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My brother and his family just returned to Oregon this week from their Spring Break trip to North Dakota.  They drove to ND to pick up some keepsakes my 98-year-old Grandma wanted to hand over to us.  Imagine how thrilled I was to discover one of the items was a huge trunk containing eight old quilts.  All are documented -- three are from the civil war era and the rest are from the late 1800s through the 1930s.  Beautifully made and preserved.  Stunning, stunning, stunning!  A Tree of Life with maybe 1000 pieces from the 1800s and a sunflower pattern from the 1930s.  One of the oldest quilts had been made with red fabric made from iron-based dyes that had oxidized and the red pieces had faded to brown and had disintegrated, but the rest of the quilts were fine.  My grandma had previously given my dad and me two beautiful civil-war era quilts, and that's all I knew existed.

 

Now I know where I get my love of quilting.  It's in my bones!  As we sat there admiring the quilts, reading the story about my grandma's Aunt Clint, who made several of them, I said to my 16-year-old niece, just think -- someday your granddaughter may be looking at the quilts I made and wondering how life was at the turn of the millenium.  Or maybe the world will end.  Ha Ha!

 

I'll try to get some photos posted of them, but I'm in the process of moving, so we didn't split them up, we just left them at my brother's house.

 

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Comment by Lindsey Ray on March 29, 2011 at 11:57am
Thanks for all the good thoughts.  I can't wait to get settled so I can see them again. . .  The quilt my mom and dad already had was the only thing one branch of the family was able to grab when, during the Civil War, the other side's soldiers (won't get into which side) took over their home and forced them to move out.
Comment by Vicky Girten/MO on March 29, 2011 at 6:09am
What a wonderful gift.  I have two quilts that my grandmother made and I love them.  One is not in good condition, but the other is.  I never thought about what my great grandchildren would say about my quilts.  Enjoy those quilts and the stories that are behind them.
Comment by Barb/WI on March 28, 2011 at 6:48pm
Sounds a bit like winning the lottery to me!
Comment by Char on March 28, 2011 at 6:19pm
Oh my, that's just wonderful to own quilts that were made by your family members.
Comment by Terry F on March 28, 2011 at 6:15pm
How exciting!  Did you pinch yourself to see if you were dreaming?
Comment by Sue S. / OR on March 28, 2011 at 6:11pm
I would love to see those quilts, too.  I had an aunt in Manitoba, Canada that made quilts and for batting she used sheep wool.  She would go down to the river and wash the wool and prep it for batting.  I need to ask my cousin more about those quilts and if she has any of them.  I would love to see a photo of her quilts, too.  Enjoy your treasure!
Comment by B J Elder/WA on March 28, 2011 at 5:30pm
What a treasure you have, not just the quilts but the documentation as well. It gives me goosebumps just thinking about it.  Will be waiting for the photos... once you're resettled.
Comment by Jennie Steward on March 28, 2011 at 5:27pm
What an awesome gift of history!  Add my name to the list of those waiting for the photos!
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on March 28, 2011 at 5:23pm
What incredible treasures!  I'll add my name to the rest who are looking forward to photos.  Hope the move goes well so you can bring your treasures "home" as soon as possible. 
Comment by karenthequilter on March 28, 2011 at 3:58pm
What a wonderful surprise!  Can't wait to see photos.

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