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A couple years ago my sister gave me some vintage redwork embroidery our Mom gave to her; sis never did anything with it so passed it to me. Mom got it from her mother's home but Grandma did not do the work; I think it was a friend of Grandma and probably done in the '30's or '40's. There are about 20 pieces wrapped in an old feed sack with a printed label; I got 2 "treasures" in one. I would like to make them into a quilt or 2 or a quilt with pillow shams. Any ideas out there? Any books you can recommend? Any resources for replica vintage fabrics that would match?

A year ago I received a "treasure" from my mother-in-law; she moved into a nursing home and we were cleaning out her house to ready it for sale. I told her there was only one thing I really wanted in the house---a grandmother's flower garden quilt top that her grandmother (my husband's great-grandmother) had hand sewn. She told me "yes" and where it was stored. Wow! all those tiny hexagons by hand; some hexagons were pieced to make a whole hexagon. I think this, too, was sewn in the '30's or '40's. It was in very good shape as it had never been layered and, thus, never used. A year ago I layered it and hand quilted around all 3 circles of each flower. I found replica vintage fabric for a border. It is beautiful! I will hand it down to my daughter and she to my grand-daughter. I am blessed.

Happy quilting from northern Wi.

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Comment by valma honeyfield on February 16, 2009 at 11:04am
I think that Alex Anderson has written books with patterns of redwork. I'm sure she would show some ways to use the redwork. I embroidered redwork blocks, set them in a single Irish Chain of various red prints for a wall hanging which I use during Feb. for Valentine's Day.
Comment by Trevi in Texas on February 16, 2009 at 10:47am
I love redwork. Last year I purchased a fat quarter bundle of red and white fabrics from Sunflower Quilts here in Houston. My mom taught me embroidery as a child, I still have my hoop. My redwork quilt will probably end up being quite simple, but I'm going to make it and I'll keep this one. PTL
Comment by Carla on February 16, 2009 at 5:55am
Could you post some pictures. I love the combination of redwork and quilting. I have a baby quilt in my photos that has alternating blocks. I also did a redwork quilt for a co worker that was retiring. I don't limit myself to red either. Right now I have a project started that will have an embroidery block for every month of the year. I am doing each block in a different color. I am not sure whether I will make them into one quilt or small wall hangings to maybe hang on the front door. There are alot of vintage fabrics out there. Framing small pieces would be a great idea also.

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