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Posted 6 years ago

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I was given this quilt by my grandmother. My great grandmother made many quilts over the years, but all were lost in a 1953 house fire except this one. My grandmother said this was an everyday quilt and the "nice" ones were upstairs in storage when the house burned. This quilt was on a bed or something and someone managed to save it. Is there a way to find out when this quilt was made or what the pattern is? The back of the quilt is white and must have been feed sack material, because Purina Milk Chow is stamped on it in several places. There are several places in the quilt that need to be repaired and some staining on the back of it. I want to find someone to restore it, if at all possible. Thanks so much!

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  1. chinablue chinablue, 6 years ago
    What a wonderful old quilt and great story! It's amazing the things people can do with fabric bits and pieces. There are so many gorgeous patterns and designs being made today that are kept in storage or on display and considered works of art. But for me, quilts like this are more valuable than the most artistic, and elaborate ones around. It was made from what was on hand and made to keep loved ones warm. There is no way to put a price on that. I'm sorry I don't know an actual pattern name, but it appears to be what is called a "string quilt". "Strings" were bits and pieces of fabric left over from other uses, or what was left of clothing that was worn out or beyond repair. There is a strong tie to string quilts and hard economic times. Many were made in the south after the civil war, and later during the Great Depression for example. Patterns are quite varied because they were governed by the size of the strings of material available. Google string quilts and you'll find the rich history of quilts such as this one and perhaps even a name for the pattern. Thanks for sharing this! :-)
  2. sparker326, 6 years ago
    Thank you! I like these types of quilts best too! It is amazing to me the ingenuity people had before we became a "throw-away" society. I find it very sad how disposable everything is now.

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