Another Quilt for my Vintage Quilt Collection

Most of you probably know I collect vintage quilts. I have a bunch. Way to many… When we go antiquing my son tries to steer me away from vintage quilts… Silly kid. He doesn’t know I have some weird magnet that draws me to these things….

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This one is my newest! I don’t know how old it is.

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But I do know who made it and where it’s from! It’s from Clanton, AL. It was made by Beulah, a lady who worked for my great grandmother. It’s been in our family since then.

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Each block is sewn on with a zig zag stitch. My stepmom said it was in better shape, not as many frays, until it got cleaned. It’s so hard to know how to clean vintage quilts! Different ways and different results for each fabric. And how they react to however you clean it, age can set in and give you results you weren’t expecting. This one was professionally cleaned.

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My vintage collection is growing. There are some I use, but so many that I am afraid to use becuase I don’t want them to need to be cleaned! This is one that I’m keeping in a special place and not using. I wish I had a larger house to display them in! One day! They are all works of art!

A Weekend of Quilting Classes

This past weekend I took two classes and went to a lecture by Libs Elliot!

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The first class I took was her Weight of Love quilt class. The quilt is really cool. Honestly, I was hoping to learn more in the class than I did… But none the less, I had a great day hanging out with friends and sewing.

I love a pattern with a nice coloring page. This pattern is only available when you take her class. But you can see the quilt here.

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The pattern is numbered based on 17 fabrics. But I narrowed it down to 5 fabrics. Black, white and light grey. The my colors are a reddish coral and deep purple. Not two colors I have ever put together. They were actually two fabrics that had been sitting on my shelf not getting used. I just happened to pull them out and realized they look fabulous together! I love them!

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I also got to learn how to use the Hex ‘n More ruler. I love it! I’ve been wanting it for a couple of years, but never actually got it until it was required for this class. So glad I have it now!

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Between the class and a little extra sewing that night, I have it half way finished! Now just to keep sewing…

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The second class I took was her Embrace the Chaos class. with another coloring page! But this time, we made up the pattern in class. Each person designed their own quilt. We picked a certain number of blocks and then played a version of quilt bingo to layout the patterns!

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I used another pallette of 5 colors, dark and light grey, dark and light teal and red. Oh, and white. So 6 colors!

Each block is different. There’s no chain piecing going on with this one! But I’m half way through making my blocks for this one.

Can’t wait to show you the final pieces!

 

My Vintage Quilt Collection is Growing!

Ohhhhh! I’m so excited! In the last month or so I’ve added 6 new, well, technically old quilts to my vintage quilt collection!

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Four of them I kind of inherited…. All of them I saved from Goodwill!

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Some are more awesome than others, but they all were made with love by someone! And I can’t wait to show you them all!

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The first set of four are the ones I ‘inherited’. Our Modern Quilt Guild got an email from a man that was about to take a bunch of family quilts to Goodwill, but decided to check with us first to see if anyone was interested. Myself and one other guild member jumped at the chance to save them from the clutches of Goodwill! My guild-mate picked up the quilts and then decided she didn’t really want any of them. And I wanted them all, so it worked out perfectly!

Once I had the quilts, I emailed the man who had them to find out more information on them It ends up that his mother and grandmother had made them. They both spent a lot of their lives in New Orleans and his mother graduated from Sophie Newcomb and then got a master’s from Tulane. My alma mater! What a small world! I love it!

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The orange quilt is my most favorite of my whole new collection! I was worried I was going to have fight my guild mate for this one! Just kidding! But I’m in love with it! LOVE! It’s fantastic! It’s bright! It’s orange! It’s vintage! It’s in fantastic shape. It’s traditional, but by using the solids only it becuase a very graphic and modern feeling quilt all wrapped up in vintage love! This one was made the ‘donor’s’ mother, who was born in 1917 and lived for 94 years!

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This is another very graphic and traditional one! I don’t know if the mother or grandmother made this one. I think the grandmother made this one. But the mother may have quilted it. The top fabric is very aged, but the back fabric looks a bit newer, so it looks as if someone quilted it later than the original top.

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Now this one is interesting! It looks like a plain ‘ole white quilt. But, oh, no! It’s so crazy! It’s all white. yes. But it’s a bunch of little pieces of white, hand sewn together and then hand quilted! My quild-mate showed it to me and said she didn’t know if I’d be interested in it. It’s not, obviously, a very intriguing quilt design by any means… But the quirkiness of the idea of sewing together a bunch of the same colored fabric is so fascinating to me! This one was also made by the ‘donor’s’ mother.

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The last of the four New Orleans quilts is this Dresden design quilt. It’s been very much loved! It’s in pretty good shape, but there are a few pieces of the dresden that are falling apart. According to my ‘donor’ this one was made by his grandmother and was the most used of the four. He said, ‘the multi-colored quilt was I believe the most used.  For many years it was on my mother’s bed.’

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And then there are two more that I saved from Goodwill! These two I know nothing about. I don’t know that they are old. But I do know that they are handmade and they were both intriguing to me enough for me to bring them home!

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This first one I found and loved the stars! Not so much in love with the border. I have thought about changing out the edge, but I don’t think I will. It’s kinda growing on me. It’s the quilt! I also can’t come up with a new deisgn! For this one I paid a whopping $14.00!

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And lastly, the blue and green cross quilt! Another Goodwill save. I think it’s funny that these two finds both have the funky pointed edges! And why does this one not have the points on one edge? Did they get tired of making them? Is it the top that would be covered by a turned over sheet? No idea! The mystery of the find! And for this one, I paid a whole $7.00 bucks! Yep!

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And that’s my new collection! What I love about it is that they all have different edges! All the other quilts in my collection have the traditional plain edges. But not this set! I’m just in love with them all! And I’m in love with the New Orleans connection in the first set!

Do you collect quilts? I love them. But I don’t have a good way to display them…. What do you do?