Wednesday, April 15, 2009

on a hot summer day

... when my children were still babies
... we spent the day at a small auction not far from our home ...the quilt sat in a box and we'd not had a chance to examine it closely before the bidding began, but I was drawn to the colors that peeked from the top of the box After winning the sale we discovered that it was entirely hand pieced with the most even stitches throughout. ...after all these years of waiting patiently in a box, it was pulled out and ironed and spread out on the bed yesterday and only then did I remember that it was a hexagon quilt!
Begun by one ...to be finished and loved by another. Do you have something begun by one... that you've finished?

14 comments:

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

What a treasure! That is a gorgeous quilt. Wouldn't it be fun to know who pieced it and when?

Milah said...

I finished one quilt top from both of my grandmothers. I have two more antique quilt tops I found on ebay.
Your quilt top is awesome.

BUMBLE BEANS said...

oh my. that is a lovely one!

Yep, got two boxes of them. Sometimes I can't get myself to finish them... I just admire them. I tend to collect the really ratty ones, or ugly ones that have been tossed aside, and rework them into something someone WILL LOVE. Hexagons are my very favorite! lucky girl! you have a beauty!

Nedra said...

My first quilt I ever made was a Grandmother's Flower Garden. I still teach classes on it because I love it that much. Yours is a treasure.

Catherine said...

Oh, so lovely!! I hope you show more pictures as you work on it!

Nadine said...

I Do, I DO !!! It's my precious "Blue Hour", begun by YOU, and finished (well, almost ;>) by me....
Ooooh, do I LOVE that grandmother flower garden of yours ! HOW COULD YOU leave it sleeping in a box for sooo long ?? This one is a heirloom and deserves HAND quilting !
I handpieced one - single bed size - some time ago, and I also handquilted EACH hexagon 1/4 inch inside. Took me 4 years (turtle me!) to complete it, and I think it could be the one I the most enjoyed making... actually, I just started another one, a few weeks ago, HeeHee.

BBH ;>) XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO
NADINE

Mal* said...

Holy cow. What a find! It's gorgeous.

My Granny made a quilt top for me that she was unable to finish before she died. I've located it recently and hope to finish it. I'll probably need my mom's help, but I am looking forward to the whole process and to bringing closure.

Kathie said...

I have always wanted to buy an antique quilt top and hand quilt it , maybe someday I can do that.

Love this one, its so pretty.
Kathie

linda said...

I have purchased two antique quilt tops. One is a Boston Commons, and the other is a Grandmother's Flower Garden. Both are from the 30's, and are in pristine condition. I probably won't hand quilt them, can't sit that long. I'm thnking I need to find three more so I can have one for each of my children as wedding gifts.

Marilyn R said...

Your quilt find is fantastic! I have many quilt tops that have been found at rummage sales and antique stores. They are still tops but maybe some day I will finish them. I don't think any of them are as lovely as yours is though! Have fun!

Jana said...

What a treasure you have there! I wonder what the story is behind the quilt?

quiltin cntrygrl said...

What a beautiful quilt. I have a couple quilt tops that were passed to me when my grandmother passed last year. My mother says that she never quilted so she figures that they were her grandmothers or great grandmothers. They are patiently waiting for me to learn more and feel comfortable finishing such a family heirloom.

Heather

Amy said...

Christine,
I luv your blog and you quilt tops........
My blog should accept your message,I emailed you. Amy

Tonya's Sewing Room said...

beautiful hexie quilt. I love your turtle on the side bar. I have 5 turtles and collect them