Hand Quilt Along: Connecting through a Vintage Photo and Quilting

Mid way through the summer and here we are again with another update for the HQAL. When I got the reminder notice I had to really think, had I made progress? Yes, I have. I have made a conscious effort to quilt ‘Wishing You Good Will’ these last 3 weeks and while the progress seems slow, as said before, ‘slow and steady wins the race’ if this were a race. But something else happened in the last week before posting that I would like to share. Something that made me sit up, take notice and reflect about this quilt top I am working on.

Wishing You Good Will


In my last post I asked about the age of this quilt. I had some feed back on my thought that this may have dated in the 50’s. It was overshadowed by others thinking more like a 30’s – 40’s feel.

Another of my passions is genealogy, along with old vintage family photo’s ~ lost photo’s that I like to try and return to a family member. Whenever I come across a photo with some labeling I will purchase it and try to find its family. This week, that is exactly what happened. I had found this amazing photo at an antique store and got busy finding its home.

Brier Deming Family – wife Nancy with children and the gentleman labeled Uncle


I sent out 2 queries and heard back from one gentlemen who was connected with the family. His name is Gary and in the course of corresponding not only did we share a love for genealogy but I learned his wife, Donna, was a quilter, and an incredible quilter sharing with me some of her magnificent quilts. This photo share of her work led to me spotting a gorgeous double wedding ring quilt that hinted at a twin for ‘Wishing You Good Will’.  Inquiring about it this is what I learned:

“Gary shared “the double wedding ring quilt was hand pieced by my great grandmother Eda Mae Vercoe, who was a very talented seamstress and quilter.” She was born in 1880. She had never finished this hand pieced top and it sat in a cedar chest for about 40 years. In 2005 Gary’s Mom gave the top to his wife Donna who did this exquisite job of hand quilting and finishing this beauty.

Eda Mae Vercoe’s Double Wedding Ring Quilt; quilted by her daughter-in-law Donna

Eda Mae Vercoe quilt copy.jpg

The story does not stop there.

For Gary’s Mom’s 85th birthday in 2010, the quilt was given back to her completed as a gift. I can barely imagine the joy felt by all three of them in completing this circle of love.

What an incredible story!

It makes me wonder if this could have been a wedding quilt started by Eda either for herself or a daughter/son which was never completed?

On a last note for this post and getting back to the Deming Family photo that started this connection to Gary and Donna, this is what he shared with me in regards to the photo

“It might interest you to know that Nancy Deming (Brier’s wife), was the daughter of James Anderson O’Neil who was one of the men who were instrumental in having the US Government establish Oregon Territory at a time that it would have otherwise ended up being part of Canada!  So, without James’ efforts, Oregon, Washington and part of Idaho would now be in Canada!” 

Quilts not only connect us to the past but they connect us to friendships. ©


Check out the others work that are doing the quilt along….

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another. If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

Kathy, Lori, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Susan, Nanette, Sassy , Edith, and Sharon







16 thoughts on “Hand Quilt Along: Connecting through a Vintage Photo and Quilting

  1. kathyreeves August 5, 2018 / 7:48 pm

    What a wonderful post, Sharon! I love the stories you find with your inner historian, they are lovely Sunday reads. They always make me smile!

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  2. fayga49 August 5, 2018 / 7:53 pm

    Sharon….This has so touched my heart. What a wonderful story! Proud to be your friend.


    • nwpaintedlady August 6, 2018 / 4:06 am

      Your way to kind Marsha – proud to call you friend my dear!


  3. letsgocrafting August 5, 2018 / 9:07 pm

    What a great story! These are so heartfelt! You are making great progress on your quilt and you are right, a little at a time will get the job done.

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    • nwpaintedlady August 5, 2018 / 9:48 pm

      Thank you so much. I am making progress and it feels good – there is light at the end of tunnel or so it seems at times 🙂


  4. KerryCan August 6, 2018 / 10:30 am

    Your hobbies–genealogy and quilting–are such a good match for each other! This story you told is fascinating–to give the gift of that photo back to the family and then receive the gift of friendship in return–too cool. Eda Mae’s double wedding ring is fabulous–and yours will be, too!

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    • nwpaintedlady August 6, 2018 / 3:53 pm

      Thank you ~ the two, genealogy and quilting certainly do go to give perfectly!


  5. Deb August 6, 2018 / 11:23 am

    How delightful! The photo shows a beautiful family! I love the fact that you helped it to find its way back home . The story of her quilt makes this post so interesting ,would have love to seen the grandma’s face as she was receiving it! Your quilt is going to make memories as well!

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  6. nwpaintedlady August 6, 2018 / 3:54 pm

    Thank you Deb. I agree, I would have loved to have seen the presentation of the quilt to Gary’s Mom…beyond words I am sure.


  7. dezertsuz August 6, 2018 / 6:05 pm

    That is a great genealogy story! How wonderful you were able to find the family and return the photo. People move so far apart and things are lost from one branch to another, nice to be able to put these together again.

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    • nwpaintedlady August 6, 2018 / 8:12 pm

      Thank you Susan. It has been a real blessing to have connected with Gary and Donna. I actually reunited another photo this week – this one in person with a great granddaughter to her great grandmother. That was fun too.


  8. sherrykillam August 7, 2018 / 4:49 pm

    Dear Sharon, I absolutely love what you do in your ‘hobbies’. It is fascinating, connecting, interesting, and so generous and loving. The two hobbies are also so far out of my ‘wheel house’, I feel like I am from another world…. You have my utter respect and admiration. I look forward to the next update. Love, Sherry


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  9. nwpaintedlady August 7, 2018 / 5:37 pm

    Hi Sherry ~ You are way to generous with your comments but thank you. I love my hobbies, they feel comfortable and natural ~ your hobbies…your gorgeous art ~ is way beyond my ‘wheel house’ my respect and admiration for what you do right back at ya


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