If you remember my post from the other day on my mother's quilts I promised to show you a really special one.
This is a friendship quilt. My mum grew up in a small community waaay out in the country. All the ladies and girls would get together and have quilting bees. This was a chance to catch up on the local gossip, eat great food, and help someone finish their quilt. It was a tradition back then that when a girl got married everyone would make a quilt square, put them together and make the bride a quilt. This is my mum's. It rarely saw the light of day. She never used it but would display it at quilting fairs in later years. It's fun to look back on it and see her neighbours' and sisters' work. Everyone signed their block so you knew who made it. Some of my aunts' signatures are from before they were married and I love that.
This is the block Mum made. You can see her signature in the right hand corner.
This block is from her oldest sister. The bird is wonderful.
Some were simple but colourful. All of them were beautifully appliqued.
Don't you love her name!
This is made by one of my aunts before she was married.
This is made by another sister. I think it's violets. They are our provincial flower.
This is my favourite. The detail is wonderful. My parents got married during the second world war. One of Mum's brothers was in the air force and this is a tribute to him.
This is pretty too. The colours don't show up well here.
This block was made by my grandmother. I never knew her, she died before I was born. Mum told me her favourite flower was Cosmos. I think the leaves are really super.
Mum had seven sisters and I wish they all had contributed a block but some had left home by then. Mum was born the eighth of ten children.
I'm so glad I have this quilt. This is the one time I'm glad I never had any sisters. I don't know how this would have been sorted! I don't even want to think about how my girls will decide who gets to have it.