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Monday, April 20, 2015

Quilting Can Warm Those in Need



A-Z Challenge = Q= Quilt.  Wiki says the definition of a quilt is the stitching together of layers of padding and fabric.  I made this quilt YEARS ago.  It's not a traditional quilt in terms of style, or the type of stitches that were used; but it is layers of padding and fabric stitched together.  Historically people used scraps, left over from other projects (shirts, dresses, skirts etc.) to make a quilt.  Nothing was wasted, so quilts were a bit of this and a bit of that.  Nowdays, they are much more pieces of art, made with special fabric in very intricate designs on expensive sewing machines.  In the days of old, they were sew together by hand, women sat around a loom and quilted the top to the bottom, in a group effort.

This was made of scraps from old warn out flannel nightgowns, but not just any nightgowns.  A group of friends used to go skiing together, and we women had "team" nightgowns, so these pieces parts are from those old nightgowns.  One friend still skis, the rest of us have gotten old, lol.  So this is a bit of a memory lane quilt.  With the exception of blue and white snowflake background, the flannel is from various years, various ski trips.  The other unusual thing is the x-stitched squares of related events from those ski years.

I've not received any quilts in donations, but would be thrilled to accept some.  They would certainly be a wonderful addition to our cause.  Sooooooo are there any quilters out there?
This is a random picture I found on google, and certainly much more of what probably comes to mind when you think quilt.  This is made on a machine, see the super even stitches...and the super straight squares probably cut on a die...wouldn't someone be thrilled to wrap up in this to keep warm as they move into their permanent housing situation from shelter living!

Can you help?  Do you quilt?

All donations regardless of size and number are valued. All donations are appreciated. The Power of One is awesome, and when we work together The Power of One becomes The Power of Many.

15 comments:

  1. Pretty quilts! Years ago I made a queen size one for our bed. I still have it but we don't typically use it. I have a rack with a white sheet on it that it stays on. I have quilted a couple of wall hangings but, that the extent of it. It would be very nice if someone could put one together. For me, it was a labor of love but, very time consuming.

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    1. I've only made a few myself. This one for my friend Jane (sewn by hand time consuming), My Mom, and 2 brothers all have Christmas Quilts I made for them. After Mom passed, Dad gave me the one I made for her. I enjoy it, but it's hard to find time to do all the things we like to do and all the things we need to do. I can take knitting and crocheting with me, not so much a quilt.

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  2. i wish more people were aware of these stories. most of us choose to ignore the problem. i'm going to come back after the challenge and read more - i wish i'd known about your blog before as i created a homeless society in the future! thanks again!

    btw - i'll be in columbus this weekend for the Ohioana Bookfest if you're in the area! would love to meet you!

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    1. LOVE to meet, I always enjoy meeting people face to face after chatting with them on line. Leave me your contact info in my contact form in the right side bar and I'll hop over to your blog and see if you have something where I can leave my info also. Would be fun. Not up to speed, where is the Bookfest?

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  3. Very nice, I have always loved quilts. Great job. Sherry K

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    1. Thank you Sherry. I enjoy making them, but haven't made many. Certainly not compared to my knitted or crocheted afghans.

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  4. I bet the quilts are warm you displayed here :) My mom was a quilter, I didn't get that gene :)

    betty

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    1. Thank you Betty, appreciate your visit and comment.

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  5. I've never made a quilt but I've read their history of how many of the patterns started during the civil war. they used patterns that gave information for the underground RR and where the slaves would be safe and the direction. They would hang them on the line. You've probably posted on this but I just now found your blog.

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    1. I actually haven't posted on this, but have read about it, many story quilts particularly in the Black Community, for exactly the reason you mentioned as well as informing other family members of their family history. Thank you for the visit.

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  6. Sadly, I do not quilt though I've always wanted to learn. Tried to take lessons one year but we were interrupted for some reason, now forgotten, and never got to the putting it together part. heh

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    1. I'm a seat of pans kinda of quilter, I just put stuff together and quilt in a zig zag or around the motive. Think I've done more of the later, especially with the Christmas Quilts I've made.

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  7. That is so nice that you have the skiing quilt. What good memories you have when you look at it. I don't quilt, but remember way, way back when I must have been about 3 or 4, going to my Grandma house and seeing a group of ladies sitting around the loom. They were all hand sewing on the quilt.

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    1. Sweet, think I would like to have been involved in a true quilting bee

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  8. I love quilts but I sadly lack the skills required to create one.

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