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

Started Mar-23 by judyinohio; 2782 views.
judyinohio

From: judyinohio

Mar-23

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?

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

Mar-24

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

Mar-24

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

Mar-24

Excellent idea for documenting her lovely quit block. 

Your framed block is a very cool heirloom.

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judyinohio

From: judyinohio

Mar-24

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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judyinohio

From: judyinohio

Mar-24

This is the last quilt that my grandmother worked on and she was determined to finish it but she was only about half way through when she died of liver cancer. My mother brought the parts home from Indiana and sobbed over it while she worked on it. I was sixteen and reasonably good with embroidery skills but (as you might guess) my offers to help were rejected. My mother took a long, long time to finish this quilt in 1957 and never used it on a bed.

All of the quilts in this house inspired DH to make quilt ladders one year for all of the women who worked in our office. These ladders have mortise and tenon construction with pegs in the tenons and so "collapse" easily for gift wrapping and transport.  The women certainly were puzzled by the packages under our tree that year and then they were absolutely thrilled when they saw what the gifts were, particularly since I had made each one of them a "Mile a Minute" quilt.  That was an exciting year for them ... they got TWO gifts!!!   LOL

thank you for sharing your quilts with us Judy.  What a wonderful but sad memory of your mother working on the yellow flower quilt.  Is it possible that the colors faded on the 1st one?  I do like that sashing, simple but interesting, looks like a twisting ribbon - or even a duck relaxed.  

judyinohio

From: judyinohio

Mar-24

The quilt looks totally unused, like she finished it, didn't like it and put it away. That quilt is dated 1953 so I don't know what source a small town Indiana housewife would have had for buying quilt kits ... ladies magazines, Montgomery Wards or Sears Roebuck catalog?  Anybody here big on that part of quilting history?

Those staggered half hexies do look like ducks, don't they? wink  The colors in the pieced blocks are just awful, though.

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