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    Super Member Gramie bj's Avatar
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    It is amazing !

    IT IS AMAZING what we think we have to have to turn out a beautiful quilt. Yes I have a lot of gadgets, rulers, machines, and a huge stash. In my sewing area I have a quilt hanging on my wall that was made by my Great, Great, Grand Mother using paper, pencil, needle thread, thimble (I have her well worn thimble in my collection), scissors, and worn out cloths. It was made to be used and it was. It is now worn out, some pieces are missing. I remember it being on the back of my Great Grandmothers' couch, my Grandmother hung it on the wall, she refused to fix the holes, saying that quilt earned all its battle scars from a long, loved, useful life, it had aged with dignity, and earned its retirement. My Mom kept it in her cedar chest. It is back on the wall in my house to be enjoyed by all and a reminder to me of all the love my grandmothers put into there quilts. She still has her holes, but I don't care, she earned them.

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    Love your story. Would love to see your well loved quilt!!

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    Such a nice history about your quilt.

    Can you imagine our great great granddaughters one day saying this quilt was made using only die cuts and manual sewing machine...at least I hope they are interested in knowing that.
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    You are so lucky to have your GGM's quilt. One thing that I like about quilting is that we can use all the newest gadgets and still honor the quilts made in the past without any gadgets. Quilters do understand about the history and the skill and hard work that went into each of those quilts. It is one of the reasons why many look for and collect the older quilts, to give them and their makers a place of honor.

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    My Great Aunt Maude was the only quilter in the family but she lived in the middle of Kansas while So CA is my home. I saw her make a GFG with scissors and a paper pattern and hand quilt it for her only granddaughter.. I consider myself lucky that I grew up in this time period.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackie Spencer View Post
    Love your story. Would love to see your well loved quilt!!
    Wish I could post a pic. but so far have not been able to master it.

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    Funny, I was thinking this same thing the other day. I love gadgets and gizmos. And doubt I will ever be able to turn out anything as near-perfect as my grandmothers and mother did with just scissors, needle and thread, and fabric.

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    I have often wondered why, with all my gadgets and gizmos, I don't seem to be as proficient as those quilters that went before.

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    You're absolutely right: That quilt has earned its retirement!

    I personally am not much for fancy guizmos and thousands of different rulers, but I'd never part with my rotary cutter and mat! And sewing machine, for that matter!


    Reading your story about this great heirloom quilt, I once again regret that I'm the first quilter in my family...

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    That was a lovely story! You should get some pictures of the quilt and see if you can find some of her as well. Put them in a little book.

    I bet she is smiling down at you right now.

    My Mom only made one little quilt that we used up. I don't know what ever became of it, and do not even have one picture of it, and that makes me just a bit sad.
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    I was thinking the same thing the other day when I bought a packet of those non-slip dots for the back of my ruler. The lady at the LQS told me it came with enough dots to outfit a dozen rulers. Yeah, I have 1. lol. (Plus a triangle ruler, so I guess that's 2.) But there are other things I can't imagine doing without. How on earth anyone can get perfect shaped circles without Karen K Buckley's "Perfect Circles" tool is beyond me. I spend way too may hours trying to get just 1 to work before I gave up & bought the tool. God bless all those old-time quilters that did everything the hard way! The more tools I acquire, the more impressed I am by their skills.

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    Yesterday's luxuries are today's necessities. Often times we don't know what we are missing until we have it. I'm sure there are many quilters out there who use die cutters to cut their fabric feel they couldn't quilt without it yet there are many others who have never had one and do just fine with a rotary cutter and mat, and still others with scissors. I think too that we live in a society of instant gratification so fast isn't fast enough. I don't think my grandmother felt this. She was content to see things happen in due time. To be this way would be nice sometimes....

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    What a lovely story, please write it down for the future. When we closed down my mom's house there were stories attached to alot of items. But unfortunately in our grief, we couldn't remember most of them, only that there was a story.

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    Love your story!
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    love your story. I have one of those as well..it was pieced by my great grandmother with the help of her daughters..one was my adored grandmother. If I am ever not feeling well I go get that old quilt holes and all..I love every stitch in it!
    "You must do the thing you think you cannot do"....E. Roosevelt

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    I just bought a YO YO maker. Lol! Actually a friend of mine loves to make yo yos and I got her one. Took it to her and she liked it because of her arthritic hands. Who'da thought? I really like mine too!

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    I am the same way....don't need a bunch of gadgets and do think that the old quilts can be priceless.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cathy77 View Post
    You're absolutely right: That quilt has earned its retirement!

    I personally am not much for fancy guizmos and thousands of different rulers, but I'd never part with my rotary cutter and mat! And sewing machine, for that matter!


    Reading your story about this great heirloom quilt, I once again regret that I'm the first quilter in my family...

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    I expect most of our great grandmothers, and grandmothers would kick our (Y) for the sheer wastefulness of a crypt full of fabric.

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    What a wonderful story. That's an old quilt. Don't you wish it could talk and tell the stories it knows? lol

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    Well told story, that's what quilts are made for is to be loved and used.
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    Quote Originally Posted by citruscountyquilter View Post
    Yesterday's luxuries are today's necessities. Often times we don't know what we are missing until we have it. I'm sure there are many quilters out there who use die cutters to cut their fabric feel they couldn't quilt without it yet there are many others who have never had one and do just fine with a rotary cutter and mat, and still others with scissors. I think too that we live in a society of instant gratification so fast isn't fast enough. I don't think my grandmother felt this. She was content to see things happen in due time. To be this way would be nice sometimes....
    I was thinking along these lines as well. They took their time and didn't worry about deadlines. I love my grandma's quilts but I love mine too I embrace it all!
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    I love my rotary cutter, but I remember my Mom cutting her squares, triangles or whatever design she picked out of a piece of cardboard and then she would use that as her template to cut all the pieces. They were sewed together on her machine and then all quilts were hand quilted by a group of ladies that got together at someone's house as a social gathering.

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    What a great story about your grandmother's quilt which was much used and loved, I'm glad you are able to have it to remember her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MargeD View Post
    What a great story about your grandmother's quilt which was much used and loved, I'm glad you are able to have it to remember her.
    I agree and thank you so much for sharing with us!
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    Great story! Thanks for sharing it.

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