Four decades of quilts: a quick history

Detail from Back-Basting Applique by Barbara EikmeierHow long have you been quilting? How have your quilts changed over time? What kinds of tools did you have at your disposal when you started—and what did you do without? Today we take a stroll down memory lane with two popular authors as they tell us about a new presentation they’re taking on the road: “Four Decades of Quilting.” From the first quilt revival of the 1970s to the technological boom of the new millennium, these veteran quilters are on a mission to share a history of quiltmaking from the maker’s point of view.

Detail from On-Point Patchwork by Donna Lynn ThomasIn their presentation, Barbara Eikmeier and Donna Lynn Thomas shed light on quiltmaking in the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, and 2000s with quilts from their own collections, along with a look at popular techniques, fabrics, threads, battings, patterns, books, technology, and more from each period. Read on to spur your own memories—or for a fascinating history lesson—depending on when your own quiltmaking journey began!

P.S.: You can invite Barbara and Donna to give their presentation at your local quilt guild or group! Learn how at the bottom of this post.

Donna and BarbaraThis summer, Donna Thomas (left) and I (Barbara Eikmeier, right) presented a program for our local library. The topic was 40 years of quilt history—in an hour.

Donna and I wanted to do something for the local library that highlighted their quilt books and at the same time showed how much quilting has changed during the current quilt revival. Since we’re both authors and live near each other, we thought it would be fun to do a joint program.

Small Talk by Donna Lynn ThomasIt was helpful to have a like-minded quilting buddy to team up with—one of us loves piecing (Donna), the other, appliqué (me). We dug into our personal archives to come up with representational quilts, sewing gadgets, books, and magazines to create displays for each decade. We remembered pivotal events—like the introduction of the rotary cutter and the first time a machine-quilted quilt won the top award at the American Quilter’s Society national quilt show in Paducah, Kentucky.

Kids Can Quilt by Barbara EikmeierFriends since 2010, Donna and I knew about each other for many years before meeting in person. In the 1990s we were both Army wives, teaching quilting classes at military bases halfway around the world from each other; both Martingale authors for many years; and both friends with quilter and author Sally Schneider. Yet we’d never met. We learned that some of our students, other military wives, had taken classes from each of us. They asked, “Do you know Barb Eikmeier?” or “Do you know Donna Thomas?” We answered, “No, but I should know her!” Every few years we moved to new army posts, one of us leaving just as the other arrived. Eventually, our husbands retired from the Army and we both ended up in Kansas, living just a few miles apart.

As we brainstormed ideas for the library talk, we discovered how similar our pasts were—not just the military connection, but our quilting journeys as well. It was a “kindred spirit” moment when we discovered that our first sewing machines were the same make and model: a Singer Genie. Donna couldn’t believe that I still had mine and decided it had to be a part of our talk. That led to the idea of showing a machine for each decade.

Sewing machines from the 1970s
Sewing machines from the ’70s: the Singer Genie!

Sewing machines from the 1980s
Sewing machines from the ’80s: more knobs—more ways to create.

Sewing machines from the 1990s
Sewing machines from the ’90s: programming options are introduced.

Sewing machines from the 2000s
Sewing machines from the 2000s: the onset of technology, with no end in sight.

Initially shy about exhibiting our first quilts, we got over it when we needed examples of quilts from the ’70s. We made a pact: I’ll show mine if you show yours.

Quilts from the 70s
Quilts from the ’70s.

I officially learned to quilt in 1984, but I read about “patchwork” in one of my mom’s magazines years earlier. I sewed a “Streak of Lightning” quilt for my bed (hanging in the photo above). I was 16 and I loved that bold quilt! After hanging it at the library, I stepped back to look and couldn’t help but think of today’s modern quilt movement.

Donna’s Dresden Plate quilt from the 1970s (pictured on the table, above left) was made with polyester denim and clothing scraps. She used two layers of extra-loft batting to make it thick and fluffy—but today it’s flat. What happened to all that fluff? Battings are so much better today!

