Thursday, April 25, 2013

Quilting Family Treasures ... A very large Lone Star and unfinished Signature Blocks

I come from a long line of quilters.  Dad knows that three generations worked on this Lone Star quilt ... his mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  He thinks it is very possible that his great great grandmother put her hand to it too, making it a four generations quilt.

Lone Star Quilt c. 1910 - Davenport & Sprague, WA

It is stunning and it is in unused condition.  And it's huge.  It generously fits on a queen size bed which is why I think maybe it was never used ... it ended up too big for on anyone's bed at the time.

The diamonds are thumb size.  It is a marvel to contemplate the hours that went into the piecing.

Unfinished Signature Quilt Blocks c. 1930 - Davenport, WA

And then there are the signature blocks ... there are nine of them.  I'm trying to figure out who they may have been intended for and why the quilt was never finished.

Many of them are signed 'Aunt' ... Aunt Sarah in the bottom right corner is my great grandmother.  And three of the other blocks are signed by her sisters.

Their generation was gone by the early 40's but grandma kept the signed blocks neatly packed away until she passed away.  And then I became the caretaker of all her quilty things.

I hope to figure out who they signed these blocks for, but I fear the quilt was unfinished because of some sadness which I don't even really want to contemplate.

But one of these days, I will piece the signature blocks together and finish the little quilt.

Oh that I could time travel, I would surely love to meet my great grandmother and her sisters.


  1. This is a wonderful post! I understand how you would want to meet your great grandmother and her sisters. The quilt is just unbelievable ~ thumb sized diamonds would take me forever to piece!

    I have two signature quilts from my mother; one is almost in shreds but the other is still good. I bought a signature top on which the women embroidered their names, dates, and sometimes the community they were from.

    1. I'm curious about your mother's signature quilt ... do you know why the signature quilts were made? Was it to commemorate a specific occasion? Did they come from a regional tradition? The 2 sides of the family who did my signature blocks had roots in Ohio and Kentucky. You are fortunate to have your mother's quilts.

    2. The old, worn quilt had signatures of Mama's cousins, etc., so perhaps it could have been for her hope chest? I really don't know, and she's gone now, so I'll never know. The better one was made by women in the Extension Homemakers Club and I knew these women. About ten years ago, I wanted a "friendship" quilt (that's what they were called here), so I passed out patterns and the white material for the blocks. I still don't have two of the blocks back, so I may have to find two new friends. lol My quilts are from Arkansas.

      By the way, I wrote about my quilts quite some time ago; the post is under the label, Friendship Quilts.