Friday, January 21, 2011

Priceless Treasures from Nagymama

We always called my Great Grandmother, Marczella Szabo, Nagymama.  She was quite a women!  She was a very accomplished crocheter.  She would make doilies, tablecloths, and the most amazing lace you have ever seen.  She actually crocheted borders for the edges of all her kitchen shelves.  We were lucky to find those and they are still in excellent condition.  I brought them home to incorporate them into some dresses.

When I was a child I had a quilt that she made me.  My brother found two quilts that she made in the 40's tucked away in a closet.

This is one that she made for my Aunt Norma in 1948.  Thankfully she signed it!  The applique is absolutely perfect and all the quilting was done by hand and is amazing!


The second quilt is even more amazing!  They are appliqued magnolias dogwood flowers and the center of each flower is done with French knots.  It is a very large quilt.  I didn't measure it yet, but I think it must be at least a queen size.  This one was made in 1946.


As you can see from the photos there is quite a bit of yellowing on this one.  Before I can even think about cleaning it I have to repair it.  The entire binding needs to be replaced.  At some point my grandmother was able to find fabric that was an exact match and stored it with the quilt.  I will be putting my new bias tape maker to good use to repair the binding.  I am a bit nervous about working on such an old and important quilt.  I think I will have to do some more binding before I tackle this job.

Both of these quilts are so amazing I wish I could take better pictures of them.  When the weather warms up a bit around here and all the mud and snow are gone I will try to get them outside for better photographs.

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