Thursday, July 11, 2013

Vintage Sun Bonnets

This is just a quick post to let you know I'm still breathing. Barely. This is Thursday, the moving van comes early Saturday morning, there are still things to pack, papers to be signed, and on and on.

I decided to get rid of my old cedar chest, and when I was sorting through the things in it I came across something I had completely forgotten about. Something rather special. It is a handmade quilt, made for me when I was a baby by my Grandma Vera and some of her neighbours. Once I got over the depressing fact that my baby quilt qualifies as being vintage, meaning I must also qualify as being vintage, I was so happy to have stumbled across it.

I washed it and hung it out on the line. There was a gentle breeze blowing, and it dried in no time at all.



Rebekah and Alexandra both used this when they were babies, and now there is a new generation coming along to hand it down to. This quilt doesn't have the polished, perfected look of more modern quilts, but there is something special about knowing so much love and care went into its production.


There's also something special about seeing how handmade items get lovingly handed down from generation to generation.

23 comments:

  1. That's a museum piece! I can feel the texture and almost see each hand-sewing stitch.

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  2. What a lovely thing to have in your family!

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  3. That is SO beautiful! A true family heirloom. :-)

    Wishing you all the best for the move on Saturday, Kristie, and much happiness and peace in your new home.

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  4. Wow, you are so lucky to still have such a wonderful heirloom. Hope it is appreciated by the new generations.
    S xx

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  5. This is a gorgeous quilt, and so special! I hope everything goes as smoothly as possible with the move, good luck! xx

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  6. Not the cedar chest! I hope it's staying in the family. That quilt is priceless--and stuff turns vintage long before we do. Good luck with the move.

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  7. That was very special...i'm so glad it surfeced again.

    We are clearing out next week...I wonder what i will find tucked away. Nothing so special I am sure.

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  8. Oh, it's beautiful! I like it better than modern quilts. What a wonderful thing to have. Good luck with everything!

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  9. What a beautiful quilt! Wishing lots of luck with the big move!
    Kathy x

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  10. Oh, the quilt is lovely! I hope the little joyful surprises you've rediscovered in preparing to move carry you through that moment when you're standing in your new place for the first night, exhausted and surrounded by boxes of stuff you have no idea how you'll ever get put away, and boldly declaring the mantra that has been repeated by everyone (maybe even you) who has ever completed a move, "I will NEVER move again!"

    :-D

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  11. So charming. I think I would have this out on display. I've never thought of hand sewing this type of quilt. It's a great way to use up scraps of material.

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  12. what a wonderful find, and how lovely that it gets to be used by your first grandchild, perfect

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  13. oh and I hope the move goes well

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  14. Quilts like that are priceless, and carry the memories of much-loved family members. I hope future generations will continue to create such beautiful things for their successors - but I'm afraid I wonder! At least we can appreciate their love, artistry and dedication.
    ALl good wishes for the move, and blessings on your new home.

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  15. What a wonderful discovery. Unearthing something like that makes the packing a bit more interesting. Good luck!

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  16. I love your quilt, quilting is something I would love to try even though I am useless at sewing! Good luck with the move. xx

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  17. Such a lovely quilt and so special to be passed down the line. Wishing you the Best of British for the big move! See you on the other side :-)

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  18. What a beautiful quilt! Glad it can still be used and loved.
    Best of luck with moving. I can't imagine dealing with that stress ...
    take care
    LisaRR

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  19. And now the big day is here! Good luck x

    Oh, and that quilt is enchanting :)

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  20. Kristie, I don't know why I only just found your blog, which is lovely! Good luck with your move... That quilt is beautiful, and I love a crinoline lady. In fact I have made a crinoline quilt, of which I am very fond. Thank you for commenting on my blog. xx

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  21. Such a special heirloom to be handed down with wonderful memories too. Good luck with your move and hope you'll be happy in your new home. Catching up with my reading as I've been away, so guess I'm a little late.
    Patricia x

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  22. It's a beautidul quilt!
    And it must be so nice to have such a pretty thing to hand down!
    Hope your move goes without any problems.

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  23. that is so charming!

    Leanne x

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