Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Antique Treasures

In June I blogged about asking Pops for 2 quilts that he had up in his linen closet. Well, when I was at his house, HE reminded me to take the quilts with me! Sure thing! :)

We think the two quilts were made by Pops' grandma, Minnie Old. They were found in Pops' parents house, after they died. Yup, that would make them my great-great-grandma's quilts! What a treasure. :)

They are in very beautiful condition for something that's 70+ years old. I have only found one split seam so far.

And I can't help but wonder... if perhaps these quilts were for Pops and his sister, Jere. The top Double Wedding Ring quilt has boyish colors, the hand quilting is more simple and the binding was machine sewn down. I was pretty surprised by that. Maybe Minnie was in a hurry. :)

The second quilt looks more feminine, the handquilting is more orderly (grid like) and the binding was done by hand. Also the split seam is on the boyish quilt. So I'm thinking it was Jere's quilt, since she was younger than Pops.

And even if they weren't made for her grandchildren, I'm still thrilled to have such a treasure in my possessions.

While Pops was reminding me to take the quilts with me, I decided to ask him if I could have the sewing machine in a cabinet. I remember it being in the room that my parents sleep in when I was younger. I didn't even know for sure if it had a machine in it or not. Pops seemed to be a little surprised by my request, but told me to go ahead. :)

And wow! There was a machine it in, with the plug cord, but no foot pedal. Very heavy, due to being solid metal.

Upon closer inspection, I realized that it was neither a treadle or pedal machine, but actually uses a knee control to operate. I had heard of them before... but never seen one! The cabinet's legs are also somewhat shaky, probably from living through dozens of California earthquakes. ;)

Pops said that the machine had come from Great-Grandma's house - my grandma's mom. When I got home, I started to do some research. It appears to be a 1951 Centennial Singer 15-91, made in Canada. The more I checked out the machine, the more I realized that it's in pretty good shape! Things are loose and dirty... but with some elbow grease, tightened nuts and bolts and a replaced belt... I'll have it returning to it's former glory. ;)

Some other goodies I got was an office chair - Pops finally retired and we help cleaned out his office and he was offering the chairs. I was happy to upgrade to the cushy chair, compare to the folding chair I was using for the past year! :D

My mom also very generously gave me her powered grain grinder... but in all the confusion, I accidently forgot it! :( I was so upset with myself, I really appreciated her giving me her grinder, as I enjoy making bread... and I had to go and forget it. Hopefully it's back at my parents house and they can just mail it to me. :)

Guess quilting is in my blood after all... and now I have proof. ;)

Leah

17 comments:

joyce said...

The Double Wedding Ring quilts are beautiful. When do you think they were made? You can often date quilts by the fabric but I am no expert on that. Lucky you with that old Singer.

Nancy said...

What wonderful family treasures you brought home with you!

Beth said...

Ya THINK quilting may be in your blood? Gee wiz, you get more done than just about anyone I know, especially yours truly.

Hey, my mother had that same machine. My neice got it and sold it...I was so hacked. But good for you!

Love that wedding ring

Dawn said...

Leah, the quilts are wonderful! And that machine is a BEAUTY! And so is the table with it! What a wonderful thing to have!

paula, the quilter said...

What wonderful, wonderful quilts! I recognized a fabric in the top one (the red/white striped) that was used in a fan quilt I have. 1930's.

paula, the quilter said...

Oh and the way the quilt maker paid no mind to the grain on that red/white stripe made me smile!

Lois R. said...

The quilts are beauties! And the sewing machine is cool too. A real sturdy workhorse machine.

Sweet P said...

You got some incredible treasures. The quilts are beautiful and the machine is awesome! I can't wait to see what you make on the sewing machine.

tami said...

Wow. Great treasures and wonderful memories. The quilts are gorgeous.

Bingo~Bonnie said...

I can't think of a better person to receive these treasures and I know that your Pops know that too!!! I know you look forward to passing these along to your children one day. :c) ~Bonnie

Shelina said...

Wow, what treasures. Such beautiful quilts - I've been wanting to make a double wedding ring quilt, but don't think my skill level is up to it yet. The sewing machine is awesome too. A flatbed will make it really nice to do some straight quilting!

Elaine Adair said...

Leah, your old Wedding Ring quilts are so beautiful - what treasures!

Thanks for a lovely visit - keep up your excellent projects - you are a whiz to be able to keep all this activity going!

Peg said...
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Peg said...

What wonderful heirlooms to have past down to you, enjoy them :o)

Cheryl said...

I just got caught up on your blog...my you sure were busy with quilts this Chrismas...all beautiful!
The antique quilts from your grandfather are so beautiful! What a treasure...

Beemoosie said...

Wonderful treasures! I enjoyed reading about all your goodies!

Palma said...

Interesting to know.