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Thread: Old School Quilting

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    Senior Member miholmes's Avatar
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    Okay so I watched this video this afternoon, and was kinda FLOORED and how this woman quilted. Mind you this film was done back in 1979.

    But it was interesting watching her cut out her fabric with SCISSORS with a homeade template, and then sew it with her Coats & Clark thread, and then quilt it by hand on her homemade frame.

    To me it was really nice to see what someone could do without all of the gadgets and gizmos, and she turned out BEAUTIFUL quilts!

    Give it a watch if you think it will interest you.

    http://www.folkstreams.net/film,104

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    thanks for the link - I am certainly interested.

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    Quite inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

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    Thanks for sharing the video. My Mom made quilts the "old fashion way". Her quilt frame was supported by four ladderback chairs and held together with C clamps. She had 7 blue ribbon quilts in 7 years. The seventh year, each child was given a "blue ribbon" quilt for Christmas. Quilts were given to the church then raffled. Her quilts were the best source to raise funds for the church. Her last quilt donated paid to have the roof replaced. She passed away in 2006. We don't used blankets on our beds, we use Mama's quilts.

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    My mother quilted this way, she used cardboard for templates, she didn't know any other brand of thread and she hand quilted on frames hung from the ceiling. I still have some of her beautiful quilts. I'll have to wait til I get home from work to watch the video, I am very interested, thanks

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    I have not been able to watch the entire thing yet...3 y.o. antics and all but one thing I have noticed is how fresh the quilts look. The first quilt that she pulled out, the lone star, looks like it could have been made today. Good design, color choices, and workmanship are timeless.

    Thanks for sharing the link I look forward to finishing it.

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    Well, that's how I learned to do it at around that time. Since I never progressed past a few small pieces tells me that the new methods are MUCH more preferrable.

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    My BF's mother still cuts out her fabric with scissors. :) She recently made a wall hanging with 2.5 inch squares... it turned out lovely! I can imagine being able to cut things out correctly with scissors!! :)

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    Thanks for the link

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    Wow! Just think if we didn't think we had to have every gadget invented how much we would have for fabric LOL!
    She truly is an inspiration...I don't know that I would have the patience to do that.
    Recently at a garage sale I picked up a popcorn tin filled with things...inside were all the templates and blocks for a quilt. Little cardboard templates and you could tell the blocks had been cut with scissors. I just need to find something to make with all of them.
    Thanks for sharing the video with us!

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