A Very Special Gift...


Recently I received the most wonderful gift!  My parents were visiting with my aunt and uncle in Nashville and gave me a call.  My mother didn't know if I'd be interested, but my aunt was wondering if I wanted a quilt that had been my paternal great-grandmother's!  The tears flowed and I was overwhelmed by this generous offer!  Of course I wanted it!  I am an antique dealer and have many lovely old things that are without any history for me, but I have not one item from my ancestors!  I thought it would probably not be the best piece, but I didn't care what it looked like, I was just happy to be receiving it!  Imagine my surprise when my parents delivered this wonderful, old, totally hand sewn quilt!


From the wonderful feed sack fabrics, I am guessing it was made in the 20's-30's era, when my great-grandmother was in her 70's.  When I was born in the 50's, she was nearly 100 years old.  This was passed down to my paternal grandparents and then to my aunt and uncle.  I am deeply touched to have received this family heirloom~ a real treasure!





On a new subject... this weekend, on my way to the lake, I saw a new barn quilt!  If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know how I enjoy these!


You can visit my earlier posts about barn quilts on past posts here and here .  I love to spot a new one!


I am linking to Treasures and Trinkets Thursday
and Vintage Thingie Thursday

Until next time...
Linda

62 comments

  1. Linda, this is such a beautiful quilt. All the more special since it has ancestral significance! What a truly special gift. ~ Angela

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  2. Oh that is fabulous Linda! There is nothing more special than family pieces to me...what a beautiful quilt and I know you will cherish it forever.

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  3. What a beautiful heirloom! A cherished gift!

    Wishing you a wonderful week.
    Hugs, Sharon

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  4. It's so pretty and from family makes it so special. I'm glad you have it!!

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  5. What an amazing treasure! It is just beautiful, and it's fitting that you should have it.

    Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs,
    Anne

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  6. Dear Linda,
    That is a fabulous family heirloom. I am in awe of its wonderful condition. May you treasure and enjoy it.

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  7. Oh Linda! What a treasure for you! I'm so happy for you, that is a beautiful quilt. I bet it is so, so soft too. Do you have a special place to keep it so it can still be enjoyed?

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  8. Dear Linda,
    This is endeed a very beautifull gift, how wonderfull for you.
    Must be so special to recieve such a family heirloom. And it is a fantastic piece of beautifull art work.
    Have a lovely week, Linda-
    Hugs, Dorthe

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  9. That quilt is gorgeous. I can only imagine the many hours spent sewing each tiny stitch by hand. I'm glad the quilt is staying in the family and you'll be able to enjoy it.

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  10. How wonderful to have that quilt come home to you. It's a beautiful piece and I cannot imagine the hours it took your great grandmother to piece it together.
    What a fabulous gift.
    Jane

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  11. What a wonderful treasure for you have. I'm sure it will continue to be loved and well cared for.

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  12. Your quilt is beautiful! You are so fortunate to have this piece of family history. I love it when things have a connection.
    Those barn quilts are amazing!

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  13. The quilt is such a breathtakingly beautiful work of art. The truest of all treasures. Congratulations!

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  14. What a gorgeous quilt, yeah you!! I have a couple my grma made me and an afghan from my great gma... I always wonder about the story when you see a handmade piece at a garage sale. Pity!

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  15. That is a beautiful quilt -- so special that it comes from your family. So glad it's your treasure!

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  16. What a true scrap bag treasure, and how sweet that all these many years later you can wrap up in an embrace from your great-grandma! It really is beautiful.

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  17. What a treasure. A beautiful quilt with family history attached. I am amazed that your great-grandmother had the nimbleness (if that's a word) in her fingers in her 70s to create what obviously holds many stitches. A labor of love indeed.

