Sunday, August 31, 2014
Daniel Autrey Hanners Mothers Quilt
This quilt, was made by, grandpa's mother, May Ann Autrey-Hanners, in Doniphan, Ripley Co., Missouri. She started this quilt, when grandpa was a little boy, back in the 1930's. The quilt was called a, "Friendship", quilt. The idea was to collect all kinds of blocks, so when you put it together, there were no two blocks alike.
Grandpa told me all about this quilt, and when his mother started it. She told him, it was to be his, but all through his childhood, he saw it worked on, but never finished. He went away, into the Navy, in 1939, and never moved back home. He forgot all about the old, unfinished quilt top. Well, on September 7,1946, grandpa got married to grandma, MaryAnn Scearce, in Hood River, Oregon. Much to his surprise, he received a gift from his mother, even more surprising, it was the old quilt top, all finished, that she had promised him as a boy. Dad just didn't know what to think, he was so surprised.
Grandma Hanners told me, she never liked the quilt, so it languished for years, in a big bag, in the top of their bedroom closet, and never got used. She was so surprised that I liked it, and was more than happy to give it to me, when grandpa said I should have it. I think it is simply beautiful, and the story very heart warming.
Can you imagine, trying to collect that many different pattern pieces?! I made full sized quilts, while in my teens, none of which I hand sewed. I think I made at least three, that I can recall, and the labor it takes to do one, is very intense. I stopped making large quilts, soon after high school, and never made another quilt, until after I was married, and my babies came along. Then I couldn't resist, and I made several crib sized quilts, for all of them, as well as some for friends.
Don't you think apple core pattern, is so appropriate for grandpa?! She couldn't know, he would one day own an orchard.