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An Oldie but a Goodie

As part of the move, some of our less sturdy plastic storage bins didn’t survive without cracks.  Including my box of memorabilia, most of it from high school.  So I bought a sturdier but smaller Rubbermaid box, and set out to see what I could purge and what I couldn’t part with.

This is most definitely a treasure I would never part with, and it will not be further relegated to a folded life in a box in the attic.

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It’s a satin baby blanket, that was made for my father by my great-grandmother.  And I guess in those days, they didn’t know the sex of the baby, because the binding & entire back is a pretty pink shade.

It was passed down to me, as the first-born child of my dad.

The embroidery is also a bit girly:

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So this was made in the mid-50s, and entirely hand quilted, because they did not do such heathenness things as machine quilting back then…  Just look at those feathers!!

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The stitches are crazy tiny and perfect.  Well, almost perfect – there are a couple of spots where you can see the marking lines, lol!

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And I find myself a bit stunned at how much more I appreciate this little quilt, now that I’ve done a bit of it myself.

Thank you, Great Grandma Gibbs.  And I’ll be sure to pass it down to my not-yet-conceived first-born, though I’m not sure I could bear to actually use it – not sure if I want to find out how a babe could demolish such a treasure.

2 comments to An Oldie but a Goodie

  • Pink used to be associated with boys (although way before this was made): http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=238733

    Either way it is stunning — and I know what you man about appreciation. I used to turn my nose up at very traditional quilts until I started quilting. Now I understand the artistry and skill that goes into ANY quilt!

  • what a sweet sweet quilt and a great family heirloom! You definitely should be taking that out of the box for good.

    I got your letter last week! Unfortunately it was ripped open and the fabric was missing…lucky post office worker :)

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