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Thread: 75 yr old quilts

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    Senior Member grandmajuki's Avatar
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    My husband's aunt is 94 years old and sharp as a tack... remembers everything. She's in a nursing home now because of a broken hip and heart problem but we get together the 1st Saturday of every month for a family gathering. Mostly cousins which we are.. and there are 6 or 7 quilters in the group. Our Aunt told her daughters that she thought there might be an old quilt top in a barrel in the garage.. so the girls went and found a top that was all hand sewn by our Aunt over 75 years ago.. so I got it and took to a lady in our guild that is kind of a historian and restores old quilts and hand quilts too.. asked her what she thought and she was thrilled to get it.. she had it done in no time and we took it to our next gathering to show aunt. She also had some blocks made on old sugar sacks... because they were machine sewn I took them and took them apart .. the were sewn two across and four down and I wanted to make it bigger so each daughter could have a nice quilt. I added the light blue sashing (aunt's request) and did the quilting on it.. Aunt is the one holding the quilt in her lap...

    hand pieced and quilted
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    aunt wrapped up
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    sugar sack quilt
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    you can see the Holly from the Holly Sugar company
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    she was so excited to get them ( Aunt and daughter)
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    That is so cool

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    Wow! You and your Aunt are so blessed to have each other. Love the quilts and the history behind them!

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    they are beautiful and i bet your aunt was in 7th heaven!

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    People flourish under that kind of love. Bless you!

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    Wonderful quilts and wonderful story:)

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    beautiful! Do you ever put labels on the back of the quilts w/ the history so that sometime down the road when you're not around, someone else will know the history and the dates?

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    How awesome that you were able to share all of this with your Auntie :D:D:D

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    Lovely quilts!

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    Awesome!

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    Your aunt looks so happy. We too have found batting and scraps in old barrels -must have been the 'norm'.

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    I'm so excited for both of you, great quilts

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    How nice that you were able to restore the quilts. And I applaud you for getting together with your aunt and other family members. Nursing homes can be a lonely place.

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    I love that first quilt. What a great family heirloom. And what a creative way to use the other fabrics. Everyone will have a little of her to keep with them. Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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    After my husband's mother died Christmas day 2006 at the funeral someone said "We have to quit meeting like this.. the following February 2007 we started meeting every month. We have about 25-30 every month. Mostly all cousins of this Aunt's sisters.. She as I said is 94 the oldest sister and the youngest 81 are the only ones left. They are all wonderful... Whe she got the quilts back she started talking about who had dresses made out of which fabrics... It was sooo fun. Then someone had sent a quilt that their mother had and wanted Aunt to tell us who the people were being as her name before she was married was embroidered on it.. and she could tell us who all the people were!!! We have so much fun with her...

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    your quit is a beauty and all hand work. I've made two almostlike them. I'm doing a star now andmy thub is so sorefrom pushing my needle

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    your quit is a beauty and all hand work. I've made two almostlike them. I'm doing a star now andmy thub is so sorefrom pushing my needle. Rosalie

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    What a treasure, both the quilts and your aunt. Think how much this activity has added to your lives!

    Jan in VA

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    That is the most loving thing I have seen in a long time,
    that you and the others in your family do for her and those quilts are icing on the cake, Bless you :-D

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    How wonderful!! Your aunt looks so happy and the quilts are beautiful :thumbup:

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    My grandmother was my quilting mentor and she passed away in 1979. She started the quilting guild at her church and quilted there for 50 yrs or better. I have one of her old quilts, lots of table cloths, doilies, chair cloths, etc that she quilted, crocheted, embroidered, etc. Wouldn't trade them for the world. I miss her so and know she would be proud to know I followed in her footsteps with my love of sewing!

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    Both quilts are beautiful and a wonderful treasure. I am the only quilter in my family. Your are very lucky!!!!

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    Wonderful :!:

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    Very nice, I have some from Great Aunts, will do something with them.

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    Lovely memories!

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