As my mother-in-law continues to downsize, she is contributing to some sizeable up-sizing of our own household, and the treasures she is passing on to me came from a generation even further back, my husband’s paternal grandparents from Ohio. Here they are, Hazel and William, about 1950.
As far as I know, Hazel did not make any quilts herself. And all of these have such different styles, that I wonder if she bought them around the community, or if they could have been gifts.
In all of them, the batting is hand-carded cotton which has shifted, so they are all very lumpy. And they are all extremely tattered.
First up, we have this all wool Sixteen-Patch, which is tied, not quilted. I think I could take it apart and put it back together with new batting.
Next we have a beautiful faded Feathered Star. One of these stars was made from silk fabric and it has totally disintegrated. I am going to have to ponder a long time before I try to conserve this one.
The next one delights my improvisational soul. A few of the sections are still fine, and I think I may actually cut this one up, and turn those good sections into pillows.
It is machine-pieced, but hand quilted.
And here is my favorite, a Maltese Cross. This one has some sizeable holes, all the way through, but I love it so much, I think I will just stabilize the torn edges, lightly tack the whole thing to a new backing, and rebind. But I will ponder for a while first.
Even if I can’t restore these quilts, they give me a lot of design ideas just the way they are!