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  •  Quilts by my grandmother and great-grandmother (1+ / 0-)
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    Dichro Gal

    Are all over the country now, because they made one for each of their grandchildren.  Mine, which is now in rather poor shape, is rather dear because I see some of the squares were made from some of their old house dresses.  They also used cloth from flour sacks, not just for the quilts, but for actually making dresses.

    Quilts in our house always had many uses.  When company came to call and there were not enough beds, children often slept on pallets of quilts on the floor.  Most of my aunts also quilted, with the exception of my  aunt Elizabeth.  Her excuse was that her stitches were so big, a person with long toe nails would quickly rip the stitches out.  She was always my favorite aunt, wildly liberal and a strong supporter of the African American children she became friends with in the deep south where I was born.

    Such an interesting diary for the series.  Thanks.

    Just waitin' around for the new Amy Winehouse album

    by jarbyus on Thu Apr 14, 2011 at 08:51:36 PM PDT

    •  Feedsack quilts were very common (1+ / 0-)
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      Dichro Gal

      During the 1920s through the 1940s and early 1950s.   You don't have pictures, do you?  Old scrappy quilts like that are fascinating social history.


    •  It's tough, particularly for kids, to grasp (0+ / 0-)

      the idea of a time when it was tough to find fabric. Clothing stores and shops are everywhere now. I was recently reading a book on vintage clothing and it showed lots of sacks that had been made into dresses and other clothing.

      I love the story about your aunt Elizabeth!

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