Let us take you on a Treasure Hunt!

Do you love antique quilts, reproduction fabrics, and all the charm of yesteryear? If so, Treasure Hunt: 13 Quilts Inspired by Antique Finds is for you. Take a look!

Linda Collins and Leah Zieber are coauthors of a fascinating new book that offers you a wide variety of patterns based on antique quilts they own and love. Plus, these two longtime friends let you in on their secrets to finding your own antique quilt treasures. Linda is from Australia and Leah is from California, and separately and together, they love combing antique shops, searching flea markets, and seeking treasure troves of never-before-seen quilt blocks and patterns.

Today, Leah shares some of her best insider secrets with you, but first, let’s look at some of the wonderful projects Leah and Linda included in their pattern book for you.


Start simple with a Nine Patch variation. Easy piecing and wide white sashing provide sought-after farmhouse appeal. Wouldn’t this be perfect atop a feather bed? By Linda Collins.


This little quilt looks rather modern for its age. It’s the perfect project for using up strips—or cutting some new ones. By Leah Zieber.


Leah’s reproduction Courthouse Steps quilt is spot-on to the original. It’s amazing how authentic you can be when using reproduction prints. Dive into your stash and your scrap basket for this one. By Leah Zieber.


Two-color quilts are both classic and eye-catching. Set off small T blocks with a tiny Flying Geese border in a smaller quilt that works well on a wall or as a table topper. By Susan Greene.


Challenge yourself with a striking pattern that lets you showcase both your piecing and quilting skills. It’s truly a showstopper. By Linda Collins.


Got a big stash of reproduction prints? Put them to excellent use in a colorful project! Choose a different reproduction print for each block in this quilt. Notice how the blocks are set on point and they run right up to the edge of the quilt. There’s no border—just partial blocks that direct your eyes to the very corners of the quilt. By Linda Collins.

Now that we’ve got you intrigued, here’s Leah Zieber as our guest blogger, here to tell you more about Treasure Hunt.

Be Inspired by American Quilt History!

Let me take you on a Treasure Hunt! As an antique and vintage quilt collector, I’m always on the hunt for another amazing find. Whether in my hometown or somewhere I’m visiting, I usually take the opportunity to peek in local antique stores to see what I can find.

Collecting antique quilts and using them to create reproductions is a thrilling process of exploration, excavation, and recreation. After the adventure of the hunt is over and the prize comes home to stay, spending time with an antique quilt reveals a variety of new discoveries in patterns, fabrics, and piecing methods.

It’s exciting when I unearth a unique or quirky quilt or block pattern that I’ve never seen. Especially with designs that are more than a hundred years old. The thrill of these unique finds encourages me to turn these treasures into wonderful patterns for you to make.

Designs from the nineteenth century can be challenging to work with, as there weren’t standard block libraries for quiltmakers to choose from. Also, keep in mind that bed sizes weren’t standardized until well into the twentieth century. Most quilt patterns were passed down from family members or were hand drawn by the quiltmaker to fit her specific bed size. Little regard was given to typical measurements or quarter-inch seam allowances.

Sometimes I get lucky and can reproduce the block pattern and border design using the exact measurements from the actual antique, thus creating a copy of the quilt. Other times I need to manipulate the math so that the pattern is better suited to cutting and piecing with today’s tools. While we love the look of antiques, I want the pattern to be achievable. That sometimes means it’s best to take the quilt in a slightly different direction from the original and make a quilt inspired by it.

With our new book, Treasure Hunt: 13 Quilts Inspired by Antique Finds, Linda and I use both the copy and inspiration methods for making our reproductions. One great bonus feature is that you get wonderful images of the original antique quilts that led to our re-creations. We selected quilts that are uniquely different, quilts that will inspire you to use fabric from your stash, and quilts that can be made with contemporary or reproduction fabrics. We also provide you with some insider information for hunting down antique quilts as well as quilt care, storage, and display. We hope that Treasure Hunt encourages you to use these patterns from the past to create your own masterpieces inspired by American quilt history.

Linda Collins                                   Leah Zieber

Thanks for sharing a peek into the antiquing world, Leah!

We’ve got a copy of Treasure Hunt to give away to one winner!  To enter your name in the drawing, tell us in the comments:

What is your own favorite antique find?

We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re ready to make your own reproduction quilt today, purchase Treasure Hunt at our website and we’ll send you a link to instantly download the eBook for free.

