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 appliquéd 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.
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