My good friend Julee and I spent a fabulous day going to thrift shops yesterday - and having lunch at Dutch Mother's in Lynden.
At the first thrift shop I spied this old quilt from the 30s and when discovering that the price was only 12.50, I knew it had to come home with me. (It could have come home with me for a whole lot more - but I was tickled to get it for 12.50). Julee is not a quilter (she's a fabulous painter) so we both didn't covet the vintage quilt.
The background is that wonderful 30s green. It has circles hand quilted on it - and in between the circles are triangles of YoYos.
Most of the YoYos are no longer attached and some are in bad shape - but since my favorite fabrics are 30s reproductions, I know I can redo this quilt to its former glory. I have two medium sized plastic boxes of 30s fabrics - the only fabrics I buy without having a specific project in mind - I just adore the 30s reproductions.
This is one of the few diamonds of YoYos that is still mostly intact . . .
The edge of the quilt has a row of solid color YoYos, and as you can see, a gentle washing is going to be needed for this quilt.
The hand quilted circles in between the diamonds made of YoYos. Someone put a lot of work into this quilt.
I think it was made for a young girl's bedroom. Can't you just feel the excitement as the mother lays the new quilt gently on the bed. The young girl dances and twirls about her room, so excited about the lovely quilt her mother has spent hours making for her. The little girl touches the YoYos, remembering the sun dress made of the same fabric, or a bit of fabric from Grandmother's apron. Each fabric tells her a story of her family and she will cherish it forever.
And now it is mine - to cherish and redo so it will be remembered once again. The stories of the quilt will tell themselves to me as I work on the pieces, getting them back in place, or adding new ones that match. And once again the quilt will have more stories to tell.
What stories do your quilts tell you?