When Aunt Elaine passed away in February of 2019, her daughter, Elan (my sister/cousin), sent me home with Aunt Elaine’s embroidered and crocheted pillowcases and a few doilies. I also had a stack of vintage tablecloths, but that’s for another post!
I had no idea what to do with these treasures, but after some online snooping, I had a plan. And that plan now hangs on my bedroom wall.
You can see pieces of pillowcases, lace, hankies, doilies, and pot holders, all made by four generations of women: Emma Anderson Ohman, her daughter Elna Anderson Hunsaker, her daughters Edith Hunsaker Bronson and Elaine Hunsaker Shuman, and Edith’s daughter Connie Bronson Ward (me!).
It definitely was a little scary to make that first cut in a pair of heirloom pillowcases that looked brand new, but as the project developed it was fun to figure out how best to display these items in the 8″ hexagon shape I had chosen.
My wonderful friend, Deb, is the “finisher” of my projects and this one was no exception. She makes everything look beautiful.
My 98-year-old mom was so happy to see these heirlooms preserved forever (many were made by her).
The quilt was so much fun to design and sew. I showed it to my two sisters and ended up with more boxes full of vintage linens from their cedar chests. So two more quilts are almost finished in record time, thanks to COVID-19. I will post pictures after they are quilted.
What to do during quarantine? Gather up those vintage linens from your family and let your imagination run wild!
Miss Connie, is there a way to contact you? I have some questions!
In my purse, I carry my great grand dads hankie after my mum had inherited it from her father. It is made of high quality thick linen and has his initials embroidered in one corner. We who inherited it never used it as a hankie. I carry it to feel closer to those who went before me.