Heirloom Quilts

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Nothing connects us to our heritage quite like the cozy warmth and craftsmanship of the heirloom quilts passed from one generation to the next. These quilts are more than just pretty bed-covers; these precious quilts carry within them connections to our personal, as well as cultural past.

My mother had a little quilt her grandmother, Big Mama, had made for her when she was very young. It is a traditional pattern, particularly popular during the Depression years, the Sunbonnet Children. Naturally, after years of use, the quilt became quite worn and ragged, so it was tucked away for years.

Precious Links to Our Past

Then one day my mother salvaged the least worn blocks and had them mounted and framed. They now hang in my sister's living room, a quaint reminder of a heritage rich in resourcefulness and hard work.

Do you have a precious quilt? Maybe passed down from your mother or grandmother? From an aunt or cousin? Is it worn or frayed -- boxed up for safe-keeping? Or in pristine condition?

Is it a carefully crafted quilt with perfect corners and exquisite stitches. Or is it a special quilt, made of colorful scraps from bits and pieces of the lives of your ancestors?

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Do you have a precious heirloom quilt?

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