I was wondering what to blog about considering how little actual quilting has been accomplished on the home front, but then this:
An incredible gift today, from a new friend at our quilt ministry - a huge group of about 35 hand embroidered, hand-crocheted vintage runners and tablecloths, made by my friend's now deceased mother's neighbor's mother. Trusting you can follow that genealogy - just suffice it to say since my friend and I are both 70, these pieces are probably at least that old! Most are in excellent condition, some probably never used, others with just a bit of staining that will probably soak out.
The best part is, these were all created by a Polish immigrant woman from the same general neighborhood my grandparents lived when they were first married. While some are made from store-bought embroidery patterns, many of the pieces are hand-drawn folk-art authentic Polish embroideries in traditional colors. With all hand-crocheted lace borders on nearly every piece. Love!!!!! So, without further ado, here are some of these new treasures.
I think this next one, the largest tablecloth, may also be the oldest, it has certainly seen the most wear, but the gorgeous heavy 4-inch wide lace is still in perfect condition.