I just returned this evening from a quick, 3-day trip to visit my Mom and Grandmother. I was also able to visit with my brother who lives in China and who was home for a month this summer doing work for his doctoral program. Have you ever heard of the Extraterrestrial Highway? I have to travel this desolate, 98-mile stretch of road to get to my Mom's. Coming home tonight we only saw one car, but we did see two antelope, two deer (and no spaceships)!
I've previously shared my three Dresden Plate blocks made by my great-great Grandma Fitzgarrald, and here is the quilt my grandmother put together from the other blocks (mine were left over from this project). My grandmother hand-quilted this wonderful treasure fairly early in her quilting days.
The quilt below is lovingly referred to in our family as the Lily Quilt. It was made by my grandmother's paternal grandmother, Mary Gilchrist Bice. Grandma Bice asked my grandmother to pick out a quilt pattern, and this is the one she chose. The fabrics were all purchased at the dry-goods store in Walker, Iowa in the mid-1930's. Grandma Bice hand-quilted this quilt and gave it to my grandmother when she was married. (The Bear Paw quilt was also presented to my grandmother at her wedding). Today, my grandmother brings this quilt out only at Christmas time.