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  18. What a beautiful gift! I know you will cherish it forever...Hope you have a wonderful blessed week...Ann

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  19. Hi Linda, So happy for you to have been offered that beautiful quilt!! Made so much better that it is a family heirloom!! I love feedsack fabric too! I realy enjoy the barn quilts you feature too~so fun to see all the different patterns!! Have a great week, Julie

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  20. Linda,

    So glad this quilt found a home where it will be treasured for another generation.

    Carol

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  21. I rec'd an heirloom
    quilt about 20 years
    ago; I bought a quilt
    hanger and it has hung
    in every guest room we
    have had since {three}!
    What a lovely treasure
    for a lovely lady. I
    know you'll cherish it!
    xx Suzanne

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  22. Hi Linda, What a wonderful gift! It is gorgeous, and how nice that you finally have such a beautiful piece that has some family history! I have a quilt my grandma made. I also have several my mom made that were pieced by other family members many, many years ago and she quilted for me a few years back. Enjoy :)

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  23. What a beautiful keepsake! I just love these simple ones. I know these are the kinds that were more likely made when women sought warmth for their families.
    Brenda

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  24. Linda,
    This is my first time to your blog...what a wonderful place! This post brought tears to my eyes....how happy I am for you! I have nothinbg like that from my ancestors, I do have a few pieces, but nothing handmade like this beautiful quilt!!!! I hope it brings you years and years of enjoyment! I would just hang it on the wall so I could look at it every day! :):) Sandy

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  25. Linda, I got my great grandmothers quilt a few years ago, and I understand it is such a thrill! I am going to have to do some repairs, but I treasure it. Thank you for your kind words and sharing in my publishing joy!

    Carol

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  26. Of course you would be the one to have this! It's beautiful and so precious to you.
    Enjoy your day,
    KarenSue

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  27. Oh, that is so wonderful to have something handmade by a relative. I always think it is so extra special especially as you touch it to think their hands were making this long ago. It is wonderful to be connected to the past this way. Barn quilts are too cool!

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  28. Linda, what a beautiful quilt! It is such a comforting feeling to have something that connects you to family. We have several quilts that my husband's GRANDFATHER made, and though the colors in some aren't too my liking, I am still proud to have them none the less. I know you will cherish this quilt...you are blessed.
    I have got to see those barn quilts in person...going to be on the lookout when we head North in a few weeks. Best, Vicki

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  29. Linda,
    What a gorgeous quilt! I can just imagine the history behind each and every piece of material. And the love that went into each stitch!! No wonder you were in tears when you received it!!
    xoxo
    lynn

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  30. The quilt is beautiful, Linda, and what a wonderful, special gift. I know you will cherish it.

    Hugs,
    Donna

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  31. Oh wow, Linda..this is so gorgeous!!!
    And you must be so excited to have this family heirloom....I am so HAPPY!!!! for you!!!

    I hope you're having fun at the lake.
    Hugs,
    Cindy
    xoxx

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  32. Oh wow, Linda..this is so gorgeous!!!
    And you must be so excited to have this family heirloom....I am so HAPPY!!!! for you!!!

    I hope you're having fun at the lake.
    Hugs,
    Cindy
    xoxx

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  33. Oh Linda, that quilt is absolutely beautiful. My goodness. But what makes it most precious is that it is from family. I know you will treasure it always.

    xo
    Claudia

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  34. Beautiful quilt, what a treasure!

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  35. What a beautiful quilt!! And for it to be from you ancestors is even better!

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  36. What a beautiful quilt and to know the history behind it is extremely special. I have a quilt that my grandmother made too and it holds dear sweet memories.
    Hugs N Herbal Blessings, Mandy

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  37. How wonderful!!! I LOVE quilts ~ doesn't everyone! I have an old quilt top that belong to a relative that I had never met but it's still so special to me - just having that connection makes me feel like I knew her. I'm sure you'll treasure it always!

