Dwight's grandmother hand pieced all her quilts. When Dwight was around 16 his grandmother gathered her 13 grandchildren together along with 13 quilt tops. Each of the kids got to choose a quilt. She started with the girls and they chose in order from oldest to youngest and then the boys chose from oldest to youngest. This quilt was the one that Dwight really wanted and luck would have it that when his turn came the quilt was still in the mix. The quilt was put away and when we got engaged the women of his church bordered it with red fabric and got together to hand quilt it.
For many years the quilt was on our bed. It welcomed our two children and several pets. Ida used the left over scraps from sewing clothes in it's construction and many of the fabrics have deteriorated. It is very worse for wear now as it has been well used and well loved.
Although faded, it is still really beautiful isn't it? Just look at some of the interesting fabrics that were used, and the tiny red hand quilting stitches.
Dwight grew up with quilts but they were new to me as no one in my family was a quilter. Although I appreciated and loved the quilt when we received it, now that I am a quilter myself, I really appreciate the love, skill and work that went into this very special wedding gift. I'm linking my post to the Throw Back Thursday link up at Quarter Inch From the Edge.