Quilts in Tribute and Memory: June 1

We’d like to feature this morning just a few of the recent quilts posted by our members, quilts that were done in tribute or those that bring back memories of days gone by.

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Julie Flora made this beautiful and finely done quilt for her husband’s cousin. It was posted by her friend Myrtle Mcbreairty-Williams with Julie commenting. This is what Julie wrote in response to our request to share it,

“Iwould be very proud if you displayed my quilt on 24 Blocks. This quilt was something I have wanted to do since I met my husbands cousin. He wasin the service for 20 yrs.He is disabled now, and has cancer, but he is very devoted to the branch of service he represented. This veteran inspired me to make this quilt. I enjoyed making and quilting it. The quilt was made for him.”

It’s a very moving and personal quilt showing scenes of modern combat. It is beautifully done and unlike anything we have seen before. We all want to say “thank you” to both Julie and Myrtle for sharing it with our quilting community on 24 Blocks, and we all want to send our very best wishes to Julie’s husband’s cousin. He had 20 years of service. There are also 20 blocks in his quilt, a quilt we know was made in gratitude and pride. We all pay tribute both to those who serve, now or in the past, and those who celebrate the importance of that service.

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Signature or Friendship quilts were so important in days gone by. They helped keep memories alive. We’d like to thank Rita Green for sharing with our readers. She writes,

“Thisis a signature quilt that my grandmother and an aunt pieced and quiltedsometime after 1939 but prior to 1942. I measured the stitch length and it measured 10 plus very even stitches. After my aunt died, two cousins and I found this quilt and several others wrapped in plastic andplaced high in a closet. I immediately claimed the signature quilt because I am the oldest granddaughter and myname is on the quilt. The other girl cousins were born after 1942 and their names are not there so that is how I knew to date the quilt. This quilt is my special treasure. There were also five tops that had not been quilted and one by one, I am trying to get them quilted. Two of the tops need repair work done before I can quilt them. My grandma and aunt could not have left me anything that I value more.

It’s such a treasure to have. Now, Rita, we have to ask if you are going to try to find out the stories of everyone who signed the quilt? Wouldn’t that be an interesting book to write?

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This is a closeup of one of two baby quilts that Carissa Daly found in an old trunk. This one has a blue border, the other is pink. Both are hand embroidered, pieced and quilted and are in excellent condition. There is a date of 1945 on them but no signature. There were also two full sized quilts in the trunk.

Quilts, when not signed or labeled, can get separated from their story as time goes by. We can only imagine what memories these baby quilts might hold. Let’s all make sure we sign our work and document it both with photos and with the stories that go with it!

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It’s always so nice when we make something that is so appreciated by others, especially when it brings back so many good memories for them. Charlene Worley did that. She shared with us the meaning that transends the physical quilt,

“Justwanted to share a quilt I made for a customers grandmother out of her late husbands neckties. They were so emotional when they first saw it. My customer even sent me the video of her grandmother opening it on Mothers day. I will treasure it always!

And we’d like to end this morning with a bright and modern quilt, a tribute indeed…

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Deborah Huffman just simply said “Quilt I made for my Uncle Jack 2013“. We can tell it is very well done. It also has been popular with our readers. Thank you, Deborah, for sharing such a great photo of your work!


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