With the theme of the program in mind, I decided to bring two quilts of mine, that were made by my Grandma Mc, for show and tell. I choose to not call these "antique" quilts because they are only about as old as me!
These two quilts were hand-pieced by Grandma Mc and this one was machine quilted - yes machine quilted on some type of long arm machine clear back in the 70's! These quilting stitches are a good 1/4 inch in length - they're huge!
My Mom says she remembers her mother and grandmother "raking" the cotton with some type of brush to make the batting. How lucky are we today that we can just go buy nice batting at the fabric store!
This is mighty fine hand piecing in my opinion.
This quilt was hand quilted by my Grandma Dickerson - my mother's mother. I think it is beautifully hand pieced and hand quilted and I treasure them both and the history they share.
I also have a four generation picture with my oldest daughter, myself, my Mom and my Grandma Dickerson :)
Today on The Quilt Show website I watched five short videos about Ernest B. Haight, an engineer from Nebraska who was born about the same time as my Grandma Mc (she was 1898 and I believe he was 1899). His story is fascinating and I encourage you to go to The Quilt Show website and watch these short videos. Ernest took up quilting as a hobby and became one of Nebraska's most prolific quilters. He made over 300 quilts. The videos said at first other family members such as his father, mother and wife would hand quilt them for him, then he began machine quilting them himself.
He even self published a book called "Practical Machine Quilting for the Homemaker" that sold for $1.50. He won many ribbons in the county fairs for his quilts and found that his machine quilted quilts won as many ribbons as his hand quilted quilts.
The Quilt Study Center in Lincoln Nebraska put together the videos and story and had an exhibit of his quilts. The Quilt Study Center is on my list of places I want to go someday!
So, treasure your "old" quilts as well as your new ones. Label and mark your new quilts so they will continue to tell your story. And be sure to head on over to TQS website and learn more about Ernest B. Haight - he was definitely a quilter ahead of his time!
Have a super day :)
Happy Pi Day!