Sunday, December 16, 2007

Heirlooms

My grandmothers possessed an amazing talent for sewing, quilting and in general, being quite crafty. Why I was not given this lovely gene as well, I don't know. But perhaps that makes the quilts, blankets, and doll accessories all the more precious to me?

I find these lovely hand-made items to be my most prized heirlooms. Much more interesting than the hot chocolate set, four poster bed and assorted china that have been handed down from one generation to the next. These lovely artifacts give so much more history than any of the others.

This quilt was made by my great-grandmother. She saved scraps of fabric from other projects and spent untold hours crafting this beauty. My aunt received it as just a quilt top and finished it for me. Looking at it, I wonder who wore the black fabric with blue flowers. Was it a skirt? A day dress? A robe? Each bit of color and pattern prods my imagination.

8 comments:

bluemountainsmary said...

What an incredible treasure . Where do you keep it?

My eye was caught by the grey piece with the red flowers.

I am a bit in awe that you have something made by your great grandmother.

peppermintpatcher said...

I love that you don't have its complete history and that it lets you wonder. Those thoughts are a beautiful thing.

Melinda said...

Mary, I keep it tucked away in a closet for now. While the children are young and very messy, I want to ensure that it doesn't come into contact with them. At least until they are old enough to appreciate its true value

Aunty Evil said...

That kind of thing can never be replaced. It may have no commercial value, or mean anything to anybody but your family members, but its value is priceless.

Fairlie said...

Isn't it lovely to think that each of those fabrics was possible worn by someone. You could imagine so many stories to accompany each fabric.

Mary is right...What a treasure.

M said...

I love the quilt.

The tradition of using scrap materials to make beautiful things is something we should take heed of now.

It was, of course, in the days when things weren't "thrown out" until they were well and truly worn out rather than just out of fashion.

Team SAK said...

The quilt is beautiful and full of wonderful family memories and stories. Being crafty ( in the sewing/art sense) is a skill I would have loved to have been blessed with. Unfortunately it must have skipped a generation!

bluemountainsmary said...

Yes celcius - good luck - you will love them - like a shortbread!

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