6/19/12

Heirlooms in My Family Tree

Great Grandmother Martha Jane Marley Carroll may have been a quilter and a knitter. 
I like to think that she was, and that my interest in Quilting and Knitting is a Genetic Thingy!
Over the years I have collected and pieced many 'Grandmother's Flower Garden' quilts
with my favorite fabrics being from the 1930's. 
This year my goal has been to quilt the 'Pieced Tops' that I've collected.
This 'Handpieced Top' was originally made to fit a full size bed as back in the 1930's that was the standard size mattress.
However, the 'Top' had some missing and frayed pieces in the center
and was the perfect piece to re-purpose into four smaller tops.
The 'Flower Garden' blocks and their white and 30's green background pieces were well done and showcase many 30's florals and solids.
By adding 1930's reproduction fabrics as borders and backing and machine quilting,
 the four quilts have been given a new life for many years to come.
Who knows, perhaps this one will become a Family Heirloom...like the photos
from my Great Grandmother Martha Jane Marley Carroll's Photo Album.
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11 comments:

  1. Hi Sue! Your GFG quilt is beautiful! I'm sure it WILL become a precious family show piece! (bug hug)

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  2. I love your flower garden quilt. It's so beautiful!!!

    I have one too that an elderly friend gave me years ago and I quilted it the next winter. It's my favorite pattern.

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  3. What a cheerful quilt. Don't you just love how old fabric feels?

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  4. Sue, that is really a gorgeous quilt. Its really great that you use the reproduction fabrics to keep the original look. I'm sure it will be cherised by family members.
    Ann

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  5. ohhhh Sue, just beautiful ! I have a couple of lovely tops as well but not the skill to finish them,, sigh.
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  6. Oh yes, definitely an heirloom in waiting!

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  7. Hi,
    I liked your blog and I personally invite you to join http://www.coollectors.com - The World's Free Collectors Zone.
    We will also be happy to cooperate with your blog such as adding its link to our site.
    All the best,
    Diane
    info@coollectors.com

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  8. What a gorgeous quilt. and of course I love your family pictures.

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  9. You are so ambitious....GOOD for you...family history needs to be preserved.
    I was pleasantly surprised....as I have the EXACT same Victorian white wicker "parlor" chair in my kitchen...as your
    Ancestor is standing next too.
    We live in Texas too.

    Rose

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  10. Oh how I love a beautiful quilt. I miss my MIL. Two years ago today, on my Sweets birthday, she passed away! Man was she a quilter! We wore one quilt out she made us nearly 30 years ago! My kids all loved it and snuggled with us in it!
    This quilt is wonderful and so intricate. I just love hand work. Beautiful

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  11. Oh how I love a beautiful quilt. I miss my MIL. Two years ago today, on my Sweets birthday, she passed away! Man was she a quilter! We wore one quilt out she made us nearly 30 years ago! My kids all loved it and snuggled with us in it!
    This quilt is wonderful and so intricate. I just love hand work. Beautiful

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