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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 Lynne on February 9, 2009 at 4:39am
Hi Anne!! What a great idea!! I only have one vintage quilt from my grandmother. It is a all wool quilt, probably pieced from my grandfathers & her father & brothers suits. I do have my great aunts treadle sewing machine, a Singer Red Eye. The vintage quilts I own, 3 of them, are some that I have purchased. I feel these were in need of a home, as they were very cheaply priced and not in the greatest condition. One has nail polish on it, and some wear in the 'used to be green' fabric. Another has almost no 'green' fabric left,, you can tell it was green, because they used green to applique it.

I also purchased WIP's. I have a basket quilt, done in 30's prints, with bias borders on it. Will probably redo that one. Also have another with 30's prints and shirtings that looks like a album block. Redid a Grandmother's Flower Garden, and have another one to do. Have been working on a star block,, replaced all the muslin. Trying to figure out a setting so I can finish it. The vintage blocks I purchase, I redo by hand. Most of my quilts are done on my Featherweight.

I will try to get some pictures taken of these, and get them posted.

Carment, joining any group is a good idea!!! You are making your families vintage quilts.
Comment by Carmen / Spain on February 8, 2009 at 2:41pm
Diane, your background is a dream! I'm starting to doubt if having joined this group has been a good idea ... I'm feeling sick with envy! LOL
Comment by Diane Gunter/Canada on February 8, 2009 at 2:36pm
Hello Anne. I am very fortunate to have quilts made by my grandmother. and my two Aunts. I also have Quilt blocks made in the 1960's that need to be put together.These are the last ones that my aunt had made andkept them with the hope that someone in the family would continue with the art of Quilting. When I started quilting she was still alive and passed them on to my mom to give to me.
I also grew up with stories on how my grandmother and neighbors would cut out patterns and handpiece them then come winter they would meet at my grandmothers to quilt. My grandfather had made a huge quuilting frame that was on some kid of a pulley sysyem. He would lower it for the ladies to quilt and then raise it to the ceiling until they met the next time. They lived in an old stone home with many rooms and raised a family of 9. My mom was the youngest and seemed to always get stuck picking rocks out of the field before they plowed. Her least favorite job.
Going to the farm and staying with my grandmother was a favorite thing as I was growing up. By that time her eyesight was going and she didn't do much quilting. When I think of how we treated the many quilts that she made I shudder. But her quilts were made to be used. She did not think of them as art she thought of them as necessities. There were 5 girls in the family and they each had 6 quilts when they married. Plus she did all the quilting for the family beds.
I too like to look at the tiny stitches she made and the fabric. They were made form the clothes that they outgrew. But they were still beautiful.
Must go as my 4 yr.old grandson has just informed me his time out is over. Will connect later.
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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