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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; 3031 views.
Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

3/23/21

bornblesse2 said:

My dad made the farms with boards from our torn down barn.

Ellen, have you **written** down that story and put it on the back of that framed block?  YOU remember the story but will your kids remember in 50 years?  The fact that your great grandmother (their great great grandmother) made the block and your Dad (their grandfather) made the frame from the barn that was your family's is truly priceless information!  Don't let it get lost!

Might you have a picture of Great Granma Jenny?  and a picture of the barn before it was torn down?  Include them in that journaling on the back of the framed piece!

bornblesse2

From: bornblesse2

3/23/21

Judy, I did some looking in my Barbara Blackman book.  I could find you first quilt, but I did find a straight edge fan block with 3 wedges in each quarter.  The block is called Baby Aster.  
your quilt is a variation of it! 

bornblesse2

From: bornblesse2

3/23/21

Shelley, Jenny was in the first photo that I showed.  It’s the only one of her that I have.  I done remember if the history is on the back or not....it hasn’t been off the wall in a long time!

it is hand stitched though.  

judyinohio

From: judyinohio

3/23/21

I'm confused by your posting, Ellen. 

What block is called Baby Aster?  Is that the name for my baby quilt in pale yellows and blues?

Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3)

From: Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3)

3/23/21

There are 9 flowers and tan background fabric, but it is very thin, I would not use it. I will likely make a wall hanging eventually.

latterberry

From: latterberry

3/24/21

Wow! what an amazing quilt ! I  have no clue what the pattern would be, but it wouldn't be too bad to replicate.  A quarter of a grandmother's fan set in the corners. It is quite stunning and thank you for sharing it.  I don't know of anyone in my family quilting until my mom and my aunt.  

latterberry

From: latterberry

3/24/21

Judy, your vintage quilts are awesome!  What treasures.  I really don't think my maternal grandmother quilted but she must have sewn clothing because I have the base to her treadle.  My mom remembers pitching the actual sewing machine, but at least I have the base which I put one of my Singer 15s in.  My grandma was about 70 when I was born so all I remember of her was an old lady that complained a lot.  

latterberry

From: latterberry

3/24/21

Excellent idea for documenting her lovely quit block. 

Your framed block is a very cool heirloom.

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judyinohio

From: judyinohio

3/24/21

Here I am again with the last two of my "stash" from my maternal grandmother. This one and the applique one that follows, are, to my eyes, kit quilts that she enjoyed making in her "old age". (Not "old" by our modern standards but she was in her sixties when she made these and that was "old" in those days.)

The fabrics in this quilt are harsh to my eyes and are not pleasant in terms of contrast. That's why I think this quilt was made from a kit she might have ordered from a ladies' magazine.

My mother told me that her mother was amazing with her skill at dressmaking. She could look at a picture of a lady's dress in a magazine and could take a piece of gabardine yardage, cut out the pieces for the dress and stitch it up into a dress for my mother. So this "eye" for working with clothing meant she might have had an "eye" for color as well and that's why I think this quilt was made from a purchased kit where she didn't have much choice.

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