Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Stitch in Time

Today I am participating in Vintage Thingie Thursday with Suzanne at  The Coloradolady
 Show and Tell Friday with Cindy at My Romantic Home
Also joining Debra at Common Ground for Vintage inspiration Friday.

 Stop by and say hello!

One thing that I am very proud of owning is pieces of  my family history. Holding on to items that used to belong to my long passed family is very dear to my heart. Hiding in this trunk is a small piece of my past.
Let's peek inside.. Don't you just love how someone put their own personal touches in here? Now I have to admit, this trunk is vintage too,but an auction find and not a family heirloom .
Inside is vintage quilts,quilts and more quilts. Most were made by my grandmother, mother and great-grandmother. I remember laying on the floor,  under the quilting frame in my grandmothers bedroom and  watching them quilting away. I loved how their hands would work so deftly to create some of these works of art.
These two quilts are baby quilts that were in all of our cribs when we were little. Yes they are stained a little, but I do not want to ruin them trying to remove the marks. 
This is just the quilt top that my great-grandmother made. She died before it ever was made into a full quilt.  Imagine the hours put into cutting and sewing all those little pieces. This along with the following quilt was featured in a book by our local quilters guild.
You will notice most of the quilts have a very Pennsylvania Dutch pattern about them.
Don't you love all the time and love put into each one?
Of course someone else decided he needed love and time too.....
Helping preserve these for future generations is also important. Wrapping your quilts in cotton sheets and refolding them to keep from putting stress on the seams and will help keep your quilt around for years to come.
I hope you enjoyed my small trip down memory lane. Until next time....


  1. Your quilts are beautiful and so valuable as they come from the family. The hexagons are closest to my heart!

  2. What wonderful treasures! I love quilts and I am a quilter. How fortunate you are to have so many lovely ones made by family members. That trunk is a treasure. I have a Yorkie too ~ named Bentley. I know that he would love to meet your Snickers!! Stop by for a visit when you have a chance!

    Susan and Bentley

  3. You have some of my most prized treasures today. I have several vintage and new quilts. Most of the vintage were handed down from one generation to another. I love all quilts. You have some wonderful memories. Thanks for the suggestion how to store them.

  4. Oh, what a lovely post....your quilts are beautiful and real treasures...I did not have a favorite...I loved each one!! Have a great VTT!

  5. What wonderful treasures and memories you have in those quilts :)


  6. Your quilts are absolutely amazing!!!! I shared a couple made by my great grandmother a couple of weeks back, so I totally understand the blessing of owning family heirlooms. You might be able to use the unfinished quilt as a tablecloth for a special occasion.

  7. The quilts really are works of art. The hours that must have gone into the making...

    And the trunk! Just beautiful!

  8. Your trunk looks like one I redid years ago in Iowa. When we went into the military we had to sell it. Very beautiful. Love all your quilts. Have a blessed week. Debbie

  9. What a Fabulous Old Trunk & I Love your quilt collection, little puppy is so sweet too....

  10. Love those QUILTS!!!
    Great post!

    Popped over from Debra's VIF1
    Happy Friday!
    Tammy :-)

  11. Beautiful treasures and wonderful memories. Great tips, too. TFS!

  12. What pretty quilts. It's so nice that you have that piece of history to hang on to. And the trunk is beautiful too.

  13. Hi Terry, your quilts are all so beautiful. I have family quilts also and they really are heirlooms. How fortunate you are to have them! And the trunk is wonderful with the old photos inside!Thanks so much for joining in with VIF!

  14. Wonderful, Please write down all the history you know about the quilts, generations will thank you. Great post!


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