The night of our presentation, we unloaded crate after crate of quilts and related stuff, hauled it into the library meeting room, and began to set up. As we arranged books, magazines, fabrics, and sewing implements for each era, we stopped to reminisce: “I can’t believe you still have that old catalog!” “You brought thimbles! Do you remember what a big thing it was to find the right thimble?”

Setting up for quilting history
Setting up, decade by decade.

Donna’s husband counted down the time, saying, “People are starting to arrive. You’re almost out of time.” Later I heard him say, “They could have set up faster if they would have quit going down memory lane!” He was right, but where’s the fun in that?

The quilting crowd gathers!The chairs filled with visitors. It was show time! We walked our guests through the exhibits, pointing out that the ’70s were about traditional handwork, while the ’80s transitioned to machine work and quick-piecing techniques. The ’90s was about precision, art quilts, and long-arm quilting, and the present-day focus is on gadgets, digital technology, online social groups, and the modern-quilt movement. Heads nodded with familiarity as we moved through the years, reviewing piecing and appliqué techniques, tools, publications, sewing-machine technology, and changes in fabrics, battings, and threads. We ended with a show-and-tell of projects from our current books.

Quilting history show and tell

Whew! We did it! 40 years of quilt history in an hour!

What an amazing peek into quiltmaking history—with quilters who lived it! To bring Donna and Barb’s presentation to your area, print this flyer and let your local quilt guild or group know about it. You can also contact either author directly for more information.

Email: (Barbara) or (Donna)
Websites: or

Learn more about Barb and Donna’s personal quiltmaking journeys in their latest books:

Back-Basting Applique Step by Step Patchwork Palette

Back-Basting Appliqué, Step by Step by Barbara J. Eikmeier; Patchwork Palette by Donna Lynn Thomas (look for Donna’s upcoming book, On-Point Patchwork, in November).

In which decade did you become a quilter? Share the start of your quiltmaking history in the comments!

46 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I began quilting as a teen in the 70’s. I machine pieced a single bed rail fence quilt out of fabric scraps from clothing my mom and I had sewn. We did a lot of apparel sewing back then!

    —Karen Watkins on October 24, 2013
  • I wanted to quilt for years, collected magazines, books, watched the programs on TV, but never got up the courage to start something until I saw a quilt in Quilter’s Newsletter magazine, in the mid-90’s, that had instructions for using rotary cutters and easy piecing techniques. I had learned about rotary cutters and rulers from a kind vendor at a rural quilt show and thought with them I could cut pieces for a quilt. Using that information I made a quilt for my Dad’s 80th birthday and have never looked back. I am happy everyday to be part of the quilt world.

    —Nancy on October 24, 2013
  • Love it, love it, love it!! So glad you two got together at last.

    Sally Schneider on October 24, 2013
  • I had a Singer Genie too! I loved her and the mod orange flower motif that decorated the front. I sewed my very first quilt in 1979 and I so wish I still had it. It was a 4″ patchwork of brown, cream and rust colored calico fabric, batted with polyester (which would also surely be flat) and tied with yarn. I cut the imperfect blocks out with scissors and pieced it in my own quick piecing method. Genie finally passed into the sewing heavens earlier this year. She was my first and only machine for 36 years. I now have a Bernina 550QE and my quilting has taken off again. Quilting and sewing is part of who I am.

    Thanks for sharing your quilting history Donna and Barbara, loved going down memory lane with you!

    —Evette Barry on October 24, 2013
  • I started in the 70’s making quilts for my four kids. They were only squares put together and then tied as I had no idea how to quilt at that time. I also had a straight bobbin White machine that had been converted from treddle to electric. I have since graduated to more complex quilts and plan on going on to even more complicated ones. In the meantime the four kids have kids, who have kids of their own. Still have one wedding quilt to make for the last grandchild. Now mainly designing and quilting bargello quilts for the wall. Love quilting.

