Nancy Anne Moore was my great-grandmother on my mom’s side. To my mom she was Mama. To the grandchildren she was Big Mama. She raised my mom and her brother while their mother worked as a nurse during the depression at Warm Springs Georgia. It was a hospital for polio patients and President Roosevelt kept a home there. He loved the freedom he had when swimming in the warm springs. The only things I have of Big Mama’s are four quilts and her thimble.
All are appropriate keepsakes for me, as her love of quilting passed a couple of generations but came back to rest with me. My older daughter Meredith made two quilts in high school. When her life isn’t so busy she may get back into it. Big Mama’s red quilt has a prominent place in my living room, along with my mom’s antique clock, some of Bruce’s grandfather’s antique books, a biscuit bowl which is carved from a single piece of Georgia oak and my much loved childhood Raggedy Ann.I love to look at the construction of this quilt. No fabric was wasted by my great grandmother.
This is another quilt and it shows a lot more wear. We used it when I was growing up and I remember my mom washing it carefully by hand and hanging it on the line to dry.
This shows the batting. My mom told me that when she will little they picked the cotton in the summer sun until their fingers bled. Then the seeds were removed and the cotton was combed with wire combs and carefully laid over the quilt backing. The completed top was put on and basted. The quilt was put onto a quilt frame which hung in the ceiling of their living room. She said that when she got off the bus and saw all the women around the frame quilting she moaned because she knew she had to quilt with them. It was a social time for the older women and I’m sure one they looked forward to it even if the young girls didn’t.
This Sunbonnet Sue was one of the last quilts my great grandmother made. She made it in the 40’s for my mom when she was pregnant with my oldest sister, who has since passed. My mom used it for all of us and it shows the love and wear it received.
This quilt is Nancy Anne’s crowning glory. Made from satin she hand stitched each square together and stuffed each pillow separately, then sewed the pillows together by hand. She made it for my grandmother who kept it on the foot of her bed when I was growing up. I’d like to display it but it seems to precious to leave out.
Progress update on my Judy Neimeyer Christmas Celebration quilt.
Next I’m tackling the flying geese. Can’t believe how much thread I’m blowing through. I bought all my quilt shop had and had to order more online. Tomorrow and Saturday is our quilt guild’s show in Newport. Hopefully I’ll feel confident enough next year to put a quilt of my own in but his year I’m just figuring out how it all works.
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