When Life Throws You Scraps…Make a Quilt!
How many times have we heard that saying, and can’t help but chuckle in response?
In this case, Mona and I hit the Antique Mall in West Jefferson to spend some time wandering before meeting up with Kathy and Tami for lunch and guild meeting time.
I love having newer quilters in tow. There really is so much to discover about people from the quilts that outlive them. And it is rewarding to be able to shed some light on things such as what type of batting was used, what era the fabrics are from, and the variety of fabrics in the quilt are also clues into the maker’s life. Are there masculine fabrics (stripes, plaids, chambrays, etc) as well as feminine dress prints? It could mean that the maker was also responsible for making clothing for her sons or husbands.
How do you date fabrics? There are books on the subject – not sure if they are still in print, but they have taught me so much.