    —Muriel on October 24, 2013
  • What a great idea for a program. I will recommend it to the guilds I’m in and several others. I love it that you held on to the "stuff" that carried you on the creative journey. Those items feel like old friends, don’t they? Best to you~

    Diane Harris on October 24, 2013
  • Having made my first quilt in 1979 (before rotary cutting and on my trusty old portable Kenmore machine), and also having know Barbara for many years and Donna for several, it was fun to read about their trip down memory lane.

    —Karen Soltys on October 24, 2013
  • I began quilting in the mid 80’s. A friend of mine wanted to take lessons and did not want to go alone. She was entuastic for a few years and then did nothing more. I, on the other hand, am still going. I make the queen sized quilt anually for our church bazaar. Recently joined a church group of quilters and we have made over 40 Quilts of Valor. Quilts for shutins. Pillow case dresses for Africa. Pillows for patients at nearby Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Prayer shawls and so on. Each one of us feels that we get more out of it than we give. Thanks for keeping us posted on anything new. Lois Gern 10/24/13

    —Lois Gern on October 24, 2013
  • I began quilting in the mid-1970’s, doing mostly pillows and baby quilts that were hand quilted for friends. There were very few books, though I found Bonnie Leman’s Quilters Newsletter magazine and have subscribed ever since I received my first issue. I even ordered back issues to find out more. Regular scissors, cardboard templates and pencils to draw around shapes were the tools at the time. In fact, I just recently finished one of the quilts I started in the late 1970’s called Mohawk Trail from Polly Prindle’s quilt book. It had resided in a drawer with only 2 blocks done until I pulled it out and finished it–yeah! I even still have my 1960’s Singer Touch & Sew which I used to make some of those early quilts. Thanks for the trip down the memory lane of quilting!

    —Debbie F. on October 24, 2013
  • Although I was born in the 50’s, I didn’t begin to quilt until 2005, when a friend introduced me to it. But I’ve sewn clothes and done some crochet since the 60’s. My first machine was an old and little Singer Featherweight from the year I was born! All it did was forward and reverse, no zigzag. But it was so reliable that I took it to college with me. Then, during my divorce, I sold it when I needed money. ACK!! I miss that little machine and I kick myself everytime I think about how I practically gave it away!! Speaking of, I’ve also given away every quilt I’ve made!!!

    —Trish Wall on October 24, 2013
  • I took my first quilt class in 1975. My best friend And I were the last two students accepted for the quilting class at the Berkeley adult school. This was pre-Prop 13 which cut out a lot of classes like this for adults. We all duly looked for fabric that was no more than 35% polyester. Cotton was very hard to find and even then you I wasn’t fond of the calicos. I loved and still do love bright and saturated colors. Sadly, I never finished my first quilt. But I did learn a lot. I’m still quilting and love it just as much.

    —Paule-Marie on October 24, 2013
  • I had always loved sewing, but figured I didn’t have time for quilting until after I retired from work. I went to the local quilt shop to buy a birthday present for my Mother who had begun to dabble in quilting. After selecting a gift for my Mother, I checked out the upcoming classes they were offering. They had an opening in a quilting class for beginners and I decided if it was something I was going to do eventually, I might as well learn the correct way, so I signed up for the six week beginner’s class. This was back in the late 1980’s and I’m still at it!!

    Joan on October 24, 2013
  • I began quilting in 1998. Saw a Baltimore Album quilt hanging on a fabric store wall. It was so beautiful..I thought I can learn that. I joined the class and learned to applique a square a month. End of 12 months joined a quilt guild to learn how to put it together. I am still quilting and still learning and still in the quilt guild.