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  • We inherited a butterfly quilt from my husband’s great grandmother

    —Rita Long on January 15, 2020
  • the only antiques I have are a 1911 sewing machine that works and things that my grandfather made that where handed down to me. I would love that book I love every quilt pictured in it

    Karen on January 15, 2020
  • I found a wonderful old quilt of half square triangles. I believe it’s quite old and in very good shape!

    —Sheri Bennett on January 15, 2020
  • I love some of the quilts shown. They are beautiful. I love antiques and trying to find a way to put something old to use again.

    —Joanne O'Neal on January 15, 2020
  • It was many years ago at a yard sale. Log cabin quilt it was a mess but i loved it. $5.00.

    —Diane Emanuelson on January 15, 2020
  • My favorite treasure was actually a gift from a friend. She "found" a quilt within a quilt and was able to salvage the original quilt with a little repair and a lot of care. Estimates are that fabrics from 1800’s It is a treasure for sure. I love to poke around at all these treasures you never know what you are going to find. Thanks ladies for a beautiful book with lots of inspiration.

    —Sheri Wonderling on January 15, 2020
  • Too many to choose just one

    —Chyree Rohde Lincoln on January 15, 2020
  • A cube of pins and an old factory thread spool.

    —Jo Q. on January 15, 2020
  • Best yet 1816 document after buying at an auction green & red applique, that I beat out an antique dealer by $10.00 and hubby was kicking me saying why are you spending all this month only to find work 200 times what I paid for, bring this out at Christmas to enjoy colors and also the most amazing tiny quilt stitches, that is my treasure and thanks for fun ideas and beautiful quiltsand need to get this book.

    —Joanne on January 15, 2020
  • I love antique quilts and am still waiting to find such a treasure.

    —Pam on January 15, 2020
  • My favorite antique find was in a chest owned by my great aunt. She had quilt made by my great-grandmother that were over 100 years old. She had grown and hand carded the cotton that was the batting. Beautiful quilts.

    —Nancy B on January 15, 2020
  • I haven’t been as lucky to find a vintage quilt in great condition or price but I’m always on the lookout for vintage sewing items and attachments.

    —Susan Du on January 15, 2020
  • I have never found an antique quilt but I look the look of them and make reproductions of old quilts

    —A. Bouwman on January 15, 2020
  • I found a maple leaf block quilt in pale yellow and muslin that was in beautiful condition at an antique store. I just couldn’t leave it there. I also have a wonderful light blue and muslin nine patch quilt I found at an estate sale. They are both simple patterns, but beautiful in their simplicity!

    —Patty F. on January 15, 2020
  • A library table.

    —Lin on January 15, 2020
  • On a trip to Sweden, I found a wooden "mushroom" used for repairing socks and clothing. My Swedish Granny had one, and I had always hoped to find one.

    —Gail Mackay on January 15, 2020
  • Favorites FINDS, not find, – all the treasures I discovered when cleaning out my parent’s house after my mother’s death – her maternity clothes made by my grandmother from feed sacks, knitted dresses my grandmother made, yo-yo toys I remember from my childhood, all the sweaters & hats my grandmother knitted for us 4 girls throughout our lifetime, the Easter hats & purses & gloves we 4 wore as little girls, the trunk my mother took to college with love letters my dad wrote to her hidden away inside…

    —Amy Cofer on January 15, 2020
  • A few years back one of our neighbors had thrown a quilt in the garbage. Since we could see it we had to look and make the rescue. Yes it had a few stains and wasn’t anything extraordinary but we took it in, washed it and still use it on our couch today!

    —Vicky on January 15, 2020
  • Don’t have one favorite thing.

    —Sharon on January 15, 2020
  • The other day a friend came up and said she had bought a whole bunch of my quilts. I asked her how did she do that? She said she went to aauction in another state and that my quilts and were aucioning the off. It seems my old quild president had dies and these quilts were ones I made for her. What goes around comes around.

    —linda agee on January 15, 2020
  • I was able to purchase an antique quilt 20 years ago at an action for $7 unbelievable dollars! Red and green with lovely hand quilting. It is still my favorite.

    —Lenny T on January 15, 2020
  • My favorite antique find wasn’t a quilt, but a set of cannisters that were just like ones my grandmother used. They had a wonderful floral pattern on the front that looked just like a quilt block.

    —Linda B on January 15, 2020
  • A number of years ago I found a very old copy of one of my favorite children’s books – Betsy, Tacy and Tib.

    —Jane on January 15, 2020
  • Looks like a great book! My favorite antique find is a small painted tea caddy on wheels. I use it as an end table.

