Monday, May 12, 2014

Quilting



In reading the comments, it sounds like there are still some sewers out there. It also sounds like quilting is one of the more popular forms of sewing. So, for all you quilters out there, we have this picture. The picture shows a woman in Gees Bend, Alabama working on a quilt. The picture was taken in 1937.

7 comments:

  1. That's a lot of pictures & newspaper on the walls! Looks like the Scarecrow from Wizard of Oz on the very top just to the right of center.

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  2. A sweet family scene. I like their "wallpaper" as well. Also how the woman trimmed their mantle and shelf with scalloped fabric. Nice quilt!
    -Anne K.

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  3. That "wallpaper" was about the only insulation that house had. And yet, women always have an urge to make their homes as lovely as possible.

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  4. I remember my mother using a sewing machine just like this one. I believe one of my sisters still has it. Mother also made quilts. My grandmother had a quilting frame and once or twice a year several women would gather at her house , sometimes for several days, to quilt all the new quilt tops they had made.

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  5. I do sew but I don't quilt. Some types of clothing are still cheaper to make. I make good quality historical costumes at about half or more than I could buy them.

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  6. I was fortunate to be able to watch the ladies of Gees Bend work together on a quilt in the 1980s. The quilts made there are among America's great artistic treasures. Happy to see this early photograph.

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  7. Looks like the kids have been put to work holding up the quilt being worked on to keep it off the floor so it won't get dirty. And it looks like it's going to be a beautiful piece when she's finished with it.
    I'm not sure what that is a picture of that was mentioned in the first comment, but if the date (1937) of this picture is correct, it can't be the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz, since that movie wasn't made until 1939. I do see an old fashioned curling iron though, on the shelf just left of that picture, and to the right of the word "DODGE" in all capital letters.

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