Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Family Quilts


No time for quilting this week, busy with the first week of school. Five of my seven courses for this semester start this week, as well as the two courses I am taking! The photo above is from the campus of the University of Vaasa - my office is in the old cotton mill on the left and you can see glimpses of the Bothnian Sea in the background. I thought I'd fill the quilting void with some family quilts.


I like to say that I learned to quilt from my great-grandmother whom I never knew. My mom grew up next door to her grandparents' farm in western New York and spent a lot of time there as a child. Grandma Pete was the child of Swedish immigrants from the part of Sweden just across the water from where I now live in Finland. Today I thought I'd post some pictures of quilts made by Grandma Pete.




These are just rough guesses, but I think that the Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt was made circa 1940, the blue and white Irish Chain was made circa 1950, and the Double Wedding Ring sometime in the 1960s.

11 comments:

KCQuilter said...

Such delightful quilts! I have a Double Wedding Ring quilt made by my MIL that looks almost identical to yours! DWRs are so amazing to me.

Sioux said...

Beautiful quilts from a wonderful grandma! Love the campus picture...and have a great year...from a retired teacher.

Cynthia said...

what beautiful quilts. Do you now own them?

Jodie said...

The quilts are beautiful, you are lucky to have them. I don't have quilting in my heritage so don't know where my interest comes from.

I hope to make a double wedding ring for out 10th wedding anniversary in 2009 - may be just a wall hanging!

Jodie

Lois R. said...

What beauties! I especially like the colors in the Double Wedding Ring.

Suze said...

Such a rich and wonderful quilting heritage..........

Samantha said...

what lovely family treasures- and a great view from your office!

Tazzie said...

What lovely treasures your great-grandmother has left for you. They look to be made beautifully, and have survived really well too.
No wonder you're such a wonderful quilter with such ancestry!
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Fiona said...

Lovely quilts and so nice to have as heirlooms.

Deb Geyer said...

Lovely quilts! Real treasures.

LoriLaurieLauri said...

I love these!