Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A Simple Quilt Full of Wonderful Memories

My mom has been sewing and making quilts for as long as I can remember.  When I was growing up, Mom was always at the sewing machine making clothes for us or for herself.  She taught me how to sew at a very young age, and she even gave sewing lessons to some of my friends.  

During the 60's she started making quilts from bits and pieces of leftover fabric.  Along with a group of ladies from the church, they would make dozens and dozens of these simple quilts to send to children in remote regions of the world.  I remember asking her why they didn't just buy blankets...shame on me for not realizing how special these were.  

The back of the quilt is folded over on the right side.

I could comment on almost all of these little squares, but that would get too long.  These are just a few of the fabric squares I remember so well.....

 My first pair of bell bottoms.  

More bell bottoms.  Oh, how I loved them!

This was one of my favorite dresses, especially when I wore it with my daisy sandals. 

These lovely apples belonged to my sister.  I can still see the picture of her with the puffy little sleeves.

I see an owl.

These two were muumuus.  My mom made a lot of them for herself.

Mom had a shorter dress made out of this pink and white stripe.  We still have a picture of her in the dress with her black go-go boots.  

I have no memory of ever wearing anything made out of these last four samples.  I either erased them from my memory, or my younger sister was the victim.



I'm sure this quilt was originally meant for someone else.  When my mom gave it to me so many years ago, she must have known how much I'd appreciate it some day. 
 I do, I do.  
She's been perfecting her quilt making skills all these years and is still go strong.

I'm linking up my Memory Quilt with:

From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday,
The Coloradolady for Vintage Thingie Thursday,
Brambleberry Cottage for Time Travel Thursday,
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday, and
2805 for Potpourri Friday.

44 comments:

  1. What a special quilt you have. I adore my quilt collection and am so blessed to have quilts made not only by my mom but her mom and grandmother, as well as my dad's mom. And my mother is still going strong, as yu say. I wish I had her energy.

    It's funny how things become more meaningful to us as we age, isn't it?

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  2. Love love the beautiful simplicity of your mom's quilt! Isn't it wonderful how we can call to mind all those childhood memories? It saddens me when I hear someone say they have no memories...
    Have a wonderful week! Hugs

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  3. WHAT A TREASURE!! I love that you can remember each item of clothing...how fun is that!

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  4. Lots of memories for you. Use to sew many years ago, but never did any quilting.

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  5. I love how the quilt tells such a story of your childhood and your family. What a treasure.

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  6. What a wonderful gift, Betsy! My sister is a quilter, she does it all by hand. She even won a blue ribbon at the state fair many, many years ago.

    Nowadays we can print photos out on fabric and incorporate them into the quilt. Can you imagine looking at it years later with all the images on it interlaced with fabrics like yours, from a dress, a favorite pair of pants? What a treasure!!

    xxoo
    Marsha

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  7. Oh my this is beautiful! Wish my mother was a sewing woman but it skipped a generation with her so now learning all by myself in my 20s lol if she had I'd want 30 of these by now, had such a thing for quilts with recycled fabrics - as you say must be all the memories, thanks for sharing Jennibellie x

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  8. You're so lucky to have such a talented mother and such happy memories!

    xoxo
    Kathleen

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  9. Betsy; love the history of your fabrics; the muumuu fabrics are my favorite--the blues/aquas are so pretty.

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  10. Your Mom had go-go boots?!?

    Wow.

    I am impressed.

    I am sleeping under a similar quilt right now at my Mom's house, only mine was made by my Grandma.

    I can recognize some things from around her house---aprons, table cloths and a few dresses.

    My Mom used to be able to recognize most of the fabrics from her growing up days, but I don't suppose she would be able to any more....

    But, anyway, very neat-o!

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  11. This is beautiful! I was just thinking that I wanted to save the boys Christmas pjs from each year and make a quilt one day out of them. I am not sure I still have all of them!:( Thanx for coming over to the party!

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  12. I love these quilts. I wish my Mom had kept pieces of fabrics of my clothes and made a quilt like this.

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  13. I have a quilt that my mom made me - same deal, ladies' church group meeting for tea & treats once a week and quilting or knitting away. I remember those days fondly & have my quilt with all the bits of clothing & tablecloths, etc to remind me.

