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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.  

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Comment by Kathleen Kingsbury on November 10, 2019 at 4:01pm

This is a great story with a wonderful ending. I like Gail Brown's story too. 

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on November 3, 2019 at 11:37am

Gail - I love hearing of those kinds of rescues!  It is exciting, and I think the makers would feel good that someone is still appreciating their time and efforts.  Thanks for sharing your story with me.  

Comment by Gail Brown on November 3, 2019 at 9:02am

What a wonderful story.  Such a beautiful quilt.  I aquired a similar looking quilt about 7 years ago.  I had a small space in a consignment mall.  A man came in carrying a lot of wadded up stuff and asked if any one had any use for it, if not he'd just toss it all in the dumpster.  He said he had a lot more"junk" in his truck.  Well, I and some of my other "junk" dealers were very interested in what he had.  He was cleaning out an attic in an old house and had unearthed all this stuff.  I was able to rescue three quilts and four tops.  I have one of them in my home the others have found very happy homes with my children.  They were all in very good condition and I was able to hand quilt all the tops. I showed all of them to an appraiser at a show and was told that I had rescued about $3,000 worth of quilts.

Comment by B J Elder/WA on November 1, 2019 at 7:45am

How wonderful!  It is so nice that it is now home with someone who has such close family ties with people who did blocks on it.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on October 27, 2019 at 6:49pm

Jan, heirloom quilts seem to be finding their way to you! 

Comment by Barb/WI on October 27, 2019 at 2:13pm

A very heart warming story, love it!  The quilt is right where it should be.

Comment by Pam/NY on October 25, 2019 at 5:59am

If...only quilts could talk!

Comment by Carla on October 25, 2019 at 5:15am

What a wonderful story.  How neat that it found its way back to the family. A very special reunion indeed!

Comment by Janet/MO on October 24, 2019 at 5:37pm

Jan, I love the 2nd blue & white quilt too.  I don't think I have ever seen that block before.

Comment by Irene Gallway on October 24, 2019 at 11:15am

Wow what a story. I'm glad it's with a family member who recognizes some of the names on it. It's amazing to finds such a treasure.

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