Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Piece of History Preserved

When my grandmother died several years ago, my Mom and Aunt were going through her things to disperse them. They came across a pile of moth-eaten quilt patches that had been hand pieced by my great-grandmother. Some of them were rather tattered and none of them were in perfect condition. My Aunt's first reaction was to throw them away. {gasp} Thankfully, my Mom intervened and scarfed them up. Not sure what to do with them, they sat on a closet shelf for several months. Then 2 years ago at Christmas, she had an artist friend of hers matte and frame them. She gave them to my siblings and I as a keepsake - complete with the original creator's name and date of birth/death.
My great-grandmother died before I was born, but I have a piece of her handiwork wonderfully preserved. Truly one of the best Christmas presents I have ever received!
I'm guessing great-grandmother hand-made all their clothes - including pants - thus the dark, solid colors.

To minimize the moth-eaten spots (this is one of the best ones), my Mom put black paper behind the patch. You can see a spot in the lighter triangle. I love this wonderfully authentic piece of history preserved!

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  1. You are so lucky to have something so special. Thanks so much for sharing it at my Swing into Spring party.

  2. hiya , what a lovely project i just love black and white

  3. It's wonderful, Rachel! I love having treasures like those from older family members. Having the quilt pieces behind glass will hopefully preserve them for a long time. What a great present to get at Christmas!

  4. What a beautiful gift! Your mother was so thoughtful.Have a wonderful day!


  5. Thank you for your kind comments on my kitchen remodel over at Remodelaholic. I don't know the name of the glaze. I'll see if I can find it anywhere.

  6. I love this....and the idea...fantastic remembrance piece!!


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