Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Georgia’s On My Mind

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Awhile back I purchased some vintage sheets – some to sell as fat quarters and others to use for a few projects. I noticed in the upper corner of two sheets that a name and number were written in permanent marker. Georgia 302. Who is Georgia 302?

My only thought is that the pretty floral sheets belonged to a sweet elderly lady, named Georgia, who occupied room 302. Was the room in a convalescent hospital or in an assisted care living facility? Who was Georgia? Was she a petite little lady with curly gray hair? Did she have family who came to visit her? Was she a grandmother? What was her story? Did she love flowers? I do believe so because the sheets are as dainty and sweet as can be.

Georgia, sweet Georgia…..

your sheets are delicate and sweet. Thank you…..

To have these make me smile. I am honored.

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Some of Georgia’s sheets were used for a little quilt that I made. This is a gift for a very special little girl….

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…who I will share about soon.

This is my first time stippling (machine quilting) and I kind of got carried away – it was soooooooooooooooo much fun!!! The next quilt will be much larger! I am so looking forward to making another. Or….maybe even a tote bag!

I thank Sara over at Anyone Can Quilt blog for being an inspiration to make a quilt from vintage bed sheets.

Thank you, sweet Sara!

54 comments:

Miss Jean said...

The quilt you made is just sooooooo sweet! Soft and dainty, as we can believe Georgia was. What insight you have and you honor her memory with your story!

When I look at my antiques I ofte wonder, "Who owned you? Where did they buy you? Why did they leave you? Are you happy you have someone to cherish you again?" Ah, silly sentimental me....

The Strawberry Mallard said...

and I thought to myself the exact same thing...before I even read a full entence....Georgia.....Room 302....I recognize the ink, the kind used in a care facility...like the one my Father was in....I still have every item from there with his name written.
I treaure every item angel.
Love to you dear friend!
Nebby & G-dog ( and the Beckarooooo )

Lori Lucas said...

You are so talented. Is there anything you cannot do? Thanks for sharing your talents with us! Lori L

p.s. One of my daughters says if she ever has a little girl she wants to name her Georgia. I love that name too.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I love your quilt! You did a wonderful job!

Jocelyn
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

OH my Gosh! I love this! You did a lovely job and that material from the sheets is so sweet. You can't buy material that sweet!!! I just visited a thrift store today with sheets like this....I have to go back and get them! Love this. I so enjoy your blog and the smile it brings to my face...thank you.
Blessings,
Debbie

Donna said...

Becky,
This is just adorable! I wonder about Georgia too and her life story. The sheets are just adorable! I have some of my mother's sheets and my aunt's vintage sheets. I love old linens.
Can't wait to hear about the special girl. I have got to post about the quilt I made Jennifer for her wedding quilt ... maybe tomorrow.
Blessings & Hugs,
Donna

My Shabby Roses said...

Becky that quilt turned out so pretty. Wow, that was a lot of work stippling a quilt on your machine. You did good though!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

How sweet! I love every one of them!
Dear friend...thank you for your sweet comment. Danny is my youngest son and the one that has had the kidney transplant. I put a photo of him on todays post. He will be 49 this July 9th. I try not to hover...but it's difficult not to.
Love and hugs to you, Becky!

I am going to check out the site you mention to see what the machine quilting is all about.

skoots1mom said...

beautiful...
it reminds me of my granny's quilts...she was from Georgia and so am I...both peaches, thru & thru.
your friend will LOVE it!

Mimi Sue said...

Beautiful color on that quilt. Vintage sheets are so soft and cozy. How did you make that scallop? Mimi

Pondside said...

I love the look of that little quilt - I don't know a lot about quilting, but I know what I like!

Our Red House said...

That is one beautiful quilt. It's absolutely gorgeous. I wish I knew how to do things like that. You are very clever, my friend.

hugs,

Kate

The Rocky Creek Scotties said...

Hi Becky,

Love the little quilt - I never quilt with sheets because I hand quilt and they are too hard to needle.

Georgia is my sweet Mom's name, but I don't think she ever lived in room 302.

Have a blessed day.

(((HUGS)))
Lynn

Lululiz said...

The quilt is beautiful! What a very special gift for somebody.

Kathleen Grace said...

