Dave’s Aurora 2017

Dave’s Aurora 2017

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Keeper of the Quilts....Part 1

....is what I have become. My Dad is one of two beneficiaries of cousin Susan's estate in southern Virginia. We will miss her so much for many reasons, one being that she was our family historian. She was the Keeper of Memories; which relative lived where, who married who, what kind of work they did; so many stories filled with humor and warmth. Dad asked me if there was anything we would like amongst the furniture pieces and I chose a large blanket chest. Working out shipping arrangements with the attorney handling the estate, a long ago conversation with Susan about family quilts came to mind. On checking, no one was interested in any quilts and they would be packed in the chest and sent along...

This is the blanket chest...ball feet, dovetail joints

And this is what was inside....

A much used and tattered 4 patch, widely sashed with a tiny faded blue print (Cadet or Soldier blue?) this is the best part of it...any fabrics printed with black have long since broken down...

Irish Chain - overdyed green print and chrome yellow

Close up...

Identified from one of my favorite books..

Same print - first row, 3rd on right. 1860-1880
A 20th century quilt - more modern fabrics -
look closely at the way the triangles were pieced -

Would like to know more about this one - love the pieced center medallion. Looking at the fabrics could go on forever...can you see how the quilter made an "adjustment" when her blocks did not fit just right - and the little flipped flying geese...

Who was this quilter? My great grandmother?

And did she serve holiday dinners on this circa 1840's platter? Red transferware by Adams (English). My Dad says he remembers seeing this used when he was growing up. It has been in the family forever and it was wrapped in the quilts from the blanket chest. What a treasure....

Hope you enjoyed my little Show and Tell...check back in a few days for Part 2... I have a total of 8 to share with you and there are some lovely ones yet to come....


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20 comments:

Lori said...

How precious to have these family quilts. Do you know who made them?

Mimi said...

Oh Pat.....what a treasure trove! I love red toile, too. I had to laugh about the star points being turned around. I fear that! The chest is absolutely lovely but the inside treasures are certainly even better. Thank you for sharing.

Caro said...

Lovely! You should contact Mary Koval or Barbara Brackman for help.

Karen said...

What a treasure you have received. The star quilt is my favorite one of the quilts. The colors draw me to it.

Janet said...

So very lovely! How wonderful to have such beautiful and interesting family quilts come to you!

Pondside said...

I loves your show and tell, Pat. You have indeed been given treasures to hold for your family. What a surprise the beautiful quiltist have been!

Sheri in Iowa said...

Love all your treasures.......What beautiful quilts! Transferware platter also is beautiful!

chris capista said...

So fortunate to be the new custodian of these family treasures. I look forward to seeing part 2 of the story.

Cindy P said...

Thank you so much for sharing !! I love you story and can't wait to see the rest of your treasures !!

Janet O. said...

Oh, my goodness, I love everything you shared--the chest, the quilts, the platter! What wonderful treasures. Looking forward to part 2!

Kyle said...

I'm glad that you're now the family keeper of the quilts. What special treasures to care for. The photo of your great grandmother is precious. Can't wait to see more.

Quilting Babcia said...

What a wonderful treasure! Looking forward to seeing your next post. It reminds me of going thru the closets and attic at my grandmother's house when I was young.

Susan said...

Simply wonderful Pat. They have definitely come to the right home. I can't imagine how it must feel to be delving into such a treasure chest.

Barb said...

What a marvelous post. I love the blanket chest. What beautiful craftsmanship.
The quilts are all heirlooms and fun to study.
That red and white transfer ware is absolutely stunning! what a gorgeous piece.

Sharon said...

What a lovely surprise that plate must have been. We have virtually no family history but my dad wants me to go to Ancestry an start some tracking. I must make time for that. LOVE that there is o much hand quilting. What treasures you have been trusted with!

Kathie said...

Chocolate chips in cookies how about a caramel macchiato?? :)
How lucky those quilts are to be given a home where they will be treasured for the work and the memories that are imparting. These will certainly make one's heart sing with joy.

yarnjourney said...

What wonderful heirlooms. You are so lucky to have the quilts, chest, and plate. Many families split up and move so often those things are not able to be kept together. You are blessed to have a photo of your great grandmother too. It is also wonderful that you understand the quilting that went into each quilt and can pass that information down too. Thanks for sharing.

Aunt 'Reen said...

So nice to see that the trunk filled with quilts and other treasures ended up in the right hands.
Now you shall become the family Keeper of Memories!
I look forward to seeing and hearing more. Thanks for sharing these special gifts with us!

Leslie Lim said...


Wow. Awesome article. Please do more articles like this in the future. Very informational and knowledgeable. I will expect more from you in the future. For now i will just bookmark your page and surely I'm gonna come back later to read more. Thank you to the writer!


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