Monday, September 28, 2015

Labeling Quilts

Around the World Quilt made by my grandmother but no signature or label on the back

I had a wonderful wonderful afternoon one day last week.  First I went to the eye specialist and the pressure in my eyes was excellent. Then I met a girlfriend for lunch, we had Italian food and coffee.  Three of my favorites! Then we went to the quilt shop because I had two quilts to show her.  The quilt shop owner had an heirloom postage stamp around the world quilt. She didn't know who made it for sure or when or anything about it other than it belonged to a great aunt.  We were having a great show and tell then another lady came in the shop who was going to do a truck show in the shop that evening.  We quickly volunteered to help her bring in her quilts and set up for a sneak peek.  Her quilts were fabulous.  Each quilt had a label with her name, name of the quilt, who machine quilted it, when it was made and what quilt shows it had been in and if it received special recognition at the show and another label for that.  She documented each of her quilts on the back.  It would have been so nice if the shop owners great aunt had put at least her name and date on her quilt.  All that history is lost forever.
I have quilts made by my grandmother and great grandmothers. One has a stitched label the other is written on the quilt.  The makers are identified as Grandma Sanford (click for the post of these quilts) and Grandma Nelson, not much to go on really if I want to learn more about my great grandmothers.  And the quilt made by my grandmother, my mothers mother has no signature or initials on the back.  I need to label them so my children will  know who made them.  I heard a quilt historian speak years ago, she asked us if we knew the full name of our great grandparents, if we couldn't name them then that information is lost unless we can still learn that information from parents or grandparents.  
Being more diligent in labeling quilts.--Ann--


Vic in NH said...

Thank you for sharing these beautiful quilts and for getting them properly labeled for future generations. They are so worth it!! The young folk seem to move more to different areas of the country, so I like to put my town and state as well as the date and my full name. I hope that my quilts will last 100 years!

Raewyn said...

Very wise words and reminder Ann. Lovely to see those gorgeous old quilts, too :-)