Last year we headed up to Ohio to see Brian’s family on a very spur-of-the-moment kind of trip. We spent time with his parents and his grandparents and since his grandparents were dealing with basement issues, they were clearing out tons of stuff they had accumulated through the years. We came home with some special treasures including two lamps that will be used in each of our daughters’ rooms.
But there was a bit more than just lamps. When we were sorting through the boxes in the basement, I opened a box on one of the tables and opened it. I shrieked a bit and immediately asked my mother-in-law if I could have this:
It was a partially completed piece of embroidery. It was mostly yellowed though and no one had any idea who it originally belonged to.
But look at the date on this darling piece:
I later found this piece among the smaller linens that were upstairs and was allowed to have it to complete.
The most exciting find though, was this Double Wedding Ring Quilt. I remember pulling open the box and there was this yellowed flowered box inside it. When I opened the box, this beautiful quilt top was sitting inside. I think I screamed! 🙂
This quilt top was made by Brian’s great, great, great grandfather’s sister who made it for his great grandparents wedding! I asked Brian’s grandmother if I could have it because I wanted to finish it. I was so thrilled that she said yes!
(I love that Brian and Bunny are hiding behind the quilt as I was snapping this photo.)
All three pieces were pretty gross from years being in the basement though, and after lots of research, I decided to try Coloradolady’s tutorial on cleaning vintage linens. I started with the embroidery pieces and could not resist taking a picture of the years of yuck!
Look at how magically clean they turned out:
The next step was doing the same with the quilt. Thankfully we have a huge tub in our bathroom and it turned out just as wonderfully as well. I should say that this quilt top was hand-stitched and in amazing shape. The colors are so bright and vibrant. I am going to hand-quilt this to carry on the tradition of keeping it in the family! 🙂
These three projects are actually on the list of my 2013 resolutions to finish. I hope to share more on my progress in the coming months!
(Linking up with Coloradolady: Vintage Thingies Thursday.)