Family Bethlehem Star quilt

Family Bethlehem Star quilt

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Keeper of the Quilts - Part 2

....so happy you have come back to see the other quilts!

The first one is quite large with a coarser backing and somewhat heavier batting. It was evidently used quite a bit. There is a little rip in one of the side sashings but everything else has stayed pretty much in tack. Attached to the plastic bag it was stored in (such a big No No) was a dry cleaning slip dated 1982....(another big No No - dry cleaning chemicals and quilts should not be used in the same sentence!)

Obviously, the quilter ran short for binding fabric and made do with what was on hand. To me it just adds more charm.

This red and white Bear Paw quilt is another one probably made in the 20th century. The hand quilting is simple, the borders a tad wavy and one of the HST's in a block is a bit unruly. But I love rich red (Turkey red?) and white in any quilt. It is going to be draped over our log railing up in the loft.
Log Cabin! ...love the softly faded colors and it appears to have been used regularly also. Some of the dark browns are about gone - apparently common due to dyes being used. Early 1900's?
Binding - indigo blue print/rounded corners
And lastly - Lone Star or Star of Bethlehem - I feel this was made as a gift for some one or perhaps a couple , newly married? It was obviously planned by the maker as they would have needed enough of the turkey red print to complete the large border. The fabrics remain bright with little fading. It appears to have minimal use if any. The pencil marks are still visible where the quilter drew her design lines - quilting stitches are 10 to the inch. This quilt has taken my heart....

I will continue to research and study these family treasures - it will be difficult to find out who made them - but I have all ready bonded with them and hope that she knows they are with someone who appreciates them and will keep them safe for now until they can be passed on to the next generation.

Pat


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18 comments:

  1. Oh my! You are so lucky to have all these wonderful quilts at your fingertips. I just love the wayward hst. I wonder if it was done on purpose....like the Amish do. I don't have to tell you to enjoy because I just know you are. Thank you for sharing them with us and so glad to hear you are going to display some, too.

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  2. Wonderful, wonderful quilts, Pat! Truly that was a treasure chest you received. Thanks for the show. I loved seeing them and that Lone Star is incredible!

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  3. Pat,
    Thank you for sharing....loved how you described each one. Family treasures are just that-treasures!!!

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  4. The log cabin is my favorite in this batch of quilts.

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  5. Oh Pat, I love that Bear Paw.....but then I saw the Lone Star. What an incredible privilege to have such treasures.

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  6. Gorgeous heirlooms all, but the soft colors of that log cabin really speak volumes about how much it was loved! Thanks for sharing, what a fabulous collection.

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  7. What amazing family heirloom quilts!
    So fun to see the pictures and hear your thoughts on the piecework and such. Thank you so much for sharing these treasures with us!

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  8. What treasure! I'm so enjoying your show and tell. Thank you.

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  9. Aren't they wonderful! I especially love the last two - a faded log cabin is so appealing, and the hand quilting close up is wonderful. Thanks for sharing :)

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  10. These quilts are wonderful! I can see why you have bonded with them.

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  11. what an amazing collection of family heirlooms. I like each one more than the next.
    The log cabin is lovely, the bear paw is r&w wonderfulness and the star is a show stopper.
    thanks for sharing your collection.
    Enjoy them!

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  12. Each quilt got better and better as I read your post. It was meant to be for you to be the keeper of these wonderful treasures. Each one is truly a work of art made by someone's hands a long time ago.

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  13. I have the twin to your first quilt, broken dishes I think? I think my cornerstones are black. Nice selection of show and tell, thank you for sharing.

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  14. Thanks for sharing your quilt treasures with us, Pat! Hope you are staying warm. We have some very cold air today! Very, very brisk! Actually getting some x-stitch done! My hands have behaved for once! xo

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  15. What a wonderful treasure trove! I think my favorite is the log cabin.

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  16. Wow! Amazing! So great they have found a good home with a quilter.

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  17. Great quilts! What a lovely variety. Mine medallion from your preciois post is particularly imteresting.

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