When this blog first began, it featured all things quilty and was titled Art From The Heart. Years go by, interests morph, horizons expand, and all of a sudden you realize you are a quilter, yes...but also a spinner, weaver, knitter, crocheter, mixed media, fiber artist. The art is still from the heart, but the new name reflects my excitement with all things fiber! It's Fantabulous!
Tonaskets Founders Day parade and celebration occurs annually on Memorial Day weekend. This year I have decked our shop windows with family heirloom quilts.
The first pic shows the red and white quilt, which has a gazillion little holes in it. Apparently my great, great grandmother got a brand new mattress to put on the old springs of her bed. That new mattress cost hard cash and she wanted to protect it from the springs (this is way before box springs!), so she placed this 'old quilt between the springs and mattress to protect the mattress! Holey or not, I love this quilt and its story...
The second quilt is a wonderful 30's quilt top find by my Grandmother. She had it quilted by the 'church ladies', then gifted it to me. I put the binding on it and embroidered its little history on a corner. Pristine condition and colors. Love it!
The third inheritance is made up of scrappy Lone Stars. The loveliest thing about this quilt is the quantity and quality of the quilting. Tons of it! In a torn space I could pick at the batting a bit and I am guessing from the fiber I plucked out and the consistency of the batt, that it is wool that has been washed and literally put through the wringer. Aren't old quilts fun? :?}