Log Cabin Quilt // Vintage Quilt Sunday

Vintage Quilt Sundays

I’m so happy to be sharing this beautiful family heirloom quilt by Verna Rebecca Birchell today.  A high school friend, Heather Steadman Ashby, saw my Facebook call for beautiful quilts and/or beautiful stories, and sent me pictures of this quilt made by her Great Grandmother, which is in her possession (lucky girl!)

Grama Birchell

Here is Heather’s story:

My Great Grandma Birchell was the mother of 10 children.  She was a strong intelligent woman and in 1930, when her youngest turned 9 years old, she decided to go to college.  She majored in Theology.  Half way through her Bachelor’s degree she became pregnant with her 10th child–she was 48 years old at the time.  
She gave birth to my grandmother, Vida Birchell, in 1934 and still went on to complete her degree.  Her husband passed away 5 years later so she became a Pentecostal minister to support her family.  She preached up and down the state of California.  She then started her own church in downtown LA which became very popular.
Log Cabin
Heather’s Grandma kept the quilt for all of those years, and then passed it to Heather last year.
Hand Quilting
I love the quilting on this quilt! It adds such a unique twist to the popular log cabin quilt.  She also kept each center of the log cabin quilt the same color, which ties the whole thing together, I think. And don’t you love the 30’s fabric? So bright and cheery.
A beautiful quilt from an inspiring woman. Thanks SO MUCH for sharing, Heather!
Vintage Quilt Sunday Posts
Tricia’s Joseph’s Coat Quilt shared by Tricia Martin
Heirloom Quilt shared by Katie Bowlby from Katie’s Korner
Great Grandmother Diantha’s Quilt (shared by me)
Log Cabin Quilt from Rebecca Verna Birchell shared by Heather Ashby
A Family Quilt Auction in Kentucky shared by Joni Morgan from Sunday Farming Quilter
Irish Chain shared by Marti Dyer-Allison from 52 Quilts
“Crazy Quilt” from Cathy Winer
“Picnic Quilt” from Jennifer Barnes
Cathedral Window Quilt from Robin Fonville
Double Wedding Ring Quilt from Kacey Platky from Little House in Vine Crest Woods
More on Buying and Using Vintage Quilts

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If you have sent me pictures of quilts and stories, thank you so much! I am working on a schedule that I will post next Sunday, and will hopefully have emailed it to each of you before then. I apologize for delays in responses, I have been away from my computer for most of the holidays!

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I am looking for quilts that are beautiful, quilts that have great stories, quilts that are funky or fun, quilts that are unique, quilts that were made by your great great grandmother–basically, great vintage quilts. I will be posting on Sundays, and once a month I plan to post a block tutorial based on one of the vintage quilts featured here.

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  1. Nicole_boldgoods
    Posted January 5, 2014 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    This is an amazing story. How intuitive she was to prepare herself to support her family, if, and in fact when, it was needed. Stunning quilt, too! I’m happily surprised at the variety of cotton patterns she included.

  2. jenni
    Posted January 5, 2014 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    I cannot get enough of these awesome posts, and a picture of grandma to boot! What a wonderful heritage for Heather!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted January 6, 2014 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for the encouragement!! So many more treasures to share.

  3. Jude Jones
    Posted January 5, 2014 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    Gorgeous quilt and wonderful story! It looks to me like the quilt was hand pieced….you can see a few tiny stitches that look like it. WOW and thank you!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted January 6, 2014 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

      Yes, I think it was hand pieced too! I have so enjoyed sharing these beautiful quilts (and stories!) when they are quilts that belong to friends, its the icing on the cake.

  4. Jenny Faasavalu
    Posted January 6, 2014 at 4:34 am | Permalink

    What a great story! Not just of quilting, but of the importance of family and education. I can’t help but think about all those descendents whose lives are blessed because of this amazing woman. Having the quilt as a memory is just the icing on the cake!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted January 6, 2014 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

      I couldn’t agree more. I have been so inspired by stories like hers!

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