Granny's Tied Quilt
by Bertie Newsom Hudgeons (c. 1964)
Watching Lonesome Dove this past week (the mini-series based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Larry McMurtry), There was a scene with a quilt that was very similar to this quilt made by my Granny. I remember Granny making this quilt from trousers, corduroy, suitings, and other heavy fabrics. It has a wool army blanket inside, and flannel back. I helped her tie it. I’m sure I only tied four or five ties, but still, it's part of my memory. The quilt is heavy. I tell folks that as a child when Granny put me to bed…she PUT ME TO BED. I wasn’t moving until morning when she would peel off this heavy quilt off of me.
This is the kind of quilt we don’t necessarily critically notice when it's on a bed. It’s just comfortable, ‘country living’... old-fashioned. But when you put it on a wall and take a photo, you see the construction and assembly. It’s super easy and very practical. It uses up scraps and in the end, there is minimal waste. Granny was a product of the Great Depression. It’s a heartwarming quilt and brings back wonderful memories of my childhood.
Larry McMurtry grew up in Archer City, TX (a few miles south of my hometown, Wichita Falls, TX) and was a contemporary of my mother. In 1955 when my mother’s younger sixteen year old brother was killed in a car accident (1955), Larry McMurtry wrote a memorial/tribute about him.
It was that tragedy that led Granny to purchase the 1955 Sears Kenmore sewing machine to help her through a time of grief. The machine eventually came to me, which led to an unexpected quilting career. Crazy huh? I have a connection to Lonesome Dove! Follow your own dots - you might just be surprised how they connect.
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