Sunday, December 8, 2019

The Quilts They Made

Fabric, needle, and thread are the physical essentials to make a quilt.  The other essentials are a person who knows how to use the tools to good advantage to create a warm quilt that won't fall apart with years of use.  My mother, my grandmother, and my great-grandmother were such women.  I can attest to the fact that quilting is an adventure that requires some effort to learn, especially when it comes to the fine hand-quilting stitches.

A Dresden Plate quilt made by my mom, Audrey (Meinzen) Doyle, in about 1956.

The Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt made by my grandmother Emma Virginia (Bickerstaff) Meinzen, probably in the mid-1900s.

My great-grandmother Tressa Rose (Froman) Doyle's Double Wedding Ring quilt, made sometime before her death in 1936.

I have the first and last quilt in my possession and cherish them, though my mom's Dresden Plate has been used so much it's almost threadbare.  I no longer use it but pull it out occasionally to enjoy the blocks I enjoyed so much when I was a child.   My mom made two of these quilts, one for my sister and one for me.  I'm grateful to have mine.

This post was written for Amy Johnson Crow's 2019 version of 52 Ancestors.  The post topic for the week was "Craft."


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  1. These are beautiful! How wonderful that you have a family tradition of quiltmaking. I am the first in the line, and probably the last.

    1. Yes, I think they're beautiful, too, Shasta. Even if you're the only one if your family right now, that's a good start. Perhaps someone after you, a grandchild, a niece may take it up in future years.

  2. Oh I just love the arrangement in the Flower Garden quilt.

  3. Yes, it's beautiful, isn't it, Wendy? I love how the blocks create a pattern around the center of the quilt.


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