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.

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