The Family Quilts – part 2

Today we will look to my husband’s side of the family for our family quilt.  His grandmother was named Geraldine Iris, and she had her hands full raising six children in the Dust Bowl days.  But somewhere in there, she found time to quilt, and underneath the quilting frame was a fine place to play.

blog picI have no idea when she made this quilt, but I know she made many.  All her quilts that I have seen were very practical, designed to be used and worn out.  She used the materials she had on hand, and kept her family warm.

P1040342This pattern is called Rail Fence, Fence Posts or Roman Square.  She machine pieced the squares, and then quilted them in crosswise stripes.  The backing is plain muslin, and it has a single layer bias binding of solid pink.  The whole quilt is in remarkable good shape, considering it is at least 30-40 years old, and possibly even older.

P1040343I hope you’ve enjoyed this trip into the past–stay tuned for the next family quilt soon!


The Family Quilts


This lovely quilt was made by my grandmother, Amanda Elizabeth.  She was not always in good health, and did not have money for anything that was not also useful, so it has plenty of scraps.  Apparently she did have a good supply of pink!

matthews family

She is sitting on the arm of the chair, next to my grandfather.  That’s Mother holding the cat–she always did love cats!


According to my Blockbase software, this pattern has been called Boston Puzzle, Winding Blade, and Baseball (how unromantic!)   The circles are hand appliqued on top of machine stitched 4-patches.  The quilting follows the lines of the patches, about 3/8 ” away.  The backing is a thin, rough-looking fabric–probably cheap stuff.  The quilt is in good shape, considering its age ( at least 63 years old) with just a few stains on the back.  Perhaps it was kept back from heavy use, and saved as a special quilt.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this peek into my family quilt collection!  We’ll do it again soon.