    —Erica Hill on January 15, 2020
  • My favorite antique find is a round-glass curio cabinet that displays quilts beautifully.

    —Janey on January 15, 2020
  • My favorite antique quilt to find at a flea market or thrift shop is a quilt made of yo yos. They are so intricate and are always made completely by hand. A rare find, but a wonderful treasure ❤️

    —Tamma Melton on January 15, 2020
  • What an inspiring book. My local quilt shop has mainly reproduction fabrics so they are my largest stash. Treasure Hunt would be a perfect addition to my library. Thanks for the opportunity to possibly win a copy.

    —Leah Pupp on January 15, 2020
  • I have found a couple of quilts on display at the Laws Historical Museum in California that I took photos of and would like to make, but have not been able to afford to purchase any antique quilts, so have to settle to reproducing one.

    —Mary Mairs on January 15, 2020
  • My favorite antique finds have been old photo postcards from my hometown.

    —Dottie MACOMBER on January 15, 2020
  • My wonderful find was a treadle sewing machine just like my grandmother used when I was young..A bit of TLC and worked perfectly!

    —Bernadette Schultz on January 15, 2020
  • So many good finds, but my favorite has to be the white painted arched frame. The paint is peeling off to reveal the original gold leaf. I inserted a mirror and it looks fabulous in my powder room! Thanks for a chance to win this great book.

    —Yvonne Beyer on January 15, 2020
  • I love all antiques, but my favorite find is an old treadle sewing machine that I was able to refinish.

    —jo c on January 15, 2020
  • We moved from Illinois to California. We were waiting for our new home to be finished. Meanwhile, we went into an antique store in a nearby town. There, waiting for me to purchase, was a Hoosier cabinet. I had been looking for one for quite a while so I was thrilled. It is in my quilting room holding lots of my treasures.

    —Charlotte Schindler on January 15, 2020
  • My favorite antique was a gift from an aunt. An embroidered quilt she and my great grandmother made..

    —Kathie L on January 15, 2020
  • I have a few antique books

    —Hilda Krebs on January 15, 2020
  • I found a quilt at an antique shop that I bought, only because it was in great shape and was a great price. Loved the pattern but wasn’t crazy about the colors. I used it in my Halloween decorations at our church Trunk or Treat last fall and I got many, many compliments on that quilt! What a surprise! I plan to use it as part of my fall décor in the future!

    —Janice on January 15, 2020
  • The most exciting and unusual quilt I’ve discovered is one my great-great grandmother made that was called a "summer" quilt. It was huge. Large enough to completely cover the bed, all the way to the floor. It had large hand embroidered butterflies all over the quilt. The quilt had no batting in it. However, it was lined and the fabric was old sheets sewn together. It’s beautiful. This was found in an old cedar chest that hadn’t been opened in many years. I would love to have this book to see the old patterns and how to adapt to today’s quilting techniques.

    —Viv on January 15, 2020
  • My favorite find was a pieced too that I finished and it has become one of our most loved.

    —JoJo H on January 15, 2020
  • About16 years ago my aunt went to Assisted Living and her daughter cleared her home. Some of the garbage bags found their way to my mother’s house. In one of the bags I found a full-size Double Wedding Ring quilt top. As a child, we bought eggs from my aunt’s mother. I remember seeing a quilt in the process of being quilted in her quilt rack. I believe the quilt I found was originally from this lady. The fabrics used look like the 1940s.

    I am determined to hand quilt this "treasure" this year…it’s about 1/3 finished.

    —Starr DeJesus on January 15, 2020
  • Not exactly a "find" but my favorite antique treasure is a single quilt block, made by my great-grandmother. She died when my grandfather was a young boy, so I never met her, but she left behind three finished quilts that my grandparents have/had.

    My grandparents, though, had a house fire and the quilts were badly damaged. My stepmom took apart & created a new quilt from one of them, ending with one quilt square leftover from the original quilt.

    She gifted that single square to me, and I placed it in a quilt I was working on at the time, my "Diary Quilt" (ala Mimi Dietrich’s book). I made matching blocks and set the antique one in the center of the top row of the quilt. Such a treasure!

    —Heather V. on January 15, 2020
  • What lovely quilts. I have never shopped for antique quilts.
    Once a neighbor of mine brought over severL bags of old quilts made by his grandmother. They were not taken care of correctly and were really just tatters of the original. I felt so sad.

    —Ginny on January 15, 2020
  • Don’t have any antique quilts but this book looks lovely.