    —darlene on October 24, 2013
  • About 1976 around the Bicentennial. I was always interested and found an adult education class that taught us a different block each week, pieced by hand, by using cardboard for templates and a pencil to draw around. I have a book somewhere that suggested using a tabletop paper cutter to cut strips, the early version of the rotary cutter. Has anyone noticed that "new" machine that looks like the old way that they measured fabric by running it through the machine sideways and now it cuts strips? Makes you wonder what else will be new in the next 40 years.

    —Polly Blank on October 24, 2013
  • I began my first quilt at age 5 in the ’50’s. My gramma and great anties would get together for a couple of weeks every summer, set up the big frame under the tree and quilt til each one had a completed project. There were 5 of them. I would sit underneath and hand up threaded needles or push thru needles from the bottom, while sewing little bits together from the baskets they each had under that frame. On the last day they all got together and would put my little project on that very large frame and showed me how to do the rest. Years later I actually got to sit up at that frame and do my own quilting.

    —Sue Artuso on October 24, 2013
  • i sewed my first quilt in the late seventies for my son who was born in 1975. I had no idea what I was doing. It was a Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Bill design. I used a cotton batting and quilted a foot apart and used almost completely gingham. Obviously, the batting fell apart and some of the applique is shredding, but hey, I was in my 20’s and tried. I still have the quilt top and should put it together properly one of these days. I used a portable Kenmore machine, which I also still have.

    I gave up on quilting for many years until my 3 kids grew up, and now retired, spend all my spare time quilting. Like everyone else, it is great to see how everything about quilting has improved, like sewing machines, rotary cutters, and the internet. And, more and more younger people are involved with quilting and it is no longer associated with little old ladies.

    —Elizabeth on October 24, 2013
  • I started quilting in the late 70’s. Used old scraps from clothing and just dreamed of a time I could afford fabrics and books. I watched a lot of Georgia Bonesteel, Eleanor Burns, Kaye Wood and Nancy Zieman. With my sons out of the house now and money a little more available, I’m able to quilt almost as much as I want. Seeing and quilting has been a huge part of my life and I look forward to many more projects in the future.

    —Susan K on October 24, 2013
  • I bought a new Viking in 2000 and up to then I was only fashion sewing. I made my first quilt as a one piece showcasing stippling on a king to fit my California king bed. egad! I am still working at quilting as well as some fashion sewing and will continue as it is enjoying and relaxing. I try out new ideas all the time and my friends and neighbors enjoy my endeavors.

    —diane on October 24, 2013
  • Well, if you don’t count the pieces I tried to sew together after reading Little House on the Prairie (early 70’s), or the quilt I couldn’t figure out how to make templates for in the late 70’s, then you’ll have to take my first finished quilt (thanks to Eleanor Burns) circa 1982. Of course, there have been hundred of finished quilts since then and they are much more competent than that first one…but perhaps none as satisfying to someone who had dreamed of qulting since childhood!

    Beth Strand on October 24, 2013
  • I have been quilting since 1992,when I used a quilt pattern I saw in a women’s mag. I can’t remember which one now. The pattern was for a bright, solid color Amish style. The pattern did not even say to use a quarter inch seam. I pieced it and used polyester batting and stitched it in the ditch. It was for my 2 year old son. I am working on a second quilt for him now, a variation on broken dishes, in dark and light gray and dark and light green and black.

    mandy laseter on October 24, 2013
  • I began quilting in 1999 and never knew a time when we didn’t use rotary cutters and strip piecing.

    I witnessed the emergence of Jelly-Rolls, Layer Cakes, Charm Squares and the rest and have been blessed to have been at the birth of YouTube tutorials that have tought me so much.

    Just recently I watched a tutorial in (I think?!) Russian, on how to crochet a swirl flower. I watched that demo about 50 times before I finally worked out what was going on and was able to create the flower for myself.

    For all the advances in how to make a quilt in no time flat, I still love that I can switch from making a 1600 Jelly-Roll race quilt top in under an hour, to sitting with my EPP hexagons and stitching peacefully (or is that piecfully? ;)) in the way quilters would have done a hundred years ago.

