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Thread: Antique quilts in my collection

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    Senior Member pgthom's Avatar
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    Some members asked me to post pics of my antique quilt collection, so here goes. Surprised me how much work this is, taking them out to the line, photographing, taking them down and refolding. Good side benefit is they got aired and refolded which I try to do periodically. Was warm here in MI today, so I worked up a sweat wrapped in all these quilts!! Had to take them back to the carpeted floor in the studio to avoid folding in any downed leaves!!!
    They are in various conditions as you will see from my comments. I cherish them all for their beautiful colors and all the love that went into their creation. Hope you enjoy seeing them too!
    Sad part is that not one of them has the name of the quilter or the date on it. I know which ones my g-grandmother made, and will note that on the comments.

    Huge nine patch on point coverlet. No batting, muslin back. I love the soft colors and scrappy nature of this one. .
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    Detail showing the only damaged area. Will try to mend this during the winter.
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    This is a unique border with the little hexagons. Nicely hand quilted with flowers and hearts.
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    Nice pieced wedding ring. I believe the centers were turkey red, which was a rather unstable dye. Has faded out to a brownish red. Hand quilted.
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    Mariner's compass? Again a scrappy beauty, lovely soft aged colors.
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    Close up of wedding ring, again flour sack fabrics were used. Hand quilted with a sort of four pointed star design. Muslin backing.
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    Old flour sack fabrics on the stars. The backing, which I believe is "younger" than the top. Beautiful job regardless.
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    This is a coverlet, with no batting. Love the scappy nature of all these stars! Think someone later finished the old pieced top as the backing looks more contemporary to me.
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    Appliqued flowerpots and birds. Some age discoloration, but I still love it. Should add a binding and give it a good soak.
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    These flowers and bird have faded out. May try to restore using some vintage flour sack fabrics I have.
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    Some of the unique birds on a cactus!
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    Lovely quilts. Thanks for sharing.

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    Thank you for going thru all that to share. They are very pretty.

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    They are lovely. I hope you sleep under them occasionally.
    I especially like the one with pink vases.

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    Check back LeeAnn. Still adding more photos as it takes a longtime to post them all. Glad you enjoyed the early ones. Penny (pgthom)

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    Quiltluvr: Check back, still loading photos. Glad you are enjoying seeing them. Penny (pgthom)

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    Lovely. You feel like I do...a woman's beautiful work done for her family. I don't care about the imperfections...I choose for colors and patterns. Love your quilts!!

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    trish b: We used to sleep under "grandmothers flower garden" made by my great gm which I have not posted yet. But we had cats who sometimes liked to upchuck on the bed when we were at work, so I stopped putting them on the bed. Now my guest room has contemporary quilts on them, which can better tolerate the wear and tear of grands. Check back, as it takes a long time to post all the pics. I have many more to put up yet, and more to photograph tomorrow if the weather co operates. Glad you are enjoying seeing them. Penny (pgthom)

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    You have a wonderful collection! I'm looking forward to seeing more!! :wink:

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    You have a wonderful collection. We do appreciate the trouble you went to to share them with us. Thanks so much! I'll be watching for more.

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    Very pretty!

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    Thank you so much for taking the time to take the pictures for us to enjoy! You certainly have some precious quilts!
    It's nice to know they are loved and treasured!

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    Thank you for sharing your beautiful collection of antique quilts. They are awesome.

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    Nice Collection....:)

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    Oh the stories they could tell!!! What lovely old beauties they are! :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ditter43
    Oh the stories they could tell!!! What lovely old beauties they are! :thumbup: :thumbup:
    Ditter: As usual, you are right on target. As I handle these, I wish they could tell me their stories. Bet they've seen a lot and been all over. Glad you enjoyed seeing them. More coming. Penny (pgthom)

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    Great Quilts! Thank you for taking the time to take pictures and share them. :thumbup:

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    My gram hand pieced one like your first picture. I machine quilted it for my aunt right before my gram went to the nursing home. Its beautiful.

    Love all your treasures. =)

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    Beautiful quilts! I can just feel the softness looking at them. Thanks so much for taking the time and energy to post pics, it's like a walk through history! Can't wait to see more!

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    Wow! What treasures you have. Thanks so much for sharings pics and look forward to seeing more. Can you show us how to repair when you get to that point? I would not know where to begin.

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    What a treat to see your antique quilts! Thank you for sharing. The quilts are beautiful.

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    Wow! Thanks for sharing your treasures...they are lovely!
    Kind Regards,
    MaryAnna

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    Wow, what a great collection. Thanks for sharing.

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    They are all very pretty.

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    Those are lovely. Thank you for taking the time to hang each one up for us to see!!

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