I sleep under a 40+ year old quilt (the multi-color star quilt on top). I look through the fabrics of this quilt and I can pick out my sisters blouses, my skirts and aprons that my grandmother wore. Mom sent all our fabric scraps to grandma to use in her quilts.
I have in my possession a quilt made by my great grandmother (1931) purchased from the estate sale by her son for $35 in 1941 (the red and white Shoo Fly quilt). A huge sum of money at the time but the family could not decide how to divide up the estate so you bought your heirloom. I am so grateful he thought this quilt was important. (This is a great reminder to tag or label your quilts for family if you are passing on your work.)
My husband's family does not have this quilting heritage. Sitting on the couch the other night, snuggled in a quilt and watching Christmas movies, he remarked on how wonderful it felt. He loves all our quilts, old and new. I love the fact that he appreciates them for their comfort, their history and their artistic merit. It just doesn't get any better than this.
Do you have a legacy of quilters in your family? Do you have your own fabulous family quilts?