Thursday, February 14, 2013

Down on the Farm


Oh joy when Mom pulled these beauties out of a trunk and asked if I'd like to have them.   All handmade by my Aunt Emma, one of my dad's sisters.  Dad is the youngest (nearly 94) of ten children and the only one still living.  Lucky me.


The blocks are big and there are 9 of them.  No time at the moment to take new photos so these were taken at Mom's house.  When I have the time I think I'll make a new garden lady quilt.  You may remember my previous Ladies of the Garden that I've shared HERE and HERE.

Dad's family were cotton farmers in Texas.  His family also made this gorgeous Double Wedding Ring quilt top, hand pieced.  Don't you love the yellow background?  It was given to me nearly 30 years ago, before I quilted.  Moving as much as I did I feared it getting lost so Mom held onto it for me.  Now it's back home again.  It's in excellent condition.


This was a huge surprise that Mom pulled out of the trunk.  It's in mint condition and I believe it's all hand pieced.  This beauty also came from Dad's family.  Mom knows I'll love and appreciate and finish these beauties.  I have others to share so stay tuned.  Mom still has beauties in the trunk for my sister.  Happiness is a Mom with a trunk filled with goodness.

Happy Hearts Day!

~Piecefully, Stephanie

39 comments:

Kiera Vanella said...

What beautiful heirlooms.

September Violets said...

What a wonderful surprise for you! It's so nice to receive crafts made by your own family many years ago. The ladies are so charming, and the roses have an almost modern look to them. I love the interesting pattern of the last quilt, and it looks so well made. Lucky you indeed! What a great way to spend time with your mom in pouring over quilts made long ago. Brings a smile to my heart! :) Wendy (perfect for Valentine's)

Vicki W said...

Awesome! Those garden ladies are veey special.

Vicki W said...

*very
I can't type well on the tablet while exercising. :-)

KaHolly said...

These are incredible. Many years ago, my grandmother in TX had a trunk full, too, made by my great-great grandmother. When she passed away, I don't know whatever happened to them. Luckily, she gave me one, which I treasure and always will.

Nedra said...

You won the lottery! How wonderful to come from such a great quilt heritage.

Brenda said...

I love the roses and the embroidery on the blocks. what a lovely inheritance. what are your plans for them?

dutchcomfort said...

Love the quilt in the last picture! Do you know how old these quilt (tops) are? I see so many wonderful fabrics!

Lee D said...

Oh these are treasures for sure. You and I are so fortunate to have the quilts made from our elders. I know I cherish all of mine. I just wish I had met the Great Grandmother that made them. Sadly my dad doesn't remember her quilting, but she did. I have 6 and my sister had 4 or 5 and my mom one too. I bet there were more around. Enjoy piecing them together and all the memories that represent. If only they could talk.

Lynn said...

Thanks so much for sharing the quilts with us today. It really makes me happy to see pieces passed on and treasured. I'm looking forward to Garden Ladies pt. 2 sometime in the future!!

AnnieO said...

You are truly a lucky quilter! What magnificent treasures. The garden ladies of another era...what a fun project to ponder.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

How gorgeous and special Stephanie! They probably need labels pinned to them now if you are not going to finish them so you can add as much information as you and your Mom remember. Just an absolute treasure trunk!

pratima said...

How nice to have family heirlooms that tell stories of the past in their own silent way. They are equally lucky to have found a caring home to be loved and treasured forever! Thank you for sharing :)

Cardygirl said...

What wonderful treasures...and a beautiful gift from your ancestors!

Janet said...

What fantastic treasures, I adore the garden lady blocks and the tops are gorgeous. You're so lucky you have quilting heritage in your family.

Sandi said...

What wonderful treasures to have from your family. The best one being your dad and your mom for keeping them safe for you to enjoy.

Ilive the lemon yellow background, one of my favourite colours.

Thanks for sharing these lovely gems.

Maja said...
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Maja said...

Fantastic heirloms!

Janet said...

I love those garden ladies blocks!! The flowers and embroidery are marveous! What a treasure to have these projects from your family :0)

Ellen in Oregon said...

The blocks are amazing. I have never seen that exact pattern before - What a treasure! The 2 quilt tops are beautifully pieced and I am surprized that the colors have are so vivid. I think the fact that you will be the family member to complete these tops makes the find so much better than if you received them already finished. Sort of makes the generations come full circle and when handed down will be a wonderful legacy. I hope the love of quilting will also continue for the next generation.

Little Busy Bee said...

These are truly beautiful heirloons, how wonderful to have such treasures in the family.

Ulla said...

Lucky you! I have been happy to have a mother with a trunk (or more) filled with treasures from the family, not quilts but other handmade things. I can imagine the situation with you two at the trunk! Yes, write down as much of the information as you can.

Cille said...

What amazing quilts... Real treasures. I like your mothers trunk :)

Kaaren said...

OMG!!! Those are better than winning a lottery, Stephanie.

I absolutely love the first one and yes, your Garden Ladies would love some new company and those ladies are wonderful.

I'm still in awe!

Glenna @ Hollyhock Quilts said...

Each one a fabulous treasure!

Carrie P. said...

Oh! my goodness! what treasures you own now. The ladies are so sweet but I do love that last one.
I own an antique wedding ring quilt from my husband's side of the family.

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Gorgeous with a capital G!
The Garden lady blocks are so pretty and the quilt tops are amazing! Such a special family treasure.

Kimberly :)

Candace said...

What treasures to have, Stephanie! To know the stories behind them is even better! They're in such wonderful condition - lucky you!
Cheers!

cassandramadge said...

Oh my goodness, what incredible treasures!! It's amazing what beautiful condition they are all in, and you will make sure they stay that way for another 100 years I'm sure. I wish I had a trunk full of that sort of goodness. I'd never have the patience to hand-piece those beauties in a million years!

Fabric Fanatic said...

love, love, love the newest garden ladiess blocks! I had never seen them before and they are charming to beat the band.

Jackie said...

Wow, wow, wow!! What a lucky girl you are to have such heirlooms in your family. I absolutely adore them all, and they couldn't have gone to a better person. I know that you will cherish them all of your life!! What a great Mom you have too!

lindsey said...

These are all amazing...I love it when I find something old with history attached and this is so lovely to have history from your own family. The wedding quilt is my favourite :)
I have few things that my grandmother and mother have made and treasure them greatly.

Heidi said...

Love the wonderful ladies ! you're lucky !

Simone de Klerk said...

Such incredible treasures! Happy great grandchild or is it great great grandchild?

Solstitches said...

I'm absolutely loving seeing these quilts from another era.
The Double Wedding Ring is magnificent and wow to it being all hand pieced!
Your mom certainly has some beautiful heirlooms stashed away.
These couldn't have gone to a better home.
Margaret

Shari said...

How wonderful to have such family treasures. It's good to know they are in good hands.

Mary W. said...

How wonderful that those beautiful quilts have a home with someone who appreciates them!

Does a pattern exist anywhere for the garden ladies? I would love to try making one.

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Oh Stephanie, what a glorious bundle of DELIGHTS!! You certainly have a talented heritage, my friend. :-)

Annemariesquilt said...

Wow , lots of stories to tell this quilts.
Thanks for sharing ?