This silk quilt block was put together by my great-grandmother, Alma Austin, in the late 1800’s or early 1900’s. I treasure this block because I find the materials themselves interesting, know she cut each piece out, and then stitched them together by hand. This is the oldest family treasure that I have.
I come from a long line of women who stitched either by hand, by treadle or electric machines. I enjoy the modern machines of today but highly respect the talents of those who came before me.
My mother was a professional seamstress and when I look at items she made for my daughter I am still amazed at her exceptional skills. My daughter sews and has a successful business, and my granddaughter shows interest.
Family and tradition – they keep your soul warm and a smile on your face.
I think my next quilting project may have to be incorporating that block into something I can enjoy and pass on to my daughter. Ideas?