Quilt Blocks

I have these old quilt blocks.  They were handed down to me when I found them tucked into the back of a closet.  I know they belonged to my Great Granny Borden, because her name is actually stitched into some of them.

This weekend I had the treat of attending the High Plains Quilt Festival here in Portales.  Oh my!  Don’t you just love quilts!!  Beautiful things.  I loved the one tag that asked, “Can you find my mistake?”  I busted out loud laughing knowing that if one of my quilts was hanging there this would be no challenge.  No, I couldn’t find a mistake in that lovely quilt.

You’re supposed to vote on your favorite, and this was next to impossible because they were all so very special.  But I did vote… for one that had been quilted in 2002, although the top had been pieced in the 1930s by the woman’s grandmother.  What a treasure.

So I came home and pulled out my little pile of Dutch Doll quilt blocks.  The last time I looked at these sweet girls was long before I had this blog.  And now I have the perfect place to ask for help.  There are other names embroidered onto some of these blocks, and a couple of them are dated 1931.  I would love to get the blocks into the hands of family members.

These are the names.  They would have lived near Floyd, NM, in the 1930s.

Ella, Leora and Thelma Olson

Ruth, Georgie and Boots Depuy

Edna, Frances, Dora and Aunt Beck

I cherish my heirlooms, and it would be my pleasure to share the joy.  Comment here or contact me through e-mail, and let’s see what we can do!  sandy@field-days.com


8 Responses to “Quilt Blocks”

  1. Marcea Clive says:

    Sandy, I love Dutch Doll quilts. My mother made all 4 of us girls a Dutch Doll quilt. I had the blocks since I was a little girl and only a few years ago had the opportunity to get it set together and quilted. Good luck on your hunt for the family members who will cherish the “little girls”.

  2. Betty W. says:

    Oh, I hope you find at least one of these women. What a sweet story! I’ll ask Milz when I can…he grew up out there. I have a very old signature quilt that my aunts helped on when they were girls. I treasure it, too.

  3. Sharon says:

    Betty Greathouse might give you a lead on these names.

  4. Sandy says:

    Yes, you’re the second person to suggest her. I need to give her a call!

  5. joyce says:

    I grew up at Floyd and “know of” these women but don’t know them personally.I hope you can contact some of their family that will treasure these as much as you do.

  6. Betty Jean says:

    My mom used to make quilts. I wonder how many she made. She made 1 for each of her 7 children, all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren when they were babies, then another one when they were older. She loved making quilts. The doll quilt that you pictured is like the one that Mom made my 2 daughters when they were little. We have several quilts that Mom made before she passed away last May.

  7. Sandy says:

    The Olson family has contacted me! I’m so excited to get their Dutch Dolls in the mail! I have a lead on the Depuy famiy… and I’m still hoping to hear from the Beck family.

  8. Jackie (Rankin) Barnett says:

    Sandy,
    I know I’m late to this party, but I somehow stumbled onto this post and had to share. My maternal great-grandmother had a bunch of these Dutch Doll squares that she had made for a quilt, but the quilt didn’t get finished before her death. I’m not sure how they ended up in various hands, but my mother had several. I remember looking at them when I was just a young girl. Several years ago (or perhaps by now it has been “many” years!) my uncle framed one of the squares as a gift to my mom. In one corner of the frame (in a space cut out within one of the mats) he put a photo of my great-grandmother and a small story about the quilt squares and the various events that probably led to the quilt not being completed. On the back of the frame, he also attached a longer story of some of his memories of her… It is a treasured gift! My mom loved it so much and thought it was such a good idea that she used some of the squares she had and re-created the same thing for some of my cousins. (She said she didn’t make one for me because someday I’d have hers.) Hmpf! I still wish I had one of my own!

    And, yes, I love quilts!! Many years ago (20?) I went to an Amish quilt exhibition in San Francisco, and it was amazing. They were so beautiful! I was in awe of the art of the quilt designs, as well as the beauty of the handwork. And during a trip to DC & Williamsburg a couple of years ago, I couldn’t help touching a quilt in some museum (we were in so many, I can’t remember which it was). Anyway, I set off the alarm with one tiny touch! I noticed the “do not touch” sign right after that!! Fortunately, they didn’t haul me off to jail, but a security guard was hovering nearby in a matter of seconds! Very embarrassing…We decided to move on to another area!

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