It was the antique ones that I found most interesting. Earlier in the evening, when we had Show-N-Tell, one of the ladies there, had an antique quilt she was wanting to sell and it made me think of the antique quilts that I was forced to sell a couple of years ago. I had run into a rough financial situation and needed money, fast. So, I had scooped up everything that I thought I could part with that was worth something and I took those items all over town to antique dealers and auctions trying to sell them.
I had these four quilts ( I also had a crazy quilt which I refused to part with, at any price and I still have it.), a Starburst, a Bear's Paw, a Lone Star, and a Friendship quilt. The first three came from a great-aunt and the fourth one from my grandmother.
The Starburst, upon observation, appears to be the oldest. It had a few stains and the fabrics seem to be of another era. It just seemed like it carried a lot of years within it's stitches. I don't think it had seen a bed in a number of years.
|Sunburst Mary Jellison|
|Bear's Paw Mary Jellison|
|Lone Star Mary Jellison|
And last but not least, my grandmother's quilt. This is a a very well-worn Friendship Quilt. I imagine that my grandmother must have been leaving an old home (I'm thinking Oklahoma?) and going to Kansas. Although, that's not certain. And her friends got together and gave her blocks for this quilt. I don't really know the entire story here, either. But this quilt has been used, a lot, and had a lot of fraying on it, places where the fabric had simply separated from itself, especially where there were folded over seams.
|Friendship Quilt Oriel Wagner|
It's good to look back and remember quilts I've known, fondly. I feel like this has finally provided some closure for me, since parting ways with these lovely masterpieces from long ago.