My parents live in an area of Tennessee that was under that path of totality for the recent solar eclipse. My husband and I made tentative plans to go visit them for a week, and thankfully we were able to make the trip. I have to admit, getting to view totality was both more than what I expected and not at all what I expected at all: our sun is BRIGHT and even at 99% it was not as dark out as I had anticipated. If you are interested, my husband was able to capture a pretty great image of the sun’s corona from our perspective.
One evening as I getting read to go to sleep, I pulled back the top comforter on the bed and realized we had been sleeping underneath one of my paternal grandmother’s fan quilts. I found it quite the coincidence after having just had Melva ask questions relating to quilting in my family!
We believe that the last quilt Ocie hand quilted was my first pieced quilt top, the twin sized quilt I took with me to college. In my third year at college, she passed away.
My mother told me that when Ocie found a pattern, she would repeat that pattern and make 6 or more quilts using the same pattern before moving on to another design.
I remember going to church with my grandmother as a young girl and having people in her congregation tell me how wonderful her fan quilts were. I am sure I saw them at the time, but getting the opportunity to see it now is something else entirely.
To be honest, I was really surprised at the amount of solid fabrics she used in the quilt top. The center of each fan and 2 of the fan “blades” are both from the same solid fabric in each block.
The background and backing of the quilt are both a white solid fabric.
My mom said Ocie liked to use old sheets, and she thinks most of the solids in this fan quilt are old, cut up sheets.
I have always wondered a little bit if Grandma would like my quilts. The little girl inside me thinks that maybe she really would.
I certainly enjoyed getting to look over her work, and see those neat, tiny stitching lines that are so familiar to me from the quilting she did for me.
The best way to love a quilt is to sleep under it, and it is a joy to know I’ve slept under one of Ocie’s fan quilts.
Do you have any quilts passed down through the generations in your family? I’m thinking that keeping this quilt on a guest bed in my parents home, between sheet and comforter where it won’t see a lot of use is probably a great way to store it.
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