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    Grandmother's Flower Garden inheritance

    Just had to share this with all of you :-).

    Back in October my mother gave me an early part of my inheritance - a quilt made by my Great Grandmother Lorena. She was a young mother during the Depression in Louisville, KY. She didn't sign or label it in any way - something I'm also guilty of on many projects. I've learned my lesson! How much I would have treasured a word or two from a long ago quilter, a Great Grandmother who'd shared my love of sewing. Our family does know she made it so I guess I'll have to make sure that whoever gets it from me knows all about her.

    Oh well, the quilt itself is just beautiful, but has some areas where the hexagons have begun to rot away.
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    deb, Wow, what a beautiful gift you have been given, and such a sentimental treasure.
    That binding is impeccable, as is all of the stitching on the quilt.
    I just know the comfort that quilt is going to give you.
    Lola
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      Beautiful!
      “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world, is and remains immortal.”

      ― Albert Pine

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        What a treasure you have there. And your grandmother sure was a beautiful young woman. Isn't it neat to envision her working on that quilt?

        Hugs,
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          That is so special! Have you checked into ways to preserve &/or repair it without ruining it's uniqueness/value?
          I would love to know how to do that myself...& to keep it from worse damage. I watched an episode of Simply Quilts some time ago that covered preserving & maintaining vintage quilts, but do you think I could remember any of it? Be nice now...
          Last edited by plix; January 22, 2011, 04:39 PM.
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            #6
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            The quilting on this quilt is exquisite. What a gift from a relative! Congratulations. Hugs, Jan L.
            Home, where each lives for the others and all live for God! ><(((((o>

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              Wow, that is beautiful! I'm so happy that are able to have this...it's so special, especially with your shared love of sewing. Thanks for sharing!
              Come by and see what I'm up to on my blog...
              Summer Lee Quilts

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                Deb, this is such a lovely work of art. I can see you have inherited your grandmother's talent and determination. It is a treasure for sure. So happy you were gifted with it!!!!!!!!!!
                Sewing mends the soul.
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                  #9
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                  this is beautiful. i have one my mother did when she was eleven. i need to quilt it
                  Patrice

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                    #10
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                    How gorgeous. I'd love to know a simple way to do hexagons - I really think those are my favorite quilting techniques/designs. I'll just stick to crazy quilting though.

                    What a cherished present.
                    Sometimes, when there's a raging fire,
                    it's best not to try to put it out with gasoline.

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                      That's a beautiful quilt! To me from looking at how the colors aren't all faded in the pictures, the quilt has been well cared for even with some of the fabric deteriorating. I think that just comes from the 'loving' part. Congrats on such a treasure!
                      Shelia

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                        Since it has nothing with her signature, I would hand or machine embroider on a separate piece of fabric who made it and the year it was made or the years your grandmother lived. I would hand sew it onto the back of the quilt. That way, it won't ever lose it's identity as you pass it down.
                        Goodbye Europe! Hello California! Home sweet home.

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                          #13
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                          Wow, a lot of work went into making this beautiful quilt!!! You're one lucky gal to inherit it!!!
                          Goodbye Europe! Hello California! Home sweet home.

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                            #14
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                            how beautiful!! so lucky to have such a treasured quilt...
                            Michele

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                              Originally posted by debinmalaga View Post
                              Just had to share this with all of you :-).

                              Back in October my mother gave me an early part of my inheritance - a quilt made by my Great Grandmother Lorena. She was a young mother during the Depression in Louisville, KY. She didn't sign or label it in any way - something I'm also guilty of on many projects. I've learned my lesson! How much I would have treasured a word or two from a long ago quilter, a Great Grandmother who'd shared my love of sewing. Our family does know she made it so I guess I'll have to make sure that whoever gets it from me knows all about her.

                              Oh well, the quilt itself is just beautiful, but has some areas where the hexagons have begun to rot away.
                              That sure is an inheritance you'll have to treasure. It is just "superpe"!!!!
                              sigpicgreetings from the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

                              Michèle

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