Friday, March 17, 2017

found treasures . . .

One of the issues with RV living is that I can't collect a lot of things without cluttering our space.  I have a really difficult time functioning in clutter -- it doesn't just affect my productivity, but it truly affects my mood. So I admit that a lot of time I find myself using the Nook as a "temporary" drop off space for things in the RV I'm not quite ready to deal with (or don't know what to do with).

So you can imagine, when I went out and did some cleaning in the Nook last Saturday, that there was a fair amount of "stuff" with which I needed to sort and deal! My mom had given me some things (from the big move) from her mom, my Grandma Wadleigh, that she thought I might appreciate. I loved my grandma dearly, but I didn't know her as a quilter, though evidently she was quite talented. 
Grandma, Mom, Me and Baby Jocelyn (1986)
I wish I'd been able to sit and stitch with her!  As it is, this little gem will now be in the Nook . . .
Isn't it darling?  Her button tin! Isn't that scrumptious?  She used a tea tin -- in cheddar, no less -- for her precious button collection. We were kindred spirits, to be sure.  A lift of the lid reveals more fun . . .
Look at all these buttons!  Lots of dainty little button sets -- perfect for little girls (and doll) clothes! But that wasn't all. Evidently she wasn't just a quilter, but an embroiderer as well . . .
All that gorgeous floss! Hmmmm, how to put it to use?! There were bits of trim and lace pieces too. And evidently she cut out and saved pieces she liked, like this pretty brown piece:
Isn't that lovely? I also found this pretty little piece:
A darling linen handkerchief.  It looks like pulled thread work. I don't know but that she didn't work that herself, too. She was incredibly talented and accomplished in so many things. One last surprise was an envelope . . .
Her templates for her quilt blocks.  Hexies and dresden plate petals and diamonds, flowers, and bells. All with her handwritten notes for what they were for (and how many she needed).  Even a magazine clipping of a quilt she wanted to replicate. The sweetest was the butterfly block sketched out with color suggestions and how she planned to use it. Unburied treasures, indeed! Or perhaps the proverbial "pot of gold" at the end of the rainbow?! Definitely made the 'cleanup' very worth my while!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

:)

14 left a comment . . .:

Jean Etheridge said...

How sweet! My grandmother was a seamstress. I saved a few items from her, not as much as I should have! I do have her button box, but it is a plain tin.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

A true treasure and wonderful keepsakes.

Jocelyn said...

Love your sweet picture! Four generations.

Janet O. said...

The four generation photo is priceless--aren't you the cutest young thing? : )
What a treasure trove of your grandma's sewing bits and bobs. I can see many sweet "memory" creations in your future.

Jeanna said...

I love that picture of you and your family. How precious is that?

You uncovered some sweet treasures. Her templates must warm your heart, especially those with her handwriting on them.

Needled Mom said...

Ahhhh....such wonderful treasures!

Dianna said...

Oh Denise what treasures you have! I was given my grandmother's buttons also after she passed, and then recently I was able to have my mother-in-law's button collection. Did I mention that I love buttons?

Kate said...

How fun! Love that button tin. Lots of fun treasures there.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Special memories! I have my grandmother's sewing box. I go thru it every once in a while. I wasn't interested in sewing while she was still alive.

AnnieO said...

I have a lot of my grandma's sewing notions--the old button cards and needle books are my favorites. Enjoy!

Maker Joy said...

What wonderful treasures. That handkerchief looks very similar to ones that my grandmother made too. Maybe that was the style back in the day?

Mary said...

Lucky find on St Patrick's Day. Sweet Picture with 4 Generations of pretty girls.

Sarah said...

Such fun finds!! I have to admit the box-o-buttons was my fav as I'm always on the look out for similar finds since Mom won't yet part with the family tin of buttons (gallon size!). double bonus - it's a tea tin! Could you frame your Grandmother's templates with some of the trim/floss/hankie in a shadow box to hang in your Nook? It would get it off the work surface and you could be inspired every time you spy the box.

SpicingUpIdaho said...

What a treasure trove indeed! How wonderful that this was passed on to you and a bit sad that you never had the chance to craft with her! But, in her memory, I know you will enjoy using these precious treasures you found that were hers. The button tin is delightful, she must have liked tea too! Do you have any of your grandma's clothes? Or fabric? It would be awesome to make a quilt out of her remnants with the patterns she had saved! I know you will find a way to honor her memory with all your talent too. :) Hugs to you today!