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Thread: Antique quilts in my collection: part 4 (finally)

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    Here's the last of the quilts I have photographed this week. Hope you continue to enjoy seeing them.

    This is a coverlet made by my great grand mother. I remember it being on my bed as a girl. I always thought of it as a flower garden surrounded by a picket fence.

    Very old machine quilted. DD, as a teenager, once took this to a football game without my knowledge. Her rationale was "I picked a tattered one!". Also made by my great grandmother.
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    First pair of stars. I still need to finish and quilting and binding this. It's a WIP
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    Fourth pair of stars. Instructor said I was "bold" in the choice of fabrics. Took that to mean too much variety. LOL! Sadly, the dark blue center on top is sun faded.
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    Double wedding ring top. I hung it against a white quilt back so the colors showed better. Need to finish this someday.
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    Grandmother's flower garden my by my great grandmother. I stopped using this after our cats kept upchucking on it!!
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    I am considering taking off a half row at either end and rebinding, so as to prevent further deterioration. Any advice?
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    Detail of the double wedding ring. All hand pieced. Maker unknown
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    Several years ago, I took a week long class at Tennessee Tech. I pieced this quilt. It's a study in stars, using light and dark fabrics to see how your eye perceives them. There are sets of two stars, each pieced in different fabrics. See what your eye picks up
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    Final pair of stars. Look quite different? Mostly shadow quilting used. Lots to finish. Maybe this winter!
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    In parting, a bear made from an old grandmother's flower garden. Purchased in the hills of Tenn. Wasn't assembled or stuffed. I promised I would finish and give her a good home. She sits on top of my quilt cupboard in the studio. Thanks for sharing my quilts.
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    No batting, plain white backing. Summer weight coverlet
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    Lots of variety in the alternating patches, lilacs, geraniums, lilies, urns, and baskets.
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    Detail of grandmother's flower garden. I love the soft colors! Side edges have the hexagons.
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    Second pair of stars. See what the change of light and dark causes your eye to perceive?
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    Third pair of same two stars.
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    Beautiful and a lot of work and love put into them. Thanks for sharing.

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    Yummy quilts! Thanks for posting.

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    thank you for sharing

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    Thank you for sharing all your quilts, it has been so enjoyable looking at them. The bear is so cute. How old do you think the Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt is, it is so lovely.

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    Grandmother's flower garden my by my great grandmother. I stopped using this after our cats kept upchucking on it!!

    Now mind you I am not making fun of the quilt. I love it and would give my eye teeth for an antique quilt. But that statement sounds like the quilt made the cats sick. I can hardly type this I am still laughing so hard. Thank you for some humor this morning. I needed it.

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    What a pleasure it has been to view all of your Antique quilts!!! Thank you for sharing them with us. I have two older ones, both 30's prints that I came across at yard sales.

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    I love them all especially the teddy bear. He's cute.

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    I have looked at all that you have posted. What treasures you have! I especially love the bear. I have an old, old, tatty quilt that my grandmother made, that may be an option for me. :-D

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    Hi Quilter2: Need to think about that. My g-g'mother passed when I was grown, about 1969. She was an amazing woman. Her mother died in birthing her, so she never knew her own mother. After she was married with two children, she was widowed in her 20's. She eventually remarried, had two more children, and that husband was killed in an accident. She raised all four children alone, farming and working where she could. Remember, there was no social network of support then, nor did she have widow's benefits. I wonder how she kept going! In her later years, she kept house for a bachelor farmer, and I enjoyed going there during the summers of my childhood. I learned so much spending time with her. Her name was Mabel, and she always wore an apron. That's where I got my love of aprons. Best guess is that the GFG is about 60 yrs. old. Thanks for your interest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T-Bones mom
    Grandmother's flower garden my by my great grandmother. I stopped using this after our cats kept upchucking on it!!

    Now mind you I am not making fun of the quilt. I love it and would give my eye teeth for an antique quilt. But that statement sounds like the quilt made the cats sick. I can hardly type this I am still laughing so hard. Thank you for some humor this morning. I needed it.
    Thinkin' we all need humor each day. Helps put things in perspective. Two cats, one black and one calico with attitude, we'd go to work, they'd take over the bed. Upchucked at least once a week. Got tired of washing the quilt, so put it away and bought a cheap comforter. Both cats are long gone. DH says "no more cats!"

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    All beautiful quilts! On the one with the ragged ends, instead of cutting them down I think I would try to sew a long rectangle of backing to each end and then try to like applique the ragged edges down to it in order to stabilize and save those ends.

    I really like the bear, too! I have a badly deteriorated quilt that is literally big holes in places, so would like to make a bear from the salvageable parts of it. Did you have a pattern?

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    Thanks, liked your story. Its amazing what these ladies did to survive and yet they still found time to quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie
    All beautiful quilts! On the one with the ragged ends, instead of cutting them down I think I would try to sew a long rectangle of backing to each end and then try to like applique the ragged edges down to it in order to stabilize and save those ends.

    I really like the bear, too! I have a badly deteriorated quilt that is literally big holes in places, so would like to make a bear from the salvageable parts of it. Did you have a pattern?
    Hi Eddie: Good advice about the tattered quilt. Re the bear: The maker already had it stitched up, just hadn't stuffed or finished it. Bear patterns are readily available by the major pattern manufacturers. Just need to select a style you like. I get sewing patterns only on sale, either .99 or 1.99 all the time. If you don't have access, let me know, I'll pick you up one and send it. Penny

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilter2
    Thanks, liked your story. Its amazing what these ladies did to survive and yet they still found time to quilt.
    I agree. Speaks to the human spirit and the joy of creating!

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    Beautiful quilts, all! I love the bear, too. It's a nice pattern. Thank you for sharing them and the info on them.

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    Beautiful quilts. Love the GFG quilt. I have fond memories of my brother and I driving our matchbox cars on all the pathways that we called roads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pgthom
    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie
    All beautiful quilts! On the one with the ragged ends, instead of cutting them down I think I would try to sew a long rectangle of backing to each end and then try to like applique the ragged edges down to it in order to stabilize and save those ends.

    I really like the bear, too! I have a badly deteriorated quilt that is literally big holes in places, so would like to make a bear from the salvageable parts of it. Did you have a pattern?
    Hi Eddie: Good advice about the tattered quilt. Re the bear: The maker already had it stitched up, just hadn't stuffed or finished it. Bear patterns are readily available by the major pattern manufacturers. Just need to select a style you like. I get sewing patterns only on sale, either .99 or 1.99 all the time. If you don't have access, let me know, I'll pick you up one and send it. Penny
    is it possible to get some sorta matching material and just sew another binding over the old tattered one? i would hate to cut off any part.

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    Such a beautiful jouney this has been, seeing all the pold quilts.I have only one that my gGM and GM made, and I cheridsh it so much. My aunt didfn't give grandchildren the quilts we were to have, said they didn't exist, and then she had an auction years later and they were all sold to strangers. I was lookiing at one that was done in peach colors when a lady walked up to look at them. She bought the peach for $300 and a worn one to use for making bears. She said she collected old quilts. I always wished I had gotten her name, maybe she would hae sold it back to me. The auction was in Bethalto,IL> , the Camden estate sale.

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    Thanks for sharing them with us. The old quilts are beautiful and stitched with so much love. I'm glad they found a home with you. Your quilts is awesome. Great job.

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    Your quilt collection is absolutely wonderful!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your treasures with us!!! :wink:

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