Monday, September 07, 2009

For GG (Guyana Gyal)




Guyana Gyal http://sapodilla.blogspot.com/ asked to see my Grandma's handkerchief case. Gran left it to my mother and she left it to me so it could be a hundred years old and is looking a little tired as you can see from the second photo. I'm very grateful to GG as now I have found a pile of hankies I thought were lost
It's padded and the material used to have a sort of bubble effect. It's lined with pale green silk and has a little frill round the flap. My step- daughter who is with us just now is a needle woman and says it is hand made. I am not a needle woman but am proud of the quilt on which the bag is lying. It is double bed size and all hand sewn by me except for the embroidered centre which was done by a very old lady - a neighbour - and my only friend when I went to live with MTL. She embroidered our initials and the date 23rd November 1979 when we were married.
I wish now I had used more vibrant colours. GG taught me to do links but sometimes my right click wont work. The dear knows why.
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27 comments:

Queenie said...

I like the colours. Very tasteful.

Zed said...

Beautiful and so incredibly touching. Our generation (mine and others) don't seem to know about things like this that will last forever and will be treasured forever - I wish we did.

A digital camera is quite sufficient these days, thank you...

PI said...

Queenie: it has always been this faded in my ken but SD pointed out that originally the colours could have been quite garish. Don't think so myself.

Zed: I must see if my grand-daughter will be interested in it. After all its her great, great grandmother's.

Guyana-Gyal said...

Pat, thank you, thank you. They are adorable, charming.

As for the quilt. Oooh, the story that goes with it!

I've never seen a handkerchief case before yet, strangely enough, the second one is how I'd designed it, but with a modern twist...BRIGHT satin, using coconut buttons or wood buttons or glitzy buttons, tied with handknitted loop.

Imagine, your grandchildren's children can enjoy your quilt and tell your story.

Zoe, if we leave our blog posts up, generations after will read. Imagine that!

PI said...

GG: I look forward to seeing your finished product some day. And thank you for reminding me I had this.

Eryl Shields said...

The handkerchief case is so pretty. I've seen these in antique shops and wondered what they were for. The quilt is fab and incredibly neatly done, so you must be more of a needle woman than you think.

Your only friend when you went to live with MTL, *sniff*

Krimo said...

I've always known that Gigi was a pro with needles... Just like a nurse.:o}
Looks great, Pat!

PI said...

Eryl: there would usually be a little lavender bag kept in the case.
Didn't mean to sound pathetic - just a statement of fact. More accurately - my only friend in the area.

Krimo: thank you. I've always wanted to see some of GG's handiwork.

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Crabbers said...

Honor with these Ladies

Work of Fairy, for small hands of Fairies !

Crabbers said...

Behind Chinese a whole army is hiding place ...!

Applaud a mosquito, it comes from there a hundred !

PI said...

Crabbers: with these not so small hands I salute you. As for the Chinese - it's all Greek to me.

Madame DeFarge said...

Lovely work. I wish I had something belonging to my grandmother, certainly something that personal.

PI said...

MadameD: funny when Mum gave it to me. I didn't attach much importance to it. She also gave me Gran's cameo - which I treasure - and a silver cigarette case. The cigarette case I gave to my aunt when I visited her in Rhode Island.
I suppose Mum was remembering how close Gran and I were and how she nursed me through a mini break down.

debra said...

I love the quilt, Pat. My mother-in-law, a Chester native, is a quilter.She and the ladies of the quilt club made wonderful quilts. I am fortunate to have several.
As to the Chinese comment, it is indeed spam of a graphic variety. I went to babelfish.com for a translation. You might want to remove it :-)

PI said...

Debra: thank you. You are lucky to have some of your MIL's quilts.
Thank you also for the heads up. I have only just dropped comment approval but it is now deleted:)

Guyana-Gyal said...

I have a camera. I still haven't used it as yet.

*shame*

The Cloudcutter said...

Beautiful! This is what I mean when I say your blog is filled with hidden treasures.
It really doesn't look as old as you say it is. You have taken good care of it Pat, as did your Gran and Mum.
They should make these again. I haven't used a handkerchief since I was 9, but I would start if I could take one out of such a pretty case :-)

The Cloudcutter said...

Finally, my comments are getting saved! Was just trying my luck again...

PI said...

GG: I'm excited at the prospect of seeing some of your handiwork and your surroundings - flowers and fauna - the whole caboosh but I know For me the mastering techie stuff is very daunting. Just take it slowly and experiment with a techie friend if poss. I'm hopeless with manuals.

PI said...

Cloud: I hate it when I lose comments so I'm relieved the problem is sorted.
Talking of pretty cases - did you know GG is all set to make one? And with any luck we'll see a photo on her blog.

Edelweiss Transplanted said...

That quilt must have taken a lot of work! It's beautiful. I love your color choices.
I made my last quilt when I was pregnant with my second, and haven't had any time to do another one since.

PI said...

Edelweiss: I saw some lovely ones when I visited Vermont and was even invited to join a sewing group of ladies doing a communal quilt. I suspect they probably redid my bit as my stitches then were a bit ungainly.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Oh Pat, what a treasure! It is so very Beautiful and to know iy belonged to your Grandmother as well as your mother...Very Very Precious.
And the quilt is a major thing to sew considering you say you are not a sewing woman....! It is very BEAUTIFUL!

PI said...

Naomi: I was transplanted from a very busy life with lots of pals, my shop, the theatre etc etc to being alone all day in a strange place. I had to do something or go mad. I also did an enormous rug which I'm very proud of. It's in the hall. All my family were amazed that I did them. Sheer desperation.
Later on I did voluntary work with children with cerebral palsy.
It was great when MTL took early retirement and we could fly away.
It's late and I have to see the nurse tomorrow but I'll be over after that.

kenju said...

It's lovely. I have a similar one, but larger. It was used for hosiery back in the 50's and before.

I love all the photos above.

PI said...

Judy: you're not allowed to have a larger one.
Glad you like the photos:)