You may be aware that I have a certain fascination with things old.
Attending an auction this past week, I ran across a lovely Singer treadle machine, with interesting markings and a metal plate on the cabinet. US WPA was the marking on the cabinet. I had never seen this before, so armed with photos, I did a bit of searching.
The machine was made in 1926, further questing of the fine sources on the internet told me that this machine was one of many used by women in the Great Depression in sewing projects nationwide. Clothing was the main project, but toys and stuffed animals were also made.
I knew the WPA was responsible for many local road improvements and the building of numerous schools in our area. Jobs created for men who would otherwise not be able to provide for their families. This was the first time I had found out there were jobs created for women.
This machine was sold to another buyer, I talked to her and hope she knows the treasure she has.
This frame holds some of your history.
I will tell you what I can, the quilt blocks were pieced by your great-great-great-grandmother.
She used those cardboard cutouts to make the smaller pieces to sew together by hand as you can see from the one I left upside down. those pieces and the cutout are from a pattern called double wedding ring.
The full block and its pieces are called Dresden Plate.
You might notice your great-great- great grandfather’s name and address on the pattern pieces I included.
The fabric in the back was from her ‘fabric stash’ as quilters call the fabrics saved or purchased for making their treasures.
The red flowers is from an old feed sack, the way many ladies got their fabric. Often they would make a child a dress or shirt and then use the remainder for quilts.
I came by this from someone who had purchased it at an auction and passed it to me. I saved some of the old fabric and blocks, because they are treasures.
Your Great-great grandmother, Bettie, told me they were made by her mother-in-law and asked if I would fix some for you. So here it is, I do hope that you will find it a ‘treasure’ and as you grow up something you will always love.