Family Quilts — Yellow Cross-Stitch

I’m happy to finally be bringing you a quilt from my Grandma Weber. So far I think all the other quilts have been from my Great Grandma Roloff — that’s my father’s side of the family. (Oh — I take that back — my Wedding Quilt was made by this Grandma!) This is my mother’s mother. She made many many quilts as well, and one thing that is a common feature of her quilts that makes them easily identifiable is the cross stitching. A number of her quilts incorporate cross stitching, and they are really sweet. Unfortunately, I did not manage to get a picture of this entire quilt for some reason, just pieces. I think I was so enamored with the cross stitching and the quilting that I forgot about the bigger picture!

Grandma's Quilt -- Yellow Cross-Stitch

The background fabrics for this quilt are solid white and solid yellow. This Grandmother sometimes pieced her quilts on the machine, so it is possible that the large pieces were machine pieced together. Would have made sense to me here, I have to say. But I did not check that here, so it could have been done by hand or machine. The quilting was all done by hand. And, yes, there is some mold damage there on the bottom center.

Grandma's Quilt -- Yellow Cross-Stitch

The solid white squares have yellow cross stitching with a flower at the center.

Grandma's Quilt -- Yellow Cross-Stitch

The blocks that are composed of two triangles have another pattern quilted on them. It’s done in white so is easier to see on the yellow half of the block (and easier to see in person in decent light!).

Grandma's Quilt -- Yellow Cross-Stitch

Triangular shaped sections have diagnonal quilting.

Grandma's Quilt -- Yellow Cross-Stitch

The border is quilted in a flower and leaf pattern (hard to see on the yellow here), and vertical lines connect this pattern to the inner edge of the border. This quilt does not have binding. Instead the edges of both the front and back of the quilt were turned under and stitched together. Unfortunately, this has not proven to be a very rugged method of finishing the edge. This is particularly clear on a pair of red and white quilts she did that were used on beds for a long time. But it does keep your attention on the cross-stitching instead of being distracted by the binding!

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3 comments to Family Quilts — Yellow Cross-Stitch

  • Gorgeous and precious!! Lucky you to have this from your grandmother even if it has a bit of wear.

  • Linda H

    Hi! I found your blog just yesterday and have been poring over your archives, following your family quilt series. Thank you so very much for sharing this rich quilting heritage. I am enjoying every picture and every word. Have you thought about a book? Seriously, this would make a wonderful book.
    And now with today’s post about your Grandmother Weber’s quilts…I just had to respond. My father’s mother was born Mary Ellen Weber in Kansas toward the end of the 1800’s. I don’t know that any of my family did any quilting. hmmm, I have one aunt left. I’ll have to ask her about that. Anyway, the yellow quilt is so sweet. Her method of finishing the edges is interesting. If I understand you correctly, the quilt was quilted and then the edges were turned in? Not sewn together envelope style and then quilted. I ask because when I first began quilting in the 60’s, I sewed the top and backing with the battting wrong sides together, leaving a “hole” for turning the whole big thing right side out, pressed the edges carefully and then hand quilted it. I didn’t know any better because I didn’t have anyone around me to show me how to do it properly. No big wide wonderful instructive web then.
    Looking forward to more of your heritage quilts.
    Linda H
    northern CA

  • Her hand work is so amazing! I love the yellow and white colors.

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