My 9 year old grandson had a school project where he had to interview senior citizens. My sister and I were chosen for certain questions. It was difficult for him to understand how everything was so different from what he lives each day. My daughter said he was having a difficult time understanding slavery and civil rights. I had participated in one and had heirlooms from the other. He had to pick a family heirloom to write about and he picked quilts because Mother had made each child and grandchild a quilt. Mine of course is now 75 years old but then there is the quilt made by my great grandfathers slaves. He had seven male slaves (women were not counted). Therefore, I took photos of these two quilts with explanations about each to him for his project.
Here are the photos I sent to him:
The quilt is larger than the queen size bed.
My quilt my Mom made for me when I was a baby
I try to show close-ups because some of the pieces come from flour sacks. Our dresses might be made from the flour sacks and then when to little cut into pieces for a quilt. General indication of a flour sack would be tiny flowers in the material.
Hope you enjoy my quilt show. I also have the last quilt my mother made.
I remember the days of the quilting frames always being up in the living room during winter and all the aunts, grandparents and neighborhood ladies being there laughing and stitching away.
I have my mother’s quilting frames but alas, they have never been put up in my house.
The lessons I could have learned about quilting were not learned, nor taught. I played the piano….whenever there was a task to be done Mother would say…go practice the piano…and I did…now you know why I never learned to cook or sew!
However, I did come in second in the State Musical Competition. My boyfriend, from childhood, came in first. I think they thought he played with more feeling. The piece we played was Meditation.
Because we have only one slave quilt (at least that is all my sister and I have), we think perhaps we need to place it on loan to a museum in Mississippi for all to enjoy. Each grandchild has their own quilt and I have two quilts to give to my two children….the first one for my daughter and the last one for my son.
What do you think?
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