My grandmother was a creative sort. She created elaborate ‘settings’ from driftwood and branches and berries and dried flowers and moss. She crocheted and sewed and decorated cakes and had several flower beds and rock gardens. She did elaborate embroidery, and taught me basic stitches to work on…for pillowcases and such. I never saw her quilt but she gave me a quilt that she and her sister had worked on together when they were younger.
Like an idiot, as a young married in her twenties, knowing no better…I USED the quilt! I used it as my bedspread and I washed it and used it again and washed it again, over and over, and it held up for a good long while. She never told me not to do so. I had no clue that after a few years it would show wear and tear. When it did I just put it away for display but still washed it now and again.
Years later it was my inspiration to start to learn to quilt. I still have it now and washed it a year or so ago, probably for the last time. I recently did a post on a Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt that I have and while I was taking pictures of it I decided to also take some pictures of my grandmother’s Dresden Plate quilt before I put it away for good.
Perhaps I was not an idiot to use it, though. It was made back in the 20’s or 30’s. In perfect condition, never used, it could have still ended up in a thrift store after my demise ( like the Grandmother’s Flower Garden that I purchased ) with no one knowing its history or loving it or using it. She wanted me to use it. I did, I still have it, and while it is tattered and torn, it is still a beauty and a testament to quilting history from the Depression era.
( My cat just jumps on the bed…the quilts’ demise over the years is not due to her…she just likes to be photographed! :)
So many stitches in this old quilt…lovely handwork.
While my stitches are not this tiny or close, for Slow Sunday Stitching, I will continue hand-quilting the snowball quilt that I am working on at the moment.
Joining Kathys Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.
Also Sharing at:
- Sew Many Ways
- Little Red House
- Frugal By Choice
- Freemotion by the River
- Common Ground
- A Stroll Thru Life
- Val’s Quilting Studio