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Thread: 100 year old signature blocks

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    Super Member Toto's Mom's Avatar
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    I need some help deciding what to do with 23 signature blocks that were hand pieced and signed in 1911, before my paternal grandparents were married.
    I suspect this was for a wedding quilt, but don't know. There are blocks signed by my great-aunt, both Great-grandmothers, and one by an 88 year old lady ( in 1911), and numerous others of old New England heritage, from that small NH town.
    Now....... I am debating whether I should use repro cottons, and hand assemble this into a quilt, or whether I should just leave them as a stack of blocks? I can and would do this by hand, as they are deserving of that much respect.
    My Grandmother had them safely stored for many years, and then my Mom kept them safe when she inherited them from Dad's side of the family.
    I know they are probably not of any real monetary value, but they are a part of my heritage that some day, I might pass to my daughter or grandson, if they develop any interest in family heritage.
    I need some ideas, and recommendations as to what would be the best thing to do with these.
    Would you assemble them into a small quilt?
    Would you leave them as blocks and donate them to a museum in that area?
    They are done from odds and ends, so there is no color scheme, but just what scraps of fabrics they had on hand, although the blocks are all done in the same pattern, except for one.
    Thanks for taking the time to read this, and for any advice.
    Nancy

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    Could you post some photos please? I would want to do something with them too.

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    small quilt and then put it in a glass frame to protect it. What wonderful treasures you have there.

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    What a wonderful piece of your family history. I would make a quilt and keep it.

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    If they are in good shape, I would make a small quilt and keep it as part of your family heritage, unless your children show absolutely no interest. Then enjoy it for a while, and tell them what you would like done with it later.

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    I would make a quilt out of them. Without seeing them I'm thinking to piece the blocks together maybe??
    I wouldn't use repros with them, that just doesn't sit well with me (but they aren't mine, just my opinion) :D
    PLEEEEEEESE post pics!!

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    I would finish them into a quilt so they can be more safely passed down :D:D:D

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    That is awesome that you have those. I would put them together in a quilt. :) Can't wait to see.

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    I also would finish them. Just think of what you'll then be passing down in the family. Truly priceless.

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    Sorry it took me a bit to get the photos. My computer is nearly a 1911 vintage, too, and about as lively.
    Has some age related difficulties.
    Hope these pictures come through.

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