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Thread: I just got a quilt from my mom

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilterlaurie View Post
    We have one of these quilts in my family also. How about taking a nice photo and transferring it to fabric with a picture of Grandma and making a wall hanging out of that?
    I agree with quilteraurie, if it was my decision. I don't think it should be taken apart. Her hard work should remain intact.

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    I like the idea of taking a photograph of the whole quilt - sort of like the Dear Jane poster - and then close-up photo(s)of the relevant block(s) and providing that to whoever might be interested.

    You could find out "how" interested they are if you ask them to make a contribution to the cost of doing this.

    YOu could maybe send a 5x7 photo to each family with a short history of the quilts and the individual blocks and then ask them if they would be interested in the poster and other pics (with a suggested cost for them)

    I've found it 'amazing' how asking for a contribution to the cost can dampen the interest in having something.
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    What you could do is go ahead and take photos of it and photos of the pieces pertaining to each family with a little family history and also a photo of the label if there is one. For those who would like a "replica" of the quilt, you could make minis of similar fabric. I would no longer have it in a box. Definitely keep it on display all the time, if nothing more than on a quilt rack. You could keep your family blocks on display and when you have "family" coming to visit, you could fold it so the "visiting" family's blocks are on display. Also if there is going to be a family reunion where many will attend, you could take it for display.

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    My grandmother and I and a few of my cousins made a crocheted table cloth for a table that seat 8 with a 12" drop. It was Cathedral center. She passed away 6 weeks before I got married. When she passed I looked for the table cloth to use on my bridal dinner table. I explained that I thought it was a way to remember her and I thought it would be something that all the grandkids could use at their bridal tables. We looked everywhere. My father found it out in the garage in pieces. One of the relatives who used it for body work design cut it into pieces. I just wanted to pass it around. I remember many dinners on that table cloth. You could use the quilt at a large table, just put a large sheet of clear plastic to protect it. Each family could sitat that section of the quilt. i'm afraid if it were deconstructed, you would really regret it.

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    I have a piece of my grandmothers quilt. I never met my grandparents from either parent. My aunt cut it into nice size pieces and gave it to me and my sister , it is so preciuos to me. A piece of her. I live in the north , my aunt in the south. So passing around is not possible. I love I have a part of something she made . I have photos of her but the quilt piece makes her real. Cut it. And have no regrets. Spread the joy around. I am here to say I am thankful she gave me a piece of grandma.
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    It is not difficult to take a picture and reprint it onto special 81/2 x 11 pieces of cloths/paper sheets found at most quilt or hobby shops. You can then do as suggested with pictures of your Gma too and make a small wall hanging for those you want to share with, but I'd ask them first if they were interested before going to all the work. Here is a picture of a memory quilt I made with pictures that I either scanned into my computer or that were already on my computer.
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    I have a friend (who does not sew or quilt). Her grandmother passed away. Grandma had a beautiful quilt from her mom or grandma (so it was VERY OLD and beautifully hand pieced and quilted) and the family wanted to share it.. (Hold your breath---). They cut it into 4 pieces and my friend framed her section. (Makes me sick).

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    How about passing it around and letting it " visit " the families who are interested in it? Keep a journal of where its been and how it's been loved with photographs. If it eventually wears out, your family will all have a wonderful history of that great, meaningful quilt.

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    check the fabrics well before deconstructing it. They may be deteriorated. and you will not gain anything by doing it.

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    I haven't read all the replies to your post yet so perhaps someone already suggested this...
    You could take the quilt to a photographer and then have copies made into stationery and send each 'sewing sister' a note on your grandmothers birthday. They can have the card framed and save the memories or toss it, but you will have shared the quilt with them.
    I have had cards made using photos and they are inexpensive and delightful. www.snapfish.com does a great job and so does www.costco.com There are many websites that do stationery and/or large, frameable prints.
    Whatever you decide, I hope you will leave the quilt intact. It is a treasure.
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    I don't know if you have a genealogy of your family. A photograph of the quilt for the cover would be awesome. If you have different branches, a photograph of the square that represents that line would be appropriate. That way you have a meaningful gift for each of your family members, you haven't broken up the quilt, and they each share in the quilt.
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    I also would make duplicates or even a photograph. I definitely would not take this lovely bit of family history apart.

