23 March 2007
Have I ever shown you this quilt? This quilt, that I call Auntie's Flowers, was made by three generations of women in my family. Remember, I come from a long line of needlewomen. The embroidered flower blocks were started by a Great Aunt during the depression in the 1930's and were continued and finished by my Auntie who was about 16 at the time. I set the blocks and quilted it.
Some of the embroidery patterns were printed in a newspaper and others were drawn by my Great Aunt Sue. Susan was an artist who studied at an art conservatory 'back east' and graduated in 1904. The green used in the alternating blocks is some of 'that green' (I think it is called Nile Green?) from the same time. I searched antique shops and old quilt(y) merchants at quilt shows until I found enough yardage. I supplemented it with a bit of the Aunt Grace fabric of the white daisies on a green background. The backing is more of the Aunt Grace. The finished size is about 45x60".
Can you believe that I have another complete set of the embroidered blocks? I am currently coloring them in with crayons. I figured why not? It was a technique used in the day.
On another note: I was in Denver-town the past several days. My niece was in town for a conference and I picked her up from the hotel. She and I spent the night with Auntie and took her out to dinner. It was a nice familial interlude and great to catch up with Peach and to see what a beautiful and caring young woman she has turned into.
Now I'm off to a quilt retreat so I'll talk to you when I get back. Have a wonderful weekend!