Thursday, June 11, 2009


A year ago, my great grandma died. I feel very lucky to have had a great grandma for almost 30 years of my life. That's pretty incredible, I think. My grandma was an amazing quilter. She made one for me when I was in third grade and i love curling up in it. It doesn't come out often anymore because there are pieces coming apart and I want to treasure it so that my children and grandchildren can have a piece of her.

When my sister helped my grandma clean out her house, they found these old quilt blocks from 1938. Yes, from 1938. Each block was done by a different family member (sister or in-law of my grandma) who wrote their name and location in the center. We are thinking that all 12 blocks were given to my grandma as a gift or to have her finish the quilt. We really are not sure why. But, over the years she forgot about them and the quilt never was made.

Tradition has it that quilters used to make 1 square a bit wrong on purpose. I am really not sure why. I do think it is a neat tradition though.

My sister and mom are working diligently to finish the quilt in time for the Terrell Family Reunion in July. Hopefully we will be able to hang it up. I will post a picture of the completed quilt another time.
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1 comment:

  1. Quilters do sometimes make a "mistake" in a quilt because they don't want to appear to be perfect like God. I heard this started among the Amish. I'm in no danger but I have left mistakes sometimes because I'm humble (not lazy). :)

    The name of the blocks on your page have several names, I know it as Churn Dash. They turned it into a signature quilt, which are still popular today.


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