Monday, July 30, 2012

From Her Hands







































Last week when I was on my mini vacation, I had the opportunity to duck into an antique store.  I was able to browse pretty quickly because most things were just ridiculously priced.  I often wonder if dealers really want to sell their items.  I rounded a corner and saw a shoe box with some quilting fabric in it.  On further inspection I realized I had quite a treasure in my hands.  I knew instantly that this box would be coming home with me and that I would be completing this hand pieced quilt top. Each octagon is about 4 inches wide.  The little kite shaped pieces are tiny with hundreds of them already cut.  As you can see from the photo, many of the pieces have been made into star blocks already. The fabric is amazing, feedsacks to muslin to calicos.  I have about 1/2 yard of the white fabric. The box housed three templates made from cardstock, probably made from a box of some sort and a thimble and chalk.  While watching the olympics, I sewed a few more stars to the quilt top and had the deep satisfaction of continuing the work of a kindred soul. 


Joyfully,

17 comments:

  1. WHAT a treasure!!! Can't wait to see it completed :)

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  2. What a great find.

    I'm with you, wondering if antique dealers are really interested in selling their stuff, or just displaying it. So much is so overpriced. Still, I do enjoy looking.

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  3. That is such wonderful find. It will be a very special quilt.

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  4. Definitely a find to treasure - have fun finishing it and look forward to seeing it all done. xx

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  5. That looks like an amazing treasure to find! WOW! So many pieces too, I can't wait to see that completed! :) :) Happy stitching & Happy Monday! xo Holly

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  6. What a beautiful treasure to have and finish!! Wishing you a wonderful week! xo Heather

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  7. Oh how lovely..and what a find. I am thinking what a blessing for whoever started that quilt with such love to have you finish it...it is now in loving hands. xoxo Enjoy

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  8. Yes you do have quite a find there. Do you know the pattern? I think it might be called "hummingbird". I am so glad you found it because I know you will finish it. Please share with us when you do!

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  9. I am so thankful you 'rescued' all those beautiful pieces! Putting it together while watching the Olympics is a perfect pairing!!!!

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  10. Oh wow! You have a treasure there!

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  11. That will be a stunning quilt when it is finished. The colors are so bright and cheery. My daughter just showed me a box of hand stitched pieces she brought home from Texas that her husband's grandmother had pieced. I'm hoping someone will recognize the pattern.

    Happy Sewing!

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  12. Oh my goodnes, Renee. What a treasure. That box had your name on it. Makes you wonder what in life interupted that ladies progress. It will give you such satisfaction to finish it for her.

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  13. What a fabulous find! Enjoy thinking about who may have pieced this while you are working on it : )

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  14. What a great find. It's so special when these treasures find the right person to pick up where someone left off long ago.

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  15. Job's Tears. My grandmother made one sometime before her death in 1932. It is huge (about 98 x 98"). I've had the top for over 30 years and still haven't decided how to quilt it.
    A lovely find. I'm glad it was both affordable and possible to continue it.

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