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    How very fortunate you are to have been given such a wonderful gift by your mother, the owner of the quilt.
    Taking the quilt apart would truly be the wrong thing to do. I agree, taking a picture of the whole quilt, or individual blocks, and presenting them to family members would be a good solution. I love the quilt and the history behind the making of it. Sister's working together, with love, for their mother. What a treasure.
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    Thank you again for all the wonderful ideas. I really like the idea of sending it to 'visit' with each part of the family and writing about and if it wears out, at least everyone would have some time with it.
    I wanted to share it because most of the work was done by my Aunties. And I'm sure at least one of their kids would get a big kick out of having it or spending some time with it.

    I am very glad I asked here, I knew I would get great ideas. Thank you very much.
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    I like the idea of the photograph accompanied with explanations. Then everyone can enjoy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KarynneStorm View Post
    It's a queen size, that her sisters had made for their mother (my grandmother, obviously). When she passed away 10 years ago, they all thought my mom should have it, it came to me now. Each block is specific to the grandchildren, as well as the sisters and some of the husbands. I would love to be able to share this with my family in a meaningful way.

    What I am about to say may raise a lot of angst, but I was thinking of deconstructing it, splitting it into the families and making wall hangings for each branch of the family. It was mostly hand stitched, all hand quilted about 40 years ago. It's been in a box, behind a book shelf for most of the last 10 years.

    Please give me a new idea. I don't want to deconstruct it, it seems wrong, but I don't know how to share it with my cousins without doing just that. I want to get this posted, but I will post a picture or two of it in just a few minutes.

    If I were a family member, I'd be all for deconstruction, and sorting by families.
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    I agree, keep it whole. Ask your cousins if any of them would be interesting in "hosting" the quilt at their house for a certain period of time. Kind of like a library loan. It would always come back to you and you could send it out for loan to the next person. Don't forget to put yourself in the loan schedule. Some probably wouldn't want to participate, some would. I like the idea also of taking photos of those squares that go with certain people. Maybe print the photo on printable fabric and make a wall hanging or pillows.
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    I would not take it apart, but that is just my opinion. It is your quilt and you have the option to do as you please. If it were me, I would be honored to have a family heirloom. Not everyone likes quilts and you receiving this quilt may have been because they knew you would take care of it more than any other family member. I would hate for you to deconstruct it if another member is against it. Now if the quilt is worn or tattered, then deconstruction could be warranted.

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    Keep it whole! You could possibly pass it around for a certain amount of time to those who would cherish and care for it while it was their turn to have it. Otherwise, I would just take a photo of their block and copy it onto fabric. Then either make a pillow or small wall hanging with it.

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    I think I would have to agree -- don't deconstruct the quilt. My grandmother made LOTS and LOTS of quilts which were shared with her two children and her grandchildren (I think about 15-20 of them). A lot of these were gifted directly such as to the grandchildren, but a lot of them had been retained by my grandmother. I am sure there was some division of those quilts, but I wasn't physically able to be at my grandmother's funeral so I really don't know. I am relatively sure that most of them remained with my mother, since my grandmother was living at my parents' house for many years. When my parents passed away in late 1998 and 1999, the quilts were divided equally between my parents' children. I wouldn't even consider deconstructing any of the quilts -- they were all in extremely good condition. No one complained, so I think that division was fair. One of the quilts (a king size top) was a grandmother's flower garden quilt. I was not doing quilts at that time, so I sent it to an Aunt on my DH's side and had it hand-quilted. It is very precious to me because my grandmother made it.

    On the other side of the family, my husband's aunt (she's 85) took a serious fall, breaking her hip. She had to have surgery twice and dimentia had struck. She was no longer mentally competent to maintain a household, so she gave things away. Some of the things she had not specifically gifted included quilts, some complete and some completed except for binding (this one, in particular, had hen-scratch embroidery in beautiful shades of blue and blue-checked gingham) Even before I got the quilting "bug" I would never have thrown that away, but my SIL said, "Oh, just throw those away." I said, "Not on your Life." I have them today! So, some family members treasure hand-made things, some don't. Don't deconstruct the quilt unless it's deteriorated!

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