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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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Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on May 30, 2018 at 3:52pm

Another great finish!

Comment by handstitcher/IL on May 30, 2018 at 3:16pm

Finished my vintage grandmother's flower garden quilt last night. I bought the top at a fundraiser for the historical society about 3 years ago. Like snowflakes, I swear that no two hexagons in this quilt are an identical size! Quite a lot of variation there. I also learned that when these quilts have two rows of white between the flowers, instead of one, they are no longer symmetrical, which posed several challenges. But I love the happy prints and the feel of the hand quilting.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on May 26, 2018 at 2:17pm

Lots of practice at camouflaging my mistakes.  :)

Comment by handstitcher/IL on May 26, 2018 at 8:28am

Two great ideas, PQ! This is why I know where to go for help. Not sure how successful I'll be matching the green, but I'll give it a try. Otherwise, I really like your idea of adding multiple butterflies. 

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on May 26, 2018 at 7:00am

Handstitcher, when I was in  home ec, I was cutting out a garment top and accidentally cut a slit about this size in my fabric.  I didn't have enough fabric to cut another piece, so my teacher took a small scrap of the fabric, placed it behind the slit, and carefully reverse appliqued it, making it virtually unnoticeable when the garment was finished.  Is there some way you could match that green and do the same?  

Otherwise I like the butterfly applique idea.  If you feel it would be too noticeable by itself, butterflies could be appliqued randomly on a few other blocks.  

Comment by handstitcher/IL on May 26, 2018 at 6:55am

Can I ask my vintage loving friends for some ideas? Some months back I bought a vintage Dresden plate top. Just recently, I noticed a tear, maybe an inch and a quarter long. What to do?? My first thought was to try to match the background, resew the plate on the new background, maybe even swapping out the block with a corner one to make any color change less noticeable. My second thought was to appliqué a butterfly over the tear. What do you think? Any other ideas for me? 

Comment by handstitcher/IL on May 13, 2018 at 1:50pm

Happy Mother's Day! If you go to the QuiltFolk magazine website, you can get the free link to an interview with Ken Burns about his quilt collection and see many of his quilts currently on display at the International Quilt Museum in Nebraska. Striking quilts!

Comment by handstitcher/IL on April 22, 2018 at 1:19pm

How awesome to know so much about the quilter who made your quilt! Even better than she lived in your area. Seems sad that Opal let her grandmother's quilt go, but I'm glad it found a good home with you. 

Not sure what I'll do with my misshapen bits and pieces. Something to play with once I'm off for the summer. My tulip quilt blocks were as bad as these, but I was pleased with the way they finally turned out. My husband asked me recently why I don't make quilts anymore. Puzzled, I asked him what he meant. He replied, "you don't make your own quilts anymore, just repair other people's." I think it's because I love the traditional old quilts. That's what got me quilting in the first place.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on April 22, 2018 at 12:07pm

handstitcher - that is a lot more work than what I would want to commit to at this point in my life.  Let us know what you decide.  

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on April 22, 2018 at 11:52am

This is the information I received from the seller. 

"This quilt top was pieced by my neighbor's grandmother in Cozad Nebraska.  My neighbor would be 90 years old now.  It was later quilted in the 70's by my mother-in-law and some church ladies that were raising money for something I don't remember or what they charged me. Church was the Methodist Church in Cozad.  I purchased the top at Opal's mother's estate sale many years ago." 

It is so fun to know at least part of the history of this quilt.

 

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