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Thread: Our Grandmothers did this!

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    Our Grandmothers did this!

    Being a new quilter, I joined a local quilting guild in hopes of learning from them.The first lesson I was in on was making a "make do" quilt. 20 quilt squares were required and you could used any pattern you wanted. The catch was that 10 of the 20 had to have a "difference" in them (color/shade). At some point, we were told to use material someone had given us, or even go to the thrift store and buy a blouse to use! The point was to show us that our grandmothers and their grandmothers didn't have "Walmarts" or any other fabric stores (especially when then were on the wagon train) near them, but they "made do " with what they had. I had my doubts, but as you can see, all the quilts turned out very nice. I have a picture of my quilt and a close up of two blocks that were different. Bless our Grandmothers.





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    What a beautiful quilt you made! It does make you marvel at the beautiful projects our grandmothers were able to create with "cast offs" and "left-overs". I remember my grandmother telling me about quilts-when the outside wore out, they made a new top and layered it over the old-using the previous quilt as filler. Never waste anything was the rule.

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    Beautiful Quilt!!!

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    So beautiful. She did a lovely job on it.

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    The quilt is beautiful. Love the colors **
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    Wonderful! Quilt and lesson!! In this economy, I've been doing my best to use up scraps, and I've actually found that I love the results. It forces me to be more creative, and I've come up with some things I never would have dreamed up before.
    Life has given me so much more than scraps, but I make quilts anyway!
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    your quilt is beautiful
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    Beautiful quilt and I just love the border fabric! You rose to the challenge wonderfully!
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    Your quilt is beautiful. I still have a baby size and twin size quilt my grandma made out of clothes. People would drop off their old clothes and scraps and she made functional quilts, squares and rectangles. Usually tied them

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    Beautiful quilt and what a great lesson too. Some of my favourite quilts are made of cast-offs, uglies and bits of "found" fabric.

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    So pretty!!!

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