It cracks me up to see sheets I had in college and as a young married referred to as "vintage". And then I cry a little. Lol.
And then I think I need to go look for some vintage sheets to make my own quilt because yours is so darn cute! I wonder who got the oldies I sent to the thrift shop years ago and what they did with them?

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a pretty quilt Becky! My mother was a quilter...I envy you your sewing skills...
Hugs,
Penny

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

It's sooo beautiful!

kybarb said...

OMG! Love that little quilt you made! And I love the name Georgia--so weird--I've been thinking about that name a lot lately! I had a great aunt named Georgia who was a very interesting lady. Do you find those old sheets at Goodwill or flea markets or antique malls?

ritad said...

What a beautiful quilt. Such a nice gift. I love the sheets, and can just see sweet little Georgia hanging those beauties on the clothes line on Monday mornings, and can imagine how wonderful they smelled when she slept on them each night. Great job with the machine quilting too. I completed my first machine quilted one not long ago and am itching to quilt another.

Old Centennial Farmhouse said...

I had seen that quilt on her blog and I loved it, printed off the idea and saved it up in my sewing room! BUT YOU DID IT! Good for you! It's absolutely gorgeous and you did a great job on your stippling, it just gives the quilt a sweet, sweet look! I think I better get looking through my stash of old sheets!
XOXO
Joni

Anonymous said...

Love this post and I love those sheets. The quilt is so precious. I think Georgia would be happy to see what you wrote and what you created with her sheets.

Thanks for sharing, Debbi

Mom Walds Place said...

Beautiful thoughts to go with your beautiful quilt!

Heidi Ann said...

That quilt is beyond beautiful!!

Amy said...

I bet Georgia was lovely. I think your quilt is so sweet and I would love to learn how to do that. I just completed a 2 session course on how to make a quilted table runner. It was my first attempt to quilt anything. I stepped out of my box and used some brighter fabrics that make me smile. I'll be using it in our cabin someday to match the vintage fabric I found last summer. Have a beautiful day Becky!

Debby said...

Oh, I love your quilt. The sheets made it so delicate. Can't wait to hear about who gets this treasure.

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

OH~~~Becky, What a sweet thought you have of Georgia. Her sheets are beautiful and you continued the life of this precious sheet. Your quilt is absolutely beautiful! I want to make a quilt using old hankies for my granddaughter. I have the hankies it's the time I'm lacking. I don't blog as much and it is amazing on how much more I get done, go figure:) Your blog always buts a smile on my face, thank-you.
Hugs,
Ginger

Esther Sunday said...

It turned out sooo cute! I recognize those sheets of course, purchasing many of the fat quarters from you! Love,Esther

Anonymous said...

Becky - your quilt is darling. You did a wonderful job. I have some of those vintage sheets too. Love them.


Terri

Denise said...

Tell about the stippling? How did you do that? I have some small pieces that I would love to try that on? It is beautiful and the 302 Georgia made me a bit sad.. wonder who she was ? But I bet she is thrilled with what you did with that sheet! You are a gifted gal!

Angela said...

It's so sweet. You did a wonderful job on it!!

Vintage Sassy said...

Are you kidding me????? Your first time. Oh my goodness Becky, I love it. My daughter and I were at a lady's house the other day who sells Amy Butler fabric and she was showing us some of her beautiful quilts. I was definitely in quilt envy! I can't sew a lick but am thinking about taking lessons. It's gorgeous! You done good!

xo
LeAnn:)

Vee said...

That is exquisite and you did that with old sheets? Amazing. I'm sure that it would please Georgia to know what happened to them.

Elsie said...

Oh Becky I didn't look at your blog
before I e-mailed you the pic of mine. How funny,yours is beautiful and now I wished I would have stippled mine. I like the way yours
looks. You did a fantastic job. Well now this only means I'll have
to make another with what I have
left. Georgia is a lovely name,it
reminds me of a Southern name for
some reason. Yes I'd say a retirement home,but I'm like you
I wonder her life story.:O)

Red Geranium Cottage said...

That quilt is toooo cute. I love that Georgia had her name on those sheets. I bet she lived in a nursing home and that was her room number.
Very very sweet.

BrendaS said...

Beautiful beautiful quilt. I'm sure Georgia would be quite pleased!

