Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Family Heirlooms

I was honored by Dean's family when they gave me these family quilts.  Dean's mom was the only daughter in a large Mormon family in Idaho.  I don't know anything about these quilts since they don't have any labels on them.... dang.... I need to start labeling my quilts.....

I got them out of the closet to take pictures since I will be showing them at our quilt guild's show in the bed turning display.  

The log cabin is pieced by hand and I think it's uniquely done, however, I'd love to hear from anyone reading this if they know more about this technique.  Each strip, or log, is stitched on by hand, then the fabric is folded over the stitching so it's not visible.  It is made with old men's suiting fabric, velvet, satin, and it is really starting to show its age.  The back is made of a very rough fabric and it has quite a few holes in it.  I am not sure how, or if, I should try to restore it.  It is really, really heavy, too!













The wedding ring quilt is made from feed sacks, I believe, as you can see in the faded words on the back.  I have no idea its age, either.   It's hand quilted, and parts of it are hand pieced as well.  

Do you label your quilts?  I have done a few, only to find that the printing washed out after the recipient washed the quilt!  You know, the ones that you print in your ink jet printer?  I haven't had luck with those.  

I appreciate the simplicity of the quilts that are finished by hand.  Sometimes we way over do the machine quilting (guilty!), don't you think?  



 Here's that closeup of the print on the feed sacks.

7 comments:

viridian said...

Lovely! Thank you for sharing these beauties.

Frog Quilter said...

These are great! I embroider my labels and then sew them on. I still have a few quilts without labels. I've had to check winning ribbons to find out when it was made LOL.

mycreativecorner3 said...

I love these quilts and to be able to keep them preserved is wonderful. I haven't labled any of my quilts either. I need to fix that.

Mina said...

Wow, what wonderful quilts. I don't label my quilts. Sometimes I do when I have given a quilt as a gift and the recipient asks me to label it

Deb A said...

I've been writing labels onto a folded square (10 inches and then I pin it so the binding is sewn over it) on the backs of my quilts with a small permanent marker I got at a quilt shop. My early ones...... they did not really get labels.
I love your family quilts. Absolutely beautiful, especially the wedding ring one. Love the hand quilting. I've never seen an X done in the middle before. Very neat.

Connie said...

What beautiful quilts and how lucky you are to have them. I don't usually label my quilts....guess I should. Thanks for sharing.
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I am Just One Mom said...

Have considered storing them on archival tissue paper covered swim noodles? No more wear and tear on fold lines.

Love your stitching abilities!

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