    —Kayt on October 24, 2013
  • I started quilting in the 90’s. I had always made my own clothing like my Mother and grandmother. I started with a kit with the pieces already cut out for place mats I found in a new store in my town. They were on sale and after sewing the 1st set I went back and purchased the rest of the kits on sale. All the family received placemats that Christmas. As I bought more material to make the placemats to suit the family’s styles my stash grew and continues to grow. I make quilted Scrapbook covers for new babies and newly weds and lots of wall hangings and lap quilts and one day hope to make myself a full size bed quilt. LOL
    p.s. I still have 1 of the place mat kits in my UFO’s but no pattern for it-a real puzzle I will have to solve when I have time (not going to happen soon).

    —ELIZAJANE on October 24, 2013
  • I was in high school in late 60’s and I bought 101 Patchwork Patterns by Ruby McKim and started making squares in a variety of turquoise cottons. I continued cutting fabrics in the early 70’s in college, but didn’t really get the "bug" until 1980. While pregnant with our first child, I treated myself to one night out a week at a local quilting store’s guild. With every child, in 1982, 1984, and 1987, I can remember the quilts I was working on, the books I bought, and the classes I joined. However, it wasn’t until the children left the nest that I really have been "obsessed" with quilting and being able to stay up long enough at night to complete some projects. I subscribed to the Foundation Piecer and Quilting with Style magazines until they discontinued and went to exclusively internet. I love Quiltmaker and have issues from early 90’s through today–someday I’d love to see one of my quilts in there. One of my best times was a four day class I co-taught with a friend on pioneer history for teachers one summer and everyone–the men included–quilted a 12 " square. I’d love to lead seminars–teach quilting and quilting history when I grow up!

    Carolyn White (Sewing Sue2) on October 24, 2013
  • Now in 2012-2013 how quilting is different for me is I have joined and learn and share quilting tecniques, shortcuts, patterns, and quiltlore through the internet and with quilters all over the world.

    Carolyn White (Sewing Sue2) on October 24, 2013
  • I got the fever when I moved to Asheville N.C. in 1993. How could you not want to quilt living there? I self taught with a how-to book. It was two different 9 patch blocks with a solid white block, but on the diagonal. I finally figured it out. I used a cardboard "grid" mat that I laid my fabric on, marked cutting lines with chalk and a yardstick, and used scissors to cut each strip. What a job! Not anywhere near as precise as the rotary cutters I use today.

    Karen Barton on October 24, 2013
  • I own that same Genie! I bought it brand new in 1973. It has a lot of miles on it but can still sew well!
    I began making quilts around 1991 and happily make them today. My sewing career began in 1963 when at the age of 8 I wanted my grandma to make Barbie some clothes. She promptly handed me scraps of fabric, a needle and thread.

    Brenda Clemons on October 24, 2013
  • I began quilting in 2006 as a result of an ad in my local evening education newsletter. A group of quilters was looking for students to learn to make quilts for a local children’s cancer unit. I have been sewing since age 11 (turning 60 in 8 days!) mostly clothing and home dec, but never attempted a quilt. I loved the craft and the people immediately, and have been purchasing my clothing and curtains ever since!

    —Karen on October 24, 2013
  • Hum…memory lane…1970’s at a House of Fabrics, I was trying to find some nice flannels in warm tones to make a quilt. Found some yellows, apricots, and oranges and took it to the cutting counter. The nice woman asked me what I was planning to make and I replied, "A quilt!" And of course, I was excited with my finds, and she proceeded to tell me that quilts weren’t made out of flannel! And I told her that mine was going to be! LOL! Coming from a sewing background I used 5/8″ seams…boy that quilt top was heavy – but it sure kept me warm when it was done…and to make it even sweeter, my grandmother tied it for me! Today, I still sew flannel quilts, and now use a 1/2″ seam just because flannel likes to unravel so much. Believe me, I learned never to use a 1/4″ seam with flannel – my best friend got one from me, and I still patch it…and patch it…and…

