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Vintage Antique Quilt Top

on Nov 27, 2014 in Blog, quilt | 1 comment


Happy Thanksgiving!

On this day of families, thankfulness and gathering, I wanted to share a family quilt story with you.

Antique Quilt | ReannaLily Designs

Wowsa, right? This is a quilt top made by my grandmother’s granny. I guess that would be two greats, for me. As the story goes, great-great-granny was a twin back when twin’s names matched. Nora and Dora, cute right? This quilt was made towards the end of her life and we estimate it was in the 40’s or 50’s. It is not too terribly big.

My grandmother, however, likes to tell the story: “Jenni, I have made two quilts, total. And both in one day. Those would be 1/ My First Quilt and 2/ My Last Quilt.” So, turns out quilting skips generations. hahahah. She was glad I was into quilting, though, and passed this along to me.

Antique Quilt | ReannaLily Designs

It is machine pieced and then hand sewn black blanket stitched for applique. I received this top from my grandmother around 2003-2006. I loved it and didn’t want to “mess it up” so I packaged it in plastic, then in a rubber tote, and surrounded by other stored fabric items. Well…. then we moved. Um… 4 or 5 times.

GREAT NEWS- I just re-found the quilt in October. Now that is kinda awesome, too, because my mom’s birthday is in October. As far as family pass-downs go, this should rightfully be hers. Thank goodness I found it and was able to get it to her.

Antique Quilt | ReannaLily Designs

The top is currently with my mom. She’ll be quilting it and finishing up her antique family quilt. Stay tuned. I’m so happy to be able to share this find with you guys.


    1 Comment

  1. I, too, have inherited quilt tops. My mother didn’t finish some of her projects and I’ve begun finishing some of hers as my part. Quilts will go to my kids, so they are already 3 generation quilts, right? loved the story of your “inheritance”.


    December 7, 2014

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