11 June 2013

Gramma's Quilt

Loved to death.  That's how I would describe the condition of this quilt when it was handed over to my mom.  Loved to death.  The backing worn and ripped and the binding shredded and almost non-existent.

My mother's mother made many quilts, busily piecing them on her old Singer treadle machine.  Most were made from re, er....  Um, up-cycled Crimplene fabrics.  Old slacks and dresses.  Then tied by my mother and her mom with knotted yarn.  According to my mom, Gramma made most of them in the staggered brick, diamond shaped pattern, as seen here.


As I spent the day re-tying this quilt, stretched taut upon its new backing, I thought of my Gramma and her fondness for this pattern, and realized it would not require the matching of seams.  No points to line up with the staggered bricks.  A versatile design - simple, fun and accommodating to a hodge-podge of fabric scraps.



The kids (my son in particular) helped throughout the afternoon, from beneath the quilt, poking the needle back up for me.  And we tied well into the center - all around.  I was able to bring the quilt home that evening, honoured I had been given the okay to replace the binding.  Then I tied the center by using a hoop.





I would like to thank my cousin, Jennifer.  For keeping this quilt for well over 30 years.  For loving this quilt to death.  And for allowing my mother and I to renew the condition of our Grandmother's well loved quilt. Thank you, Jennifer.  And thank you, Gramma.











32 comments:

Shannon said...

What a great piece of history. It is wonderful to see the things our ancestors have made and used. It is very beautiful!!

heart of charnwood said...

What a beautiful story for a beautiful quilt, well done on re-newing it! :o)

Mike Pearson said...

Great story! I have one from my grandma that is falling apart too... I'm afraid to take it apart! The batting inside is like dust!!!

Stephie said...

Wow Lorna, that's such a fab story! And it's been worked on by 4 generations, that's just amazing :) Where will it go next?

The Sassy Quilter said...

Awww...I love a good quilt story! Don't you just love family quilts. Looks like you did a great job too.

Susan Owenby said...

That's fantastic! I love it. What an excellent and special piece of family history to share and cherish. Congrats!

Adrienne said...

truly inspiring. I can only hope my quilts are loved to death. Thank you for sharing!

Kelly Young said...

what a fantastic story! it's so wonderful that you were able to revive the quilt so it could be loved for decades more!

-Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

Julie said...

The offset pattern does seem like a fabulous idea. I like the thought of not having to match up points. How fun to have an heirloom quilt!

Glinda ♥ said...

Lovely, Lorna, thanks for sharing :)

Sara said...

Touching story to go with this treasured a quilt. Thank you for showing it off!

Lorna McMahon said...

Thank you, Sara... For visiting and leaving such a thoughtful comment.
Hope to see you again!

Lorna McMahon said...

Thank you, Glinda!

Lorna McMahon said...

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave such a thoughtful comment, Julie! I was impressed by the simplicity of the design also. I have a small lap quilt that my Gramma made, but this is my cousin's
quilt. It was a pleasure to help restore it!

P. said...

I have one of those made by my grandma, too (hers is hexagons). We called that fabric double knit in the US. It's like a time capsule to look at those fabrics that made up hers and others dresses and suits at the time. No one has ever attempted to finish it, but it's nice to see how you did it! Just a backing and a binding huh? I can see why, it's so heavy/warm already you wouldn't need batting. Tying seems like the ideal way to do it. Thanks for sharing your story and process!

Lorna McMahon said...

Hi P! Yes, it did still have the batting in it - a polyester one which was still in great shape. But I agree... It was heavy and warm enough with that top! Glad to hear about your grandma's quilt top. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE PICS!!! And tie-ing a quilt is a cinch... Especially compared to quilting by machine on one that size. Thank you for visiting and leaving such a sweet note!

monkeyneedle said...

I have a quilt from my granny that needs fixing as well. Mostly, the seams on the front of the quilt are tearing. I never thought to take it apart to fix it but that might be just the thing to do. What a great memory of your gramma -- Treasure it always!

Lorna McMahon said...

Thank you for stopping by for a visit and leaving such a thoughtful comment, MonkeyNeedle. Aren't grandma's the greatest? Hope our future family will always treasure our quilts, too!

Shauna said...

What an heirloom you have and a great story to pass onto your family.

Lorna McMahon said...

Thank you sew much for the visit, Shauna. This heirloom actually belongs to my cousin, Jennifer. But what an honour and a pleasure to take a part in restoring such a well loved quilt. And to have had my own children be a part of that - priceless!

Lorna McMahon said...

Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a thoughtful, lovely comment. Glad you enjoyed seeing my gramma's quilt!

Lorna McMahon said...

Sew glad you came by for a visit and took the time to leave such a sweet note. Thanks for the job well done!

Lorna McMahon said...

Thanks Mike! Sometimes it's hard to tell what to do. Maybe you could use some new batting? Definitely a treasure whether left as is or restored.

Lorna McMahon said...

Well, Stephie... It is my cousin's quilt, sew I can only assume she will give it to her eldest daughter. But it sure was a pleasure to work on. Thanks for dropping in!

Lorna McMahon said...

Glad you enjoyed the post! Thanks for the visit and the compliment!

Lorna McMahon said...

It is a pleasure to know you much you enjoyed this story! Thanks for the good wishes!

Lorna McMahon said...

Happy to hear that you were inspired. I am sure your quilts will be treasured, too! Sharing this story was my pleasure.

Lorna McMahon said...

Delighted to know that you enjoyed the story of my gramma's quilt! Thanks for the visit and the note.

Karen said...

I love the pattern of the quilt and the colours still look so vibrant! Great job on all that re-tying! You've got a real family heirloom there, so rare and precious.

Lorna McMahon said...

Thank you, Karen for your thoughtful comment! Appreciate your visit!

Sarah Lizzie said...

I adore much used and loved quilts, family heirlooms that have been handed down from generation to generation. They are like warm hugs with many a story threaded through each remnant of fabric and every loving stitch stitched! Your mother, son and yourself have done a wonderful job at restoring this treasure!! Thank you for sharing this precious story!!

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

The kwilt has so many stories behind it..oh if fabric could talk!

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