27 07 2012

We unpacked some quilts made by the “grandmothers.” This quilt, as best we can tell, was made by my great great grandmother, Rosa Etta (Brooks) Rainey. The fabrics are circa 1890-1910. It was hand quilted with pink thread a scant 1/4″ away from the seams. The red binding  was attached by machine.

Tree of Life Quilt

The following quilt is from Chilhowie, VA from my husband’s grandmother’s estate. The fabrics may be from a local shirt and pajama factory. It’s a utility quilt, now soft with usage and age, and it’s kind of lumpy. The Baptist Fan quilting keeps the unbonded cotton batting in place. My favorite patch is on the bottom right. Do you see that tiny square-ish patch sewn in the middle of the dark gray rectangle? I bet it neatly covers a hole in the gray fabric.

Granny's Utility Quilt

Granny’s Utility Quilt

I am so fortunate to have a legacy of quiltmaking and to own some quilts made by “the grandmothers.”




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