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Thread: Great quilting story

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    Junior Member chiaraquilts's Avatar
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    I loved this story of a quilter from a few generations back, Mrs. Bill Stage: http://dscriber.com/front/item/the-g...he-1930s-574-8. To think of doing this beautiful work while living on a homestead and working in fields is amazing to me- and we fuss about finding time and affording materials, etc.! Apparently she made many other quilts as well.

    BTW, the photo series is amazing, this is a link to it on the page. Most of these people had virtually nothing and still found ways to have a book club, sunday school, and music lessons for their children! Great story of ingenuity and community spirit.

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    Very interesting.

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    These folks WERE amazing. Makes me think back a week or so when in a grocery store, young family paying for food with food stamps, griping about all they don't have and how hard life is. One of them took the stuff outside while another went back and paid for cigarettes and beer with cash.

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    That was an amazing generation. My grandmother supplemented her $40 a month Social Security by selling totally handmade quilts. She was still at it at 104 years old up until ten days before she died.

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    What I actually love about that pic is that the quilt is trailing in the dirt! It was definately meant to be used! How many people would be shocked now-a-days to see a quilt treated like that? I love it! But of course, I just got back from picnicking on one of my quilts, so of course I think it's ok to get them dirty.

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    yep amazing how spoiled we are! I taught traditional piecing by hand out in the Alaska bush were they had NO electricity in their villages and still it all the OLD fashioned way..it was great fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramona Byrd
    These folks WERE amazing. Makes me think back a week or so when in a grocery store, young family paying for food with food stamps, griping about all they don't have and how hard life is. One of them took the stuff outside while another went back and paid for cigarettes and beer with cash.

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    DO NOT get me started on the subject of porch sitters! I do live in rural Oklahoma and could tell you some stories!

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    thanks for the story

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    Excellent. Makes us stop and think.

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    Thank you for sharing.

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    I cant wait to checkit out!

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    Interesting Story, and a great old quilt.

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    It is amazing how much they were able to accomplish without modern day conveniences & then have time to sew, read, sing, etc. If I quilt, I think I have had a busy day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramona Byrd
    These folks WERE amazing. Makes me think back a week or so when in a grocery store, young family paying for food with food stamps, griping about all they don't have and how hard life is. One of them took the stuff outside while another went back and paid for cigarettes and beer with cash.

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    Seeing this (One of them took the stuff outside while another went back and paid for cigarettes and beer with cash.) always ruffles my feathers......I would like to be able to say something; but, then you don't know if they'll be waiting for you when you come out the door. I guess, I'm just chicken. :thumbdown:

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    Thanks for sharing. These times were difficult in comparison to now, but in some ways, simpler. I think I could have been happy back then.

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    Thank you for the link. I have often wondered what our fore mothers' faces would look like and what their thoughts would be if they could see what we have to work with now and they did such beautiful work with such basic supplies. My Dad had to quilt as a boy. He and his brother and sister had to join Granny quilting at night. Said they had to or they wouldn't have had any bed covers.

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    Thanks for sharing this. I love the old pictures of real life in the Depression era. We have it so easy now.

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    Thanks for sharing. I grew up in that era in NYC where we felt the depression in a different way. No food to cook until papa brought home his paycheck. Not very much for a family of five. remember Mama starching the hell out of a pair of holey cutains to hang in the kitchen window. No other food except what you could afford to buy at the store, local not supermarkets. I was very little but it evidently made quite an impression on me as I still remember, and always have a full pantry and fridge.

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    what history is stored in these wonderful color photos, thanks for the link...

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