Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Friendship Quilts

In 1960, my dad accepted the pastorate of a church in Vicksburg, Mississippi. (In the photo, my mom and dad are on the left, and you can probably pick out me and my twin sister by the identical dresses on the front row.) We would stay in Vicksburg for the next six years, and establish friendships that endure to this day.

It was in Vicksburg that I started to school. It was there that my father’s vision for a new church building and location came to fruition. And it was in Vicksburg that we were presented with our first friendship quilt, bearing the embroidered names of most of the church members at that time.


Such quilts are called “charm quilts,” or “friendship quilts,” and can take on various forms. This one has been cherished by our family for over four decades.





...


In 1966, my dad accepted the pastorate of a church in Meridian, Mississippi. (Here he is with my mother, in front of the parsonage, in 1968.) And it was in Meridian that we received another friendship quilt, and one equally cherished.



The craftsmanship on these quilts is not perfect, but, to me, that only makes them more charming. They were created by loving hands and bear the names of people near and dear to the hearts of my family. 

Friendship ... what a beautiful word.


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


25 comments:

  1. Dayle, I just looove your friendship quilts! What beautiful treasures, full of wonderful memories for you and your family! Debbie @ Cottage Hann~Me~Downs

    ReplyDelete
  2. Those would be among my most cherished possessions if I owned them. They are family heirlooms, given by the family of God.

    I love them!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Cherished memories stitched with love...

    ~victoria~

    ReplyDelete
  4. How precious...now why don't we do things like that now!!! Our church hired a pastor from Mississippi and the family became very close friends...one was one of my bridesmaids
    Love this....my mother is a quilter I will send this to her....she will so enjoy it!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Precious treasures and so beautiful. Memories of the love you all received and the love you gave.

    ReplyDelete
  6. There is no greater gift then love and how these quilts speak of that. What treasures. These quilts hold forever blessings, what a gift.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Those are heirlooms and such a beautiful legacy for your family. I think I might have them in frames behind glass, on the wall.

    We have a unique kitchen or laundry backsplash giveaway that might be useful to you or a friend. Please stop by our Giveaway Friday! Jane F.

    ReplyDelete
  8. How sweet!!! Heirlooms are such a blessing. I just love all the memories they hold.

    Nancy

    ReplyDelete
  9. Hi Dayle,

    Thanks for your visit to Singing With Birds. I am one of your "kindred spirits" and see you often at Debbie's Words On Wheels blog. I did post a couple of weeks ago on your linky party. I'm loving the simple pleasures theme and I'm hosting a BlogBBQ next Thursday on my blog, but will link up the week after, promise. These friendship quilts are heavenly! Thanks for a SWEET post....

    ReplyDelete
  10. PS, You're invited to come a bring a little something to our Q next Thursday too!!!! It runs Sept 2-6 and we'd love to have you there.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Hi Dayle,
    Thank you for your kind comment and invitation, which I am flattered to receive. Now I just have to remember! :) Your blog is wonderful, I will check back soon. I loved this blog on quilts, as a matter of fact, I'm just finishing one. God bless, Victoria Lynn

    ReplyDelete
  12. Ohhhh, Dayle, those quilts were made with cloth, thread, and lots of love! Beautiful! Susan

    ReplyDelete
  13. Dayle, These are truly a wonderful treasure. It warms my heart to see the friendships these quilts represent.

    Thank you for coming by xanga to say hello and to share your blog. I promise to stop over to keep in touch, I would hate to lose contact!

    I do have a blog started under my studio name, I am going to start to blog here too. Please keep in touch.
    Love and blessings, ~Candy

    ReplyDelete
  14. Lovely quilt. Loved the pictures of your house on the sidebar - pretty, warm, and inviting.
    L.

    ReplyDelete
  15. I love your mom's hat in the first photo. Do I see two little twin girls in the front row?

    ReplyDelete
  16. I love your quilts and story, your mom's hair looks like my mom's in the day ! Thanks for sharing !

    ReplyDelete
  17. What wonderful pieces and treasured memories of your family history and friendships made along the way. There's nothing better than a handmade quilt. Best wishes for the rest of your weekend. Tammy

    ReplyDelete
  18. You have some wonderful memories. I love the feelings I get when I read your words.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Lots of memories stitched in those quilts.

    ReplyDelete
  20. They are gorgeous. Quilts hold a special place in my heart -- my husband's grandmother made us one for our wedding, and then one for each of our children when they were born. I can't sew a stitch, so for me, those quilts are the most treasured gifts I could have ever received.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Memorable heirlooms! Thanks for sharing the pictures - it was easy to pick the twins out in the front row!

    ReplyDelete
  22. Dayle,
    Treasures to be sure! Each one was made with love for your family and I know you returned that love. Thanks for showing them to us.

    ~Jean

    ReplyDelete
  23. I love reading your posts. I can identify with the preacher family thing. My dad was not a preacher, in fact, he never even became a Christian even with all of the prodding from my mother and me. (Maybe that was counter productive. I don't know) but my husband was a preacher and my kids were preacher's kids so I can certainly relate. The quilt brought back memories. We served in four different churches over close to 50 years. Only one made a friendship quilt for us. It was in the 80s. It is very special and they made the dominant color in it pink because they knew it was my favorite color. That was special to me.
    Thank you for being a friend and thank you for sharing with us each week on Spiritual Sundays. Your posts and those of your twin sister are always very special to me.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

    ReplyDelete
  24. I a.DOR.e this post! I love memorabilia of this type! For our daughter's wedding, I stitched the signatures of the attendees on a tablecloth. I sincerely hope that tablecloth lasts them decades and decades!

    And speaking of your growing up in Mississippi, you wouldn't happen to know the Freeman and Boyte families? Our daughter married Corey, Ron and Darlene (Freeman) Boyte's older son. They've lived in Wisconsin for the past 25 years though. Just wondered!

    ReplyDelete

Dear Readers, I adore your company and your comments. If you ask questions here, I respond to them here, so please check back when you have a chance. Kind regards, Dayle