    So sweet!

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  14. What a beautiful heirloom...a quilt of memories...I know how precious it must be to you...I remember grandma could point to every piece of fabric on her mamas quilt and tell you what it once was...what a treasure you have there :) thanks for sharing it..
    Big hugs,
    Queenie

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  15. Oh, I love that you can remember what the pieces were left over from. Those first bell bottoms were a hoot!

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  16. How wonderful you have such a special quilt! Laura Cottage and Broome

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  17. That's a very special quilt. I can hear it in your voice as you remember where each piece came from! I can just imagine the memories you must have when you look at each piece!

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  18. I love the stories behind the pieces. Those make the best family quilts! Thanks for sharing this!

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  19. Goodness, I got a little teary reading that, it seems the older we get the more we appreciate. The first pair of bell bottoms....groovy!

    Carol

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  20. How precious to have a quilt with SO many memories!!

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  21. Love this little gem! And what sweet fabrics. I always love looking at the vintage fabrics. Have a great VTT!

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  22. Our mothers had a lot in common. Mine made all our cloths from four sacks. I love any quilt, old or new.

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  23. My grandma was always making quilts like this one! I love remember what they use to be!! Wonderful keepsake!

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  24. Such wonderful memories....how special to have this forever.
    jana

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  25. This quilt is a gem! How wonderful you can recall the clothing as well (bell bottoms, how I loved thee!). I grew up with a sewing mother as well and had no idea how much I would appreciate what she taught me until much later and now I put it to use everyday. Who knew?!

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  26. What a beautiful quilt with an even more beautiful story! I've been collecting scraps from all the quilts I have made for a long term project like this one. Awesome!

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  27. How wonderful you have it and the memories. I made on in the 1970s our of fabric odds & ends and can pick out dresses, and comboy shirts made for son & husband, etc. Great nostalgic vintage fun!
    Ruth

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  28. What a lovely quilt...filled with so many memories! Hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

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  29. Lovely quilt, with special memories.What fun to look back and remember those items of clothing.

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  30. What I appreciate about your quilt is the fact that it connects different stories of a lifetime. More than beauty of the different cloth, they relate a whole new story to cherish together.

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  31. I have quilts made by my great grandmothers, neither of whom was alive when I was born. Through the stitches of these quilts, I can feel a connection to them.

    I love quilts.

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  32. I love the prints!!! I would absolutely wear any one of them...totally my style...

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  33. Such a wonderful quilt!!! I can't believe you can remember all those little scraps of material! How special is that!!! Glad to hear your Mom is still going strong!!!

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  34. Gorgeous and so meaningful

    Jenny
    www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  35. Gorgeous and so meaningful

    Jenny
    www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  36. This is the sweetest post, Betsy...your quilt is a real treasure...I would love to have such a special remembrance piece!

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  37. These are so beautiful. I have an old box of baby clothes of mine that I have longed thought about making into a quilt... but I don't sew!! I am so jealous of your beautiful baby blankies. andrea@townandprairie

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  38. Betsy - love the quilt fabric! I remember some of those types of patterns when I was a kid...bell bottoms for sure! ha ha! :)

    -pamela

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  39. So sweet, I think that your mom had wisdom to give that to you! I am sure you look at it and laugh at your fabics and then cry at the memories. Di

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  40. How fun is that quilt!! What memories it holds. I can just see you in your bell bottoms and your mom in her dress and go-go boots....love that era!!
    Jane

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  41. Your quilt is charming and so full of wonderful stories and memories. I have several quilts made by my grandmother and right now am flooded with memories.

    Thank you for sharing this lovely post at Potpourri Friday!

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  42. Your quilts are so special! This is what I think quilts should be - not the preplanned, 2-colour modern ones that many of my friends seek out.
    I only have one that my own mom made and yes, I can name the origins of many of the fabrics. But I buy other old "authentic" quilts every chance I get.
    My mother always said it wasn't a "real" quilt if it wasn't completely hand stitched.
    When I got married (41 years ago - yikes) I didn't want any quilts, I wanted blankets, because I had grown up with quilts and thought blankets were "special". Oh, silly silly me!
    Enjoy all of yours, they're lovely!

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