My quilt card from yesterday's post stirred up memories for many of you. It also brought back loving memories of my grandmother and her quilting bees for me. It also inspired me to re-visit one of my family heirlooms. It isn't pretty. It's tattered and torn, and bears the soil of over 150 years. Yet the fact that it even exists, is in itself a small miracle. This is all that is left of a quilt which belonged to my great grandparents. While there are examples of older quilts, and much prettier quilts, and definitely cleaner quilts, this quilt survived a cyclone on the Iowa prairie. It was found in a tree top far from what had been the family homestead. Over time, it was passed on to my grandmother, then to my mother, and finally to me.
As I photographed it today, I found myself wondering more about its history. From where did the fabrics come? Were they from the shirts and dresses of my great grandparents, or even great-great relatives? Was it lovingly stitched in the evening by candlelight, or in the light of day after chores were completed. I would have loved to know more, but unfortunately its secrets will lie forever hidden. As the newest keeper of the quilt, I will pass it on to my son. I will share what I know about its story...that on a stormy Iowa day this confection of calico left its home for loftier heights.
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Congratulations to Linda Fisher! Linda, #36, was randomly selected. Her comment:
The perfect quilt! The Box In Star pattern is one of my favorites. Another incredible job.
I would like to thank Linda and everyone who left comments! There will be more opportunities for Blog Candy in the future, as I continue to re-organize my stamping supplies! Linda, just send me your address, and I will send out your microbeads pronto! Until next time...