When I started taking photos of my Grandmother’s quilts last weekend, my main intention was to photograph her older quilts, the ones worked on by her grandmothers and mother, and the generational quilts. But my grandmother also wanted to share her thoughts with me on some of the favorites she has made. First she brought out her Sunbonnet Sue quilt; Grandma loves Sunbonnet Sue, and I feel sort of guilty for giving her a hard time about them before I appreciated their charm! Who knows, I might even make a Sunbonnet Sue quilt one day in honor of my Grandmother!
The top left block in this collage has some cross-stitch flowers and my name stitched by me, but my grandmother actually applique’d the Sunbonnet Sue. These are some of my other favorites–my mom cross-stitched the chicken and milk jug on her Sue block…and I love the flowers embroidered by one of Grandma’s friends.
This is the Christmas quilt that started my
My grandmother is very good at making labels for her quilts, and this one has an embroidered label as well as one with the logo from the 150th celebration year.
This last quilt has always been known as grandma’s Bow Tie quilt. My grandfather always wore bow ties…I don’t ever recall him wearing any other. He often wore brown as well. My grandmother made this quilt for and in honor of him, but sadly she didn’t finish it before he passed away. But Grandma accomplished her purpose in making this quilt–I never walk in and see it on the wall without thinking of my Grandfather.