Thursday, March 13, 2014

A Special Quilt

I have several quilts made by two aunts -- one my mother's sister and the other my father's sister. Aunt Annie (my father's sister) made this one.... and her sister (my Aunt Florence) left it to me in her will.



The pattern is called Sunbonnet Sue
The cute girls remind me of Holly Hobby!



I love this quilt with its hand embroidery on each Sunbonnet Sue and the different dresses which I know were from fabric left from sewing.



It's all hand quilted -- not a machine stitch on it.




It's really big -- here, it's on a king-size bed and has an overlap on the sides of one full row of Sunbonnet Sue's. When my daughter graduated to a twin bed, I used the quilt even though it was pretty big!




Now I have given it to that daughter (who is now 30) and she has put it on my granddaughter's bed. It's a double size bed so the quilt fits much better and makes a wonderful bedspread. Noli knows that she must keep it nice -- no food allowed!




Before I gave it to my daughter, I took pictures of each of the squares. I just couldn't let go of that quilt, or at least the memory of it!




It's a four generation quilt! Five if you count Oliver... 


Even though I miss looking at it, I'm thrilled that Noli loves it and that it's getting some good use. I have told her about my Aunt Annie and what a sweetheart she was. How she told me stories and showed me how to catch frogs in the backyard pond.... and then we had frog legs for dinner! Yes, it tasted like chicken!

I loved to visit my Aunt Annie and Aunt Florence (sisters, sharing a home). Aunt Annie always had a lap to sit in and stories to tell. Aunt Florence was a teacher and I remember going with her to school. They could both cook up a storm and it was fun eating different food.

There were two different times that we were visiting and I had come down with mumps one time and pink eye the other. I got to stay with Aunt Annie and Aunt Florence while my parents continued their vacation -- oh the fun! Sick or not, I had a great time! I remember the little girl from across the street looking in the screen door at me.... but I couldn't play with her because she had not had the mumps. But the next door neighbor boy had had them so I could play with him. But all he wanted to play was trucks. I wished I could have played with the little girl instead!


~ sharing the Sunbonnet Sue quilt over at Miss Jenny's for Alphabe-Thursday where we are studying the letter Q.
~ sharing at Grandma's Briefs for Grand Social


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21 comments:

Paige @ Little Nostalgia said...

Awww! I love family quilts! It's so sweet that your daughter is already passing it down to hers.

The Art Bug said...

That's a really pretty quilt!

Lola said...

Great Q post - lovely!

carol l mckenna said...

Another beautiful quilt ~ delightful and love the colors ~ xxx

artmusedog and carol

Debbi Huntington said...

awwww, what great memories. and what a great quilt. it's wonderful that your heritage is being remembered and handed down to future generations.
Debbi

Rose Clearfield said...

I can't even imagine how much time went into that quilt! All of that hand sewing! It is so sweet, though. How neat to have it in the family after all of these years.

Memories for Life said...

What a beautiful quilt! You can see the love in each stitch :)
And how great that you've passed it on to Noli!

aktuellabilder said...

Lovely quilt. Quite impressive work.

Lmkazmierczak said...

Darling quilt and story♪ http://lauriekazmierczak.com/que-sera-sera♪/

Esther Joy said...

Your quilt is beautiful! What a precious heirloom!

Splendid Little Stars said...

so impressive! all that gorgeous handwork!
How wonderful that this quilt has been shared with several generations of girls.
I hope you write down the stories about the aunts. It's so great to know more about the people who made, and kept, such treasures long ago.

Natashalh said...

Wow. I cannot even imagine how much time that quilt took! It's really neat you have family heirlooms like that to share with your granddaughter. =)

Kathleen said...

What a beautiful quilt and beautiful story, too. I love the Sunbonnet Sue patterns.

storybeader said...

what a beautiful quilt! I wonder how long it took for Aunt Annie to make it. The Sunbonnet Sues are so cute! {:-D

Duni said...

I LOVE this quilt, Sarah! What a gorgeous heirloom quilt. The girls in their individual dresses are adorable! It looks really comfy and soft too...no wonder Oliver loves laying on it ;-)

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

What great memories of your aunts and a special quilt! I love that your granddaughter has it now. I thought of HOlly Hobby too!

AntiquityTravelers said...

that quilt is amazing - all hand stitched? wowza! I loved Holly Hobbie as a girl ... my lunch box was all Holly :)

Betty said...

What a great quilt and it's becoming a family tradition. I hope it goes on your great granddaughter's bed too. Wouldn't that be something? That must have taken forever to make.

pasqueflower said...

I love that Sunbonnet Sue quilt! So happy that Noli appreciates it, too. A family treasure. What happy memories of your aunts.

Kc W said...

Oliver does look very content! What a beautiful quilt and I bet Noli really does love it - it is so pretty and feminine. Plus no one else will ever have one like it! What a gift.

Kaye Swain said...

Oh how lovely! And such sweet family memories! I have a few old vintage quilts made by my great grandmother which I've passed on to my kids and grandkids who love them as much as I did. Lovely family traditions!

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