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As I sit trying to piece my latest quilts!I am reminded of the amount of time and work that went into the old quilts that were all hand stitched ?I can remember 2 beautiful quilts that must have been my great grandmothers , when I was a teenager.i always admired them and when I grew older and started to appreciate them more! I asked my mother what she did with them?I was really shocked when she said she had given them to my father to lay on the ground and work under the car with (he was a mechanic).She said well if you want them you can have them and try and get the grease and dirt out of them.I can only imagine how much they would have been worth as the one was all hand pieced and hand embroidered with dates from the eighteen hundreds and the other was a sun bonnet sue.I wonder were they eventually went.?

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Comment by Barbara Graham on January 30, 2014 at 4:17pm

I'm sorry you didn't get the quilts. I was lucky enough to get an old top my grandmother pieced. My dad remembered his job was peeling the label off the sacks. I hand quilted it and it is a treasure--however, I have encountered some old quilts she made that were simply hideous. They were designed to keep someone warm and I hope they did. Not treasures, not even to her quilt crazy granddaughter. If I still had them, I'd let your dad use them too.

Comment by Terry F on January 29, 2014 at 6:42pm

What a shame.  :(

Comment by LKC on January 29, 2014 at 12:48pm

I had two I got from my husband's mother. Made in 1932, one was a rag- falling apart. I made keepsake box for his sister and brothers out of it. Repairing some areas with parts from other places. The other quilt did not have a binding, so I added one, this one I gave to our son with a note of where it can from and where the material also came from, which was PJ scrapes from the factory she worked. Quilts are made to be used.

Comment by Bonnie on January 29, 2014 at 12:18pm

They did the best they could for the time they lived in.

Think of how cold the ground was when he was laying on it.  That quilt made his day more comfortable.

Comment by Jodi Cramer on January 29, 2014 at 12:09pm

For many years DH and I packed on horseback into a wilderness area here in CO to go archery hunting. I always wanted to try to live as my grands and great-grands had lived, if only for a week or two. We lived in a tent (dirt floor), cooked on a woodburning sheepherder's stove, hauled water from the creek, on and on. I loved it. But, woodburning stoves have to be fed constantly, a dirty job. Everything was dirty. It was a constant battle to keep clean. The only time my hands were clean was right after I washed the dishes.  I don't know how the old ones kept clean enough to work on a quilt. They have my undying respect!!

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on January 29, 2014 at 6:32am

I've heard stories like this, too.  But it isn't just old quilts.  A neighbor had a complete set of Jadite depression glass dishes that he took to the dump. (?!)  He just didn't know the value of what he had and didn't care about "old stuff.  It is all in what we value, and unless one is a quilter, he/she may not value old quilts.    

Comment by Lynne on January 29, 2014 at 2:41am

I remember my mom telling me when they moved in 1983,,, Dad found a quilt in the garage,, since it was so musty smelling he tossed it.  Yes, I was quilting at that time,, and they never mentioned it to me till it was to late.

Comment by Janet/MO on January 28, 2014 at 8:32pm

That is such a shame.  I know a lot of women who were born around the time of the depression viewed quilts as something only poor people had so it wouldn't even have occurred to them to keep them in good shape.

Comment by Donna Sykes on January 28, 2014 at 7:46pm

I agree with Pam. I am very particular in regard to who will receive a quilt from me. I have to know that they will appreciate all the time and effort that goes into a quilt project.

Comment by Pam/NY on January 28, 2014 at 2:58pm

Unfortunately, many beautiful masterpieces have been lost because they were given to the wrong people. I am very careful who I gift hand quilted quilts to. They have to love the art as much or appreciate it as much as me. Your father was styling at work!!! lol

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