Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Sunday, June 10, 2012
|Close-up of the gorgeous Turkey Red Fabric|
Found in Pasadena California and sold to a quilt collector in California
My most exquisite quilt ever found!
Grandpa became used to a much longer trip to the feedstore. Grandma would look behind the front ones to see what the back patterns were, and many a time, the whole stash would have to be moved to find the perfect fabrics. She said "It was just like picking out new fabric at the general store, it took a lot of thought and preparation!"
A bit of sunshine in a life that was hard. New fabric was out of the question, but they had to feed the chickens and the hogs! So there it was, beautiful new fabric for free. After the sack was emptied, the thick string would be removed from the side and put aside (this would end up either as a little crochet doily or added to a ball of string that would be hardened and used for a baseball) She would then wash and iron the cotton, then carefully place her pattern to get the very most out of it. It was simply a blessing to have, and she appreciated every inch of it.
She remembers that her neighbors would ask if she had a piece of this or that, as they were just a bit short to make something, and she would share what she had.
She doesn't remember taking many of the darling children's prints....as they were too specific and couldn't be used for all the projects she had in mind. First was the dresses that were so badly needed, then aprons, table linens, and sun bonnets. Every tiny scrap was saved for the quilting pile. The more thrifty you were, the tinier the pieces in your quilt was.
Now when I look at these marvelous quilts from the depression era, I give thanks to God for all he has bestowed upon our family, and for the strength and determination that the women of the depression era had.
An American story, thru and thru.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
|1930-1940's Quilt made of feedsacks|
Imagine not having an extra cent to your name. Struggling to live thru the great depression was something most of us today could never imagine.
My Grandma told me that they had rations. For meat, oil, gas, sugar. They had meatless meatloaf and eggs for supper more than she could count. They made sandwiches of bread and bacon grease.
Buying fabric for a new dress was something they couldn't even imagine, much less do. They used the white bags that the seed and feed for the farm animals came in. They worked their hands raw to remove the printed labels. They fashioned this fabric into everything that they needed, from underwear to tablecloths.
More to come.....
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
|This old dresser is perfect for the nursery, purchased at a yard sale for a song!|
|Custom awning valance brings a great touch to the Tuscany Village style nursery, don't you think?|
|The ceiling is painted with clouds and finished with a charming chandelier.|
Monday, June 4, 2012
We have also purchased a large amount of beautiful 1940's cold rayon dress fabric. Beautiful to touch and see! We have a nice selection of early Arts & Crafts pieces, including embroideries and fabrics.
Along with all of that, we have a beautiful fish net canopy for your antique bed, and french net & battenburg lace coverlet with pillow topper. Gorgeous hand work!
One of the best finds was a small scale tea cozy made by MARGHAB Madeira in the Iris Pattern. Wow! I had no idea this even existed and cannot wait to get it listed for you!
Everything you need to make your home uniquely beautiful!