A Tale of Two Quilts

26 09 2017

My friend and fellow quilt guild member, Yolanda, has a long time friend, Sophia. This is the story of Sophia’s family quilt and Yolanda’s remake in the spirit of the original design. My part was quilting the remake.

Sophia writes “My great-grandmother, Serena Herndon (Richards), started this quilt in Oklahoma in the late 1920’s, but my grandmother, Elzira Scoggins (Herndon), finished the quilt top in Mt. Shasta and Oroville, California sometime during 1930s-1940s. My mother, Serena, born in 1945, quilted this blanket in Oroville around mid to late 50’s.” Be sure to click on the photograph to zoom in. Many of the fabrics are wildly colorful.

Sophia’s mother recently passed, and so she asked if Yolanda would cut up the quilt top to incorporate some of the original blocks into a new quilt because  many of the fabrics were worn out from age and use. Yolanda encouraged Sophia to allow her repair the old quilt instead and also to make a new one that would capture the design of the original. Happily, Sophia agreed.
The inspiration for the quilt blocks came from the original quilt. Yolanda’s goal was to isolate the original block design and set it on point. However when she laid out the blocks to audition them before sewing sashing between them, she liked the look of a horizontal set best. By exercising creative license, Yolanda gave the new quilt its own identity. The angels in the central panel are representative of Sophia and her mother meeting again in heaven. The wording “To God be the glory, until we meet again” is her way of rejoicing for the coming reunion.
Yolanda selected 2 1/2 inch wide strip packs of Civil War reproduction fabrics from Connecting Threads. The border is an end of bolt find from Pineapple fabrics; the backing is 108 inch wide cotton backing also from Pineapple fabrics. I quilted the “Splash” pantograph with old gold polyester thread. The gold blended well with all the patchwork blocks yet showed up nicely in the wide blue border. Since I didn’t want to quilt the panto over the angels, I meandered in the background of the panel and echo stitched around the angels. (It was not easy to interrupt the pantograph in this way, but this treatment suited the quilt.) Yolanda added a label which details the tale of these two wonderful quilts.
In the words of Hattie, another of Yolanda’s friends, this Granny Square block is so reminiscent of lessons learned from those who have gone before us.  Yolanda’s remake of Sophia’s family quilt is a beautiful story of a shared love for this ageless art work.  Isn’t it wonderful how the past can bring out the best in us?
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7 responses

26 09 2017
Judie

That was a good idea to remake the quilt, although it was very pretty. The remake is lovely and colorful. I have two vintage quilts made by my grandmother in the 30’s. I treasure them. Thanks for showing your quilt.

27 09 2017
Linda G

So much love in this story. Thank you for sharing with all of us!

27 09 2017
Lori Brewer-Quiltingneeds.com

Lovely story and quilt. Thanks for sharing.

27 09 2017
drubrock

Lovely! Thanks for sharing!

1 10 2017
Emily

A lovely tale of two quilts:)

17 10 2017
Sherryl

It’s so beautiful and you can see the love that was put in when making the quilt. I’m so proud of you Mimi.

18 10 2017
Yemisi

It’s one thing to be able to quilt at all
It’s one more thing to be able to quilt something this memorable with so much love and history
It’s another, to be able to describe the process so eloquently that makes those of us who don’t know how to quilt feel like learning fast
Congratulations to all of you who participated in this story of history, love and blessings

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