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!

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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?

Vintage Quilt Looking!

I’d for the title to be shopping, but it’s just looking! As you know, we recently took our yearly trip to my home in Alabama and our family beach house.

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See that screened in porch?? That’s where I LOVE to sew and where I was telling you about in this post.

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But we didn’t start off our visit at the beach. We started in Montgomery visiting my Dad and Stepmom. Where we had our yearly trip to the zoo and Max had his first bowling adventure with the funny shoes!

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There was a day or two when the grandparents had to work, so the kiddo and I went and checked out some flea markets! The kiddo got lots of vintage books and I got to look at some great quilts! That blue hexi one was my favorite! I’m still in love with it and I still want it. I even negotiated the price a little, but they only came down from $175 to $150… It’s totally worth $150, but I didn’t have it to be spending on a quilt top this year! The other quilts were fantastic too. And, Ok, I couldn’t help but through in this AMAZING vintage dress too!

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I didn’t get the hexi quilt, but I did find these hexi flowers that were way more in line with my budget, so I brought those home! And I’m pretty sure they are leftovers from the blue hexi quilt top!

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Also at this place I found these amazing paintings by the Southern Folk Artist Mose T that I love! We don’t have any of his painting in our little folk/outsider art collection and I wanted to add one of these. But like the quilt tops, they were slightly out of my price range for this trip and they didn’t’ come home with me… sad, but true…

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Then the rest of trip looked more like this everyday!

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We did leave the beach one day and headed inland to do some shopping. We were supposed to be going to a fabric shop, but somehow we missed it and they closed before we could get there….. I guess that’s what happens when your the only girl shopping with 2 boys! Instead we found a few more antiquey flea markets and these were some of the quilts we found! These were more my price range, but I wasn’t in love like I am with the blue one up top.

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Then we finished all the trip like this again! Check out that amazing storm cloud! We watched it roll down the beach. We were going to wait it out, but it also brought wind and freaked out the little guy. As we were headed to the car we realized it was a HAIL cloud! Once we made it to the car, packed the car and got in, it was over! I’d never been hailed on at the beach!

I’ll have to keep ya posted on what I do with those vintage hexi flowers I found! Do you have any summer plans?

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