Monday, June 16, 2014

My Favorite Quilt

Have you been reading the "My Favorite Quilt" posts in blogland lately? Me, too, and since I don't have anything new on the design wall -- here is my own favorite quilt!

This Triple  Irish Chain quilt was made by my Great-Grandmother in the late 1890s.

I received the quilt in 2002 from my Aunt Frances, my mother's older sister. Based on family history, I believe the quilt was made in Paonia, Colorado, where my grandmother owned a boarding house.

The quilt is entirely hand-pieced and heavily hand-quilted. Here is a close-up of some of the quilting:

It's difficult to seen in a photograph, but the last squares in each background block are hand-applique'd.

The fabric is a variety of indigo blues on a white muslin background.

My aunt also gave me a photocopy of a photo of her grandmother, Emma Giddings Carson. I love that she is doing needlework in this photo -- it looks like embroidery.

Bobbie Aug, an AQS certified quilt appraiser, appraised the quilt for me in 2002. At that time, she set the insurance value at $2600! The quilt is carefully stored in an archival-quality box with paper rolled along the folds to save the fabric from breaking.

Linking up to "My Favorite Quilt" at Sew Mama Sew.

Tomorrow is the 90th day of Spring -- I am binding my Quilt Block a Day (BaD) quilt so I can share the finished product on Friday!

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  1. What a wonderful gift! It is just gorgeous!

  2. What a wonderful piece of family history.

  3. This quilt is a great treasure, beautiful. I guess she was cross-stitching. Hugs

  4. How beautiful! And so impressive, all done by hand.

  5. That is a beauty and one of my favorite patterns!

  6. How lovely to have something passed down through the family like that. It came to the right person I think!

  7. What beautiful piece of family history - priceless. Have you considered making a copy to use? Although I don't think I would be able to do something like that by hand, she must have had such patience. The quilt is in beautiful condition too. Gill

  8. What a lovely quilt and how wonderful that you know it's history.

  9. What beautiful craftwomanship!! Priceless.

  10. Absolutely stunning! What a fantastic legacy to be entrusted with.

  11. what a treasure!! So glad you shared it. I shared my favorite quilt at

  12. Wow what an awesome gift and precious keepsake. Love the picture of your grandmother and doing handwork.
    Thanks for sharing


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