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Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Lady and the Quilt That Started It all For Me

Me on the left, my 103 year old grandmama in the middle, and my sister on the left. We have been in north Texas this weekend visiting her for her birthday!

My love of quilts began with this sweet lady, my grandmama.
My grandmother was born in 1908 as a twin. This is her on the left and her twin on the right. They were named Irene (my grandmother) and Pauline (my aunt). 
This is a picture of a photo that was sitting on her dresser - the two of them as young women. (Looks like the 1940's to me, but I don't know that for sure.) Again, my grandmother is on the left and her twin on the right.
And this is a peak at the quilt that started my interest in quilting. It's a Little Dutch Girl quilt that my grandmother made. The little socks and ribbons at the back of her neck have been carefully colored in with something (I am guessing crayon) to make them match the dress. I used to pretend the sashing was a road. I would go "visit" each little girl on the quilt by driving along the road and turning into their block. I was a little shocked that her panties were showing as the wind lifted her dress. I wanted to grow up and make a quilt just like that! Sadly, I haven't done that yet, but if I can just live as long as my grandmother, there is still time! 
Happy Birthday, Grandmama!
We love you! 

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  1. What a lovely family and a special celebration. Love the quilt.

  2. Wow! 103 years old! I can't imagine! Just think of all the things she has witnessed! How blessed you are!


  3. Happy Birthday to your incredible Grandmama! I'm sure she has lots of stories to tell.

  4. Good post, Linda. Mama used to put that quilt on me when I was running fever. For some reason it was just a comforting quilt and I felt better just having it on me. I loved each little girl. I had my favorite but now they are all favorites.

  5. How special to have such a heritage, living still!
    Wishing a happy birthday to your Grandmama!
    The quilt is a pretty one, too, I hope you will try it ~

  6. That is so precious! She is such a wonderful age! This is such a wonderful heritage!

  7. Thank you for sharing you Grandmama with us. What a lovely lady and great photo.

  8. What a sweet post! Happy birthday to your Grandmama. She is beautiful!

  9. A very happy birthday to your Grandmother. A hundred and three! WOW!

  10. Pass on my BirThDaY wishes too! WOW 103... that's ME I hope!!
    Thanks for sharing a lovely story about the dutch girl quilt.. what a wonderful memory to have !
    Cheers :)

  11. That was fun to read, and a beautiful grandma and quilt!

  12. What a beautiful write & Happy Birthday to your beautiful Grandmother. So love vintage pictures.

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  13. oh my and she does not even look 90...what a special blessing she is and has continued to be to many I am sure. And that wonderfully special quilt that you ran your fingers over...this post is over whelming...W O W !!!

    Thanks for sharing your family with us!!

  14. Oh my gosh is she ever darling! Happiest of birthdays! I love the little Dutch girl quilt. Isn't it so neat how quilting has touched so many of us? Hugs to your grandma!
    xx, shell

  15. What a wonderful story about your grandma and the beautiful quilt that started your interest in quilting! Happy Birthday to her!

  16. How wonderful! Happy Birthday to her.
    Happy quilting..x

  17. Happy Birthday to your Grandma! This was such a great post. I love her quilt!

  18. What a lovely story! Thanks for sharing it, and your photos.


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