Vintage quilt with a story. (I'm having trouble loading the picture, so I hope it is able to be seen.)
In June of 2016, we had our annual maternal family reunion on the ranch where Mom was raised. My cousin had just remodeled the original ranch house and was sharing her mother's things with the family. There was a quilt she wanted me to see - a signature quilt that her mother had. One of the signatures was a distant relative on her mother's side. The quilt didn't hold any meaning to my cousin, but she knew I appreciated vintage quilts. It is in near-mint condition, outside of obvious storage creases. The quilt originated in Weld County, CO.
I contacted the historical museum to see if they would be interested in a donation, or if they knew of descendants in the area who would appreciate having the quilt. I certainly didn't mind treasuring it, but I thought it might have meaning to a family member. The museum had a hold on textiles and were not accepting any new donations.
This past summer, again at our family reunion, we were joined by some distant relatives from the Weld County area. One of the women recognized some of the names on the quilt and was more than willing to see if a smaller museum would want it, or if there were family members still in the area who might be interested.
This past week, I received an e-mail from her saying she'd taken the quilt to church, and one of the women who had family from the original community took one look and said, "Oh, look! That's my grandma. And that's my great-grandmother. And there's my aunt!" This women was very close to her grandmother and cousins, so she was thrilled to receive the quilt. She called herself a novice quilter. She couldn't wait to show the quilt to her mother and the rest of the family.
I couldn't have hoped for a better ending to the story of this well-traveled quilt. It seems to have come full circle. She said her grandmother's signature block was in her maiden name, so we know the quilt predates 1932 when her grandmother was married.