Great Grandma’s Finished Quilt

Lora Waggoner, my great grandmother, was quite the quilter. I have admired her Trip Around the World quilt since I was a child. My grandma, Mary Roberts, held on to these treasures and shared them with me from a young age. She had me reciting my ABCs and 123s at a sewing machine. It’s a fond early memory I have.

I am unsure how old the blocks are, but I’m excited to share with all of you these four generation blocks. The finished product has my touch on it.  If it is going to hang in my house, I needed to enjoy the process.

For the quilting I wanted it to be simple straight lines.  White was the color that won.  Someone suggested something bold like yellow or blue.  I promise something is coming with bold quilting.

Years ago I wanted to do something with these blocks from my great grandmother. I wanted my grandma to sew two blocks together, my mom sew two, and then I would sew the four together.  My grandma’s hands were not able to do as much and her health deteriorated before I could organize what I wanted. Plus, her memory was slipping and it was harder for me to visit.

In doing some research, I may have found the block pattern Lora used.  Still not 100% positive and need to do further research.

The backing being from my mother in law is a nice touch.  Going to add a label with all the women involved and the completed year.


Great Grandma’s blocks

8 Replies to “Great Grandma’s Finished Quilt”

  1. Wow! This is an amazing family heirloom! Good for you for making it one!

  2. Now this is truly a memory quilt!! Congratulations to you for making this a finished project! And thank you for sharing this quilt and its story!!

  3. How do you have that hanging? Looks great!

    1. I used ribbon in the binding to create loops in the corners.

  4. What a great memory and heirloom! It is wonderful. I have a quilt top pieced by my grandmother and I believe I am old enough to be your grandmother….so I need to put a label on it so my granddaughters and great granddaughters know the story. Thanks for the reminder!

  5. Visiting from Crazy Mom Quilts! I am so jealous you have that many quilters in one family! This is a wonderful memory quilt. What a great way to remember loved ones. 🙂

  6. Oh what a special quilt! And it’s a beauty.

  7. […] In my great grandma’s passing, sometime in the 70’s, she left behind some unfinished quilt blocks.  Years ago I wanted to do something with these blocks from my great grandmother.  I wanted my grandma to sew two blocks and my mom to sew another two.  I would put the four blocks together.  My grandma’s hands were not able to do as much and her health deteriorated before the project could come to life.  So I decided this was the year to get those blocks out of a plastic bag and whip them into something amazing.  You can read about the finished quilt here. […]

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