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Thread: Grandmas quilt

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    Grandma died in 2002, she was 92 years old. This was given to me and I know nothing about it other than she had made it. Its not finished but the pieces are all here already cut out . I never even knew she quilted! All I ever remember her doing was crochet, this woman crocheted everything you could imagine, she was awesome!!
    This is entirely hand pieced and I get it out some times and just stare at it in awe, wondering what the story is behind it.
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    That's beautiful!
    My mom had one that was started and after she passed, I was too late getting into the sewing/craft/laundry room to rescue it. My brother took pretty much ALL her crafty things and sent it to the Goodwill. Needless to say, I was P O'd

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    Ooooh, it's just beautiful! The pattern is called grandmother's flower garden quilt. Each centre section is a flower, surrounded by a chain of green leaves, it's an english paper piecing technique, very pretty!

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    Gorgeous! There is a lot to be proud of there, and a lot to feel really, really good about.

    My grandmother had started a cathedral window quilt, and she died unexpectedly, not finishing it. I asked for it, was passed over, and to this day, I have no idea if it was ever finished.

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    thanks Barb.any ideas from the fabric what years it could be from?

    tlr, that is so sad I dont know if i could have been P O'd I would have been to busy crying my eyes out!

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    Usually the fabric comes from old clothes and whatnot. I know the one my mom was making....I remember her working on it at times when I was REALLY young, but had forgotten about it until I saw it again....anyway...the one my mom was making came from our old clothes when we were babies and just scraps she had laying around from the makings of clothes she did.

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    TERRI--------if my mom had made something like that or started on something like that and my brother or sisters threw it out id be ready to beat them with a stick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by henryparrish76
    TERRI--------if my mom had made something like that or started on something like that and my brother or sisters threw it out id be ready to beat them with a stick.
    Let me tell you....I cried over it.
    I did however, save an afghan she was making. It just needs to be sewn together. I also have some knitted doll dresses that she made. You know....the frilly knitted ones? Just need dolls to go in them. I know 2 little girls that just might like them. My mom did it all....sewed, knitted, crocheted, tatted, hair-pin lace. She was amazing! I can only sew and knit. Mom tried teaching me, but I just couldn't get the hang of it. :(

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    Melissa, i'm sorry, i don't know anything about what era dif fabrics are from.

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    Looking closer at the designs, some of them look like 50s and 60s. Theres one blue flower print that looks like a shirt my mom made for me when I was in grade school....circa 1960's ish ;) Maybe mid 60s

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    I found almost the same quilt in my Mom's stuff, though I am pretty sure that my Dad's Mom made the quilt. Neither are here to confirm. When my Mom died, the only thing my brother wanted was her diamond rings!!!!

    Your quilt is beautiful and I am sure you will cherish it forever.

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    I have always loved that pattern. What a neat gift she left behind for you. Not only do you get to enjoy, the quilt she started but you get to "work on a quilt together". With wonderful quilting ability you have I cant wait to see the finished product!

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    Your grandmothers quilt is beautiful.....I hope you finish it and enjoy using it in her memory :D

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    There's a new small quilt shop about 45/50 miles from here in another small town. We;ve been over there twice..
    Anyway, the first time one of the owners showed us all around the shop and in a pile I saw a BEAUTIFUL dahlia top - this thing is gorgeous - all done by hand and the edges were done in grandmother's fan, just an all around impressive job.
    As I was exclaiming over it and admiring it, the owner started telling us the tale:
    It seems this old lady passed away leaving several unquilted tops, plus a comforter, and completed diamond star (like the Texas star only very small diamonds)..
    When the adult children came upon the quilts and quilt tops as they were cleaning out their mother's home, they decided they had no use for these things. They went to the new shop owner and asked her did she want these quilts and tops, because otherwise they were just going to throw them on the burn pile because 'we all use blankets now'.....

