Granny's Butterfly Quilt

This quilt top was made by my Granny Ethel Mosley.  It was stored in a closet when I was a girl, she had given to to my mom.  Here is Granny, I am the toddler on the right she is wrangling.  Granny had 8 kids and oodles of grandkids.  And we all think of her fondly.  I used to spend Saturday nights at her house when I was a girl.

Sometime in the late 80's my granny gave this top a tacked backing.  My mom remembers this butterfly quilt being in the closet when SHE was a little girl, and it is likely made from feedsacks and flour sack prints from the 20's and 30's.  My mom gave it to me as a gift.  I treasure it. I used to use it, but when I had kids and caught my husband giving them a blanket ride on it I put it away.

I think I might pull it out again now that they are older. It needs some repairs, because some of the fabrics have weakened over the years.  It also needs a gentle soak.  Here is a closeup of the blanket stitch she used to applique the butterfly shapes down:

Here is a direct scan of one of the squares from the quilt.
And here is a very similar butterfly pattern template I found on the internet. 

And here is one of my favorite blocks in this quilt:

I love this quilt.  You can see more of the blocks here.

Thanks, Mom, for this wonderful gift.  
It keeps on giving. 

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Lovely! What a wonderful heirloom for you to have, preserve and pass down.

"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden


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