Sunday, April 28, 2013

A SURPRISE PACKAGE WOW!

I received a surprise package in the mail a couple days ago.  From a good friend (non blogger).  It contained an antique quilt.  She had been lucky enough to get several quilts at a garage sale for twenty dollars each.  I saw Jean a week ago and she showed me pictures of the quilt and said she thought I would like it because it is brown.  I had no idea she would send it to me.  Here is a picture.

And a close-up.
I think this is a Triple Irish Chain but correct me if I am wrong.  The colored squares in the main body of the quilt have an "X" quilted in each.  The off white squares are quilted with a square about 1/4" in.  The squares on point and the strips surrounding have a continued pattern of squares quilted just as if those strips consisted of separate squares.  There is a small hole in the quilt.  I can see that a thin cotton batting was used.  The quilting stitches nicely done.  The corners of the quilt slightly rounded.  The young people selling the quilts did not want them even though they were passed down in the family.  Thank you, Jean!

I have updates on quilt projects to share but will do that another day.
Karen

29 comments:

WoolenSails said...

What a wonderful surprise and gift.

Debbie

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

young people sometimes have no appreciation for the work in heirlooms - sad to have them sell - but glad your friend got them and they are now safe!

Julierose said...

Wow, Karen--this is a wonderful antique quilt. You have a very generous friend indeed ...Julierose

sunny said...

What a special gift from your friend. And what a lucky quilt to come to someone who will appreciate it so much.

Danice said...

Oh how pretty and thoughtful. A truly beautiful quilt. Your friend is very nice to have given this to you :)

Diane said...

Lucky you!! I am so happy that the quilt found a home that will appreciate it! Thanks for sharing this beauty.

paulette said...

WOW!! She is a real beauty and went to a good home where she will be appreciated and loved!! What a happy ending!!
P

belarmina said...

que buenos y generosos amigos!!!!!
el regalo es una preciosidad y una joya
felicidades para las dos por la mistad que se tienen
saludos

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

A beautiful gift and a very thoughtful friend. I'm glad the quilts have found good homes.

Jennie in GA said...

Lucky you!! Gorgeous quilt. What a special friend you must be.

Dora, the Quilter said...

Beautiful! Yes, it *is* a triple Irish chain. (You can identify it by counting the number of blocks where the center [white] chains cross. There are seven blocks at this point across a triple Irish chain while there are only five across a double Irish chain.
What a wonderful treasure!

Lorraine said...

Lucky you! What a lovely friend to gift this quilt to you. Great that she has " saved" the others as well.

Cheryl said...

What a find and a lovely gift!

audrey said...

What a beautiful, caring gift! I love the border on that quilt. You have an amazing friend to share with you like that.:)

Valerie the Pumpkin Patch Quilter said...

Wow, what a treasure! A sweet gift for someone who will truly appreciate it. :)

Robin said...

What a lucky lady you are. Those old cotton quilts are sure nice on a summer evening.

Yvette said...

Christmas in April! What a wonderful gift!!

Kyle said...

What a wonderful gift. Lucky for you and lucky for the quilt to have a new home. I especially like the pieced borders. Unique!

Janet O. said...

It does break my heart to see family treasures not appreciated within the family, but I am so glad this quilt has a home where it will be appreciated. What a happy thing for you!

Lori said...

It is beautiful!! She knew you would treasure it:)

Aunt 'Reen said...

Such a beautiful and generous gift!
I love to see quilts fall into the hands of those that deeply appreciate them! Enjoy your new treasure!

julieQ said...

What a pretty present! Your new (old) quilt seems so soft and loved...lovely!

Nancy said...

How nice to get such a surprise in the mail. That will be my quilts one day out on the garage sale table. I hope they get as good of a home as this one did.

Anonymous said...

Their loss! Kind of sad...
But so sweet your friend gifted you with the treasure!

Kindred Quilts said...

It's sad the owners didn't want it, but it is in a good home now! It's lovely!

Crispy said...

Wow how wonderful is that!!! It's so sad when young people don't appreciate these kinds of hand-me-downs. My mom sold all of my great great aunt's quilts for $10 each in a garage sale. I told her I would have paid her that and more since I was the quilter in the family....sheesh.

Crispy

The Civil War Quilter said...

You have good taste in friends AND quilts!

Melanie said...

Beautiful-- what a classic and in such good shape....

Carrie P. said...

now that is a nice surprise!