I was looking through a box of ‘gifted’ fabrics and hand-made quilt blocks the other day. Many of the blocks are made of polyester and double knits. Fabrics of the 1960’s and 70’s. Few  quilt makers today would even consider using these as we have returned to traditional cottons. It doesn’t mater if I never use them, I will hang on to them, at least for now.

The effort and care put in to them by the maker is enough reason to keep them, if only to look at from time to time.

I had, at one time, a lovingly appliqued “Sunbonnet Sue” top made by my maternal grandmother from the beloved feedsack fabrics of the 1930’s and ’40’s.  The  hand stitched blocks arrived and I put it together after her death. A good friend hand quilted it. Sadly, it was lost when our house burned. A treasure that can never be replaced – but always remembered.

There have been others, made from sewing  scraps, old clothing cut into pieces and these days fresh fabrics bought just for the purpose of making a special quilt. Not just in my world; I happened onto this blog post from Tipper Pressley this morning. Like the quilts she mentions and refers to Vintage Vera’s remarks, most of the quilts I have loved were more for use than show.

Testimonies of someone’s love and the frugality that ‘used to be’ . http://www.blindpigandtheacorn.com/blind_pig_the_acorn/2011/02/appalachia-through-my-eyes-quilts-feel-like-home.html

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