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Do you own a vintage quilt? Let's start a group and show off our ancestors talents. I LOVE to hear the stories of how our 'grandmothers' quilted.

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rescued and great finds

Started by ~Abbigail~. Last reply by handstitcher/IL Apr 8, 2010. 12 Replies

Storing quilts (old and new)

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Comment by handstitcher/IL on July 22, 2018 at 2:02pm

Bless the Internet, which helped me fill in the gaps! A &P stores closed in 2015. I do remember one at my grandmother's in NY and we even had one in northwest Indiana where I grew up. Both closed many years ago. I couldn't find my exact bag online, but did find some larger sizes. I've been learning a lot about feedsacks this summer, so this was really fun for me to discover last night. I thought the light blue I saw was dye that had run from the embroidery floss, until I started seeing words. 

Comment by Pam/NY on July 22, 2018 at 1:22pm

A and P groceries were popular on the East coast. Most are gone in our area. Great find!!!

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on July 22, 2018 at 1:13pm

I love those kinds of surprises, handstitcher!  To me, that kind of history only adds to the sentimental value of the quilt.  

Comment by handstitcher/IL on July 22, 2018 at 12:55pm

Made a fun discovery with my baby quilt. The donkey 9 block on the bottom row is actually sewn on a piece of a bleached flour sack. I can barely make out the words, but the flour is from the Sunnyfield Family, which made flour for the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company, later known as the A&P grocery stores. It's the only block that has printing on it. It didn't show up until I soaked and hand washed the top. It's very faint so it won't detract from the quilt, but what an awesome piece of fabric history! 

Comment by Pam/NY on July 8, 2018 at 1:46pm

I love those finds! Beautiful condition! Can’t wait to see what you do with it. 

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on July 8, 2018 at 12:00pm

What a great find!  I'm always so tickled with those kinds of purchases.  I'm sure the original maker would be thrilled to have them set into a quilt.  

Comment by handstitcher/IL on July 8, 2018 at 11:55am

Went to the fair at the historical society today. I usually find great stuff at their flea market! Today I bought an embroidered quilt top for a few dollars. I'll probably reset the embroidered blocks to make a baby quilt. They're nicely stitched.

Comment by handstitcher/IL on May 31, 2018 at 5:17am

Thanks, PQ and Pam!

Comment by Pam/NY on May 30, 2018 at 4:37pm

Gorgeous handquilter! 

Comment by Pam/NY on May 30, 2018 at 4:36pm

Gorgeous handquilter! 

 

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