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family week: vintage craft


In the last couple of months, I've been sharing my vintage craft supplies and projects. Some of the items are things that I've found or purchased, and others have come from family members. What could be more perfect during Family Week then, than to show you something that my great grandmother made?!

vintage granny
This granny square blanket has been hanging on the back of a chair in my grandparents' living room for as long as I can remember. My grandma didn't crochet, so I always knew that it wasn't she who had made it. Only recently did I learn that it was my great grandma, whom I am named after.
vintage granny
There is a real quality to this blanket. It is well-made, and the yarn is just fuzzy enough. The colors are fantastic, and may inspire some color palettes for my own work. The total size is 13 squares by 9 squares, so it isn't very large, but just right for on your lap.
vintage granny
I don't know exactly when it was made, but grandma Mollie passed away in 1963, and I'm guessing that it was made quite a few years prior to that. Most likely in the late 40s. There are many items that have been passed onto me because of our shared name, but the hand-crafted ones are the most meaningful.
vintage granny
It is now hanging on the back of a chair in our living room. Just as it should.

21 comments:

  1. OOOOH!
    That is so pretty!

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  2. You lucky girl! It's so beautiful.

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  3. That is a gorgeous blanket!!!! Very 40s-ish & definitely one to "be inspired by!"

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  4. it's so beautiful! what a wonderful heirloom!!

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  5. I love family heirlooms. This is a special one for sure! Is it black or navy blue? Black is more often used but either is gorgeous.

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  6. I'm working on a granny square afghan now.... to think that it could be treasured for generations to come is pretty motivating to complete it. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [30 Mar 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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  8. Thanks, ladies! Ruby, it is black, and quite striking.

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  9. That is such a beautiful quilt and so meaningful, too. I'm hoping that my daughter will hang on to the things I make her and pass them on to her children and grandchildren. Family heirlooms are almost nonexistent in my family, and I don't want that to be the case any longer.

    BTW, I started following your blog about two weeks ago and am really enjoying your series on family.

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  10. It's gorgeous! I have one that is similar that I remember from growing up. I think it was made by a great aunt. I salvaged it from a bag that my mother gave me to go to the good will! She was going to pitch it :(

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  11. Oooh, it's beautiful!! :) Lovely!

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  12. That's so pretty and I love the border!

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  13. Love the colors!!! It is precious!!!
    Very well taken care of, enjoy it!!!

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  14. This blanket is incredibly gorgeous. I love the color scheme and the border. I crochet so I'm always looking at blankets for inspiration and this one is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen.
    ~Andrea

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  15. the design and colors of this throw are so fantastic! I love it...

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  16. Anonymous12:40 AM

    May I ask, what is the yarn made of? It isn't fuzzy like today's yarns. Like everyone else it is a thrill to look at. Thank you for sharing. = )

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    1. I'm thinking that it's wool, but I'm not 100% sure.

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  17. what a fabulous piece! the colours are indeed perfect and I also love how the edging is done. What a treasure! lucky you :) x

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  18. What a wonderful heirloom! Great taste in colours! Absolutely gorgeous!

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  19. Anonymous11:48 PM

    It is beautiful. My grandma crocheted several afghans that I now have also. Someday I am going to crochet my first afghan.

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