Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
I looked up the sears quilt contest in 1930 or about. I was so amazed at how the quilts have changed.All those ladies made those quilts as very special quilts in a time when things were hard for the average family.
I have all these new things to quilt with my computer to look up patterns,my printer to print out paper pieced patterns. all the rulers and rotary cutters although I still prefer shears. all the new thread. great sewing machines.I learned to sew on a treadle machine. made all my cloths on it I have one now and it works but my new Viking is so much easier to use. We never had a quilt shop just J C Pennys and Montgomery Wards to obtain fabric you could order it from Sears or Wards or we had feed sacks. I remember the quilt on my bed my mom made it was called hearts and gizzards. I loved it, we had to have quilts to keep warm when we had wood heat it got cold at night when the fire went out until morning. My mom made utility quilts. You never see anyone making just a quilt to keep warm any more, they are all special projects.
My granny had a quilt frame that hung from the ceiling and always had a quilt in it . But there were lots of tied quilts also, no time to quilt all they needed . My granny ask me when I was in my twentys If I wanted to learn to quilt. I said are you kidding I can buy a blanket for 10.00 and save all that work. I don't have time to do that stuff. Them when I was forced to retire in my fortys I was bored and found a quilt magazine and decided I could make a quilt. A mariners compass well my mariners compass blocks looked like little volcanos,you don't start quilting on the hardest quilt pattern. Just because you can sew doesn't make you a quilter. Then I became the quilt lady from Remote Oregon. I had some quilts in magazines and people wrote to me as the quilt lady in remote and I got their letters . I sold quilts, bartered quilts and loved it. When you live where there is no tv or radio you learn to intertain yourself so I learned to quilt from the library service by mail and magazines. Then I was asked to teach a class at a community college.I drove 60 miles once a month to go to my first quilt guild.
Now I have all this knowledge and neither of my daughters wants to learn how they just want a special quilt. I have learned to love the quilts of the 30s. Depression quilts, Kansas city Star quilts.but my special thing is all those old 1800 quilts that are appliqued and the Baltimores they are the shining stars for me. I love them. I have rambled on and got off the original subject but this is why I quilt I love it what a way to express your artistic feelings. And all these things that make it so much easier to quilt.And Longarm quilt machines that do such a wonderful job of finishing a quilt to save my fingers. so good night everyone have a blessed quilting day tomorrow. Dottie