Over the weekend we traveled to Minnesota to go to family graduation parties. We had lots of fun traveling. As we traveled, I had a tote of double wedding ring pieces and I pinned my way to Minnesota. We took a different road than we typically take so we were able to stop at some antique shops.
Of course I couldn’t resist snapping a few pictures of double wedding ring quilts. Since I am working on Buck and Jen’s quilt double wedding ring quilt, I look and study the them all the time.
This one was a little different than typical ones with the pink center background fabric and the green melon centers. This also had more segments in the ring than I typically see.
This one I liked even more.
As I was working on the one I am making I started thinking how odd it is that I see double wedding ring quilts at antique shops and flea markets all the time. The more I thought about it, the more I sewed and the more I sewed I realized why.
Reason 1-These probably were made for weddings and were kept in cedar chests as a special wedding remembrance.
Reason 2- These are more challenging so when they were made they were kept in cedar chests.
What I can’t figure out is why any family would care so little about the workmanship that someone put into the quilts to just give away or let them be auctioned off. When I die, I hope one of kids becomes the keeper of the quilts. Then as grandchildren and great grand children are born, a quilt is given to them. I hope my kids care about our personal family history and tell their kids about how much I loved to quilt.
I realize that not everyone has kids, or grand kids to pass things along to but I just have trouble understanding how and why family pictures and pieces of family history end up on auction or antique stores…family is just too important to end up there.