|Double wedding ring quilt .. 1950's|
I have several favorite quilts, but my fragile baby quilt touches my heart the most. This is an example of what I wrote, then placed in a plastic bag and pinned it to my quilt, so that the story will live on even when I'm gone.
Hand pieced cotton quilt made for Letty Stapp on her birth .. in Arcadia, CA by her paternal grandmother,... This hand stitched squared pattern was used as a baby quilt, then stored for several decades. It is approx.. 50” x 40” trimmed in now frayed pink cotton; the rows create a pattern of solid color then a child’s playful cotton. These colors now adorn my Art Gecko room. My grandmother, who pieced the quilt, died a week after John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in 1963. My grandmother lived in Wichita at the time she made the quilt. As child and teenager I often displayed this quilt. It did not, however, travel to college with me nor to Killeen, Texas... Upon my divorce in 1973 and with a two year child the quilt joined me, along with a red trimmed wedding ring quilt made by my daughter’s great grandmother Roberts.The baby quilt traveled with me as I moved from Oklahoma to Kansas.. My daughter now cares for her granny's quilts. After retirement we returned to Norman, Ok. The quilt is displayed on a twin bed in my “Art Gecko” room, where I write, dream, and play. The colors of the quilt still, as they did in my childhood, soften me and keep my heart happy. (*Quilt story pieced together on January 21, 2016, by Letty Stapp Watt.)
|Stories are attached on inside corners.|
I still have my mother's crochet blankets to label, and I plan to write the story I know about one antique piece of furniture that has been handed down. That story will go in a plastic bag, and I will tape it to the inside drawer.
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What ways of sharing history are using in your homes?