Cluttercast: vintage handsewn quilt

March 2nd, 2009

Cluttercast is officially 2 months old and I’m celebrating.   I’m celebrating the community that’s growing —and how great it feels to do this.   To celebrate doing something I love, I thought I’d cluttercast something I love.

I’ve collected vintage and antique quilts for years, at flea markets and auctions and garage sales and Ebay and anywhere else I find them.  To me, nothing says “home” like a quilt.    So this handsewn quilt will bring the comforts of “home” to someone else—sharing the love of quilts– and cluttercasting.


If you would like to have this item, please let me know in a comment. If you know someone else who might like it, I hope you’ll share this and let them know.

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  1. Mindy Johnson
    March 2nd, 2009 at 10:06 | #1

    My mother in law, Carolyn (whose birthday is today, 3/2), has been making quilts with her church group for many years. They give the finished quilts to people in hospitals, hospices, assisted living centers, etc. Over the years she has gained a lot of knowledge about dating quilts based on the fabrics used and the style of the design. She has been teaching me some of her knowledge, so whenever I come across a vintage quilt, I now try to see if I can put an approximate date to it!
    I think she would love this quilt for several reasons: first, her love of quilting; second her appreciation of handwork and the lasting memories it makes; and third because of the – as you said so well, Darryle – “home” feeling a quilt can give. I would like her to have it because she has been making quilts for others for so long, it’d be nice for her to have one all her own.
    This will be a very popular item, I’m sure. Thanks for reading my comments.


  2. March 2nd, 2009 at 10:50 | #2

    Several years ago, my grandmother gave me a box of fabric – as she was a seamstress for years, making most of my clothing as I grew up. I agreed to take the box as a way of helping her move into a smaller place. After she died, I was ready to donate the box to a group of women who quilt when I decided maybe I should take a look inside. In the bottom of the box was an unfinished quilt dating back to the late 1800′s. She’d marked on the quilt some of the small details. The stories that could be told from that quilt – the dresses, shirts and flour sacks that held the ingredients of great home cooking. I was sad that I hadn’t opened the box until after she passed away because she could have told me the stories – but so glad I did eventually. That quilt now hangs in my home – as a reminder of the generations past who’ve worked hard and my reminder to offer something to future generations. I would love to display your quilt in that same hope – to encourage us to tell the stories before it’s too late.


  3. Cindi
    March 2nd, 2009 at 21:10 | #3

    When I see a quilt like this, I think of all the love and hours spent in the making of it. Some people may quilt for money but I imagaine they are few and far between. Quilting is a love of the heart. The hours spent picking the perfect pattern, the prettiest material, cutting, and sewing. Because of this, I think this quilt should go to someone who for some reason, is homebound and uses as quilt to cover up with while they sit and try to get through an illness or deal with hard things that life has dealt them. I don’t know who this person might be in your life, but I know they would be eternally grateful. As I sit day by day and recuperate from my stroke and deal with my spinal disease as the pain becomes so bad that I can hardly stand it, my quilts comfort me so much. The love of my mother-in-law, as she spends hours making them for me, means the world. You can mean the same to someone when you give them this quilt as a comfort in their time of despair and pain. I wish you the best in choosing the right person.


  4. Barbara Lerner
    March 3rd, 2009 at 08:34 | #4

    I submitted yesterday, but it seems to have gotten lost!

    Darryle, I would love to have this quilt. I have no big story; I’ve just always wanted one. Thank you very much. This is a wonderful idea & I get so much enjoyment just reading about the items & seeing how much fun you are having & allowing others to have. –Barbara


  5. Jill
    March 3rd, 2009 at 10:29 | #5

    this quilt is beautiful as well as your ideas to pass things on to people who will love and appreciate them. I try to do that in small ways in my own home, but you are inspiring me to take it to a larger scale.
    I love antiques, especially those that involve fabrics (I am a knitter myself) I have always wanted a quilt, and have been looking at antique shows yet haven’t found one that is perfect for me… in my price range. I have also always wanted to learn how to quilt – I keep saying when my kids are a bit older i will take some lessons – but that is going to be a while. Quilting to me represents unity in a great weaving and connecting of so many different things in fabric and in life to create something whole and special. even better – they keep you toasty warm….


  6. March 5th, 2009 at 10:40 | #6

    This is gorgeous.
    I would love this. My Grandmom had many handmade quilts from her mom, upon my Grandmom’s death I was told I could have at least one.
    I got nothing, my aunts took them & said “Too bad”
    I so want to learn to quilt but with working & chasing a 2 yr old boy plus a 10yr old & 15yr old boy, I don’t have the time.


  7. Shannon
    March 5th, 2009 at 10:46 | #7

    What a beautiful quilt! And what a great idea for cleaning out the clutter! I would love this quilt, but I think my sister would love it more. She has her house decorated with antiques from my grandmother and various other family members. I have made her a quilt a few years ago, but she always wants to take my one antique quilt. This would be a great thing for her to have her own vintage quilt and it would feel great to let her know that I got it for her! She is letting me move in with her while my husband is on deployment for the next 8-12 months and that is a lot to take on. She has her own family to deal with and then is gracious enough to take me in with my 2 dogs. Thank you. Shannon


  8. March 5th, 2009 at 11:49 | #8

    Hi Darryle,

    I feel the same way you do about quilts being so homey. I’ve never been able to afford any handmade quilts although I do love them. Around June we will be moving to Cleveland for more family support due to my disability. I am not really happy about moving there, mostly due to the weather, but that’s where we have the most family. In the long run it will wind up being better for my child, and that’s what it’s all about.

    A beautiful quilt like this would be a wonderful housewarming gift for me, from someone whom, even though we do not know each other, knows what it’s like to suffer from long term illnesses and knows the sacrifices that must be made because of them. Thank you and be well, Emily.


  9. June 14th, 2009 at 05:01 | #9

    I have been told that I have a “valuable quilt; but I have no idea how to price it. Can you help me or refer me?


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