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Friday, June 30, 2017

Quilt of Old.......Suit Samples.


I inherited a quilt that was made 65 years ago.  Its being made is the result of my grandmother having lived through the depression.  Nothing is thrown away and really it was a repurpose of an item not normally ever done.  The quilt is made up of men's material  samples used to sell mens suits back in the 40s..  The quilt has been around as long as i have been alive.  I remember seeing it as a kid in the early 50's because some of the suit samples still had parts of paper from labels still attached to the cloth.  Wool is what each piece is made from and that makes it an undesirable quilt. It is so rough to touch or feel on a bed and houses are now heated as when it was made I am sure the wood stove was not bring during the night. I have another quilt that was made with which tobacco pouches for the white squares but that is a different story.

  The big clue as to who made the quilt is the use of embroidery thread used for the ties of the quilt.  I watched my grandma tie off quilts so many times.  It was done to hold the inside layers of filling in the quilt.  The layers could be made of new thin layers of blankets but in poor times they would have layers of old, used sheets. I like the light colored samples and can imagine the suits that were made out of those materials.

4 comments:

Jeevan said...

Your grandmother done wonderful using pieces of cloths and made sustain to stay longer...

Mildred said...

This quilt is a real treasure. I can only imagine how heavy and warm it is. Wishing you both a very pleasant July 4th weekend.

A Brit in Tennessee said...

If only that quilt could talk......
Yes, the Depression really did discipline folks to save and waste nothing.
Lots of hard work, went into that beautiful quilt.
~Jo

ScrappySandie said...

What a special quilt with that amazing story behind it! Even though it isn't soft and cozy it DOES cause warm, cozy memories...that's worth a lot!