    —Louise M Haddon on January 15, 2020
  • An antique secretary with the date of 1928 written on the back!

    —Dottie Alexander on January 15, 2020
  • I have a Dresdan Plate quilt made in the late 1920s in brand new condition. The book looks very interesting and I love quilt history books.

    —Peggy on January 15, 2020
  • Charming, delightful book! I also have found (and coveted) old quilts, orphan blocks and hankies. Makes me wonder about the original quilters … who were they? This week I re-purposed some vintage orphan blocks that were hand pieced. Turned out cute! I think the original quilter would have approved…

    —Gina Milano on January 15, 2020
  • My favorite antique find was a small cast iron paperweight that had a fishman kissing his wife. Adorable. Only $2 at Brimfield.

    —Teri Chow on January 15, 2020
  • Mine is not really a find but the grandmother’s flower garden I inherited from my Grandmother.

    —Deena Drevs on January 15, 2020
  • my 2 favorite finds are both sewing related; a singer 99k from the early 30s at an estate sale and a wooden 5-drawer clark’s ont embroidery thread cabinet with most of it’s decals intact found at a country auction.

    —Carolyn Montgomery on January 15, 2020
  • I have two quilts that are dear to my heart. After my mother-law passed away we were going through the house and found these quilts in the attic. One was a yo-yo quilt she made as a young girl for her hope chest. It is made from feed sack fabrics and was then stitched to an orange satin fabric. The other was a grandmothers flower garden that was made by her aunt from Kansas. It is also made from feed sack fabrics as well as other fabric. I was so lucky to fine these quilts but also to have the background info with them. She had written it on a slip of paper that was attached to the quilt. I am very interested in antique quilts and to see how they put them together and how it can be done easier now. Can’t wait to see the book!

    —Lori T on January 15, 2020
  • I am a long arm quilter and a lady brought a quilt to me to be quilted many years ago. She had had it made by a local lady many years ago and just stuffed it away and found it again. After some discussion, I was so excited to find out the quilt was made by my own grandmother! It was a huge Lonestar done in Civil War fabrics. After some further discussion, she was so kind & gracious and agreed to let me purchase the quilt top. Needless to say, I was just thrilled! What a keepsake!

    Julie Erickson on January 15, 2020
  • A Mormon pioneer quilt

    —Jeannine on January 15, 2020
  • I love antique reproduction fabrics. They colors and prints are amazing.

    —Lisa on January 15, 2020
  • I have an antique “salesman sample” stove that my grandmother played with and sits on my kitchen counter.
    Love antique quilts but sadly do not have any. Would love to win the book!

    —Casey on January 15, 2020
  • I love to rescue antique quilts!

    —Susan Stein on January 15, 2020
  • I have not owned an antique quilt yet but I do have an antique picture frame with pictures of my great grandmother,great great grandmother Mom and Uncle all as babies.from the early1900’s. I also have my great grandmothers dining table from the 1800’s treasures for sure. Would love to win this book and make my own "antique quilt"

    —Lois J on January 15, 2020
  • Beautiful Clark’s spool cabinet

    —Linda Stutzman on January 15, 2020
  • I have some linens that my grandmother stitched. She wasn’t a quilter and I am the first in my family but she did do a lot of handwork and I treasure the pieces I have inherited.

    —Mary Kastner on January 15, 2020
  • Don’t have any antique quilts but I love my 1860 rocker.

    —Bev Hutchison on January 15, 2020
  • My favorite find was my first antique quilt a blue four patch. This book looks awesome!

    —Carlie on January 15, 2020
  • Finding a modern technique that was used in one of my grandmother’s quilts. I love the "that’s how she did that" reaction.

    —Diane on January 15, 2020
  • I have a counterpane made by my great-great grandmother in the mid-1800s. I also have a quilt made by my great-grandmother in the late 1800s. I treasure both.

    —Virginia in AK on January 15, 2020
  • A cedar chest I keep some quilts in.

    —Brenda Shippy on January 15, 2020
  • My favorite treasure is a small sewing table made from the base of a treadle sewing machine.

    —Mary Beth McKelvey on January 15, 2020
  • I have an embroidered table topper which had a section which was unfinished. The type of floss was no longer available. I finished it with a similar floss and coloration. I think it was a Bucilla kit from the 1930’s. Turned out beautiful!

    —Kathy A on January 15, 2020
  • I have not found an antique quilt, but I did find some blocks at a garage sale. Haven’t put them together yet.

