In September, I told you about the lovely but mysterious 1927 quilt top we found among my husband Dave’s parents’ belongings. You can read about it and see photos here. Thanks to Dave’s cousin Betsy and some considerate and determined librarians, I’ve found a home for it! Here are the latest updates:
- Betsy and her parents recognized some of the names and thought the quilt top originated in a small town called Quinter, Kansas, where Betsy’s mother was born. (Betsy’s mother is Dave’s dad’s sister.)
- I contacted the library in Quinter, sent a photo of the quilt top and a list of all the names on it, and asked if they could confirm that these were community families and perhaps find out what the “HHC” on the bottom right quilt block stands for.
- The librarians found several of the names in old high school yearbooks. They also found old news articles about a quilting club called the Helping Hands Club. We were on the right track!
- One of the librarians tracked down the granddaughter of Helen Martin, a woman who created one of the quilt squares. I’ll put a photo of Mrs. Martin’s handiwork below. Don’t you love how she embroidered her name? And we even have a spider web for Halloween week!
- I’ve contacted the granddaughter, and not only does she want the quilt top, she has all the minutes of all the Helping Hand Club meetings in her possession! So she is going to research them to try to answer our remaining questions: (1) What was the occasion for creating the quilt top? (2) Why wasn’t the quilt ever finished? (3) How did the quilt top end up with someone who has ties to the community but isn’t represented on any of the squares?
So . . . watch for “A Quilt Mystery: Part 3” . . . coming soon! ♥
This is really fascinating, Ms. Drew! I don’t know if I would have even thought to try to find it’s home and origins. I love that spider and web, and the way she did her name, I think, was ahead of her time. 🙂
When I saw this lovely quilt top, I knew it would be very special to someone . . . I just had to find him or her! 🙂
What a great story! I bet Mrs. Martin’s granddaughter is thrilled. I can’t wait to learn the answers to your remaining questions.
She seems very excited! I just got it packaged and ready to mail this weekend. I can’t wait until she gets to see it in person! 🙂
Nancy Drew you are! I can’t wait to hear the rest of this story.
Thank you, Lois! And I always DID want to be ND when I grew up! 🙂
What a great discovery! Sometimes it pays to be determined and persistant! It is going to be fun to learn the rest of the mystery!
Thank you, Laura! I have my fingers crossed that we’ll find out the answers! 🙂
so, my husband’s mother is from Quinter! Let me know how this all rings out….she was (God rest her soul) a master quilter….I may have more connections for you!
W-O-W! How wonderful is THAT??? Please let me know if you find out anything about the other lovely ladies named in the quilt blocks . . . I’m so excited!!!
Wow! Nancy Drew! Get you! Super sleuth or what! Can’t wait for part 3!
Thank you, Amanda! 🙂
What a great tale! Will be so interesting to find out where it leads next … 🙂
Thank you! I can’t wait to hear back from Mrs. Martin’s granddaughter! 🙂
I love a good mystery and especially a good quilt mystery. Looking forward to the resolution. 🙂
Me, too! And it IS fun to have a real-life mystery to solve! 🙂
how interesting to have tracked down all the history.. looking forward to read about the adventure in part 3.. 😀
Thank you . . . fingers crossed that we get to tie up all the loose ends! 🙂
That is so cool! Love the sleuthing! And this is the week of the International Quilt Festival in Houston.
How fitting! Are you at the festival? I’ll bet it’s amazing!
That’s good detective work. Also a reminder for quilters to add signatures and dates to their quilts so future generations can appreciate and preserve their creations.
So true! Without the names, date, and “HHC” we would never have been able to track down its origin!
I am enjoying this!
Thank you, Sharon! I had it on my “to-do” list for SO long, so I’m glad I finally got off my duff and started looking into it . . . and that we’ve made so much progress! 🙂
Great detective work!
Thank you, Sarah . . . thanks to lots of help! 🙂
It sems your investigative talents are working…
how neat is that!
Thank you, Marilyn! And I’ve had a lot of wonderful help . . . I’m glad they were so willing to dive in! 🙂
Fascinating story! X
Thank you, Natalie! 🙂
Such a find! So nice of the librarians to help you out.
I agree, Linda! My sister is a librarian, and I know they love to do research, so I felt comfortable asking for their help. But they really went above and beyond the call of duty for me! 🙂
nice story Katherine 🙂 now, I can’t wait to read the rest of it! 🙂
Thank you, Ingrid! It’s been fun! 🙂
Yay, Quinter Librarians!
So true, dear Susan!!!
I am so glad I came by today and found part 2 of the quilt mystery. I was fascinated by part one when you first posted it. Aren’t librarians wonderful? Looking forward to Part 3.
Thank you! It’s fun to have a real-life mystery to solve . . . especially one that doesn’t involve bodies like in the movies! 🙂 And those lovely librarians are the BEST!!!
I LOVE this! Thanks for sharing what you found. I can’t wait for more updates!
Thank you, Erin! It’s pretty fun to watch the story unfold! 🙂
Wow! that is super exciting!!!! and so cool!!!! 🙂
Thank you! It’s been so much fun to see what I could find out! 🙂
How wonderful that your sleuthing is paying off! I look forward to learning more about this quilt mystery! 🙂
Thank you! I’m taking the quilt top to the post office today . . . I can’t wait for her to see it! 🙂
Katherine! I love this story and can’t wait to hear more about the quilt. Hugs, Tamara
Thank you, Tamara! The quilt top is in the mail to Colorado now! 🙂
This is such a great story!!! I can hardly wait for part 3 for the rest of the story. 🙂
Thank you, Kim! I put the quilt top in the mail to Colorado yesterday . . . can’t wait until she sees it in person! 🙂
My bet is you’ll hear from her real quick – with squeals of delight! 🙂