Torn and Tattered

10.28.2010

I have this very old quilt that was made by Mr. Savvy's mother many many years ago. This quilt holds very special meaning to him since his mother passed away when he was only fifteen from that horrible disease called cancer.



This quilt has been up on our closet shelf for a very long time. I decided to bring it out and to place it at the end of this bed in the guest room. 


I love the colors of this quilt. Look at all the different fabric patterns.


It is so torn and tattered so we don't use it.


I'm sure this was made with old tattered and worn out clothes that couldn't be worn anymore.


This is the other side of it, holes and all.








I love this layered on the blue ticking duvet. I think of days gone by when I see blue ticking. I remember our bed pillows were made with blue ticking fabric. Uh oh that shows my age doesn't it?


 I think it is the perfect piece for the foot of this bed for the colder weather ahead.
I wish I had the fortune of knowing my mother in law. Everyone said she was so sweet and an angel. She had to be to have ten children!

Joining Show and Tell at My Romantic Home
and Feather Your Nest at French Country Cottage

The weeks are going by way too fast. Supposed to start feeling like fall around here again and I have a very messy yard to clean up.

Hope your weekend is a good one!
Y'all come back now,

KIM

56 comments:

  1. Kim, what a lovely, well loved quilt. Thanks for sharing this story of this quilt with us!

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  2. That quilt is a treasure, Kim. I think it's lovely to have it out where you can see it. I wonder if a quilter might be able to mend some of the most serious tears to save it for generations to come?

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  3. Love it!

    I especially love your black stripped or tickin comforter.

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  4. Kim, The quilt is lovely and looks great in your guest room. It's nice to decorate with some things that have sentimental value.
    xoxo, Sherry

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  5. Such a precious treasure. I have some really old ones that my mother made and had from her mother. They have a lot of holes too, but I love them. It looks beautiful on the bed. Hugs, Marty

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  6. That is the sweetest story..what a treasure to have with such meaning.
    My MIL gave us some pieces she had pieced together but never made into a quilt. They were of some of my FIL's suits. I put a flannel back on it and it is the warmest thing ever! :D

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  7. So nice to have something from your MIL. So sad that she died when your husband was so young. I hate cancer. She had so many children she must have been special for giving all of them life.

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  8. Kim that is a beautiful memory for your husband. I love the old well worn quilts. It looks lovely on the foot of that bed.

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  9. Oh Kim! That quilt looks perfect in there! I have one that is so tattered from us using it when the kids were little, that every time I take it out of the box, more of the batting falls out! I have thought about framing some of the better sections, just so we can still look at it, and not damage it any further...yours looks lovely in the guest room!

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  10. Kim, love this quilt and the story that goes with it. There is nothing like a handmade quilt that is worn, so soft and I think they just warm you up better, Kathysue

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  11. It looks like it was made just for that room...I love it, what a treasure♥

    Rondell

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  12. What a special heirloom, Kim, and it looks wonderful in your beautiful guest room, too!

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  13. Kim,
    I love that you have brought out the quilt. it looks very at home on the foot of the bed.

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  14. I have been looking at quilts on Etsy...that's all I think about here lately! How special to have this wonderful quilt! It works so well in this room. The blue ticking creates such a great nautical look! ♥

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  15. What a wonderful quilt with so much history. It is the perfect place at the foot of the the bed in that room. The colors are beautiful together! My mother is a quilter and I keep waiting for a special quilt from her to have and place on a bed as you have done!

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  16. Your mother-in-laws quilt looks great in your guest room and how wonderful that it reminds you and your husband of someone so special.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Traci

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  17. What a sweet tribute to your mother in law. Mine made me a quilt and a throw plus quilts for all three of my grandchildren, her great grands. She used material from clothing and sheets she got from the thrift shop and cut them using cardboard templates and regular scissors. They were a wonderful frugal generation. His mom is still alive and can't see much anymore so she gave me her templates and scraps. I hope to try to make one next summer. Take care.

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  18. Such a special quilt. I like that you've put it pout so it can be looked at. It looks wonderful on the ticking bedding.

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  19. This post really speaks to me Kim. That quilt is lovely. I know how many hours she put into it.

    My motherinlaw also past away from cancer before I met her....I wish I would have had a chance to be her friend.
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  20. I love old quilts this one is adorable.

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  21. A quilt, for sure! Is there any way to fix the really bad holes? I have an old quilt that was made by my mother in law that is showing some wear, too. A sad thing to happen to some wonderful treasures!

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  22. Kim that was a lovely post!! what a great testament to your late MIL.

    The quilt is lovely, even in it's worn state! Perhaps your hubby will let you re work the worn areas, then it will have been made for him by "the 2 most loved women in his life" a true labor or love!

    I too, remember the blue ticking on the bed pillows, LOL! I think my late, X FIL (a tailor) gave me a bunch of it...it is in my fabric cupboard someplace. (been ages since I've sewn)

    anyway...

    please come visit:
    http://piecesoffatesusan.blogspot.com/2010/10/tuesday-er-um-thursdaytreative-been.html

    I have a surprise for you:)

    Susan

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  23. I LOVE your ticking. Love it myself, only I'm a red girl :) Isn't it awesome when we love something so, so much, like the quilt.

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  24. This is why I love quilts so much ...they hold so many memories. This quilt is beautiful...even the worn parts. How very sad that your husband lost his mom at such a young age.
    It is wonderful that you are proudly displaying her quilt when so many other would probably discard it.
    I love this room Kim. The bed is just the style I want for my son.
    Pamela xo

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  25. Ten kids... she was a Saint. What special memories this quilt holds. A "real" treasure. Looks really good with the ticking! Nicely put together...
    ~Michelle

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  26. Kim- I have two like that from my Mother and I think they belonged to her Mother. My daughter has them now and we were talking about doing a bit of repair on them this winter. I love pieces that have a history to them. How awful that Mr.Savvy lost his mother at such a young age. Hugs- Diana

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  27. Wonderful quilt and story....far more precious than any store bought one :)

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  28. I love it. Such a special thing to have. My husband's grandmother made him a quilt when he was little for when he got older. Now it's in our room. I love looking at it.

