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Why did I spend $1.00 on this?

Old 06-21-2012, 08:07 AM
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I bought a quilt top at a yard sale for $2 several years ago. It is all 2 inch squares and hand stitched. It probably was made in the 30's according to my guild buddies. I plan on finishing it and giving it to one of my grands..
Right now I look at it and wonder how many hours went into cutting and piecing those tiny squares and as I do when I quilt what was the person thinking about as she stitched away.
It is a piece of history no matter how well it was made. The women who went before us had many more trials and tribulations than we, trying to raise a family and bring comfort in sometimes the harshest of living conditions.
I treasure the old quilt I paid $2 for and will respect it as I would hope someone would of my humble attempts!
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Old 06-21-2012, 08:10 AM
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I would not change it mainly because when I was a little girl my Gramma had me learn to hand stitch before 'machining'-(her word,not mine) and as the project grew we could see how my hand sewing had improved and the same project was also machined to help me learn to get seams matched etc.So no I wouldn't change it or round file it.I lost that project full of memories of my Gramma in a house fire years ago,and still miss seeing it proudly displayed on the back of the couch
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Old 06-21-2012, 08:13 AM
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What's most awful about it is the sashing and borders. I'd take it apart and toss those....and then you have a stack of blocks. I personally love this top. If you want to sell it let me know how much.
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Old 06-21-2012, 08:18 AM
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If you go on picnics or if you have a dog bed that needs a new cover? You can make pillows? I couldn't throw it away.
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Old 06-21-2012, 08:20 AM
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believe it or not, I have seen worse. Someone tried.... probably had no direction or support. Play with it, finish it off (knot it) and give to someone in need. It's all good
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Old 06-21-2012, 08:29 AM
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I think we quilters just can't pass up what appears to be a good deal. LOL.
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Old 06-21-2012, 08:29 AM
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It would make a great pet blanket - my cat never complains about mis-matched seams!
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Old 06-21-2012, 08:39 AM
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it was made lovingly so enjoy it... hope you can make it where you like it... smile
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Old 06-21-2012, 08:42 AM
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How funny that I would see this post today - I was given 25, yes 25, of those very stars yesterday and was wondering the same thing - I would love to take yours off your hand to add to mine. I think I am going to find out a little more about how old they are - going to the Latimer Quilt Museum in Tillamook, Oregon on the way to the beach house on Sunday. After that, I think I am going to purchase some material and applique them down to squares to make blocks, then into a quilt to hang in my entry way at home. Please private message me if you decide to part with them, I would love to have them.
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Old 06-21-2012, 09:23 AM
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it may have been someone's first try at a string pieced star. A newbie to quilting? Someone who's finances and resources were restricted but still needed to feel crafty. Maybe something happened to her --sickness/death/increased finances/lost her ambition or interest---so never finished it. Main thing is she tried and frankly i find it more interesting than Gee Bend quilts. Find a good used flat sheet at a thrift shop and an old flannel sheet if you want to keep cost down but certainly quilt it. Donate it to a good cause--whether a poor doggie's bed --a homeless man's comforter--or some kid's play tent--let it complete its life cycle.
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