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    I found scraps yesterday from things that I made my kids and nieces and nephews when they were little. They are all in their early 30's.

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    I recently ran across the curtains I used in my daughter's nursery - she'll be 32 in June - have enough to make a quilt for when he graduates to his big boy bed - plan on adding borders in primary colors of red, green, blue, yellow - should be nice - also tore apart and requilted a panel quilt that was one of her favorites when she was small - love old fabric

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    I found some fabric in my basement that I bought from Ben Franklin store probably in the 70s. the yardage was written on a small piece of paper and pinned on the fabric. Ugly too.

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    I have some pink gimgham that is over 40 years old!

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    me too me too have stuff i brought from germany 20 years ago and i had it there for awhile

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    The oldest yardage I have is from the 60's but I have saved some of my DGM aprons to use in a future quilt and they are from the 50's at least. I also have my baby clothes from '61-'62 and some other 60's things my sister made (a poncho from tapestry fabric for my hippie brother) (my siblings are significantly older than me...the oldest was 18 and the youngest 8 when I was born...all the baby hand me downs from them were long gone with I came along)

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    I have a piece I remember from my early years. I received it from a lovely lady during a swap I was in. Do you remember when "Hot Pink" came out? I do, I was probably 13. I loved it. This piece of fabric was popular then. It is hot pink and white print.

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    was helping MIL [she's 90] set up a sewing room she wanted to throw stuff away needless to say I could not do it so instead of the trash can I filled the back of my Astro I found blocks -P/P strips-hexagons-etc they were all hand sewn by her Mother and Grt GM before she was born and there are enough of each to make 4or5 full size bed quilts they were made out of shirts- dresses-nities and a lot of the old clothing from back then in case I need to make more blocks but I haven't the patience to sit and hand stitch buttons let alone whole quilts I feel like if I finish them by machine it would be cheating. MIL said they were older than dirt So I guess these beauties are Older Than Dirt :lol: :lol:

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    I have some of the bright colors - the psychadalic kind - from the 60's and more tame colors from the 70's.

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    I have inherited several pieces that date back to 1890s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bj
    Mine is hanging in my closet, although I call them clothes! (O:<
    Hmm, looked in my closet just now with a whole different outlook. Vintage material--hmmmmmm!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FroggyinTexas
    Quote Originally Posted by Plain Jane
    I'm new to quilting but have always done crafts and I just found a box of fabric. I've spent the afternoon playing with fire...burn testing for fiber content (learned that here!) and going through it. I found panels from 1981! Is that almost antique? Vintage? The amazing thing is that I have moved multiple times and evidently this box made it with me every time. Amazing.
    So how long have you kept fabric?
    Until I got on this board, I didn't know that fabric "goes out of style." It's a good thing, because I've got good fabric that is at least 40 years old and I intend to use it with some of my recently acquired fabric--any day now. I think the official definition of antique involves 50 or more years old, which puts me way past vintage. froggyintexas
    The great thing about fabric is it doesn't go out of style. We just recategorize it and call it vintage or antique.

    I have scraps from when my mother made clothes for my sister and me in the 50's. Also yardage she bought when Gulf Oil transferred my father to Nigeria and we were going to live over there. Mother bought up fabric so she could make us clothes. I have not used it but think I will start using it in scrappy quilts like another responder said (I forget her name-sorry!) What a wonderful way to keep it alive!

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    some that are older than 40 or so years. I have a few feed sacks and I have no idea how old they are.

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    I have fabric from outfits my mother made for herself, and fabric from a graduation dress I made when I was 14. I have no plans to use it, scraps mostly, keep it entirely for sentimental reasons.

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    i have some skinner's satin that dates back to the early 1900s, and feedsacks from the 30s. i have some that is from an old victorian dress (my grandmother's), and hankies going back to that era as well. they will probably never be used in a quilt--but it's fun to look at them, and handle them, just to feel the history.

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    Irish linen for shirts dating from about 1920-30.

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    I have some blocks grandmother gave to my mother when I was born ( 75 yrs ago) she never finished putting the blocks together. so i don't know what to do with them I am not very creative .

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    My mother believed in saving everything. During my high school years in the late 1950s and early 1960s, most of my skirts were very full, with about three widths of fabric in them. Mother removed the skirts before discarding the bodice or waist band when they were no longer wearable. She used many of them to make aprons, but I still have several, which I treasure. I also have a very old feed sack that my neighbor gave me. I especially treasure a quilt my mother made for me called an "Oddfellow Quilt." It is made from octagonal shaped blocks, and each block is of a different fabric. These fabrics date back to the 1930s, up to the 1970s. It contains fabrics from my grandmothers clothes, my mothers, my sister's and mine, and finally my own children. My granddaughter enjoys looking at the quilt with me and hearing about the different fabrics.

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    Oh goodness, I have some fabric that was my grandmother's.. and I'm in my middle 60's, so you know, it's very old.. but beautiful and strong.. that fabric has come a long long way now, and I fully intend to use it when I get the chance because it still has a long way to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grandma Janice
    some that are older than 40 or so years. I have a few feed sacks and I have no idea how old they are.
    They stopped making feed sacks sometime during the late 40's or early 50's. Depends on where you get your info. So you feed sacks are about 50+ years old.

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    I have some Gingham that my grandmother did chicken scratch on. I would't part with it for the world. About 80years old.

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    i have some japanese fabric that dates pre WWII

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    Do the quilts I have that were made in the 1800's count?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsreeves2
    Since my mother's death on March 2 I have inherited her stash. So far I have found yardage that measures 36" wide and have not seen that since my high school days - 36 years ago. I also have some blocks that were sewn by my great grandmother and her daughter-my grandmother. These are of 1930's fabrics--not repros, the original stuff. I continue to unearth more treasures every day! I was told there is a box in the attic with scraps from the clothes mom made us when we were babies (us kids range from 57 yrs to 51 yrs old). Can't wait to find that box!
    MrsReeves2, my mom also died on March 2. When I visited her in January she wanted to give me all her fabric, but I didn't have room in my suitcase. She was not a quilter, but I will find something to do with her fabrics.
    I'm sorry for your loss. I know you must miss your mom as much as I miss mine.

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    Holly Hobbie print"cotton"I think from the 60's

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