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Thread: superstitions associated with quilting

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    Super Member Celeste's Avatar
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    www.history.org/conted this must be where I got these from.... :oops:

    If you spend your life trying to avoid stepping on any cracks, and you happen to love quilting you should enjoy some of the following superstitions that a reader submitted. Let us know if you have others to add to the list.

    Stitching Superstitions by Lorena O'Connor of Silver Spring, MD
    "Someone was weaving cloth one day when they discovered that two or three layers were warmer than one. Thus the process of quilting was born.

    And down through the years, superstitions associated with quilting have also been born. If you're a quilter you probably already know many of them. So, the next time you are stitching with your friends, you might want to share some of these stitching superstitions."

    If you begin a quilt on Friday, you will never live to finish it. (this must be the day I start mine!!!!!)

    Never quilt on Sunday. It is the day of rest.

    If a thread breaks, it will bring misfortune.

    Stitching a spider web design into a quilt will bring good luck.

    Love and Marriage
    Design a bridal quilt with continuous borders of vines or ribbon-
    like patterns. A broken border is said to foretell a broken marriage.

    If an unmarried girl puts the last stitch in the quilt, she will become
    an old maid. (Though I don't have any plans, best keep me away from the last stitch just in case!)

    If a girl shakes a new quilt out the door, the first man who comes
    through the door will be her future husband.

    When a quilt is first taken off the frame, wrap it around an
    unmarried woman to give her luck in finding a mate, or throw it at
    the first single man she sees to charm him into a relationship.

    Marriage quilts should be laid out fresh so that dreams on the first
    night will come true.

    If two people shake a cat in the quilt, the one near where the cat
    runs out will marry first.

    A girl who begins piecing a quilt will not marry until it is finished.

    After finishing a quilt, the first one over whom it is thrown will be
    married first.

    If someone wraps you in a new quilt, you will get married within a

    If you break a needle, the next baby will be yours.

    After a quilt is completed, the quilter should sleep with the quilt one night and then give it to the special person it is made for.

    When a person is ill, it is said if they sleep with a quilt, all the love from the quilt will heal them.

    Never make human figures on a quilt. It is believed the figures will walk and visit you at night.

    If anyone starts a quilt in the form of a star, someone in the family will die before it is finished. (No star formed quilts in my future!)

    If you dream while sleeping under a quilt for the first time, the dream will come true.

    There are four corners to my bed,
    on which I now this new quilt spread.
    May I this night in trouble be,
    and the one I love come rescue me.

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    Super Member mimisharon's Avatar
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    " Never quilt on Sunday. It is the day of rest. "

    My mother firmly believes in this one!! She has preached it to us 'kids' since I was little. Last spring when she came to help me after I brought Roy home...........she fussed at me for cross stitching on Sundays. I told her God knew my heart and that he knows my time is limited. I said 'I only need to focus on something that won't allow my mind to keep worrying over this situation." Her words were " Never sew on Sunday. It is the day of rest." She then left the room, so I put it away. She's 81, who's going to argue with Mom???

    How are the furbabies? I've missed so much in the last year....

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    Super Member jbsstrawberry's Avatar
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    That's pretty awesome!! Thanks Celeste, I hadn't heard many of these!

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    Super Member sewjoyce's Avatar
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    "Sewing on Sunday" ----- My mom always told me that for every stitch that you sewed on a Sunday, it would have to taken out, using only your NOSE before you could go to heaven..... (Hey, I don't make this stuff up :oops: :oops: )

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    Well, what are you allowed to do on Sunday? I always found that curious. i understand it is a day of rest, but what if quilting is what keeps you calma and restful. It's a hobby not a job. no one seems to complain that I cook dinner on Sunday. Hmmmm.....


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    Super Member mpeters1200's Avatar
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    I wonder about superstitions or weird sayings for quilt blocks.

    In the Elm Creek books it talks about Turkey Tracks/Wandering Foot blocks and such a no no for baby quilts.

    Is there any superstition out there for blocks?

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