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  29. You are very lucky to have such a treasure. My Great Grandmother left quilts behind, but they weren't evenly divided by the family. My Great Aunt is a quilter too, so I've seen the time that goes into making them.

    Good that you finally took it out of storage to see it. Family heirlooms really aren't all that special unless they are loved and enjoyed, paying tribute to the special person who gave them to you.

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  30. What a gorgeous piece of art! It looks so beautiful folded at the end of the bed and I love it with the ticking!!! Really pretty....
    ~Des

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  31. I love the story of the quilt. I just recently inherited many from my grandmother. I had to throw several away as they were beyond hope or repair, but kept many. My dad handed down the one to me that I remember snuggling in as a kid. It was my favorite. I have washed it and I use it now at night to watch t.v. It is going to fall apart soon, but I love it and nobody else is allowed to use it unless they are snuggling with me! Heirlooms like this are just priceless. I love how it looks on your bed!

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  32. What a treasure to have - Thanks for sharing it with us.
    Enjoy your weekend.

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  33. Your special quilt is lovely and it looks right at home in your guest room.
    I can't imagine the time that went into it. I quilted a crib quilt and it took me forever... and with ten children. Sounds like your mother in law was a very special person!

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  34. What a thoughtful idea...I'm sure this means so much to your husband, and what a treasure. I love reading your posts and getting new ideas!

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  35. it is great to have something so special and it looks wonderful displayed on the bed!

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  36. what a treasure - look the quilt, holes & all! Just makes you think or your Mother in Law each time you walk in the room.

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  37. Perfect at the foot of the bed. Hope somebody loves me when I'm torn and tattered!

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  38. Things like that make me so happy. I have my hubby's Nana's sewing machine, his Pa's rocker, and a couple of pieces from my Meme. They mean a lot to me and I love that you put the quilt on your bed.

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  39. Your guest bed looks so comfy and the quilt a wonderful addition to it. It is a real treasure.

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  40. Kim, quilts are a scrapbook of history, aren't they. That is a treasure for sure, and it's great that you can display it the way you did. Love it! Linda

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  41. I am so glad that you are the caretaker of such a wonderful family treasure, Kim. It looks wonderful on the foot of your guest bed.

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  42. We have a "heavy" hand made blanket from my mr.s side of the family that is pretty worn but well loved too! My sons are always pulling it out of the closet I keep it in to use in the winter, it is so well loved. So nice of you to find a place to show this treasure that it looks great in. It's perfect in that room!

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  43. Bom dia kim! Adorei o quarto de hospedes. A colcha é muito bonita. A marca do tempo não apagou a sua beleza. Aqui em casa eu tenho várias colchas que ficarão feias com o tempo e eu as reformei dando-lhes uma nova capa mas, conservando a antiga.Querida lindo gesto e demonstração de gratidão e amor para com sua sogra você é linda. Querida tenha um ótimo dia. beijinho no coração.

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  44. Its beautiful, holes and all!

    ~Melanie
    www.theoldwhitecottageblog.com

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  45. looks beautiful there i have 5 that my grandma made 3 are starting to really show there age...when i 1st started *using* them i really had no idea that if not taken care of and stored right that they would become raggy.....oh well they are priceless to me and am grateful for the memories they give me

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  46. Love this room. Found you from Debbie Doos. Let me know if you will be doing the link parties on Fridays.

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  47. Thanks Judy. I took over the before and after party that is on Wednesdays. The link will go up some time on Tuesday evening.

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  48. What a precious quilt. A wonderful memory for your hubby. It looks right at home there in your guest room. I love the blue and white ticking duvet. It always reminds me of cottages at the shore.

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  49. I love the quilt. I bought a similar one at a flea market a few years ago. She was in good shape at the time, but the fabric was thin so I knew I wouldn't be able to wash her a lot before she'd start tearing. I couldn't decide if I should use her up and love her fiercely for 6 months, or store her in a closet safely for years. I decided to love her up. She lasted about a year, but she was well loved for that year. I adored that quilt something fierce. But I'm glad I didn't just stow her away. Sure, she'd still be here, but I rather like that she lived a short, cuddly life with me. :-)

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  50. What a beautiful piece of family history you have in that quilt. I have a crocheted bedspread made by my grandmother and I treasure it. Your quilt looks perfect in your room!

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    Kat :)

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  51. Hi Kim~ What an beautiful quilt and so precious that it is a family piece! I love the tattered and worn areas on this- it shows just how well loved it is. What a treasure! Thank you so much for joining Feathered Nest Friday this week and sharing this! I am looking forward to joining you next week too, for your very first B&A party!! I'm going to add your button to my blog today too! :)

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  52. Kim - you reminded me of a memory! When I was a little girl I remember having a pillow made of that fabric too!

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  53. I love this look. I have a several old family quilts. Some are in perfect condition, some are almost rags. I love them all. I get them out sometimes and put them over the end of the bed, once I use as a tablecloth during the holidays. I used to have them out all over the house during my "country phase" in the late 80's!

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  54. Kim, how wonderful that you have this family heirloom. It looks so cozy at the end of the bed. laurie

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  55. What a fabulous treasure, it found a perfect spot on the bed. I'm glad that you brought it out for all to admire. Thanks for sharing and visiting with me.

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