Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Sewing Museum Items

Beth, author at Love Laugh Quilt blog is hosting a Sewing Museum Link Party. Thought I would join in the fun. There is lots of stuff museum quality items in my home but I am selecting a few that are dear to my heart. This first item is what I would grab running out the door in an emergency, after first pushing my family out the door. Sorry about the photos, items are framed and I got terrible glare from the glass.

Update: My DH was able to take a photo without the glare  from the side.Much better then mine.

This crazy patch octagon was patched together by my maternal grandmother in 1944-45. Given to my parents as a wedding gift. My mother loved it but never did anything with it. She talked about framing it for a long time. I remember looking at it with my mother when I was young, picking out favorite stitches. I framed it and it hangs in my dining room.

The octagon is 18” across. Made of velvets and silks with my grandmothers wonderful embroidery stitches on top. It's framed with spacers so the glass does not sit on the item. I also tacked the item to the acid free backing board so the weight of the item is carried evenly.

My Granny was a crafter, seamstress, tailor, recycler, full of great ideas. I remember one year we made pillows for my bed. She had cut one round and one square, along with pieces for piping out of an old velvet cape. My job was cutting up a bag of old silk stockings into pieces for the stuffing. I though this was crazy; but these pillow were wonderful, soft and I loved them.

Second up is my button collection from my DH great aunt. When she passed away my MIL got 2 large boxes with card of buttons. I selected some of the cards. Remounted the buttons and framed them. They also hang in my dining room.


Nursery rhyme

Glass 3/4" - 1"

These buttons are just under or over a quarter inch across. So cute.

Thank you Beth for reminding me to take time to look closer at my items. I glance, I look, but taking time made me remember treasured moments with my mother and grandmother.

Make sure you check out the other Sewing Museum Links at Love Laugh Quilt


Deborah Hamilton said...

The quilt block and buttons are all beautiful. I especially like the glass buttons.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Just love your buttons collection - it is very hard to find those tiny glass buttons.

Linda K said...

How lovely to surround yourself with these treasures! The embroidery on your crazy quilt is delightful!

Jill said...

Beautiful antique sewing items. How special to have something from family members!

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

I like the way you are preserving your family history.......maybe a little note from your Mom telling the history of the crazy quilt would slip onto the back of the frame for anyone wondering about it's origins in the future.......thanks for sharing

Needled Mom said...

I love your buttons!! It is nice to pause and look at all of the fun items.

Muv said...

Hello Elaine,

The crazy patchwork is a gem, and the tiny glass buttons are a real treasure.

Love from England,

Mary said...

Love your buttons!

Quilter Kathy said...

So wonderful that you are looking after this textile treasure...it is gorgeous! And your button collection is awesome too!