Thursday, May 24, 2012

A Few Family Quilts...


I thought I would share a couple more quilts from the ladies in my family.  This is a quilt that my grandmother made for my grandfather. She collected leaves from their farm (my great grandfather's) that they often visit and "play" on.  She used the leaves as a template for the leaves that she appliqu├ęd on the quilt.

The only ones that didn't come from the farm are the Magnolia leaves.  They came from a large old Magnolia tree from the old homestead where she grew up.  The tree is no longer there, but she was able to collect some of the leaves before the tree was destroyed by a hurricane.


All the fabrics in this quilt are different leaf patterns.  She quilts twice a week with a group of ladies and they helped her collect all the different fabrics.



This is a special quilt that was made by my great great grandmother in 1903 in Dothan, Alabama.  Each block was made by one of her friends and their name or initials are embroidered in the center of the block.  My great great grandmother's block just has her initials.


Her name was Lou Daisy Barns Thompson (Granny Thompson) and my grandmother was very close to her.  Granny Thompson was very proud of this quilt and would not use it.  She would bring it out to show it to others, but she wouldn't let anyone use it.  Many years later another family member acquired the quilt and did not take care of it.  Note the stain marks and torn edges.


Now my grandmother has it and cherishes it.  This is such a special quilt with so much character and history.  I am so appreciative that my grandmother shares her quilts and family history with me.  I wanted to share a little of it with you.

Thanks for stopping by...
Candace

16 comments:

  1. Learn something new every day! :P

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  2. That's so neat! I love the quilts my grandmother made. They are so special!

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  3. So special that you have this family history, your very lucky! Thank you for sharing.

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  4. Very special that you can pass down these quilts from generation to generation.

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  5. Thanks for sharing these quilts, they are priceless!

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  6. What precious quilts and memories! Thanks for sharing, stopping by from Sew Many Ways.

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  7. Your Quilts are wonderful.

    Most i like the quilt with leaves, so great.

    I think, i have to follow, so that i can't miss your entries.

    Greats from Germany

    Iris

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  8. Both quilts are lovely. Thanks for sharing your "quilt history". ...not everyone has one, you know!

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  9. Wow, now we know where all your quilting talent comes from - it's being passed down through your family, these quilts are all fabulous.

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  10. How wonderful that your family has such treasures. I'm rather jealous!

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  11. Thank you! I am very blessed to get to spend time and learn from my grandmother. I really enjoy hearing about how she learned to quilt and about our family history... and I love sharing it with others!

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  12. How special to have over 100 years of quilt history! That's so neat. I love the leaf idea--that's a great quilt! And it's so sad that your great-great-grandma's quilt wasn't cared for, but it's wonderful that your grandma has it now and is treating it right!

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  13. How special to be able to spend time learning from your grandmother! Love the leaf quilt and the story behind it :)

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  14. I am inviting you to come and share this in my Show Your Stuff blog hop:
    http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/07/show-your-stuff-33-upsidedown-brownies.html

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  15. These quilts are absolutely beautiful. I know you cherish them and the memories and stories they hold. When I got married, many years ago, my grandmother gave me a quilt that her mother-in-law, my great-grandmother had made. I never knew her, but that quilt is very near and dear to my heart.

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