In this past post, I introduced you all to a quilt my grandmother sent me... a quilt that she herself had sewn a block on, as a child. A quilt connected to my family history.
Just the other day, I received another wonderful package in the mail, this time with two more family quilts in it.
I feel so honored to now be the keeper of these quilts, which both have a direct connection to me, though I never saw them until a year ago when I visited my Grandparents.
The first quilt, it turns out, was sewn by my great grandmother Janet. My Grandma says that most all of the fabric in the patchwork part of the quilt she remembers from various pieces of clothing that she or her siblings wore. Janet was quite an artist, says my Grandma. I guess she was the one who did the drawing in the quilt book from the other quilt I posted about. You can see on this quilt how she drew various animals at the center of her blocks and then embroidered them. I have a particular fondness for her piglet!
And then there is this quilt... quilted by my father's mother, or so my maternal grandmother explains. It's a long story, but I didn't know my father that well and he died when I was a teenager. Both his parents passed away before I was born. So it was an amazing discovery when I found out that this quilt that my Grandma was keeping was actually from my father's side of the family. I just love the background color!!
At the moment, I don't have any place I can show these off - and for me, they are too precious to use... So, for now, they are safely tucked away on the top shelf of my closet.