Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Courthouse Steps Quilt

This is another scrap quilt that my great-grandmother made.  As age and arthritis set in, she was no longer able to quilt by hand, so she tied the quilts.  (See other quilts from my great-grandma here.)


Although it has a couple threadbare spots and tears, I still use it on my bed every year when the weather starts to turn cold.

I know you are starting to think that Katarina (my cat) must follow me from room to room and just plop down right in the middle of whatever I am trying to take a picture of.   And you would be correct.  I had to shoo her off the bed to open the quilt up for a better photo. (She jumped right back up on the quilt when I was done.)


The quilt block is a log cabin variation, called Courthouse Steps.


With a name like that I think this quilt should be passed down to my son.   He was recently chosen as the Chief Magistrate for the residence hall governing board,  and has dreams of law school, post graduation.

I am linking to:
Vintage Thingie Thursday at The Colorado Lady
Alphabe-Thursday  (letter C) At Jenny Matlock's

63 comments:

  1. Hi
    Thank you for visiting My Cozy Corner. I love quilts and your quilt is exquisite. Thank you for sharing your beautiful quilt.
    xoxo
    Betty

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  2. Wow! What talent you have! Quilter's amaze me! Have a wonderful day!

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  3. Love all the bright colors in your pretty quilt!

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  4. Very pretty quilt and I love seeing photos of your kitty!

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  5. I love that kind of scrap quilt and your kitty is so cute.

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  6. Ooooh, it's lovely! I am really getting into vibrant multicolored quilts this season- yours is perfect! And what a pretty kitty too! Mine run when they see mama come toward them with the camera, lol! Happy VTT!

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  7. How beautiful it is! I have one of my Grandmother's last quilts. It's far from perfect but it sure is precious!

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  8. How sentimental!! And I love the kitty in the pics! :-) Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  9. That is a beautiful quilt! I am so glad some one is loveing it and appreciates as you do!

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  10. What a beautiful treasure, Gayle. Your great-grandmother surely did lovely work.

    Katarina is such a pretty cat...

    And I really like the blue and white chair in the picture, also!

    Take care!

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  11. Love that you have your great-grandmother's quilt & use it! What a wonderful heirloom to have & enjoy :-)

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  12. what a wonderful heritage quilt ... and i love that your cat tries to get in on the photo, that is totally cute!!! with a capital C!!!

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  13. What a sweet quilt for you to have in your possession, an heirloom for you and your family.

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  14. gifted c post...
    cool writing!

    here is mine;
    http://jingleyanqiu.wordpress.com/2010/10/06/5971/

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  15. The vivid colors in this quilt are wonderful. I love the pattern.

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  16. Such a beautiful quilt. I have a tied quilt that my grandmother made and it has gotten quite threadbare but I love it.

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  17. Hello!
    What a wonderful keepsake from your Great Grandmother. I love things like that...things that our loved ones made by hand makes them even more precious. Love your kitty too...what a sweetheart. I hope you have a wonderful Thursday.
    Maura :)

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  18. Good evening,
    I just love that quilt...gorgeous and when I look at a quilt I think about the amount of time, stitches, cutting, trimming, and pure effort that must go into creating the masterpiece. I'm always in awe of quilts.
    AND I've decided you should turn your beautiful bedroom into a bed and breakfast...It looks so cozy and lovely! I could curl up nice with that quilt. :0)
    Katarina is precious!

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  19. One of the greatest treasure you can have is a hand made quilt from your loved ones. I have several, I still want all I see.

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  20. I would love to have a quilt made by my late mother-in-law or my late aunt. But no such beautiful treasure for me. I have friends who quilt. This is such a beautiful treasure. Do not let any one take away your exquisite treasure. I think your cat is one smart kitty.! Congrats on the son and his wonderful endeavors! Come join me soon. Anne

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  21. Your quilt is beautiful, what a real family treasure. Have a great VTT, thanks so much for sharing with us today!

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  22. what a delightful quilt and Katarina's a cutie too!

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  23. what a beautiful quilt! so colourful and very cottagey and am pretty sure the quilt warm you quite alright on cold days.. thanks for sharing..
    xo
    fitty

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  24. Perhaps one day it can hang in his busy law office and bring great comfort to those who are seeking his services....unless of course he goes into corporate law in which case keep it on your bed!!! I did enjoy.

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  25. Thanks for your kind comments. I am so new at this I am not sure how to photograph well.
    I love your quilt. I couldn't even attempt to create something like that. My daughter lives near Paduach, Ky. Have you ever been to the Quilt Convention?
    I understand that it fantastic. In my book you are one talented lady. Hugs, Ginger

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  26. I like the scrappy look of that quilt. I still make most of my quilts using leftover bits from dressmaking, and worn and washed clothing. The quilts are full of memories.

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  27. I am a quilt-a-holic and have yet to find a 12 step program to help me.

