I love that Darius Rucker song, History In the Making. It's about being in love and making a life together - making memories. Making history. That's how I feel about quilts. Do all you quilters out there realize that when you make a quilt you are making history?
Sweetie and I went on a day trip a few weeks ago and I went antiquing at the shops there. In my favorite shop I spotted this beautiful basket quilt. I thought about it for a while (ok, 10 minutes) and then snatched it up. I have quite a nice collection of old quilts and I have a number of wedding ring quilts. What I didn't have was a basket quilt. When I redecorate the guest bedroom it's going to be soft yellows, blues and pink so this beauty needed to come to my house.
What I don't understand is how people can part with their families treasures. Not that I'm not glad that they do. I paid a mere $55 for this quilt. Knowing how merchandise is marked up, it was probably grabbed up at a yard sale or estate sale for $15 or $20. Now don't think I'm criticizing what antique stores charge. I know what they go through and the hours of work they put in to bring us all these lovely items to buy. I am not fond of garage sales and crowds and getting up at 5:00 a.m. to fight my way through only to have something snatched out from under me. No, I'll gladly pay a little extra and let them do it. Besides, $55 was a steal for this treasure.
She's hand pieced and hand quilted with the prettiest soft colors.
There is only one little area with any problems which doesn't bother me at all.
Have you ever taken a nap under an antique quilt? It's soft and dreamy and heavenly!!
This quilter was my kind of gal. She put in some dots to brighten it up, something I like to do.
I was just so ecstatic to see that the maker had embroidered an initial on it as this is rare to find. I have a quilt made by my Great Great Grandma Vernon and she embroidered "VV" on it for Virgil Vernon. So what does "R" stand for? Was it made by Rachael or Rhonda or Rose for her dowry? Was it made by Roberta in her older years to comfort her in her solitude? Since my favorite movie is Somewhere in Time, in my romantic mind I think the R stands for Richard. A quilt made for the love of a lifetime by Elise, while waiting for his return. History in the making....