Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Quilt + Words

great.grandmas.blocks

So they brought me a car load of family handworks to photograph. The best gift. One favorite and very rare example of quilt making in my family is this beauty that my mom put together from her own grandmother's blocks. I asked her to tell me more about, so the following is her description:

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"My grandmother Hooton made the blocks; they are hand pieced. (She died in 1948, so they were made some time before that.) I found them in the cedar chest in {my mother's} attic when we were cleaning out for the "sale" before she moved to assisted living. I didn't want them to go to waste, so I put them together to use as a baby blanket. I found the "tea colored" flannel that I thought would look more vintage. Unfortunately at the time I didn't know about quality quilter's flannel, so it's the cheap stuff. I did use it for some of the grandchildren when they visited, but after a few washings, I decided I wanted to keep it as more of an heirloom."

Thanks Mama! This quilt usually hangs above the crib in my parent's house. None of the piecework is especially practiced or perfect, but it all feels so entirely wonderful to me. Given the general era it was made, I'm captivated by thoughts of what else each of the fabrics was used for, as it is unlikely they were purchased just for these blocks. I find the colors so very beautiful. I especially love the bold, solid black accents. Go great-grandma. I am inspired to use this exact palette for sumthin.

Jeff and I are headed to see Mumford & Sons tonight. Soooooo excited!!!

smack! AM

32 comments:

  1. I love a vintage sampler, and yours is a special family heirloom. Karmen

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  2. So jealous! I was just looking at tour dates earlier today, and much to my dismay, the tour is no longer in my area. I love the quilt, by the way :)

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  3. what a great aussie band mumford and sons are...we saw them live in 'margaret river' a few weeks ago, they were fabulous..do they have a big following in the USA

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  4. Oh Wow! Awesome! Enjoy the show!

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  5. Carmen (countrymouse)6:27 PM

    What a lovely family remembrance to cherish. Just beautiful. I'm so jealous you get to see Mumford & Sons; enjoy yourselves!

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  6. What a treasure. They blocks are quite intricate and I too, love the color scheme.

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  7. Beautiful! I just finished quilting the blocks that my great-great grandma left when she passed away 40 years ago. They were passed down to each generation until they reached me and I decided they couldn't just sit in a box unfinished. I'm now on my 2nd quilt with those blocks. It's such a treasure and I really feel Grandma Bess with me while I work.

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  8. A pretty piece of family history... lovely enough, but then she adds that she is off to a fun night of live music with her sweetheart! Have a great time! I'll just sit here and admire the love and colors in the baby quilt.

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  9. Annie C9:49 PM

    How much fun to have a quilt and a story to go with it! And how much more fun if it inspires you to create more for us!!! :-)

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  10. Anonymous12:38 AM

    My hubby and I saw Mumford and Sons in concert in November and they were incredible. Truly inspiring and the energy in the place was fantastic. You're gonna love it tonight!

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  11. Oh I love Mumford and Sons too, one of the best bands I have seen, here in the UK, them being British and all not aussie.

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  12. Love those pieces with a story behind them. That alone makes them beautiful and precious!

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  13. Mary Nebel6:00 AM

    Such a precious heirloom. Your blessings are many. Thank you for sharing.

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  14. So beautiful, it is a real treasure to have a quilt from the hands of a dear relative. My mother has a quilt made by my great grandmother and it has pieces of my mom's wedding dress. I spent hours as a child feeling the white satin squares and imagining all the other articles of clothing that were recycled to create this useful piece of art.

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  15. Anonymous6:54 AM

    Given its age, it's in remarkably good shape. I inherited two quilts from my grandma's era and one is in tatters. I used it on our master bed (big mistake) where our kids ended up making it worse. I cut it up for pillows. The other quilt is okay, but I've had to keep it stored for safe-keeping.

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  16. UGH! I'm TOTALLY jealous about the Mumford & Sons but I'll try to rise above and wish you the best time. I'm sure they were fabulous.

    So the quilts in the chest story must happen a lot; as my aunt was selling her mother-in-law's household at auction, the chest was placed on the block without grabbing several heirloom quilts that lay/lie (who cares?) inside. The chest was sold for around $35, and once the mistake was discovered, she heartbreakingly approached the lady and asked if she could retrieve them and the lady REFUSED! She wouldn't sell them back to her, nothing.

    I would've strangled her right there, but luckily my aunt has more restraint.

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  17. I love heirlooms...what a sweet legacy your great-grandma left!

    Hope you had a great date night with the hubby! :) I would love to see Mumford & Sons in concert.

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  18. She really had a good color sense. What a treasure to find and with the story quilted right in!

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  19. oh my dear goodness!! So jealous--I was almost at that concert! They are so great- hope it was a blast!!

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  20. That is such a beautiful quilt! A real treasure and an inspiration for you. Enjoy your evening out.

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  21. Hello Ana Maria. I'm always passing by your blog to see your work. Congrats for that. I'm from Brazil and have my own blog (panosdabibi.blogspot.com) and facebook page (www.facebook.com/panosdabibi). Take a look an tell me waht you think. Bye. Gabriela (gabriela_zbm@hotmail.com).

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  22. So sweet and pretty. But really, I want to know how the concert was?

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  23. The hand piecing of works of art like this are breathtaking.
    I love seeing each and every one of them and wish I were fortunate enough to have some in my family!

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  24. Thank you for your lovely blog! www.quiltworld2.blogspot.com
    Hugs, Ulla (from Finland)

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  25. What a lovely story about your great grandmother's quilt.
    Hope you enjoyed Mumford and Son.
    They are coming to Scotland to play at the Music Festival on the banks of Loch Ness in June. Looking forward to hearing them.

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  26. Love your blog!

    Agneta

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  27. What a beautiful keepsake. We used to have some family quilts but they are all gone now... :(

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  28. Betty Minnes8:53 PM

    The quilt is beautiful! Handcrafts with meaning are so wonderful.

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  29. It is such a pretty stuff and I like it. Big thanks for sharing. God bless.



    Michelle

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