A Stitch in Time

Associate blogger and photographer – Haven Rose

Lena laid aside her hand work, placing the needle securely in the spool of thread…………….never to be picked up again.

IMG_6036

Pieces of fabric cut for the Hexagon quilt, along with the pattern made of sand paper were neatly tucked into the box.

IMG_6045 

IMG_6008-001

IMG_6011-001

IMG_6013-001

IMG_6016

A section of a new ‘flower’, with a needle waiting to be drawn through the fabric…..

IMG_6040

lay atop completed sections.….

IMG_6044

ready to be pieced together with pink hexagons to join them to the growing quilt top.

IMG_6021

And so the materials remained for 60, 70, perhaps 80 years.

Even now, half a century after Lena’s death, they remain essentially the same.

The box and twenty circles of Dresden Plates ……

IMG_6041

inherited along with

brown and white quilt made by my great grandmother Susan Houston Downs and my great great aunts the Houston sisters in Michigan between 1880-1890

IMG_6024

red and white star quilt pieced by my great great grandmother Ruth Miller in about 1900

IMG_6026

blue and white quilt made by my grandmother Lena Miller Downs

IMG_6029

along with unfinished quilt tops

IMG_6032

IMG_6035

I love Nona’s quilts a lot. They’re so cool!

OOOOOOOOOOOH!

Haven Rose, age 7, is the great great great granddaughter of Susan Houston Downs,

great great great granddaughter of Ruth Miller,

 great great granddaughter of Lena Miller Downs

1 Comment

Filed under Art, Family history

One response to “A Stitch in Time

  1. Karen

    How rich you must feel to have such a glorious treasure! Like Haven said they are “So cool”.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s