September 8, 2016

Great-Great-Grandma and Her Great-Great-Grandson

Well, I have another story to tell about quilts and needlework in my friend Debbie's family.  Debbie's Grandma loved to sew and craft, and made so many useful and pretty things for her family.  These have become much treasured heirlooms.

Last weekend, at our annual day at the Fox Valley Folk Festival (always a wonderful event!), and I got to meet the newest addition to the family, Debbie's first grandbaby.  Debbie had brought along the quilt her Grandma had made in the 1980s for her daughter Emmie was she was a little girl.  And now, here is baby Will, the first member of the next generation, in his jaunty little hat, sitting on his great-great-grandma's loving needlework.  How cool is that!

The quilt is a crazy quilt, made entirely of scraps from the clothing Grandma made for herself and her husband.  There are a lot of double knits - it's very heavy!


The fun thing is that the quilt has a zipper and snaps and could be folded in half to become a sleeping bag for Emmie.  It's backed with flannel, so makes a soft, cozy place to sleep.  It was used often!

Debbie's Grandma first showed up on my blog because I made doll clothes as her proxy, when she was 106 years old and her eyesight was gone.  Grandma wished for her great-granddaughter Emmie to inherit this doll and her clothes as a someday gift for a someday possible great-great-grandaughter.

The doll is a vintage Madame Alexander doll that Grandma purchased when Debbie was a little girl, but never got around to dressing.  I followed Grandma's list to make her a properly complete wardrobe and used vintage fabrics for all pieces. 

In the meantime, great-great-grandson Will came along last January, the son of Debbie's son Nathan.  He appeared on my blog with the Hugs and Kisses crib quilt I made for him. 

I love being involved in all the needlework history of this family of longtime friends, and all the great stories that go along with the fabrics.


  1. What a thoughtful remembrance of my mother, Mary wood.
    While at the doctor's office he and I mentioned her and her bright memory and wit that was a bright light even though her body no longer allowed her to get around as she once did.
    Thank you, Ann. You stories that accompany your quilts make them an additional treasure

    1. Well, Waneta, you know that you and yours have a special part of my heart set aside just for you all!