Brightening Life with Creativity,
one day at a time...
My maternal grandmother recently moved into another apartment and decided to downsize a bit. While choosing what to keep and what to get rid of, she asked if I might be interested in a quilt her mother, Ruby, had made. I think I squealed "YES!"
Even though, I don't make many traditional quilts, I am still a firm believer in history. After all, where would fiber art be without its traditional quilting roots?
I admire how these women turned utilitarian items into works of art while not wasting a thing:
I never had the opportunity to meet Ruby, but she was an amazing quilt maker! All of this queen size quilt was made by hand using Dove in the Window blocks and thanks to my grandmother's loving care, it is still in amazing shape.
My great-grandmother used her clothes and some of my grandmother's to make the bird and star blocks. In fact, my grandmother, who turned 88 in August, still remembers which fabrics are which and marked some of them for me with scraps of paper and pins.
I plan on making a quilt label that documents the information I have so that when I pass it on to my daughter she will be able to cherish this family heirloom made by her great-great-grandmother.
Here are pictures of some of my favorite blocks. The second from the left has my grandmother's dress fabric in it. (It's so cool to see the REAL 30's prints in an actual quilt!)
Have any family quilts that you're proud of? If so, please share them with me!
Fiber artist, wife to a wonderful husband and mom to 2 awesome kids
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