Friday, May 8

Blowin' in the Wind!

Yesterday afternoon I took a break from cleaning chores and decided to go outside and hang some quilts on the line and take pictures. It was overcast when I gathered my stuff together and sunny by the time I got outside. Not great for taking pictures. And that breeze I was lovin' so much from inside the house, turned out to be a little too breezy when hanging quilts and taking pictures. I hung the name quilt that I wanted to tell you about and the wind would just not calm down so that I could get a good picture!

Thar she blows!! The wind just kept whipping the quilt back and forth and I decided that was fine because it probably needed to aired out anyway.

This was the best picture I could get so I will have to try again another day or take a picture inside.
Now to the story behind this piece. A few weeks ago, my dad's favorite cousin Shirley told me she had a family name quilt that she was going to give me. No one in her family wanted it, in part because it wasn't made by my Aunt Elsie, her mother. Instead this was a celebration quilt. And before I go any further, I know it's not really a quilt because it doesn't have batting and isn't quilted. It's easier to call it a quilt although it was probably a bedcover based on the shape. In the upper left corner the words "Birthday Greetings" has been embroidered and on another block (mid-quilt) is the date March 26 and 1930. There are many local last names that I recognise. I have never seen anything quite like it. I love the embroidery on the piece and am so glad that Shirley "gifted" me with this as I will happily add it to my treasures.
Shirley gave it to my mom to give it to me so the first time I saw it was the night of the quilt program that I did for the Women's Club in Lehigh, IA almost two weeks ago. And yes, there are more pictures and stories to share. I'll post a couple of times during the day Friday and again on Saturday just to try and catch up! Now if I just had a magic wand that would get the laundry done, and provide meals, oh, and walk the dog.....well, then I would be able to get caught up on my quilting/bloggy stuff in no time. Actually, I have a magic wand that was given to me at a training session when I worked at a computer company years ago. It didn't make the work go away then and it's not going to work now!!
More later today........


Pat said...

The second photo is just fine.....I clicked on it to enlarge it and could see the quilt nicely. (I choose to call it a quilt...even though, as you say, it's technically NOT a quilt.) I love it...and I'm glad Shirley thought to give it to you rather than dispose of it. Thanks for sharing this quilt with us.

Chris said...

I've never seen that block before. It is gorgeous and the colors are in such good shape. What a wonderful treasure

Mary Grace McNamara said...

What a treasure you have there, Sandi! I love the colors and the design of the blocks. I've never seen a piece like that where there is no backing on it. Very interesting.

I also love the quilt on your header. It reminds me of the 9 patch I made for my daughter from the leftovers of all the clothes I had made for her over the years. Those kinds of quilts are such treasures too.


xashee's corner said...

What a gift!! it may not be a quilt in the true sense of the word but it looks AWESOME!! :) Thank you for sharing such a WONDERFUL old TREASURE! Have a FANTASTIC day! :)

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

The winds always seems to blow here too when I want to take quilt pictures :)

I would treasure such a beautiful piece of work. It doesn't matter if I knew the names or not. Someone put alot of work and love into the piece. It deserves to be loved back.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Truly a treasure. A beautiful, unique family treasure. Love it. You are very blessed to have it. Let it blow!

Crispy said...

Wow wonderful "quilt"!! How fun to have been gifted with it.

I found that my magic wand is my slow dial-up. While things are loading, I dash off and get something done LOL.


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