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  38. Hey Linda...yeah, I know I'm sick, but your quilt is worth a quick type! :) It's just lovely and I swear it looks just like the one my mom made for me! Mine is made from all the clothes I wore when I was little..so special. :) Thanks for sharing your beautiful treasure on my treasures and trinkets, I so appreciate it. I'm going back to bed now. :)
    Blessings & Hugs
    Missy :)

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  39. What a magnificent treasure. The condition looks excellent and the colors are so vibrant. What a blessing! Love the barn quilt too.

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  40. Love the barn style. Just came off a trip where this theme ruled. So glad to connect. xo

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  41. The quilt is magnifcent!!! You are so lucky! Those barn quilts are really cool. I would love to see some in real life, not just pics.

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  42. oh WOW Linda your quilt is gorgoeus & a real heirloom treasure, i would've cried too!!

    i've never heard of barn quilts and you've got me really intrigued..i'll have to read your your previous posts!

    btw i'm going over to have a peek at your etsy shop too :)

    thanks also for visiting my blog x

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  43. Beautiful postage stamp quilt and a fabulous family heirloom.

    This is one of my favorite patterns and was very popular in the 1930s. I love how it is outlined in pink and yellow-very bright and cheery. Many of them were outlined in black and green.

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  44. I am so happy for you! What a beautiful treasure. Nothing better than a handmade quilt ~ especially one made by a family member. Enjoy! Love your barn pics too!!

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  45. What a treasure!!! Something that can be treasured forever. There is nothing better than having a family piece with a history behind it. It looks to be in pristine condition. Enjoy, Sherry

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  46. How I envy you. That is one of the best gifts you could receive. That quilt is one to die for. I have several but not one like this. What a blessing that you wee given this treasure.

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  47. I'm from the dairy farmland of Wisconsin, and you know it isn't only barn quilts that are becoming rare - - - the whole BARN is disappearing from the landscape.

    As large operations replace the traditional family farm, the old red barns are getting torn down. I think that is a very very very sad thing.

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  48. You are truly blessed to have this wonderful family heirloom.
    Cool barn quilt - I would love those, too!
    Visiting from VTT~

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  49. What a treasure that is, how wonderful! And this big city girl had never heard of barn quilts before, thank you so much for sharing them with us.

    Happy VTT,
    Sally

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  50. Linda my friend Andee has a "barn quilt " that her friend made for her you can see it on her blog here!http://tinyurl.com/26w3s7s

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  51. Beautiful quilt and a real treasure, it reminds me of one my mom had a long time ago....love it! Have a great VTT!

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  52. What a nice old family quilt to have!

    Barn quilts are something I hadn't seen before.

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  53. What a treasure!! I would have cried too. A handmade quilt from that era is special in itself, but to have been made by your great-grandmother makes it a treasure indeed. It deserves a place of honor in your home.

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  54. Love your quilt it's so lovely. Thanks for the comment and wow 53 comments amazing! Blessings, DE

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  55. What a beautiful quilt! You are so lucky to have something that your great grandmother made. Just think of the hours she put into it.

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  56. It's just beautiful...I have two that was hand sewn by my great aunt Mary on my mother's side, I gave one to my daughter. They are beautiful aren't they?

    Thanks for stopping by, I so very much appreciate it!

    Rondell

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  57. Your quilt is so wonderful! I love the colors and different fabrics... What a treasure:)

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  58. again its a friendly visit for a friendly blogger in a frienly manner, thus by dropping here into my blog

    Follow my blog if you like it means

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  59. Great quilt. And I am learning new things tonight also. I never knew about feed sack fabrics. Thanks for the info.

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  60. The quilt has found a perfect new home with you. I love to learn more things about quilts throught VTT posts. I find the barn quilts very interesting.

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  61. That is an incredible treasure, so pretty and even more special because of family and because of the materials it is made out of.

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  62. What a treasure you inherited! Absolutely nothing is better than a well-loved, washed-'til-it's-soft quilt!

    Making a barn quilt has been on my list of things to do for 2 years! If it gets cooler, maybe I'll actually get to it yet this fall!

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