Monday, July 25, 2011

History In the Making...

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....

8 comments:

carol fun said...

What a beautiful quilt! I agree with you I don't want to get up early to hit the garage sales and $55 was a good deal. Glad this quilt ended up in a good home- take care!

Thimbleanna said...

Wow Miss Jean -- you lucky girl! It's beautiful -- what a great find. Like you, I'll never understand how people can part with their family treasures. We were watching Pawn Stars last night and several people brought in things -- really cool things -- from their g-g-something-grandparents -- some even with pictures or documentation with names -- how on earth can you part with those treasures for a few measly bucks???

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Jean,
Oh my goodness you only paid $55.00 Wow, amazing...
The basket quilt is beautiful!!!!
I wonder the same thing why on earth would anyone want to get rid of a family quilt.
I finished my quilt "yeah"
I learned a lot and really enjoyed sewing it, although the binding was never ending and my fingers still hurt..LOL
I only have one antique quilt I purchased while visiting Gary's sister in IL. it is all hand done and very heavy. I have it hanging on the wall in my bedroom. I have been looking at quilt ladders and I think I will purchase one to hand it on instead of the wall.
I bet your collection of quilts is amazing a real treasure to behold. I really enjoyed your post!
Have a sweet day and big hugs, Elizabeth

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

You did get a good deal!!! It is really pretty! Does Maggie get to nap on it?

Miss Jean said...

Funny question! Maggie naps anywhere Maggie wants to nap. She's spoiled (see previous post!) LOL!!

brigette said...

what a gorgeous quilt and it couldn't go to someone who would appreciate it more!! i can't imagine why someone would let it go. i swear, if my kids sell my quilts at a yard sale after i'm gone, i'll totally haunt them!!!

Bocci said...

Truly beautiful quilt! And doing what we enjoy is the real savings:-)

ChaChaneen said...

You got a deal my beautiful friend! I like the design of baskets too, very spring!