    This is aesthetically lovely and sentimentally even more so.

    There's a drawing on my Wed post you might enjoy.

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  28. Just beautiful! I love that design...and amazing colors!

    Congratulations to your son!!

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  29. Beautiful. I love scrappy, heirloom quilts. And congratulations to your son, wow.

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  30. my mom is a quilter so I just love seeing others great quilts and patterns

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  31. What a beautiful treasure. The attention to detail is amazing and really pretty colors. I have a few quilts that my grandmother made and will always cherish them. Thanks for sharing.

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  32. What a precious vintage quilt. Thanks for sharing a photo of your treasure!

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  33. That's a beautiful quilt!
    I'm in the process of making my very first quilt...
    hopefully I'll stick with it!

    M.E.

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  34. What a treasure to have in your home. I have a quilt that my mother in law made for me when I got married. It's something I'll always love...

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  35. My mom gave me a quilt when I got married that is so like the first one that I had to do a double-take.

    I still have it, of course; and I love it.

    =)

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  36. What beautiful colors! I love that she used orange! It's so warm and cheerful!

    I don't see tied quilts often but I have one my grandmother, mom and aunts worked on together when my grandmother was ill with cancer. It's a dresden plate pattern made of my great-grandmothers' dresses. Both of them passed on by the time I was 13 so it's wonderful to have this keepsake.

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  37. What a perfect treasure!! Congrats to your son too!!

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  38. Your quilt look amazing! Thanks for stopping by for a visit....Julian

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  39. Hi I love the different version of log cabin , I think I will try it around a stitchery to make a cushion cover, thanks for the idea! jennyx

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  40. I love old quilts. I have one very similar that my grandma made me. It also has a tear or two. Do you ever wash yours? I want to use mine more, but I'm afraid of what would happen to it if I needed to wash it.

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  41. i love old scrap quilts, thanks for showing us yours.
    Margaret

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  42. Very pretty! There's nothing wrong with a tied quilt! I have a kitty that does the same thing. :)

    Congrats to your son too!

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  43. Quilts stitched by someone in one's family are the most special of all. I definitely agree, this one should eventually be handed down to your son. ~ Sarah

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  44. What a wonderful quilt! I love the colors. Don't quilts just make you feel like you're wrapped in love?

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  45. I like your blog header too. I'm not sure when you changed it, but I sure do like it. Makes me think of you!

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  46. What a beautiful quilt -- and it looks so comfy and cozy!

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  47. Your quilts are beautiful. I think everyone loves homemade quilts. Doylene

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  48. Such a beautiful quilt!. Have a wonderful weekend xx

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  49. Oh, this is so pretty and warm and cozy. Reminds me of the ones my grandmother used to make. I have several now. Thanks for coming by!
    Sherry

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  50. How special to have a quilt your great grandmother made. It's wonderful. Have a nice weekend! Twyla

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  51. That is such a beautiful quilt. You are lucky to have it. I love all the different patterns of fabric. It's just gorgeous.

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  52. Thank you for the birthday wishes. I did have a good day...

    I will certainly be praying for your son, Gayle. I understand about being away from our kids when they aren't feeling well. Please take care...and let me know from time to time how he's doing.

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  53. I would be very happy to pray for your son. I'm so sorry to hear about his accident. It IS so hard when they are away and we can't spoil and take care of them. I know you are hurting and stressed about it but prayers will help and knowing God is really the best "caretaker". Please keep me posted. You're in my thoughts and prayers as well.
    My Haley broke 2 fingers last year in Sept. at KSU doing intramural flag football. We had to rush there for surgery the next morning to put pins in. YES....I can sympathize and understand how you are feeling!
    Blessings,
    Tanya

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  54. Prayer coming to your hubby. I thank you for your time and comments and the prayers for me too. Have a terrific weekend. God Bless You! Anne

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  55. I love a bright and colourful quilt. What a good idea that is - to gift it to your son one day.

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  56. What a wonderfully bright and cheerful courthouse steps quilt! Another lovely family heirloom!

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  57. Scrap quilts and the court house steps....one of my favorites. What treasures to have from your grandmother. Thanks for sharing...Sue

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  58. Your quilt is a treasure! I've never seen that design. Your son should definitely get in line for it... Congrats to him!

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  59. Your quilt is a treasure. It is lovely. I'm so glad it came to someone who will treat it with respect and love and care.

    And what a sweet picture of your furry friend.

    Thank you for sharing this with us. Your link to Alphabe-Thursday really warmed my heart.

    A+

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  60. I love your grandmother's beautiful quilt! What a treasure...:) Your cat is a cutie too!

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  61. Katarina is such a cutie. So wonderful that you have even more of your sweet Grandmother's quilts. This one is so very pretty.
    Maureen

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THANK YOU for your thoughtful comments. Replies to your questions will be posted here, so be sure to check back soon. Have a wonderful day! - Gayle, Garden Of Daisies