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VINTAGE QUILTS

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 Susan Gatewood/VA on February 8, 2009 at 2:15pm
Hello,
I come from a long line of sewers and quilters. But, unfortunately, I have no quilts made by my grandmothers. I do have a doll dressed by my great grandmother, made from Swiss batiste that her mother brought to the US from Switzerland, where they came from. I treasure it and hang it on my Christmas tree, every Christmas. I have a quilt made by my mother, for my brother's first marriage. I got it in the divorce! She never made one for me. I actually completed quilting on that one while I was waiting for my first son to arrive. So, I was really happy to get it in the divorce settlement, from my brother! LOL I do have some other old, old quilts that we have gotten at auctions, and garage sales. I will take photos of them for you to see.
Susan
Comment by Carmen / Spain on February 8, 2009 at 1:25pm
Hello Anne. I think you've had a great idea creating this group. I'm joining because I would love to read everyone's stories and see the pictures of those beautiful vintage quilts. Unfortunately, I'm from a country with no quilting tradition at all and, as I've mentioned before, I was never lucky enough to sleep under a quilt made by a grandmother or to fall asleep hearing my mother at the sewing machine or to be allowed to play with fabric leftovers. So, for me, those of you who have stories like yours are very lucky girls! Thanks for sharing them with the rest of us.
Comment by Anne S/ Ont. on February 8, 2009 at 1:10pm
Hi All.
I have a LOVE for old vintage quilts. I inhereited 7 of my grandmother's quilts when she passed away in 1976. At the time, I didn't know OR appreciate what I had. I stuck them in a closet and didn't think about them for a few years. Then I started to develop an interest in quilting and when I pulled out those quilts....it was like "WOW" !! I still look at them in detail and marvel at the fabrics and her tiny stitches.
She didn't have a rotary cutter and mat, or fancy patterns. She worked by the light of the day and a lantern in the evening. I have her antique Singer treadle sewing machine. It has since been made 'electric'.
My grandma was born in 1886 (she was nearly 70 when I was born) and had made those quilts in the 1930's with the feed sack material that sugar and flour came in. I have a huge love for the 1930's reproduction fabrics and the traditional patterns....must be in my 'jeans' !! (genes)
In 2000, when I started to quilt, my mom couldn't understand why I would want to quilt. She remembered her mom (same lady as above) having a quilt stretched across the dining room in the farmhouse where they lived and the table being covered with fabric. She had no where to do her homework with her kerosene lantern! I've often heard that quilting was becoming a 'dying' art and look at how it has revived now!!!
I would love to hear your stories and see your pictures of vintage quilts.
I hope you'll join me!
Anne
 

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