I love old quilts. Pieces that tell a story and have an aura of history – those are the quilts that appeal to me.

Over the weekend I discovered a treasure trove of handmade lovelies. These wonderful quilts were packed away in a plastic bin in the basement of my youngest sister and her hubby. They were given to my brother-in-law and handmade by his grandmother. Sadly, she is no longer able to stitch. But what treasures she has given her grandson!

Hand Stitched Quilt

I wish you could touch this quilt. It is so soft, and so light and feels so cool. As soon as I touched it I instantly wanted to wrap up in it, even though we are having hot summer days. The entire quilt is done by hand, from the piecing, to the quilting, and finally the binding. You can see that the maker used pieces of clothing in many of the blocks.

Hand Quilted Close Up

Here is a close up shot of the hand quilting. The stitches aren’t perfect and for me that is a good thing. I can see the love that went into the making of this piece – don’t you wonder what Grandma Dye was thinking about while doing all this stitching, knowing she would be gifting this to her grandson?

Quilt Label

No fancy label here – just a date. Simply hand stitched. Beautiful.

The back is a very soft shade of blue. There are no seams, so I’m assuming it is made from a bed sheet. I would love to know what she used for a batting because the quilt is so light and soft. I would love to own a quilt like this.

Hand quilting detail

There are other quilts from Grandma Dye to share with you later. I want each one to have its own special day – today is the day for this one.

This is my crush for this week, and let me tell you I am crushing hard on these! I was blown away when I saw these quilts – they are so inspirational and I can’t wait to share the others with you. Do you love old quilts as much as I do? I would love to hear any stories you have about quilts that are special to you.

Update – I did get the quilting and binding finished on Checkered Past, so I will get to share that with you this week. Next up is the rail fence quilt I brought home with me last weekend.

Now, what is your crush this week? I would love to see what you are working on or what has you excited to be in your sewing space. Remember, your crush can be anything sewing/quilting related – new fabric, a new tool, a new technique you’ve learned, or any project you are working on. Come join the party!

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