Friday Night Family Heirlooms: Grandma McKinley’s Crocheted Spread

When “heirlooms” aren’t identified, and their stories never told, they often become items tossed or sold – as they have no history, no ties to the family. So take the time to identify your family heirlooms history and record your memories so the family treasures aren’t tossed in the trash. They are just as valuable as your family photographs and also need to be documented. Sometimes it’s not even the value of the item in question; it’s the story which holds the value.

Friday Night Family Heirlooms

Grandma McKinley’s Crocheted Spread


My grandmother, Ola (Askew) McKinley was an extremely talented woman of many talents… with one being crochet. I “Thank Her” for inheriting those craft genes.

In as well as well as grandmamma crocheted… she could never follow a pattern, but she didn’t need a pattern as she only had to see the item. I find it amazing when people can create an item by only looking at it. I have copied items as well, but I find it so time-consuming, and sometimes it never works out. I’d much rather just have written directions.

bedspread 2

I’ve treasured this crocheted pinwheel bedspread given to me by my mother… never having much of an opportunity through the years to display it because of kids and pets. Sadly it’s often stored away in a bureau drawer and brought out once in awhile for a photograph… but it’s never forgotten.

I’m sure grandmamma crocheted this by only the light of the kerosene lamp… where she sat every night, either piecing quilts or crocheting; it was what she loved!


Click Friday Night Family Heirlooms to read more stories…

Family Heirloom Bloggers:

I started a Family Heirloom challenge in November 2015 asking fellow bloggers to join me in telling the stories of their family heirlooms. Writing the stories of the family heirlooms I’ve been entrusted with has been on my mind for a long time; the time is now and I plan to write their stories on a weekly basis.

Please check out the weekly Family Heirloom stories of…

Blogger: Cathy Meder-Dempsey at Opening Doors in Brick Walls
Blogger: Karen Biesfeld at Vorfahrensucher
Blogger: Kendra Schmidt at trekthrutime
Blogger: Linda Stufflebean at Empty Branches on the Family Tree
Blogger:  Schalene Jennings Dagutis at Tangled Roots and Trees
Blogger: True Lewis at Notes to Myself
Blogger: Vera Marie Badertscher at Ancestors in Aprons                              Blogger: Heather Lisa Dubnick at  Little Oak Blog
Blogger: Kathy Rice at
Blogger: Mary Harrell-Sesniak at  Genealogy Bank Heirlooms Blog
Blogger: Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks theme for 2015 Week 24 was Heirlooms. Check out her Blog at –  52 Ancestors Challenge 2015: Week 24 Recap  for links to more Heirloom posts.

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2 Responses to Friday Night Family Heirlooms: Grandma McKinley’s Crocheted Spread

  1. Your reminders to write about our treasures is so important! Thank you for sharing!

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