Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A quilt block from my great grandmother's hand!

Found In a visit to Cimarron Heritage Center Museum in Boise City, OK.

The most western county in "No Man's Land", the Oklahoma panhandle is Cimarron County.

My family has lived there since the early 1900's when they migrated up from Texas! My great grandmother, Laura May Lightfoot and her husband Alonzo Ellis Parsley built an adobe home,which is still occupied, on the old homestead.


The adobe...this photo was from a time when it had been vacant for years.....

Now to the quilts....these hang in the Cimarron Heritage Center Museum.


I LOVE this indigo with red tied quilt! Especially the little sunburst block below!

This scrap/string quilt is hand quilted. It was a friendship quilt with embroidered signatures on the blocks....wait, that signature on pink in the upper left...."L. M. Parsley" ! That's our great grandmother, my sister tells me!

Laura May (Lightfoot) Parsley! It is hanging pretty high...I hold my cell phone up, of course, I am not get a blurry close up!

These were frugal times, most of the quilts here are scrap quilts!

Some cotton dresses are also displayed.

This black and white gingham dress was worn at the turn of the century!

This 1930's frock was worn by a school teacher....very small in waist and ribcage! No super-sizing back then!

The yoke and cap sleeves of this dress were constructed from packaged bias tape with a zigzag stitch! Someone had a nice sewing machine! The fabric of the dress is feedsack!


Love the blue buttons!

My sister near an antique stove and vintage aprons..


The Heritage center has lots to see....a dugout, a depot, farm machinery, antique cars....

A local stitcher made this excellent reproduction of Dorothea Lange's famous photo, "Migrant Mother"! Herd to believe it is thread on canvas!

A one room school house and a dust bowl exhibit....

The main office is a very modern style architecture ....former home of congressman Cox. Designed by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright. Inside is Mrs. cox's fabulous button collection...


AND you can't miss "Cimmy", the dinosaur! Here with my friend, Sally!



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