One time Jan went to pick her up Aunt Flo had Jan put a large metal case in the car. When it was opened at our house Aunt Flo explained it had been stored by Grandma Rolf in her attic and contained quilts she believed Grandma Rolf “had made for herself.” She added she had shown the quilts to a friend who admired one and paid her $200 for it. We did a lot of tongue biting. At least she had the courtesy to return the balance to the proper people.
My Grandma Rolf was a fine needle woman, but quilting never interested her. Her mother-in-law, Grandma Troike, was the quilter, and passed the love and skill a generation to our mother. The metal box was full of quilts we know were made by Grandma Troike and some early quilts of Mom’s. The missing quilts that mom slept under and never knew what happened to them.
The Missing Tulip Quilt is fascinating. It surely was made by Grandma Troike and was on mom’s bed on West 21st Street. Mom remarked on the loss of that quilt; she had no idea where it went. Before we moved here she decided to replicate it, from memory. Like the great majority of her quilts, the Tulip Quilt is appliqué. She would trace a pattern onto fabric, cut it out and fell it to a background. With invisible stitches. I never mastered invisible stitching. The needlework gene went to Jan; she’s a beautiful stitcher.
This is Grandma Troike’s Tulip Quilt, The Missing Tulip Quilt, that was on mom’s bed on 21st Street.
The quilting uses a tulip motif. There are no sashings and the blocks have a red frame.
This is Mom’s Tulip Quilt, reproduced from memory sixty years later.
The quilting has a tulip motif. Mom used red sashings and a green border strip. She drew essentially the same tulip for her pattern. Incredible.
Mom used it on her bed in this house.