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Thread: Show us your old Quilts!!!

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    Super Member bebe's Avatar
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    I know many of us like to rescue quilts whether they belong to members of the family, estate sales , garage sales, thrift stores and such.

    Show us what u have even if it's only a quilt top :D :D :D

    I only have 2 so far :):)
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    name of pattern????
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    unsure how old the quilt is 40's ????
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    Beautiful

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    Isn't it amazing that we find these when we know that someone in a family really put time and effort into them!

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    Gorgeous

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    Beautiful quilts! You have the post going of the vintage quilts made with old vintage machines, while I have what the old beauties (machines) can still do. It nice to see the patterns and fabrics/colors used back then. Although, some quilts were pieced and quilted all by hand back then, I'm sure some may have been pieced on the machine to save time (and from those that didn't like to hand sew).

    Here is a link to my thread for those interested in seeing the vintage machines with modern quilts: http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-134918-1.htm

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    my dear MIL passed on a year ago. shortly before, she gave me this quilt and asked that i finish it for her other granddaughter's wedding. it had been appliqued by her mother when she still lived at home with her. so it's pretty old. i'm not sure if she realized that it is "finished" because the edges are hemmed to be used as a summer quilt. i realize though, that she wants it sandwiched and quilted. she also probably didn't realize that it has a stain near the 'crease' of the pillows at the top of the bed. i could remove the stain from the cream background, but doubt that i can remove it from the sashing. i still have a year or two before i need to finish it for my niece.
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    I LOVE gathering up old quilts. Its always the first thing I look for in thrift & antique stores. I've gotten a few lucky finds. I love the stories of how I found them almost as much as the quilts themselves. =)

    This Purple & Orange I bought at a flea market for $10. It is all hand sewn and when I first walked by it I almost kept on going. I got all the way to fence as we were leaving and turned around and ran back. I only had $10 in my pocket...It hadn't been washed yet and when I washed it it almost fell apart but it has that quilty OLD look now.

    The second one I bought at a thrift store for $1.50. Its so old I am afraid to wash it. I can't identify the batting...other than to know its OLD stuff. All hand pieced...LOVE it! But am scared of it too....is that weird?

    The third one was given to me in a box of stuff when my friends grandma passed away. Its machine pieced but old fabrics and is safety pinned to a polyester backing...that I will get rid of. You can just see a peek of it up in the left corner. I think I'll use an old sheet. I might keep the batting...not sure. I am almost afraid to wash this one too.. I know its going to have rust spots from the safety pins...any hints on that?

    The forth one is one of my prized quilts. It was hand pieced and quilted by my great grandmother on my daddy's side. I used it a bit when my kids were young...BEFORE I understood about old fabrics and such. It is in need of some serious repair. Makes me sad..but I love it so.

    I have many more quilt tops that my grandma made. I am going to be quilting those for her...she passed away in Feb but made each of her kids a top. I will post some of those if anyone is interested...I just didn't want to take up all the space. =)
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    Love them.

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    want to see more from our members
    I know many of u have some
    please share a pic :-D :-D :-D :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by bebe
    want to see more from our members
    I know many of u have some
    please share a pic :-D :-D :-D :-D
    I second that motion! :thumbup:

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    I have one my grandmother made and will take a photo later for you all. She gave it to me about 40 years ago. She said it would be great for my cats to sleep on. I never let them! I still have it and treasure it. Its a yoyo quilt with many of the fabrics torn already.

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    some of mine
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    I have several antique quilts. I will try to post some of the pictures. I was also thinking of putting some of them on the classified board but don't know if there would be a market for them.

    Made by Mrs Ruth Dixon, Tennessee in 1936. Hand pieced and quilted with scalloped edges
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    Made in 1912 by DH's Great Grandmother Higby. Made from old shirts
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    Hand made baby blanket from 1929
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    I love your red and white quilt. It is beautiful

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    oh darn...I have so many...but I just got TWO new ones this weekend..have to get pix of them tomorrow to share...

    here are a couple from the late 1800's

    The textile historian I am working with said NOT to wash any of these....I wish I could though...

    civil war era signature block quilt
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    estimated to be 1860 or earlier
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    loo how vibrant that pink is..and look at those lovely old SHIRTINGS...wish we could find them now!
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    in bottom left corner look how the fabric totally disintegrated. This was the iron oxide dyes that were used.
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    notice that GREEN...how could you miss it..hehehe
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    Oh my gosh..what a fun thread! I'll try to post some of mine.
    Jacquie...did you find that in Enid??? Where, girl...where? LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by MonnaL
    Oh my gosh..what a fun thread! I'll try to post some of mine.
    Jacquie...did you find that in Enid??? Where, girl...where? LOL
    yes..the first one was found at an estate auction..I paid $2.00 for it!
    The second was found in a garbage bag at a barn sale in Cherokee and I gave the lady $1.00 for it!

