We've found some lovely things: my baby book, a lunch sack containing several pairs of baby shoes, books we loved, one of my brother's birth announcements (we didn't find a baby book for him), and two copies of Mom and Dad's wedding invitation (one for each of us, wasn't that lucky!?).
One box surprised me: it contained six or more hand-embroidered dresser scarves, plus a luncheon set with tablecloth, six napkins, and a potholder all embroidered to match. Who made them? I know it wasn't my mother. She loved to sew but did not embroider, knit or crochet, as far as I know. Since she died ten years ago, and my grandmother a few years after her, I guess I will never know the answer to that question.
This photo shows one of the dresser scarves on the bottom; in the top of the photo is a cloth that Mom appliqued with birds made from bias-cut fabrics.
I found a box of quilt pieces and blocks. Evidently the fabric on the bottom of the box was to be the backing. I recognized some of the fabrics from sports shirts Mom had sewn for Dad when I was little; my brother recognized a few more.
I love vintage linens and will take the embroidered items home with me, after sending one to each of my grown daughters. I'm trying very hard to not take much home; my house is cluttered enough and I have very little storage space, but some things are precious and priceless.
But why did Mom have four punchbowls?