Since Mom is a quilter, my cousins offered the fabric stash to her, and I went to help pack it up. Every cupboard we opened had more fabric - enough to fill both of our vehicles to bursting! This was after my cousins had taken what fabric they wanted, of course, but it didn't appear to make a dent. My aunt sewed everything from lingerie to lined suits to winter outerwear. And quilts.
Speaking of quilts, my aunt also had a quilt top that was hand-pieced by her great-grandmother, who would be my great-great grandmother, sometime during her life in the late 1800's. My aunt then added the batting and backing and hand-quilted it in 1993. My great-great grandmother was from England, I believe, so it is not clear where the quilt was pieced or exactly when. But it is very patriotic in red, white and blue, and certainly could have been made during the US Civil War. Who knows? But it's fun to wonder and look at. The fabric seems like a looser weave, and is vibrant in color for being so old. I wonder if it is patriotic in color as a choice, or if the colors were the most available at that time? In any case, a very fun thing to see! Mom will take it to show her quilting friends - what a treasure. My cousin will eventually hang it in her home, as it fits with her patriotic decor.
I just love seeing heirlooms, and wondering about the people involved. What was she like? How did it get here? With her, or with her daughter? Was it treasured, or just stuffed away to finish 'someday' like so many of my own projects. Was it for someone or something special?
What a treasure, to be sure!