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Thread: Old quilt blocks

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    Senior Member squilter's Avatar
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    I was moving some stuff today and found these, I acquired them in a box of sewing stuff at an auction several years ago and don't know a thing about them. Thought I would let you all see them.
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    wow, neat find. are you going to try to put them together?

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    They are lovely! What a treasure.Such a folkart feeling.

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    good find - you will have to put them together!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rabs
    wow, neat find. are you going to try to put them together?
    Inquiring minds want to know! Seriously what a great find! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by squilter
    I was moving some stuff today and found these, I acquired them in a box of sewing stuff at an auction several years ago and don't know a thing about them. Thought I would let you all see them.
    I would get rid of the ones that look like Nazi symbols. Never know who you could anger. Have you seen any quilts made with that design before?

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    Marknfran, I never thought about them looking like Nazi symbols and no I have never even seen one of these blocks much less a quilt with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squilter
    Marknfran, I never thought about them looking like Nazi symbols and no I have never even seen one of these blocks much less a quilt with them.
    I had not either, but my husband was passing by my computer while I was looking and he took offense to the fact that someone would make one. I told him it was just a design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squilter
    I was moving some stuff today and found these, I acquired them in a box of sewing stuff at an auction several years ago and don't know a thing about them. Thought I would let you all see them.
    Bet they are some quilters sample collection. I have some of my aunt's from ages ago. Mostly I just take them out and look at them from time to time

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    Lovely old darlings, aren't they?

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    These are really neat. I think I would trim them up and frame them...maybe in a collage. Putting the little ones in the same frame with a black felt background.

    I think the one referred to as nazi is called a
    rolling pinwheel. Thanks for sharing.

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    That rolling pinwheel is one of the oldest designs in quilting and had nothing to do with any country. It would make a wonderful wall hanging.

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    There neat. I would trim them up and put together. Frame it and hang it. It has a vintage look to me. Thanks for sharing.

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    Lovely old blocks .. and I wouldn't get rid of any of them.
    Those blocks.. one of which is called Flyfoot.. and the symbols were around LONG before Adolph Hitler.. it is just unfortunate that he chose it for a symbol to "misuse". Can't wait to see what you make! A lovely piece of quilting history.

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    they almost look like they could be Dear Jane blocks...I would press them really good using starch and then re-size them to be sure they are all the same size and use them in something...I love old materials etc

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    They look very old.......like me!

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    Nazi symbol? do you mean the pinwheel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobo2000
    That rolling pinwheel is one of the oldest designs in quilting and had nothing to do with any country. It would make a wonderful wall hanging.
    We might hesitate to use that design today but I wonder if they were made pre-WWII. They look pretty old.

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    Yes keep them all.Until the Nazis used this symbol, the swastika was used by many cultures throughout the past 3,000 years to represent life, sun, power, strength, and good luck.

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    Such a treasure..can't wait to see what you will create with them.

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    Very nice! I especially like the first one.

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    Because of their apparent age, I wouldn't get rid of any of them until I was sure what they were. It may resemble a Nazi insignia, but may be something entirely different. They are truly a piece of the past and worth treasuring.

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    I think the pink and whit Flyfoot square on this page is the same square as the blue and white one in second row above.

    http://www.quilterscache.com/QuiltBlocksGalore1.html

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    WOW!

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    So beautiful. Do you know any of the history behind them?

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