Thursday, October 7, 2010

Family Treasures

In my last post, you could see a wagon wheel quilt my grandmother made. She passed away when I was 8 (I'm almost 49) and her quilts are my most prized possessions. I always feel really close to her when I am quilting. This is the other quilt that I own that she made. No one is home with me to hold it up so the back of the couch has to do. My grandfather used to go to the cotton mills along the river in Phenix City, AL and get scraps for Grandma. My grandparents had very limited means and these scraps were cheap. If I remember correctly, they came cut in squares already.
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I can't imagine what this fabric looked like as a bigger cut. But when you have to, you make do with what you have and nothing goes to waste.
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This is one of my favorite fabrics. There is just the one square so it must have been the only one she had.
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Simple fabrics, simple placement. Priceless to me!

31 comments:

Sharlotte said...

Love that quilt!

valerie said...

Wonderful quilt! I love that pear square too...thanks for sharing!

KarenV said...

I like that last block too. How nice that you have your grandma's quilts to treasure.

Annie said...

What a great piece.. the way quilts are meant to be.. never let anything go to waste. Your grandmother was doing reduce, re-use, re-cycle before it was cool!

Barb said...

Thanks so much with sharing your quilt and the story behind it...just lovely!

Theresa said...

I think it is priceless!!!

Pat said...

How wonderful that you have something your grandmother made..and how nice that your grandmother has a granddaughter who truly understands and appreciates the value of these quilts!

woolwoman said...

what a neat story about your grandparents Jackie - Phenix City is right near Auburn and I have been thru there many times when driving back and forth. Nice to have family roots in the great state of AL and also family keepsakes like these quilts. Mel

Vicki said...

love those family heirlooms!!! That fabric on the close ups is so great, who knew they had such cool choices back when your grandma was quilting. I have several quilts/tops that were passed on and I am so thankful they didn't end up in the estate sale!

April Mechelle said...

Beautiful Quilt !!! Such A Treasure !

Margaret said...

Definitely a priceless treasure! Thanks for showing the fabrics and the quilt!

Kim said...

Jackie I love it! How special those old quilts are!

Beth said...

Adorable fabric! It looks so modern, amazing!

Dee said...

Very pretty! I love the old quilts. They only get softer and more lovely with age.

Siobhan said...

Oh wow, what a priceless treasure!

Marie said...

Jackie I love the fact that we both have the same love for our grandma's and their quilts. I have some of mine and they are the treasures in my life. I am who I am and what I am because of her and her ways that s he raised me. thank yo for th especial note in ref. to my picture and my son, makes me feel so warm!!thanks so much for sharing!. Hugs, Marie

Katie :o) said...

Love it!!! What a beautiful quilt and beautiful memories :o)

Nancy said...

Jackie this such a beautiful treasure! There is nothing like vintage and sentimental makes it even more special. I love the story of how your grandfather would get the scraps for your grandmother. Will you be showing us more of her quilts?

Deb said...

What a treasure to have Jackie. I like that last block too. I'm always amazed when I see quilts that are make-do's. We're so blessed to have so many fabrics at are disposal, but yet those make-do's are more beautiful in their own way.

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

There are so many gorgeous complicated quilts out there but I love the simple ones that are meant to be used.

Your Grandmother's quilt is beautiful and you are very lucky to have it in your home.

Micki said...

That's a real treasure Jackie. I loved seeing it.
Micki

Micki said...

That's a real treasure Jackie. I loved seeing it.
Micki

Carol said...

What a beauty, Jackie--I just love things handed down through the generations. My mom just gave me some old hankies that were my grandmother's as well as her gold thimble--I will certainly treasure them!

Ruth's Place said...

Gorgeous quilt! What a treasure.

Daffycat said...

How perfectly wonderful. I'm sure you must treasure her work. I adore that pear fabric too!

yarnjourney said...

Wow Jackie, that is a wonderful story and as you say a priceless heirloom. It also shows that you have taken great care of it too. Thanks for sharing.

Littlebit said...

What a treasure, Jackie..and such a lovely story.

Sheila said...

Such a Beautiful quilt.

Vals Quilting said...

Oh Jackie, that is so precious to have these. I've heard that my gran quilted but I've never seen any of them before or after she died so I do miss that a lot!! If I hadbut one small piece of fabric from her I would forever cherish it:) I love these vicariously through your photos, thanks so Michele sharing these pics with me.
Valerie
http://www.pastimesonline.ca/vals-quilting/

Julie Fukuda said...

Thank you for sharing that. It reminds me that I have a quilt made by my Great Grandmother and while it is not a museum piece, the perfect corners and perfect stitching over a quilt made with hand-picked cotton makes me feel very close in spite of the years gone by.

Simone de Klerk said...

What a lovely quilt, Jackie and so very special! The color construction is great, with all those scraps.