This week I decided to look at quilts specifically. I’m inspired by women that used to sit and hand sew big quilts. My great-grandmother Waggoner made a wonderful around the world quilt. My grandmother had it on her bed in the guest room. As a little girl I would sit and just look at it, follow the blocks around, and usually found a new print that I had not seen before. Thank goodness my grandmother kept her mother’s hand sewn pieces, I have them put away in my sewing room. Wish I had inspiration to do something with them.
Can you imagine the time that it took? Then again they didn’t have TV, internet, Facebook, 60 hour a week jobs to get in their way. They lived very different lives from us even just 80+ years ago. How many of us had home ec in school? We did very limited sewing in the class, mostly cooking. Luckily my grandmother had taught me to sew long before the class. It was very boring for me. Imagine what those women could do with all of the technology we have now.
For a couple of summers my mom and her friend would go to estate sales and auctions for fun. Sometimes they would find wonderful old fabric stashes, patterns, pieces, etc. This had to be my favorite…it was filled with fabric. My mom’s friend gave it to me as a college graduation gift, I thought it was perfect.
So how did we get to what we call Modern? What can we learn from previous trends and create something new? Found this great history that I recommend you spend some time reading.
Found these quilts on Etsy. Fitting that one is an Around the World, I found this before I started writing the post.