    I think that's one of the saddest stories I've ever heard.
    I myself have quilts I put together from blocks I've gotten at garage sales, and we've all seen quilts at the Goodwill or Salvation Army (altho I think the people who work there snatch most of those up).
    I have a flower garden quilt from just such a thing - bought a box of stuff at a garage sale and there's all these 'flowers' in there. I knew I would never ever have the patience to finish the top as it should be so I appliqued the flowers onto squares and made the quilt that way. This was almost 30 years ago - if I had it to do over again I would have used larger squares..
    But as I worked on those various quilts I just knew that these women were appreciating my finishing the job so to speak.

    I've made my oldest daughter PROMISE that she will finish any quilt tops I leave behind and that she will not just toss out my 'stash' :shock:
    Fortunately, she is very much a quilter and her youngest daughter (my youngest grand-daughter) is also an up and coming quilter.
    I've made her promise about all my machines too! :wink:

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    That is a treasure to behold. I know why you take it out and just stare at it. Beautiful and years of work.

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    You have a real treasure there :D :D

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    I cannot comprehend heirs that are so thoughtless and uncaring that they would throw out the handiwork of their mother/grandmother! BUT, their lack of caring makes for thrills for us when we find treasures at a sale or auction!

    I recently bought these two tops at auction - all hand pieced and embellished - just waiting to be quilted! The Sunbonnet kids has two bad spots so I got it for only $15, the other one is perfect and I got it for $40 - needless to say, I was thrilled!

    At the same auction the next week, I got two boxes of quilt pieces, all neatly cut and stored in ziploc bags for $5. I suspect they may have come from the same home.

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    How lucky you are to have this from your grandmother. It is truly beautiful. I am sure it has lots of history and I hope you add your own history by finishing the top. Be sure to add a label with your grandmothers information & of course yours when you are done. I have one I started a few years ago. Here are a couple of pictures of mine.....in progress!!
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    What a fabulous treasure! It looks huge...you have to finish it and make sure you document on the back that your grandmother started it, you found it after she passed at 92, and finished it.

    I am giddy w/ excitement--what a find and what great family history to keep and pass on.
    Julie

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    Jayne,
    I love the variation in the large flowers and the small flowers. Looks beautiful. I have about 15 blocks all made by hand in a box. I wish I had more time to just sit and quilt. Unfortunately, I have no other quilters or interested quilters in my family. I thought there for a spell my eldest son might take to it but after 1 summer, he discovered baseball meant girls..........eeegads.....
    GOOD WORK! Can't wait to see it all finished.
    Julie

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    Beautiful I wish I had some of my grams stuff............you are very fortunate :D

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    So beautiful! My mother's grandmother made a quilt of that pattern, and I have it still. Some of the pieces were starting to wear out a few years ago, and my MIL fixed it for me as a surprise gift.

    MissTreated, I'm trying to finish a cathedral window quilt that my mother started. It's going to take some more years to do, since I only work on it when I don't have access to a sewing machine!

    Margaret

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    I recognize that pattern because an waaaaay former boyfriend, I'm talking 1977, made one for "us" expecting (hoping?) we would marry. It had blue in the background. She made the beautiful quilt by hand, and a pillow. She gave me the pillow. My mom knew I loved that quilt, so when I broke up with the young man, my mom went to the grandmother and asked her if she'd sell it to her--but she said no. I never knew my mom did that till years later.

    The pillow was loved on for many years, but it finally fell apart in so many places--just worn out--I tossed it. I didn't quilt back then. But it was pretty worn.

    Such memories from your photos!!

    I have three old quilts my dad gave me--I don't know what relative made them. I don't know what to do with them! I have no where to put a quilt rack and not a smidgen of wall space left. But I'll think of something some day.

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    That quilt is totally awesome! Thank goodness you found it and have saved all the pieces. I would give my eye teeth to have some of the items my grandma made - she did not quilt - but did tatting and I have one very small doily I am quite certain she made.

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    Its so beautiful! I bet Grandma will be so proud that you have it, and would be extremely tickled to watch you finish it!! (Yes, I do believe that our loved ones are always with us, watching , comforting and guiding :D)

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