Wednesday, March 5, 2014

{Memories} Heirloom Wedding Quilt


This quilt was one of our most special wedding gifts.
It was a gift from my grandmother and made by her and the Ladies Benevolent Society she belonged to at her church.
I love the morning glory design that was made custom for us.  The other side is a small floral like the fabric in the flower in the right.
It even came with a matching morning glory pillow.
I haven't used it on our bed for awhile but I recently pulled it out to fold up and display in our living room.  I think it gets better with age (like us?).
I dug up the photo that my grandma sent me when the quilt was finished.  She's third from the right in red shirt.  The letter explained how they put the quilt together on the (then) 100 year old frame that had been willed to the church.   How cool is that?
I also have a card signed by all of the ladies!
Seeing this note in her handwriting brings back so many memories of her.  I really treasure it (time to start scrapping my old photos and mementos now!)
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On the back of the note she summed up why she loved being a part of the quilting group, "Anyway, it's fun to do this kind of thing. You're being virtuous and doing good Christian labor and at the same time getting all caught up with the local news."

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30 comments:

scrappymo! said...

What a lovely story and beautiful quilt to share with us.
This must give you such treasured memories.

My daughter married a fellow whose family were Mennonite. Sadly, noone follows the religion anymore but some of the ladies still quilt.
They gave my daughter a wedding gift of a quilt made from her husband's grandma's old clothes. She had passed away before the wedding and they were very close. The granma was the childcare for her husband when MIL went to work.

I do know how you must treasure this wonderful gift!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

It is gorgeous and what a special treasure. I love that you have the picture and card with all the ladies, that is really special. Hugs, Marty

Katie said...

This is such a beautiful quilt! What an amazing wedding gift.

I especially love the picture and letter with your grandmother's writing. That is certainly something to treasure (and scrapbook!)

And the 100 year old frame. It is just such a beautiful story behind such a beautiful gift!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

What a fabulous heirloom and wonderful memories to go with it. How forward thinking of your grandmother to include a photo of all the ladies who helped make it and write a letter. It's like she knew one day you'd treasure it all. So lovely!

Jules said...

What a beautiful quilt! And the fact that it holds such wonderful memories and history makes it that much more of a priceless treasure!

camp and cottage living said...

Heather
You are so blessed to have such a special gift and especially with all of the history behind it.
I bet those quilting bees were a wonderful social gathering for all of the ladies. It makes me wish I lived back then!

Pam Jackson said...

How special to have that. A great treasure and as you age you will have that history to think about.

Pam Jackson said...

How special to have that. A great treasure and as you age you will have that history to think about.

Carla from The River said...

Heather,
This is a special post.My grandma passed away in January. I have been putting things away that she passed down to us. It is sad and special at the same time.
Thank you for this special post today.

Karen said...

How beautiful! And the note and picture are wonderful additions to the gift. What a blessing to have such a meaningful gift!

Morgan said...

That is so cool. What a special gift! There is just something about grandmothers. I miss my grandmother that passed away so much. The things that I have to remind me of her are so precious to me. I love that your grandma and her group of ladies worked on that together. It is so beautiful.

bj said...

A beauty, for sure. I'm so glad you have it. It will become even more treasured with the coming years.
My mother was a quilter and she made a Wedding Ring quilt for my daughter, packed it good and put it away. A year later, my mother died ...
I gave the quilt to my daughter at her bridal shower and every one of us bawled our eyes out....
then....we ate cake. :))
xo bj
here from Brambleberry.

Debbiedoos said...

This indeed is the sweetest treasure you can be gifted. How cute that you have a picture of all the helping hands. How special this is Heather!

Bliss said...

What a nice keepsake and reminder of your gramma. And something you can pass down .

Clairejustine oxox said...

Oh wow, lovely story and quilt :) it is great how you got to see everyone helping with it :)

Creations By Cindy said...

Heather, I just love your beautiful quilt and more so the story behind it. What wonderful memories! When I think about the time, money, love and more that must have been put into this life-time memory for you it just melts my heart! Brought back memories for me. My grandmother crocheted me a King size spread for me bed. She took her time and piddled with it along and along as she had the money to buy yarn. Took her 3 years to make it. In 1987 our home burnt and we lost everything we had including my precious spread made by my granny. I will never forget the insurance adjusted asking me to put a value on the things we lost in our home and I remember saying to him, "How do you put a value on a crocheted bedspread made by two tiny little old hands??? Treasure it Heather.....Yes, it is just a "thing" but it is far worth more than money any day of the week! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Becky said...

Getting caught up with the local news :) love that. The picture of the group is amazing! Such a great keepsake, in addition to the quilt! I have a few quilts that my great grandma, my namesake, made and my husband's grandma have made and then my mom have made. They are all priceless!

Brandi said...

Such a beautiful keepsake you have. The photo with all of your grandma's friends gathered around the quilt is so special.

Leovi said...

Beautiful photos! A wonderful! Exquisite design!

WordsPoeticallyWorth said...

Nice quilt.

Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

Ida said...

What a great gift and a special keepsake. It's quite lovely.

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

It's just beautiful! The note and the picture are priceless...

bettyl-NZ said...

What a wonderful gift that will become a beloved heirloom!

Lola said...

Such a beautifully made keepsake with so many great memories wrapped up in it!

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

What a beautiful quilt! And even more special with your grandmother's written notes and the picture. I blogged about a special quilt too -- it's so wonderful to have that tangible memory of our loved ones.

carol l mckenna said...

What magnificent work ~ creative, colorful and love heirlooms ~ such a treasure ~ Great Post and photos ~ xxx

artmusedog and carol

jeannettestgermain said...

What a precious memory! And love the colors of the quilt:)

Love Of Quilts said...

This is what I call a real treasure. It is so pretty and looks to be all hand stitched around the flowers. I love to see women enjoying them self around a quilt. Good memories.

Betty said...

What a special gift. You are very fortunate to have it.

edenhills said...

What a beautiful treasure!

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