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Baby Quilts Run in the Family

Posted on: September 4th, 2013 by Lorna McMahon
I borrowed a couple of vintage embroidered baby quilts from my mother because I wanted to share them on the blog today.

This first one was made in 1960 by my mom when she was expecting her first child – my brother.

It is a whole cloth quilt, all embroidered by hand.  The the quilting lines depict the sky and the hill that Jack and Jill have tumbled down.

 Jack has fallen among some ornately detailed flowers…
 I love his curly hair and the details in his overalls and shirt.
 Jill is still tumbling.  Hope she hasn’t stained her beautiful dress!
The well at the top of the hill…
And the upturned pail – still on it’s way down the hill!

Thirty year’s later, this second quilt was made for my mom’s first grandchild, my sister’s daughter, in 1990.

It too, is a whole cloth quilt and is backed, bordered and self-bound in green gingham.
Here are two postcards I made…. But I can’t see me spending the time it would take to make a whole quilt!
I just love the look of embroidery!  But it is so time consuming.  Doe-C-Doe and French Knots are two names that were popular producers of embroidery patterns, back in the day.

Do you like vintage embroidery?

16 Responses

  1. Love embroidery, vintage and otherwise! These are the sweetest! I was working on a whole cloth, twin sized embroideried quilt but I have cut that baby up into smaller projects! 🙂

  2. Vicki says:

    WOW! Those are fantastic keepsakes! I have never been able to make my embroidery look like that. Patience galore!!

  3. Martha says:

    Beautiful keepsakes. The vintage embroidery is beautiful. Embroidery does take a lot of time and work but the end result is so beautiful.

  4. Martha says:

    Beautiful keepsakes. The vintage embroidery is beautiful. Embroidery does take a lot of time and work but the end result is so beautiful.

  5. Lucky you, having a heritage of such beautiful work in your family. The quilts are just delightful.

  6. Dominique says:

    Lorna, what beautiful quilts! I love vintage embroidery. I know what you are saying regarding the time it would take to make a whole quilt. Yikes! It is a labour of love for sure. Your mom is really talented, it's no surprise that you produce such beautiful work yourself.Thanks for sharing these with us!

  7. Julia Graber says:

    What a treasure. So cute!

  8. Karin says:

    Your mother's embroidery is superb…I love the faces of Jack and Jill. I, myself, have no idea about embroidery and the little bit I tried was hugely time consuming.

  9. I do enjoy vintage embroidery. Those quilts are so special, and obviously well loved. Your mother did an amazing job. What treasures!

  10. These are wonderful! Real heirloom creations 🙂

  11. hydeeannsews says:

    those are so sweet! I am certain I've seen some of those puppies somewhere recently.I have several pieces of embroidery my gma did on their vacations. many are stained in spots, so I need a good project to give them new life.

  12. I love it! They are beautiful and so special and sweet. What fantastic heirlooms.

  13. What great keepsakes!I have a whole big satchel of embroidery patterns that were my grandmothers. You have inspired me to get them out and take a peek back through them.She tried to teach me when I was a young girl. If only….

  14. Anonymous says:

    Gorgeous quilts Lorna and I love the your embroidery. Thanks for sharing. Marie (

  15. What fantastic keepsakes. I love the little details in the pictures.Thank you so much for sharing this at Needle and Thread Thursday!:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  16. Those are spectacular! Thanks for sharing them with us!