50+ Years of Quilting 1910 - 1960 presented at the Clay County Museum
Tuesday, Sept. 26th was a fun night for many of us as Vevia (I) presented 50+ years of Quilting at the new building for our Museum.
It's true, the urge sometimes just get's out of control.
Look at all the patterns and fabric out there calling our names.
Special thanks to the Lighthouse for their donations. This quilt was headed for the recycle heap when some ladies remembered about our program. After it was washed and dried (with the lint tray cleaned out every 15 minutes), even in disorder - what a find. This is a foundation pieced strip quilt and some of the foundation cloth was sugar sacks. Not sure what they all were, but within the ripped areas - what a prize to see.
Seed sacks sewn together and tied brought back memories to some - underwear and all.
I had on display the tools that were used during the time period discussed in this presentation. No rotary cutters, not even a seam ripper as we know them today.
There were also books, sewing boxes and one surprise electric sewing machine.
Under the Singer dome was a Japanese BelAire. Funny story about that machine - it once belonged to one of our guild members. My husband picked it up at an auction with no idea where it came from. Finding out that Geri C. owned it was grand. You're missing out Geri, but thank you from me.
Another Light House gift quilt was draped over a Barbie showcase.
Because of all the wonderful members of our guild, we were able to present 4 large rings of sample fabrics for folks to check out.
Unfortunately there are a few samples that we were not sure of what to call the fabric. I called the extension office and Deanna (sorry if spelled wrong) gave us the sad news - there is no longer a textile expert able to help us identify these fabrics.
So........if any of you have a daughter or granddaughter (or son or grandson) that is not sure what they want to do after high school - get into textiles. There is at least one gap that needs filled.
With all the hectic rush to get the museum ready for grand opening day this Saturday, it was a wonderful surprise to see that the staff were able to get one of the quilt racks down to the first floor and have this 1918 Red Cross beauty on display. If I remember correctly, each one of these racks can store 16 quilts.
We also got to see this 1911-ish Montgomery & Ward, Damascus Grand treadle machine.
And Diane says this one is in working order. Now that is a treasure to have in the museum. Too many times now, people out there are tearing them all apart to sell them in pieces - drawers and metal stands.
It's a shame to see these older models "violated". During a lightening storm you can't always sew with our modern computer machines, but you could pass the time on a treadle.
Diane brought in one of her quilts for display also.
Can you imagine having a quilt show at the museum some day after they have gotten everything settled down? I can.
To end the slide presentation, I found this great future type "Singer".
May we all remember these famous words:
Quilting: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Quilt Guild Piotique. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new patterns, to seek out new fabric and new techniques, to boldly go where no quilter has gone before.