Saturday, February 2, 2019

History in Our Own Backyard

Hello Sweet Teacupers! I had the grandest adventure this week and I wanted to share earlier, but life happened. On Tuesday I took my Cub Scout Den to a local community museum to learn more about our town as part of the Cub Scout program. Our town was founded by members of the Society of Friends (Quakers) thus the city's name, Friendswood.

It was certainly an eye-opening experience to learn so much about the start of our community, the beliefs of the Quakers and how community are over generations. We visited the Frank J. Brown Museum and Barn where the house is a replica of the first home built in the community. The first floor of the home was decorated and furnished with all the remaining home goods of the founding family. IN the small downstairs bedroom the bed was covered with two beautiful quilts that was passed down through the founder's family.

Getting photos was hard because it was a night time tour and I will go back soon to see if I can get better photos, but both of the quilters were "friendship quilts". These quilts were made for members of the community by members of the community. In particular these both had a simple version of basket blocks. One was made of lighter material and was quite ragged, the other was this brighter, colorful material and each of the blocks had the quilter's name stitched on it. How absolutely amazing!

There was another quilt hanging behind a display that was made from flour sack print.

It was hard to get a clear photo of that one and I'll try to get a better one when I got back as well. This one was a block pattern with sashing. It's so amazing to think of all these ladies sitting around making quilts, much like quilters at retreats and meet ups today. I didn't have to imagine everything, but the museum also had the ledger on display from their social group called The Thimble Circle. How absolutely amazing is this piece of history?

 Quilting wasn't the only needlearts on display at the museum. Here are some other treasures I discovered:

How absolutely beautiful was this work? From cross stitched towels to crocheted potholders, the glimpse into the past through these handcrafted projects are amazing. Today we spend so much time on pieces that don't get used, but can you imagine the stories these pieces would tell if they talked? Quilts warming beds on cold nights, cuddling sick children. Potholders and kitchen towels tell of the meals and memories shared around home-cooked meals.

From new brides learning to keep their home in order to old ladies baking pies they'd made a hundred times over for their families and friends. The life and legacy of these little pieces of home may have been lost on their original owners as they went about their every day life, but to be able to see them now and learn about the history they witnessed in the past 124 years is humbling ... and makes me wonder what we will witness in the next 124 years. History is always being made, even if it doesn't feel like it.

Until next time, stay #CreativelyInspired!

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