Monday, November 28, 2011

Vintage Quilts and More


I've been out of town two weekends in a row visiting with family; both mini-vacations along with Thanksgiving were a lot of fun, but it sure feels great to be back home! My Grandmother (who I was able to visit on our first trip) let me take some of her family quilts home for a little while so I can photograph and document these precious family heirlooms.  Actually,  I'm having fun just looking at the 1930's (and earlier) fabrics, but I do plan to record the block and quilt sizes soon so that I can eventually replicate these quilts.


This red, green and white quilt made by one of my great, great grandmothers has always been one of my favorites. I have many memories of this quilt since my Grandmother brought it out each year at Christmas.  Although my Grandmother used it and displayed it each year, the condition of this quilt is wonderful--it has been beautifully loved and preserved!


I just might have to make my own version of this quilt sometime soon!


I was also able to bring home some vintage Ball canning jars with the gorgeous aqua tint.  My Grandmother just happened to have some of these sitting around, and I was happy to receive them! The jars look terrific on my kitchen counter along with some old family stoneware I display there . This is my favorite little corner of the kitchen now...it's pretty amazing to think that things I find so beautiful were also used and love by my grandmothers!

And now for some giveaway winners...congratulations to Lori who won the Green Fairy Quilts giveaway and to Tricia who won the It's Sew Emma pattern collection giveaway!  I'll be e-mailing you both to get your mailing addresses!

Thanks so much for stopping by!



26 comments:

Josie McRazie said...

What beautiful quilts! The only one I was able to rescue from my Grandmother's house I am not sure if I can even salvage! It is an old bowtie and well, I keep it in hopes of someday being able to restore it!!

Archie the wonder dog said...

Gorgeous quilts - thanks for sharing!

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Those are such beautiful quilts. You must be enjoying their visit with you. Thanks so much for sharing the pictures.

Terriaw said...

What a fun project to work on, documenting those family vintage quilts! They look beautiful. I always wished someone in our family still had a vintage quilt or linen.

Annette said...

Such wonderful treasures...and in good hands. The red green quilt is so beautiful.

Tricia said...

Thanks for the wonderful patterns! I can't wait to make some wonderful quilts with them.

Linda said...

How fortunate you are to have such beautiful quilts in your family! They're so nice in themselves, but even better knowing they're a legacy. Congrats to Tricia on the win. She's a friend who's in our MQG. I'm glad her name was picked.

Cardygirl said...

How precious to be able to document these treasures. They look lovely!

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

Congratulations to the lucky winners! And thank you for the fun giveaways!

What gorgeous quilts! How fun to see the fabrics and all those tiny quilting stitches!

Have a happy day!

Michelle @ the quilted tortoise said...

How absolutely gorgeous! You are so lucky to have them in your family. The red and green is just beautiful.

badlandsquilts said...

Such a pretty Christmas quilt, reminds me of a Christmas cactus plant. Thanks for sharing.

suemac said...

It is so nice you get a chance to photograph the quilts so they will not be lost to your family if something should happen to the quilt.

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Nedra said...

The red and green quilt is so beautiful! Yes, you should make a matching one someday. How wonderful that you are documenting the many generations of quilting within your family. (I see the apple doesn't fall far from the tree)

Thimbleanna said...

Oh how fun Sherri! I love playing with vintage quilts -- I only wish ours were from the women in our family!

Brenda said...

Love your vintage quilts. The red and green one is beautiful.

Mary said...

Lucky you! I have old family quilts and really cherish them.

Donna Becker said...

I've got the quilt from my childhood bed. It's in remarkably good shape considering the many times I dropped stuff on it, barfed on it when I was sick, etc. A few years ago, I had it appraised. With the history that I was able to provide for it, the appraiser gave it a value of several hundred dollars. Wow!

There's a second quilt in my family collection, but it's a complete mystery. A beautiful Eastern Star pattern, it's large and colorful, with hardly a mark on it.

Sadly, there's no indication how either quilt came to be ours. That's a mystery I'd love to solve.

Donna S. said...

Old things are sometimes the best things!! How lucky you are to have things that have been passed down.

kshackabq said...

What beautiful treasures. Thanks for letting us have a peek at your Grandmother's quilts!

Anna Lena Land said...

What treasures! How great that you're going to document and recreate them.

Endah said...

What a wonderful quilt from your great great grandmother! I wish I had one. Thanks for sharing. I love reading your blog. I'm from Indonesia.

amitietextiles said...

I bought myself a few vintage quilt tops at Market in Houston... just have to find the time to quilt them!

These are lovely

Jen Kingwell

Kathie said...

oh my what wonderful treasures, just love the red and green one!
Thanks for sharing with us
Kathie

Classic Alteration and Repair said...

I love your Grandmother's quilt! You are so lucky to have them in your family. The red and green is just gorgeous! Thank you for sharing.

pinewood said...

Thanks for sharing your grandmothers beautiful quilts, they are so special.