Monday, February 27, 2012

Great Mama's Quilts

A while back one of the kids pulled out one of the quilts hubby's great grandmother made. I had never seen it before. I kid you not. So I got curious and decided to pull out all of the quilts we have that she made to see what they looked like. No one in my family quilted to my knowledge so these are the only heirlooms we have of their type. These were all handsewn and hubby said she was losing her sight for some of them so they are not holding up that well, which is all the more reason I thought it would be a good idea for me to take pictures of them. Sorry for the sidewalk pics. We've had a lot of rain so I couldn't put them on the grass.
We have two of these quilts that are exactly the same. These are my favorites because like the block and they appear to be the best made of the bunch. I do not know the block name so any help would be appreciated!
I took a close-up of the block to show you, not realizing I chose one with a stain. Sorry! Hubby has used these for moving; the horror!

The second is applique. I have no idea if this is right side up or upside down. Sort of a strange flower design.
Here's a close-up of the flower design.

The third (actually fourth since we have two of the pink ones up top!) is basically a strip quilt in solids.

The last two are in the worst shape. This one appears to have been a "quilt as you go" version where she quilted each block, then stitched them together afterward. It's aso the one I had never seen.
It kind of makes me think of the Flying geese block where they are in a circle.
There are several places where this one needs some work.

Our last quilt is hubby's favorite, Sunbonnet Sue.

It definitely has a few holes that need help. I'm still trying to figure out the best way to do that.

Well, that's all of them! And to go along with the old fashioned feel of this post, a song. Little Man has homework each week on different letters of the alphabet and this week was Z. He comes home with a poem to learn that is usually set to a tune. This one said it was set to "Little Liza Jane" which I'd never heard before so I looked it up. Elizabeth Mitchell does a sweet version of it below. Enjoy!


Linz said...

Wow! Such pretty quilts! What wonderful heirlooms!

Michele said...

Those are very special indeed and no matter how you end up repairing them so they will continue to be loved for years to come, I'm sure they will always be treasured.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

What special quilts. I have one from my great grandmother. We have several from hubbys grandmother. Special.