    All the best to you ladies!
    North Pole, Alaska

    Fritzie on October 24, 2013
  • I quilted a litte in the 80’s but have done much more in the last couple of years since retiring. I could not believe my eyes when I saw you have a Singer Gene, the machine I still use & love, purchased in 1977

    —Bonnie Vick on October 24, 2013
  • I started sewing in the 50’s learning for a GS badge. I continued learning, taking Clothing at an all-girls Catholic High School. I went on to major in Home Economics in College in the late 60’s. My earliest books are from that era so it must be when I discovered quilting. When I started teaching I didn’t have a lot of time to sew especially after starting a family in the late 70’s. I think I’ve dabbled in quilting for a long time, on and off, but my first formal quilt was for my oldest daughter’s college graduation. I took a formal class and made a sampler quilt for her in 2000. Since then I have continued to take classes and learn. When I retired, I did volunteer work for a homeless shelter for about five years before my husband retired. Since then I have retired from volunteering and spend more time quilting/sewing.

    —Rosemary on October 24, 2013
  • I started in the 60’s, using an vintage portable Singer that came in it’s own carrying case. I paid $40.00 for it and made my own clothes, a complete bedroom set including quilted table runners, night stand and vanity covers. In 1979, my husband bought me a Kenmore with cabinet and I kept it for over 20 years making clothes, car quilts, horse blankets, sweat bands and leg wraps. I didn’t fully get into quilting until the early 80’s when I took a hand piecing/quilting class, followed by a machine piecing/quilting class; at which time, I learned my Kenmore didn’t do the things I needed it to do for quilting and I semi-retired it and purchase a used New Home 8000, which I still use. I also have a Featherweight and Janome 6600 that stays at home while the Kenmore and I go to Guild sew days. Over 50 years of quilting and when I look into a mirror, I still see a young girl eager to learn a new quilting technique.

    Keep smiling,

    Lynnita Shipman on October 24, 2013
  • I started sewing clothing and home dec in 1969. In 1979, a friend taught me to quilt by hand. She showed me how to draft a block and make templates from cereal boxes; we cut fabric with scissors on a line drawn around the templates. I was aiming for a king-sized quilt, a brown-and-blue sampler of 30 blocks. When I got to 29 blocks, I got a divorce, went back to school, and put quilting (mostly) away for 6 years. When I took it up again in the early 90’s, a revolution had happened! I’d never heard of a rotary cutter before, but taking adult ed quilting classes turned me on about quilting all over again.

    During my quilting "hiatus," I did take out my brown-and-blue blocks and made two quilt tops from them. I got out some of the wool quilt batting that came from our sheep (when I was married), and tried to finish the two quilts — but I didn’t realize that there were actually FOUR batts layered together! I couldn’t hand quilt it, so I tried to force it through the sewing machine (walking foot? never heard of it!). Of course it came out unbelievably pleated and bunched — I gave it to my son anyway. The other top is still around here somewhere, unfinished. When I think of that wool batting, I could cry: I had four huge packages, four batts in each. I gave the rest of it away after struggling with the "one" batt.

    —Carol Barringer on October 24, 2013
  • I became a quilter in the 1970’s. I made mostly baby quilts at first but I made a couple of corduroy quilts that I tied. I also maade one large bed quilt from a pattern I made up. I even still have it- it is fondly called uglie.

    —Mary Ann Harpe on October 25, 2013
  • I made my first quilts in the 70’s. Just two of them. I really got into it in the 80′ and am still going full steam ahead.

    —Marsha Nelson on October 25, 2013
  • I made my first quilt in 1973. A 9-patch with 1755 pieces…all cut individually.

