Wednesday, July 2, 2008
It is really hot outside...for some reason these 30's quilts seem to make everything seem a lot cooler. The two Dresden plate blocks were actually made by my great-great grandmother Emma Acelia Wakefield Fitzgarrald. The other two photos are from a reproduction fabric quilt I made a couple of years ago. My grandmother tells me that she remembers both of her grandmothers quilting when she was a young girl. She vividly remembers being at her Grandma Fitgarrald's where a group of neighbor ladies had congregated to quilt a quilt that was on a frame set up in the parlor. My grandmother was able to sit on a footstool under the frame and play house while her grandmother and the other ladies quilted. Later on, when my grandmother was a young teenager, her Grandma Fitzgarrald cut out a butterfly quilt and taught her to applique and buttonhole stitch--she still has those blocks! Grandma's other grandmother, Mary Gilchrist Bice, also quilted; she always had a quilt started for one of the grandchildren. My grandmother's red lily quilt that she sets out during the Christmas season was made by her Grandmother Bice. Just a little bit of my quilting heritage!