MyJourneyBack said...

Oh how neat you posted this. I thought of you and your sheets just yesterday as I stumble across a couple that I have. They were actually my mothers. She is a hoarder. I don't know if this is a good thing or not !because she seldom shares. LOL. I love your quilt and I love the stippling. It is fun isn't it You brightened my day today. Thanks for sharing this sweet post.

Sinta Renee said...

I love LOVE your sweet little quilt! Isn't a sweet little "extra gift" when you purchase something so simple as a sheet and then you get a little glimpse of the person who owned it before you. It's like she just touched your shoulder.

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

I can't hand quilt any more due to arthritis after hand surgeries. Maybe I could learn to stipple. The quilt is beautiful! I always wonder what happened to these people. Where they lived. If they're still around. The mysterious Miss Georgia.
Brenda

Dena said...

I love the quilt and the idea, vintaqge sheets, I have a few. You have inspired me to get started.Bless Georgia's sweet little heart, she would be so proud of you.

myletterstoemily said...

how lovely! what a magician you are!

cynthialeedesigns said...

What an adorable quilt!! It's very pretty...love it!!
~Cindy~

Sewn With Grace said...

I absolutely adore this!! I have just started collecting vintage sheets and am so looking forward to making a quilt from them. If you would like to swap a few squares just let me know! Have a wonderful day!

C. Dianne Zweig said...

I saved many of my grandma's sheets (old )...she had her name embroidered in the corners. We use these old sheets for a variety of household projects as floor coverings, furniture coverings etc. it makes me feel good to have grandma with me....

the quilt idea is precious....time for me to learn how to sew.

Dianne

The Rose Room said...

that's lovely and I bet you that Georgia is looking down smiling and so happy at the beautiful use of her sheets! Rachaelxo

Lallee said...

This quilt has the most beautiful sweetness about it. I just love it!!!! The mystery of Georgia--don't you love the thought of someone in a convalescent home having sweet sheets like that instead of the sterile white all the time? Impractical I know, but so very sweet.

I would love to try stippling some day! I almost forget I used to quilt!

I have been on a marathon of responsibilities lately, but I see some lightening of schedule soon.

Love and miss you!!!!!
Lallee

Wildflower Cabin said...

Oh how beautiful! Georgia would be so very touched and pleased how you have used her sheets to create such a beautiful quilt. You did a wonderful job! I once bought some handmade felt Christmas stockings that had a name on the back (of who made them). I can't remember now what the name was, but it was an old-fashioned name. I also had the same questions and wondered about the dear hands who made them. Have a wonderful weekend!

~Carrie from Cottage Cozy~ said...

Oh how i love to stipple too...can't wait to get my craft room moved and back together soon!

Brenda@Spareminute cottage said...

What a adorable quilt.The sheets remind me of the ones I had on my bed when I was a little girl.
What great memories they bring back.

Daisy Cottage said...

Becky! Oh how sweet and precious this is! Georgia would be so honored. I truly love this. Everything you do is so special. Every single thing has that extra special loving touch that only you can create. You are such an inspiration.

And I love you.


Me

Kathy Sue said...

Becky that is the prettiest quilt I have seen in a long time. You are doing so good on all of your sewing. I know it must be fun. It is just beautiful. love Kathy Sue

Marilyn said...

Beautiful quilt! I am always on the lookout for vintage sheets. Love your blog!

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hi Becky,

What a beautiful quilt, and I can't believe this is your first one. Just adorable. The sheets are priceless. Very sweet. antiques have that mystery to them, of who owned them, and why did they give the item up. That's why we love them so much. Thank you for the walk down memory lane in your previous post. I have a vintage sprinkler like my parents had, and we did have such fun playing in them. Simpler times, and what fun we had with much less than we had today.

Debbie

Tracy said...

Becky, that is the most precious quilt! I love it. What a great idea to use pretty vintage sheets.
I think Georgia is smiling :)
Tracy

AnyoneCanQuilt said...

Hey! I'm so behind on my blog visiting that I'm just now seeing your gorgeous quilt!! It is absolutely beautiful. Love it!! And your machine quilting looks fabulous. I just finished quilting a big one myself and my shoulders are relieved! I'm so happy you made this quilt, and your friend made one too! We're all in the club. xoxo