use several blocks in one quilt that have the same colorway.
Not much activity on the forum lately. So I thought I’d post here today. I just sorted some of boxes at church and took out 4 or 5 boxes of stuff to give to a charity begging for fabric to use. Lol.....
I laughed and said I had overflow! I came home and packed up 2 more boxes. One load going out tomorrow! I know there is more to sort thru and share at church, but I did the easy access boxes today.
I hope they make good use of these boxes!
DD took a "personal day" at work today and came home for her dad's 80th birthday. After a good meal, birthday cake, etc. she helped me load quilt parts on HQ 18 Lily Aurora so perhaps I'll get that last quilt top quilted later this week.
Side note; while cleaning out a cabinet in our library a few months ago I came across a photo album of my mother's and I've been organizing this album, typing up notes on the old photos. (Nothing fancy like Pirate probably has been doing, just adding captions, so to speak.)
Anyhow, one picture was a four generation photo taken in 1914 featuring my dad's sister as an infant, her mother Faye, her grandmother Lillian (nicknamed Lily) and Lillian's mother Aurora. DD was flipping through the pages of this work in progress and she stopped at this old photo . "Mom, here are your sewing machine names!!"
Yep, my classic vintage Singer 201-2 is Cecil Faye (for both of my grandmothers; Cecil's photos are also in the album of old pictures.) We were kind of giggling over how those ancestors would be flabbergasted at our modern versions of quiltmaking.
I applaud your family documentation efforts! If all you do is identify the people in the photos and date them (to the best of your ability .. even guesstimates would be valuable), then you have done *fantastic*. Everything else is frosting on the cake.
It's the identification and journaling that give the photos context. If you know the backstory of the the photo ... or what you *heard* (that could be a family story or could accurate) ... then all of that information is (well, should be!) treasured by future generations. If you've done some of your own detective work regarding the photo ..... "Person X died in year Y but the youngster in this photo wasn't born until Year X-5, so the timeframe from this photo has to be from Year X-5 to X" .. even that is valuable because you've done the thinking for the people looking at the photos and given them context.
<soapbox: off> :-)
And what a *treasure* to find that 4 generation photo! Wow. :-)
Well, if the photo is a treasure, then I must share it with you. If nothing else, you can admire the fashions of well-off Indiana farm ladies in 1914. My mother always claimed that my dad's family was (1) vain and (2) reckless with their money because they had so many pictures taken. That is Lily (grandmother) on the left, Aurora (great-grandmother) on the right and Faye holding the baby, my dad's sister. The baby grew up to be a bossy redheaded executive at Lincoln Life Insurance Co. in Fort Wayne.
I know of one of Faye's quilts that was handed down in her family but I never had a chance to inherit it; it went to her daughter and then to her daughter's daughter. It's a lovely dark blue and white Broken Dishes quilt. All of her other quilts that I slept under in the farm house were utility quilts (tied with yarn) that were worn out, I'm sure.
Definitely a treasure. And some great expressions there too, more than many. We have a 4 generations of women with my adopted mom as an infant and they all look very stern.
Judy, I am so pleased that you shared that photo. Indeed, it is very, very special.
Aurora hardly looks old enough to be Lily's mother! Whatever the family's financial situation was, it is so fortunate that it has been passed down through the generations.
I am lucky to have a picture of my mom, myself and my oldest daughter, when she was an infant. My mom's mother died when my mom was 2 years old; my dad's mother died when I was a pre-teen, so there was never any chance of getting a 4 generation picture.
How nice that your DD came for the day to celebrate and help you out. Tell your hubby Happy Birthday for me. Every year my DD takes her birthday and mine off and we spend the day together. A couple of years, we went to this pottery place and painted some pottery pieces, or other special things.
Now that your quilt is all loaded, will your shoulder complain about quilting it? We will be looking forward to seeing it.
Love the photo! Isn't it fun to look at those old pictures--especially when they are labeled? Fine looking women. I've been going through old photos trying to label what I can, but sadly there is no older family members left to ask.
this is one of my grandmother ( on the left) and her siblings some time around 1900. It is when they were still living in Czechoslovakia so this must have been their native dress.
How very special! That photo was taken back in the day when the subjects literally had to "freeze" (hold still and not blink) for a number of seconds for the long exposure needed to get a good image so that is why everyone looks so serious. I love studying the clothing in the old pictures because you know they were wearing their very best for the occasion.
Your grandmother looks a bit sad. Do you suppose this photo was taken just before she left the old country to come to America? Do you know if the entire group came together?