    Anne Wiens on October 25, 2013
  • I first started quilting in 2000 after going to my first Quilt Show in Owensboro, KY and taking beginning classes from the Guild there. I have made a few quilts and gave them away. Now I have moved and have more time to enjoy this hobby. I have many, many UFO’s, so should be very busy for a very long time! My goal is to quilt a little (or a lot) every day! My sewing machine at home is a Singer Featherweight from the 1940’s and my travel sewing machine is a Janome 750 platinum. So easy to transport and does a wonderful job in sewing. My mother, who was a professional seamstress, would have been very proud of me! Happy quilting everyone!

    —Mari Lynn on October 25, 2013
  • I still have my Singer Genie that I bought about 1973. Haven’t had it out to use in a long time (there’s only so much room), and I did have to have the foot pedal replaced because I wore out the first one. What decade did I take up quilting–seriously? It was about 1987-88 when my father-in-law was ill, my mother-in-law was making me ill, and I needed something to soothe myself. Haven’t looked back.

    —Claudia on October 25, 2013
  • I started quilting in 2003 as soon as I retired. I was influenced by my grandmother and aunts who were quilters, and I had been watching Simply Quilts for a few years in the early morning before I went to work. As soon as I retired I signed up for classes. I have hand-quilted one quilt and learned to machine quilt, and have also hired long-arm quilters for large projects. I belong to a guild and am in a small quilters’ group and more ideas for quilts than I can probably finish in my lifetime. I love quilting books with new techniques. All my quilts are different, because I make them for different people.

    —Donna Bays on October 26, 2013
  • I remember cutting out squares and sewing them together to make doll blankets with my grandmother in th 50s. I dabbled a bit in applause and made a tied quilt for my youngest son in 87. In 90 I took a block of the month class which was a Quilt in a Day pattern. I have been quilting off and on ever since. I have become a huge fan of paper piecing.

    —Billie on October 26, 2013
  • I made my first quilt with my grandma in the 60’s. Singer Genie was a gift from my parents (my first brand new machine). I started quilting again in 2009

    —Linda on October 26, 2013
  • My first attempt at quilting was in 1974 (not counting tiny patchwork quilts I made for my dolls). I was on my way to college and trying to make use of the many leftover fabrics I had from sewing clothes. I had no pattern or tools. The quilt was not pretty. My machine was an old Singer I got at a yard sale for $10!

    —Sue on October 27, 2013
  • though the first quilting I ever did was nine patches when my twin and I were just 9 years old, we soon tired of it and my grandmother packed them away. When I was in high school in 68-70, I spent many hours at my grandmothers house ‘helping’ her to quilt. That was with cardboard templates we cut from shoe boxes and used pen to mark fabric, then cutting with scissors. SLOW process in those days. When I was home from college visiting found a diamond, flower garden that was not quilted and I asked about it. My grandmother said her sister made it for her and three weeks before she died with breast cancer, it came in the mail with a note, I made this for you but will not be able to finish it, but wanted you to have it anyway. She said she could never quilt it because every time she got it out, she just sat and cried. She said if you will quilt it, you can have it. Bought backing and batting next day and we put it in her frames on the back porch. Every break, I was there quilting on the quilt and the hook was secure, haven’t stopped quilting yet.

    —Marianne on October 27, 2013
  • The first quilt I helped was in 1967 to celebrate Canada’s 100th Birthday. The quilt had the Canadian Maple Leaf string embroidered throughout and hand quilted by junior high students. Our school St. Charles raffled it as a fund raiser. My addiction to quilting started years later 1997.

    —Sheila Ivany on October 27, 2013
  • I was in my 50’s. What wasted years before.

    elr on October 31, 2013
  • Hi, looks like you all had a good time quilting. I will start my memory lane in 2013 and I too will have stories to tell. I am currently working on a denim rag quilt. It will be my first and I’m excited. So I shall start my road of quilting. Nice to hear all your stories. Any tips from anyone will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for sharing yours.

    Lillian on November 1, 2013
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