Tuesday, May 22, 2012
It was a whirlwind weekend for me; however, I wasn't at quilt market. A couple of months ago I realized that the Nevada State Track Championships (to be held in Reno) were the same weekend as market. I was pretty sure my son would qualify in at least one of his four races, and so I planned all along to be in Reno last weekend. Sure enough...my youngest qualified in all four of his events and even came home with 3 medals! We drove 16 hours in three days, watched a lot of races, and got to visit with family.
My Mom asked if I wanted a couple of family quilts to bring home...of course the answer was "Yes!" I was given two beautiful quilts...the only problem is we aren't sure who made them! We are pretty sure they were either made by my great-great grandmother, Emma Acelia Wakefield Fitzgarrald, or by a great-great-great aunt, Mame Bice. Mame made her own quilts and often did the hand quilting for two of my great-great grandmothers.
Both Mame and Emma were prolific quilters...it's amazing how many family quilts there are spread through the many branches of our family tree! I love the fact that both quilts are patterns that I would make in a minute! This star quilt might be one of my favorites!
Because I love polka dots it's always fun to find them in these old family quilts.
This faded pink print is absolutely lovely.
And of course...I love this polka dot star as well! These quilts are all hand-pieced and hand-quilted. While there are perfect corners and points, there are also ones that are cut off.
The Dresden quilt is missing a few dresdens...it seems that some of them were made from loose-weave fabrics which just didn't hold up to years of use and washing.
This is one of my favorite blocks...it's not missing any fabric...some of the background fabric was used to make additional Dresdens. I'm wondering if this ancestor was a little like me and often used whatever she had on hand in order to hurry up and finish a project?!
I'm trying to decide if I should leave this quilt as is...or if I should repair the missing Dresdens?!
I have fallen in love with both of these quilts already and am so happy to have them home with me. I just wish I knew for sure who made them! This is such an example to me of why I must make labels for my quilts!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
PS...Because I was gone this weekend I'm keeping the SewFabulous giveaway for a $50 gift certificate open for another day...go here to enter!