Friday, August 5, 2011

Precious to Me: Nana's Quilt

For over twenty one years, my precious crazy quilt has been hanging on a wall high above the landing in our stairway.  It was taken down a few times to paint the walls, but it's been in the same place since we moved here.  It hung in a similar location in our previous home because both areas were large enough and didn't get any direct sunlight.

Is there something you look at every day, but you don't really see it?  I pass by this antique crazy quilt that belonged to my Nana (paternal grandmother) dozens of times a day.  A stairway landing isn't exactly the place to stop and relax, so after all these years it gets passed by without a glance.

My aunt passed it down to me about thirty years ago.  She remembered it when she was growing up, but wasn't sure if it was made by my Nana or my great grandmother.  Hmm, I think it's time to change out that rod it's hanging on.

It's made of twenty eight 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 squares.

Imagine the time it took to do this.

I'm not a quilter, but there must be a name for all the different stitches.

I love all the different textures...

and different patterns.

A little leather flower.

That spider web is interesting.  The white stitching at the top reminds me of the pins my Nana would use to keep her hair bun in place.

Silk and velvet.

This poor piece is so tattered and barely hanging on.



The heart shape is at the top, so I had to use a ladder to examine all the little pieces and to take some of the pictures.

I can't believe this leaf is still attached after all these years.

 I think this picture of my Nana was taken in the late 30's or early 40's.  If I had a wall behind one of my sofas, that's where it would be hanging.
I'm linking up my crazy quilt with:
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday, and
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday

25 comments:

  1. Wow! You are right about how much time it must have taken to put that quilt together. What a keepsake. Your photos of the stitches are just beautiful. Thanks for sharing your heirloom.

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  2. What a beautiful TREASURE, Betsy!! I have a quilt that was Richard's grandmother's. My older sister Jo is a quilter. She won a blue ribbon one year at the state fair. I'm waiting on the quilt she is making us for our wedding gift . . . LOL . . it'll be 10 years next May :)

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  3. What loveliness! Amazing B&W photo. Ooh, if you come up with a repurposed hanger for your quilt I hope you post about it - lately I've been racking my tiny mind to think of one & so far, nuthin'.

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  4. its amazing the workmanship they put into these crazy quilts this one is exceptionally beautiful,,a very prized posession i would think

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  5. Hello Betsy! I am so speechless. Your family were able to preserve and pass on that priceless piece. I adore quilts because of its difficult and intricate details. How can one be able to organize such pieces to a beautiful artwork. I hope that treasure will live for more hundreds of years. :)

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  6. Oh my, that leaf on there is exquisite! I've made these. You're right. They're not easy. I haven't embroidered a large one. But I've made the large ones from cotton. Gave it to my soon-to-be-ex's oldest daughter. Thinking now I should have kept it... That is just beautiful work!
    Brenda

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  7. The quilt is breathtaking! Gorgeous! You're so fortunate to have it. And if you haven't already, some time you should write the story and attach it to the back, along with a copy of the picture of Nana. The history of the quilt needs to stay close. Gosh, I'm just amazed. It's so, so pretty!

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  8. Betsy, your grandmothers quilt is beautiful...really a work of art. You just never see pieces like this being made anymore...such a treasure! I love antique and vintage pieces so this was a delight to see.

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  9. Oh my, you are so lucky to be the custodian of such a wonderful family treasure. It really is inspirational. Thank you so much for dropping by L'Heure Bleue At Home.

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  10. I'm glad you took some close ups to share the details! I quit seeing things after awhile so it's good to move things around! I don't even see a pile of junk in the corner...after a while! heehee! You have a quilt to treasure! I have one in my cedar chest that my grandmother made! I should get it out to enjoy it! ♥

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  11. It's beautiful, I love crazy quilts. My mom told me her mother made one but it's been long gone. You are lucky to have this.
    Faye

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  12. How wonderful to have that treasure stillxxx

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  13. That is one incredible quilt! And it is very very old! What a treasure. Not many have such a wonderful example of fine workmanship...womanship! Lucky you. So facinating to look at. Hope you get a bigger wood rod...to grace it's presence! Lovely.

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  14. What a treasured heirloom! You are so blessed to have it! It's really beautiful, Betsy.

    xoxo
    Kathleen

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  15. I agree with the last comment. you are so lucky to not only have it, but the heirloom factor is spectacular. I love it!

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  16. My mom has two of them from her mom! Come on over and see a stylish toilet seat.

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  17. Your quilt is gorgeous. I love the intricate stitches - what a treasure. Also, enjoyed your interesting treasures from the previous post - well done! Linda

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  18. What craft-woman-ship!!! You have a treasure...a national treasure! Thanks for sharing...my favorite piece is the leaf!

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  19. What a treasure to have and having the picture picture with your Nana and the quilt makes it even more special. Sorry - I am no help on a new rod, but with your creativity, I am sure you will come up with something good.
    Hope you are enjoying your weekend. Another scorcher here.

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  20. It's wonderful Betsy.
    So many beautiful fabrics and all put together with love.

    blessings
    barbara jean

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  21. Betsy,
    This is such a beautiful family quilt...you can tell that a lot of love went into making it. Got some great news to start off your week...you are the WINNER of my Annie Sloan chalk paint giveaway:) Just e-mail me your full name and address to coastal.charm@yahoo.com and I will pass it on to Martha. Congrats to you!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  22. Wow that is an amazing quilt!

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  23. Hi Betsy, I'm such a quilt lover and this crazy quilt is amazing. How blessed and fortunate you are to have it and then the wonderful photo of your Nana to go with it! I'll be featuring this post on VIF, Thursday afternoon, thanks so much for linking up! xo Debra

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  24. Your Nana's Crazy Quilt is amazing, what a lovely Heirloom to cherish and pass along to future generations!

    I adore my Crazy Quilt, even though it was bought and not passed down. My only lamentation is that the Silk & Velvet parts are so fragile now that its so very old and yet I want to use and display it...

    Dawn... The Bohemian

    Dawn... The Bohemian

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