    I also have a Temperance quilt I bought at auction for $1.00 but can't find the pix of it...

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    I'm in Enid, too. Can I stalk you as you go to estate sales? LOL

    Here are a couple of tops that I have been hanging on to, hoping someday to hand quilt them. With all my hand surgeries, I think that ship has sailed, but still take them out and admire them once in awhile. They are all handpieced.

    The first one is all indigos, shirtings, muslin and a couple of ginghams. Probably late 1890s or early 1900s. Still crisp..never washed.

    The second on is called Martha's Choice, or Hearts and Gizzards. I have not been able to determine if it is cheddar, but it certainly is the right color. It will need a thin border, and I keep hoping to someday find a piece of cheddar to finish it.

    The third one is gorgeous, despite the bad picture. I hung it on the clothesline and snapped the picture.

    I have two treasures from from late FIL's. Sadly, there is no provenance on them and no one in the family knows who made them. Will try to get pictures of them soon.
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    Wow, I like them...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MonnaL
    I'm in Enid, too. Can I stalk you as you go to estate sales? LOL

    Here are a couple of tops that I have been hanging on to, hoping someday to hand quilt them. With all my hand surgeries, I think that ship has sailed, but still take them out and admire them once in awhile. They are all handpieced.

    The first one is all indigos, shirtings, muslin and a couple of ginghams. Probably late 1890s or early 1900s. Still crisp..never washed.

    The second on is called Martha's Choice, or Hearts and Gizzards. I have not been able to determine if it is cheddar, but it certainly is the right color. It will need a thin border, and I keep hoping to someday find a piece of cheddar to finish it.

    The third one is gorgeous, despite the bad picture. I hung it on the clothesline and snapped the picture.

    I have two treasures from from late FIL's. Sadly, there is no provenance on them and no one in the family knows who made them. Will try to get pictures of them soon.
    I sent you a PM...can't wait to hear back from you!

    NOW...according the historian..DO NOT get these quilts quilted!
    If they are more than 50 years old and done by hand especially avoid having them quilted!
    #1- the fabrics are OLD..they will not hold up the strenuous use anyway, so why bother...
    #2- they could never be laundered
    #3- the textiles history is worth more if you can see the front and back of it...

    The list goes on!

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    Thanks for the info, Jacquie! Now I won't feel so guilty about NOT quilting them. lol

    Speaking of estate sales, Joyce at Sunshine Girls tells me there is a big one coming up with lots of craft items, but not a lot of fabric. But who knows..it might be worth checking out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MonnaL
    Thanks for the info, Jacquie! Now I won't feel so guilty about NOT quilting them. lol

    Speaking of estate sales, Joyce at Sunshine Girls tells me there is a big one coming up with lots of craft items, but not a lot of fabric. But who knows..it might be worth checking out.
    JOyce's sales are always worth checking out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MonnaL
    Thanks for the info, Jacquie! Now I won't feel so guilty about NOT quilting them. lol

    Speaking of estate sales, Joyce at Sunshine Girls tells me there is a big one coming up with lots of craft items, but not a lot of fabric. But who knows..it might be worth checking out.
    JOyce's sales are always worth checking out!

    Sadly NONE of the vintage quilts I own (other my own families) have any information with them. Nobody cared enough about them. They were blankets, nothing more.

    vintage Bambi baby quilt found in a barn in Lahoma, OK for $2.00
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    Hexagon quilt top, various decades of fabrics $12.00 at an estate sale in Wakita, OK This is the most interesting use of hexagons AND the trip around world pattern I have ever seen!
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    Old Friendship star quilt found in a barn in Ringwood, OK for $5.00
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    scrappy pinwheel quilt found in barn at Ringwood, OK for $5.00
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    Both are beautiful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by twinkie
    I love your red and white quilt. It is beautiful

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    Thank you. My mother and my grandmother made it. My mother is 92 and still doing embroidery.

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