Thursday, February 07, 2013

A little History

I have been reading Jennifer Chiaverini's "The Runaway Quilt" . And I love it! I have a few quilts from ancestors too, and they always bring up questions.

This quilt is one from my Mom's side of the family. Her Mom used to keep it on the bed in the back room when my Mom was at college. When my Mom got married she asked for that quilt - and that was her gift.

I don't remember seeing it in our  house growing up, but it must have been there! Somewhere!

When Wrangler Man and I finished building the house we live in now - my Mom brought the quilt to us. They built a hanging rack and it is in one of our rooms.

These are some close ups of the blocks.
E V is my great grandmother's initials.

Just so you know - that 97.... it's 1897....

I think we decided these were silks ( above)

There is a lot of ribbons sewn into the quilt.
We do know that our relatives were quite political.
My Mom also found a photo album that seems to be related to this quilt.
A lot of the initials match the names in the album.

Anyone "Remember the Maine" ?
That was a great history lesson for my boys.
There is also a ribbon along the side from the Continental Congress
I believe my Grandmother was a Page.

I love having this piece of history and the photo album.
There are times I wish there was a journal to go with it - a back story of this quilt.

My Mom and I did take it to an appraiser at one time ( maybe 16 years ago?) 
It was fun to listen to the things she knew about the quilt.
Neither of us were anything close to a quilter then. We just thought it was pretty!!


Missy Shay said...

What an awesome quilt! I have a "journal" quilt that has been rolling around in my head, and this gave me some great ideas! I never thought off adding all of those ribbons I have tucked away.

swooze said...

How neat. What was the value placed on it? Usually when you have related documentation it increases the value.

Jo said...

What a treasure...Antiques Roadshow!

Dirt Road Quilter said...

What a priceless piece of family history you have, and how exciting to know a bit about it! It's the stories behind the quilts that always intrigue me. I guess our blogs are kind of journals into our quilts - a bit like a scrapbook. Thank you for sharing your special quilt.

Nancy said...

Definitely a priceless treasure and a family heirloom to boot!

Jill said...

Oh Alycia, this is GORGEOUS!!!! I'm trying not to be green with envy that you have an antique crazy quilt that was made by a family member ~ and a photo album to go with it.

Kate said...

What a wonderful treasure! I have some of my grandmother's quilts, but no stories to go with them.

Kevin the Quilter said...

A priceless and incredible heirloom and work of art! Thanks for letting me see it in person when I visited!

LizA. said...

What an incredible treasure! How lucky you are to have this wonderful piece of history.