Sunday, July 27, 2008

One of my Favorite Things

Cindy at My Romantic Home is hosting a "favorite things" post. She asks that you post a picture of your favorite things.

One of the first things that sprang to mind for me is this old quilt.
When I was 11 my Grandmother passed away. I used to go with my Dad as he and his brother and sisters were cleaning & preparing her home for auction. There was a huge stack of quilts and Aunt Wava said I could pick one. I just loved this blue and white quilt.

I never used it much until Dan & I got married and we used it on our bed. It looked so new, I never thought about how old it might be. I was washing and drying it regularly without a second thought.
Then one day as I was making the bed I saw stitching (white stitching on the white border) in the corner of the quilt that I had never noticed before. It was a date! Feb 8, 1890!

Since then the quilt has graduated to a place of honor on the quilt rack so as to not wear it anymore than I already had. If my Grandmother made this quilt she would have been 9 or 10, so we are guessing it may have even been her mother who stitched it.

A friend asked me one day, if we were to ever have a fire (God forbid) what would I try and save(other than people). Outside of family pictures, I would definitely grab this quilt down from the rack and take it with me.


  1. We talked about this very thing at my house recently. Everyone in my family automatically said, "oh mom would grab the quilts first before the pictures!" And they are so right. I have a quilt from both my grandmothers and several from my mother. They have a special place in my heart. Your blue and white quilt is beautiful. I've been telling myself I need to make a blue and white one...maybe soon. Blessings, marlene

  2. What an amazing story, how fun it must have been to discover the date. The quilt is beyond beautiful. Thanks for sharing the quilt and the story.


  3. What a beautiful quilt. Gosh, to think that your grandmother's young little hands created something so lovely, so long ago, that now has a special place in your own home ... what an heirloom! Like you, after the people (and cats) I would grab the pictures! :o)
    Sincerely ~Tricia Anne

  4. Here's to your grandmother and a beautiful well made quilt.

  5. Your blue and white quilt is gorgeous. I love that color combination and old textiles really send me. (I hope you'll stop by my blog--my favorite thing is also an old piece of needlework.) I would be thrilled to have a family connection to a piece of handiwork as beautiful as yours.

  6. Your quilt is so beautiful and precious. I love the fact that it has a date stitched on it. My antique quilt is over 100 years, but no date. Thanks so much for sharing.

  7. Wow, that quilt is in great condition and is very cute! What an amazing piece of family history you have to cherish for generations to come.