Have you ever wondered what one item (besides your loved ones, of course!) that you would grab if your house was burning down? Would it be the wedding album, the family Bible, the autographed baseball? I’ve thought about this question before and how very few “things” in our lives are really irreplaceable, especially in the age of digital photographs.
In my home, it is the family heirlooms that I hold dear. I’ve got the ceramic tiles with the prints of tiny hands. I’ve got the smiling engagement picture that I lost the negative for years ago. I’ve got a tattered copy of Little Women.
QuiltCon is coming to Austin this weekend, and I’ve been inspired to take another look at one of my favorite family heirlooms, a hand-sewn quilt made by my great-grandmother around the Depression, I think. I have loved this blanket forever. I love the brightly colored scraps of calico she used, which came from old clothes. I love the green-blue background. Most of all, I love the tiny stitches, each one unique, that were made by my great-grandmother’s hand.
Until recently, I had never attempted to learn anything about the pattern. After a bit of research, I believe it might be called Dresden Plate, which would make sense to me because my great-grandmother’s family came over from Germany, so I could see her picking that pattern. But I’m not sure. I love quilts, but I’m not a quilter!
Do you have a quilt in your home? Or another family heirloom that tugs at your heartstrings every time you look at it?