Thursday, March 18, 2010

Heirloom Quilt


Today I am participating in Suzanne's Vintage Thingie Thursday over at her lovely blog Colorado Lady. While we have many "vintage thingies" in our cottage, this quilt is especially precious to us. Victorian "Crazy Quilts" were very popular back in the late 1800's. Silks and velvets were used and embellished to form a very random pattern.

This particular quilt was handed down to my husband from his father, who received it from his own mother. I believe it was originally made for my husband's great grandfather by his sisters. They embellished their patches with initials, flowers, kittens and birds.

Look at this sweet little kitten with it's paw in the fish bowl!

And the pretty daisies. I think that those are my favorites!

We do not display this quit too often. It is still in excellent condition and we are doing our best to preserve it . May 16, 1888 was a long time ago, yet I can sense the dedication and creativity of the young women who lovingly created this quilt.


I hope you have enjoyed this precious heirloom. Please be sure to stop by and visit all of the other postings at Suzanne's "Vintage Thingie Thursday"!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

26 comments:

  1. What a Priceless Treasure! I've seen many quilts like this as a quilt appraiser, and your's is amazing. I'm glad to hear that you have it safely stored for future generations to enjoy. The embroidery is so beautifully done and knowing the history makes it all the more a family heirloom. I'm assuming you have it stored in archival acid free storage and not a cedar chest or plastic bag. Thanks for sharing on this VTT.

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  2. HI Susan and Bentley

    The quilt is amazing, what a wonderful thing to have, you can just see them sitting sewing, such a fantastic treasure.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Hugs RosieP x

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  3. This quilt is indeed special, and I echo CollectIn texas Gal's comments on care. There is some wonderful stitchery on this quilt!!!

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  4. I love crazy quilts. I have one I made from vintage neckties. You are lucky to have an old one that is still in good condition. Most of the old ones I have seen have at least some material that is disintegrating.

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  5. That is a gorgeous old quilt! I adore it. Treasure it always! :-)

    xoxo
    Jane

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  6. What a wonderful treasure!! Apart from the fact that it is so beautiful, you must be so proud to own it!!!
    xxxx

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  7. Excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor! I think that is the finest example of a Victorian crazy quilt that I have ever seen. I could look at the stitching and fabrics in that quilt all day (and then again the next day, and the next). It is exquisite!

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  8. I think that is the most GORGEOUS crazy quilt I have ever seen- the combination of beautiful fabrics, fabulous embroidery, and the wonderful signature make it truly special! What a treasure! Thanks for sharing it with us!

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  9. Hi Susan and Bently..
    I think your quilt is the finest example of a crazy quilt I've ever seen. I could look at the fabrics and stitching..all the "fancy work"... I could look for days and not get tired. It's beautiful and wonderful..thank you for letting us see. Give Bently a big hug.. and happy VTT to you both.

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  10. Of course you cherish such a gorgeous work of art! I admire all the work and love put into it. You're so lucky to have it!
    Brenda

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  11. What a beautiful piece of artwork.
    Happy Spring!

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  12. Thank you for sharing this. It is so beautiful, such a lot of work went into those special stitches. An absolute treasure.
    Jille x

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  13. Anything involving quilts, I dearly love. Really enjoyed your blog on them today.

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  14. What an amazing quilt, and I can not believe it was signed like that on the back all of those years ago. I don't blame you for not displaying this masterpiece...it is just amazing! What work and detail!! Thanks so much for showing this wonderful quilt to us today! Have a great VTT!

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  15. OMG it is stunningly beautiful! what a treasure to behold! i LOVE crazy quilts with all their amazing embellishment & gorgeous stitchery!
    Thank you for sharing your priceless heirloom :)

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  16. Beautiful quilt! I am so glad they had the forethought to put the date on it.

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  17. This quilt is beautiful. You are so very lucky to own it. I bet you could look at it many times and always see something new, a new motif, a new stitch, something.

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  18. What a beautiful quilt and treasure! I love seeing vintage items and this one has a lot of love and work put into it.

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  19. That is a beautiful quilt - I mean - really beautiful! It reminds me of some of the art journals people are making.

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  20. What an amazing quilt! I too have a crazy quilt but it's not a family piece. How lucky you are to have such a heritage!

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  21. Such a treasure, I could look at it over and over with all the detail. And even more valuable that it is from family.

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  22. This crazy quilt is just gorgeous!! I have been looking at it very carefully to see if there are some stitches I could use on my sampler. :-) It's a wonderful inspiration piece.

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  23. This is an exquisite example of Victorian crazy quilting! It is truly an art form. Have a great weekend! Terri

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  24. Hi Susan,

    This quilt is beautiful. It must mean so much that it belongs to your family. I love the cat and fish bowl. I have always wanted to make one. Seeing this post renewed my interest in perhaps actually starting one. I signed up to follow up. Love the blog title picture.
    Carey

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  25. What a beautiful piece of art, and history, you have. I love all the little scenes within...esp. the bird...I just have a thing for birds! It's so special that the person who made it has left their name and date.

    I just realized you were from Boise. My hubby and family are from there. He's still got family there. I haven't been to Boise in a while but each time we've gone we've rafter either the Payette (hope I spelled that correctly) or Snake Rivers. It's beautiful. He's wanted to move back to the mountains since I've known him. A few years ago we compromised and moved to Colorado (Idaho was just too far away from Oklahoma and I knew it would difficult to see my family here). We fell in love. We only lived there for a year and came back to OK but I tell you...I miss those mountains every day!

    My husband lived in Meridian as a little boy also!

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