|Mother's Wool Throw|
Although my mother was a wonderful seamstress and the 4-H sewing leader when I was young, she was not a quilter. However, she did make me a wool throw with square pieces sewn together with crochet stitches. Several of the blocks are embroidered or appliqued with symbols of my young experiences. Unfortunately, over the years moths got into the wool. I have sealed it well and treated it to avoid the moths escaping to work on other things, but I can't bring myself to destroy her gift to me.
|Drunkard's Path Pattern|
The remainder of this blog is a real treat, with photographs and stories received from readers. Jim Clopton asked, "What do you do with empty walls in a hallway?" and provided the answer with a quilt pattern called Drunkard's Path. I guess Jim assumed that even a drunk could find his way down a hall!
Some of the quilts shared in photographs and stories are imperfect, with stains and tears and fading, but they remain precious heirlooms from the grandmothers and great-grandmothers who made them. Others were lovingly cared for and were passed to loved ones in like-new condition. Janis Moore wrote to me: "My mother made several beautiful quilts. She gave each of my kids one of her quilts for a wedding gift." Janis' mother was my Sunday School Teacher when I was a little girl, and she was a lovely lady.
|Connie Watts' Grandmother's|
Rodney Smith shared: "My grandmother and great aunts were quilt makers; however, my mother was also a dressmaker. She even made a cashmere sport coat for me when I was in college." I made my husband a tuxedo long ago that he wore to several important corporate events. What I remember most about making that tuxedo was the eye strain of sewing on black!
|Marcy Johnson's Grandma's|
Terry Navarro wrote: "My mom was a wonderful seamstress--made my wedding dress, flower girl and maid of honor. She could do anything. Back in the day, the neighbor ladies would get together and tack a quilt-Grandma, LaLa, Grandma Rojas, Mrs Rosa. It sure was fun to watch."
Her comments led to several other comments from others about the dresses their mothers made for them when they were girls--including Maxine Howard and Marsha Thompson. Those were the days when patterns were less than a dollar and fabric could be found in many stores, I'll bet! Today, most fabric is to be found in quilt shops.
Thank you to everyone who shared stories and pictures, of which I received more than I had room to share but loved all of them. I'll close with a comment sent by Phyllis McCart in response to last week's post about the sewing machines on which some of the pictured quilts may have been made. Phyllis wrote: "These vintage sewing machines are making a comeback! I am a quilter (33 years) and these machines are being used. The are sturdy, all metal parts. Parts are available for repairs and replacements. Quilters are loving them." Mary Vandenburg added, "My mother made all my dresses on a sewing machine like this one (referring to last week's blog). Oh, how I wish I still had it, even though I don't sew!"
As Alice McMillan Lockridge said in her note, these quilts are "a reminder of the life our foremothers lived. They made work into art and their machines were beautiful too."
(You may click on the images to enlarge them, and you may scroll down to read the earlier blogs about quilts and the beautiful vintage machines.