Thursday, August 9, 2012

A Special Heirloom Quilt

My husband's grandmother, Mary Grace, passed away last fall. She was an amazing Christian woman. Full of strength, wisdom and of course, love.

One of the things we received of hers was a quilt made by her mother-in-law, Effie Melinda (my husband's paternal great-grandmother). It is a beautiful and colorful quilt....and I love it. It was most likely quilted in the 1930s.

I especially am fond of the "pinwheel" pattern and the navy. I have it in my guest room currently but am thinking about hanging it up on the wall as a colorful piece of art. What do you think? Too much for one wall or do you prefer to see them folded or draped over something?

I am finding that I am really drawn to antique quilts, and I see a collection starting in my future :)  I have two machine made quilts that are new, but this hand-stitched antique quilt is so beautiful and I feel the need to collect and preserve a few more!

A sneak peak of our guest room.....more photos to come once I have it "finished!" 

I love having the house peppered with family heirlooms in each room...pieces that retain so much value and meaning. It's like having a little part of Mary Grace with us still :)

Do you have a favorite quilt or other family heirloom?


  1. If you have a barn you have to make a barn quilt with this as your inspiration! It would be beautiful and have meaning behind it! I took inspiration from a quilt my mother in law made for my oldest and we designed our barn quilt around that. Very lovely quilt. thank you for sharing! check out our posts on barn quilts!

    1. That is a GREAT idea! I will for sure have to do that. We don't have a barn, but we have a small "barn-like" shed. Thanks for stopping by :)

  2. Great quilt! I've been working my way through the museum's quilt collection (with the help of a fantastic intern) over the past few months and haven't come across one with quite that pattern (lots of 1930s gems though). I vote for the bed since draping it puts less strain on the fabric and stitching and you can display it continuously since you can fold it in different ways to even out light exposure. And it goes great with the red bed frame.

    1. I like your suggestion of keeping it on the bed. And I definitely don't want to put too much stain on it or expose it to too much light. I need to study up on the best way to preserve it in a way I can still enjoy it!