Treasured Past

This quilt was made by my great-grandmother and most likely other family members too!  I used this as a bedspread while I was growing up on the farm.  It could be the reason I love the color green!  I never knew my great-grandmother but I treasure this quilt!  It is so worn and so loved and this is what inspired me to learn the art of quilting.

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This antique treasure is hand pieced and hand quilted.  The cheddar and green combination is such a nice contrast, I wonder if someone wore a shirt in cheddar and used the leftovers for quilt pieces?  I wonder if coral is the modern take on cheddar?  I like the little yellow stars in the green border print.

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The binding is made from a navy blue fabric with the tiniest of tiny white polka dots.  You can see it’s really worn after so much use.  The backing is a plain tan fabric that is a bit heavier than our muslin today.  I wonder if this green plaid fabric was left over from a work dress?  Maybe an apron?  Maybe dish towels?

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Most likely the dyes in the fabric helped the pieces deteriorate over time but I just love the little red flowers on the gray/blue background!  Maybe this was used for a cute little toddler dress for my grandmother!

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More cute little red flowers on a tan background!  Any how about the red and white stripes to match?  I am imagining the red and tan floral fabric was used to make a play dress for my grandmother and then she had a matching striped apron to go and gather eggs.

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Someone in our family loved red!  Maybe this red and tan plaid fabric was used to make a long skirt or fancy shirt waist?

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These tiny prints in blue and red are so cute!  Maybe they were used as accent fabrics, or for bonnets or for summer dresses?  It’s fun to imagine!

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It is comforting to know Sandy and I inherited our love of quilting from the women in our family.  I imagine while they were making these quilts they hoped future family members would love these special quilts.  How right they were!

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