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Not a blizzard quilt, but two 'flood' quilt tops

Not a blizzard quilt, but two 'flood' quilt tops

Old 03-04-2011, 05:46 PM
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My mother and her 7 siblings grew up in Cincinnati. There was a terrible flood of the Ohio River in Cincinnati in 1937. There was no drinkable water. So my grandmother took herself and some of her children out to stay on a farm with some relatives until conditions were better.

To keep herself and the girls busy, she pieced at least two quilt tops by sewing bits and pieces together, using newspaper for a foundation.

I have two of these tops. They are not beautiful! But the story is nice. There are some newspaper pieces still on the backs of these. One of these days I'm going to sandwich them with thin cotton batting and muslin backing and tie them into something. I think they would hold up better for the future that way.

Hope you like looking!

Top #1
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G'ma embroidered her name here in yarn.
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Top #2
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a close up of one of the fabrics
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Old 03-04-2011, 05:47 PM
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What great quilts and what a great story. You really have some historical treasures there.
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Old 03-04-2011, 05:51 PM
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Love it, I see it as a beauty.
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I love it too! That is a beautiful piece of family history you have there!
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I love the quilts. I agree you need to tie or quilt them to help preserve them. Thanks for sharing:)
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Wonderful keepsakes!
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What a neat story. So glad you have them.
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Pretty treasures!
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You need to write the story down, and keep it with the quilts after you finish them off.
I see some of the same prints in yours that my Grandmother in Texas used in one of her quilts from that time frame, too.
How great that they survived!
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Oh yes...what Tot's Mom said! Great history makes these quilts remarkable!
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