Fall Family Heirloom Find

For the past year CollectInTexas Gal has been mostly about my
 Family Tree through Tracks of My Texas Ancestors,
Ancestry.com Research and a
Photo Album Scrapbook.
With the First Scrapbook finished and the second on on the back burner
at least until after Christmas.
It is time to get back to
CollectInTexas Gals Collections.
Let's start with a
Fall Family Heirloom Find.

Thank you Maime for this exquisite, beautifully crocheted tablecloth. Although, it was meant for your daughter Kate and probably her descendents, of which I am not one, I will treasure it for the Family Heirloom it was surely meant to be. 
According to the note that was folded in the tablecloth along with the pattern, this was the second one that you made.  How incredible is that!  What a special gift to Vivian and to Kate, who by all indications, must have passed it on to one of her descendents.   This I know, Mamie, from the research I did on Ancestry.com which I was able to find because of the documentation of names in the note.  Thankfully, one of your descendents wanted  your crocheted legacy to endure. 
Although, the note is not dated, I was able to date the pattern back to the 1930's when Sears, Roebuck and Co. offered Hearthside Crochet Cotton and Pattern Booklets in their Catalog.  This time frame fit with yours and Kate's Ancestry Timelines, too. 
Maime, it is now the Fall of 2012.
I thought you would want to know that some Eighty years later your
Hearthside Heirloom Crocheted Tablecloth
is as beautiful and perfect as they day you gave it to Kate.

Found at a Chrisitan Thrift Store that takes donations with all proceeds to the needy.
  This donated from an Estate Sale.
Thank-you Maime, your Crocheted Tablecloth adorns my dining room table
and is now my
Treasured Fall Family Heirloom Find.


  1. The tablecloth is quite lovely. But what amazes me is that the pattern and note survived. For me, that makes it even more special.

  2. Yes, Wendy, the note was an amazing discovery which led to Maimie's family history.

    My theory is that whoever prepared the estate sale of her descendent and owner of the tablecloth did not unfold it to discover the note and pattern.

    I can't imagine that someone would NOT want to keep it in the family.

  3. Oh my this is beautiful! I love the old school hand made art pieces! I have a few from my grandmother. What a terrific dining room addition! Simply put: priceless and gorgeous! Hugs Anne

  4. Such a fantastic find and unbeliveable that it came with the heartfelt note. I'm sure you will cherish as if were your Aunt.

  5. Sue, I'm so glad you didn't let me miss this post! Your heirloom find is wonderful, and I couldn't possibly be more pleased that my cleaning/care tips came in handy. It's wonderful that Maime's gift of needlework will now be enjoyed for years to come. The note left behind is an added treasure!

  6. What a beautiful treasure you now have.

    When I saw it I thought immediately of my Grandmother.

    Thank you for that prompting.

    Have a wonderful week!

    White Spray Paint

  7. What a beautiful tablecloth but the story and history make it extra special! Hugs, Linda

  8. How beautiful Sue,and how lovely that you could find out so much about it. At least now it will be loved and treasured. It looks so gorgeous on your table. x

  9. What a gorgeous find, made twice as special by the note included inside it! I'm glad it came to rest in your appreciative hands where it clearly will be well cared for.

    Thanks so much for sharing it at Knick of Time Tuesday - I'll be featuring you next week and there will be an "I Was Featured" button waiting at the party for you!

  10. Oh, I just love this story! What a lovely treasure to have found, especially with the note. I always wonder how these beautiful heirlooms end up being just donated away. I'm so glad it's found a forever home with you.

  11. That tablecloth is wonderful!! So pretty. I am planing on making it to the post office....it has been one thing after the other!! Happy VTT

  12. Wow...can you imagine someone sitting there for hours and hours 80 years ago just happily crocheting... That is the kind of story that makes me daydream. Great find!

  13. Those are definitely treasures to cherish. Researching family history is a lot of work but worth it in the long run. Simply love the table cloth.

  14. What a fabulous find! Folks don't make them anymore and they are truly time intensive labors of love. It's wonderful the note was included. You rescued a treasure!

  15. How wonderful to have the note that tells the story of the beautiful tablecloth. And to hear that you found a note about it in the ancestry search is amazing. You certainly are lucky to have this special piece!
    thank you for sharing with us on VTT!


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