Family History

Five generations. FIVE.

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That little girl is me. I’m 41 now. My mother is standing in the back behind me, and next to her is my grandmother. I’m sitting on my great grandmother’s lap, and sitting to the left of her is my great-great grandmother. Her name was Violet, and she was born in 1887.

She made this quilt.

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She hand-embroidered the blocks, which are state birds.



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Alaska and Hawaii are missing, which gives us a hint as to the age of the quilt.

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The backing is a solid salmon-colored cotton. There is no label.


The batting is something I’ve never seen before. I have no idea what it is. It looks a little like cross-stitch fabric to me.

I don’t have much information about this quilt. Violet made it for her daughter (my great-grandmother) who died 4 years ago. The quilt has since been in the possession of my grandmother, who says she remembers the quilt being on her mother’s bed for at least 30 years. My theory is the pattern was run as a block of the month in a newspaper or magazine. Since I want to know more, I’m taking it to Paducah with me! I can’t seem to find a quilt appraiser in my area that is interested in answering their emails or returning my phone calls, and I really want to know as much as I can about this quilt. I want to know the best way to care for it, if I should have it repaired, how old it might be, and what the history of the pattern is.

Not only am I a quilter, I’m a history buff. How cool is it to be in line to inherit (please, Grandma? Pretty please?) this wonderful piece of family history? From the hands of my great-great grandmother, who was born in 1887; 4 generations and one hundred and twenty-three years ago.

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I’ve been patiently waiting to see a picture of this quilt! Wow – she did a great job. It’s amazing how well it’s withstood the years. I can’t wait to see it in person!!

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