    —Cindy F on January 15, 2020
  • I unfortunately don’t have any antique quilt finds. But I have a friend who has a beautiful Carolina Lily heirloom quilt passed down in her family.

    —Carol Gearey on January 15, 2020
  • I have a set of vintage Dresden plate blocks that I hope to someday make into a completed quilt. I love studying the fun fabrics! I’ve yet to find an entire vintage quilt–that would be a treasure for sure!

    —Karen D Martin on January 15, 2020
  • I love antique quilts and make mostly repos . I collect antique scales and have about twelve of them.

    —Sharon on January 15, 2020
  • I don’t believe I have ever found an actual antique, but I found an early 20th century quilt top at our guild flea market last year, which I deconstructed and am using to make doll quilts. Does a flea market purchase count as a "find" ?

    Sandy on January 15, 2020
  • My own favorite antique find is my dear husband!! 🙂 Actually, my favorite antique quilt is a double wedding ring made by hand by an unknown quilter.

    —Kathy Kranenburg on January 15, 2020
  • My favorite antique find in the sewing realm is a set of cardboard quilting templates. Since I am a hand quilter, these have been fun to use. I love the classic quilt blocks.

    CDavis on January 15, 2020
  • My grandmother as a young girl was sent to live with a family as a helper. She was given room (in a pantry) and board but had very little else. Her spinster teacher had great compassion on her and took her under her wing. They maintained a friendship throughout the years and since the teacher had no children of her own, she passed several things down to my grandmother. Among her things were two quilts that I now have and treasure because of the history behind them.

    —Debbie on January 15, 2020
  • my greatest quilt treasure was passed on by my grandmother…the quilt was used as a cover in the garage because it was "old" – so I treasure it appropriately now!

    —Jane on January 15, 2020
  • My favorite find was a box of quilt blocks that I got when my mother passed away. The blocks were from my grandmother who was born in 1901. They are "orphans" and probably leftover from quilts she or her sewing circle friends had made. I made them into a quilt and i love it.

    —Shirley on January 15, 2020
  • I just found this today! I also love antique shops…on our last visit to Oregon/Washington, my husband and I went to every antique shop around. I, too, like the vintage quilts the best. I would love to get your book!

    —Brenda Judkins on January 15, 2020
  • My favorite antique quilt is linked with memories of a trip to London and a visit to Antique Quilts and Textiles owned by Christopher Wilson-Tate. We purchased a blue and white feathered star. My husband chose it and I am thrilled to have it.

    —Maria L Zook on January 15, 2020
  • My favourite vintage find is some blocks made by my great great grandmother in a trunk that was given to me. I plan to have one framed for each of my sisters.

    —Deb on January 15, 2020
  • I found an antique chain stitch hand crank machine.

    —Sue Goodin on January 15, 2020
  • I’ve never been lucky enough to find an antique quilt. So my great antique find was a beautiful china cabinet with glass doors to display my grandmother’s red and white quilt and some of the quilts I have made.

    —Cindy Hoover on January 15, 2020
  • My beautiful 1870’s quilt that was gifted as a memory of a friend who has passed away! It is a wonderful Ocean Waves quilt from her mother’s Ohio made antique collection. I touch it every day and remember Anne.

    —Kathy Gaines on January 15, 2020
  • Just found 2 quilt tops from the 1930’s, only paid $5!

    —laura mitchell on January 15, 2020
  • My favorite is a ladder that is more than 100 years old that I use to display quilts.

    —Janice on January 15, 2020
  • The oldest antique in my house is ME! ROF LOL But I am still going strong and would love to have that book.

    —Barbara D on January 15, 2020
  • Beautiful quilts! It breaks my heart to see quilts at antique shops, knowing that a person put so much love into it and the family passed it on. Then I remember – wow, I don’t have family, I guess my quilt treasurers will be there one day. But that is one more reason to put a label on them. Tell what pattern it is, what fabric you used (if it is a fabric line), and when you made it – finish with your name. Just think of the interest the new owner will have then.

    —Marti Morgan on January 15, 2020
  • I get excited if I discover a Child’s Sewing Machine or a 40’s or 50’s Cotton Tablecloth!

    —Terry Kirk on January 15, 2020
  • My favorite antique find is an art deco chest/cabinet. I use it to store my quilts.

    Shasta on January 15, 2020
  • Oh forgot, I have a basket quilt made by my grandmother in law, and I have a sunbonnet sue quilt made by my grandmother. Need to label both of them, wish I had the year they were completed. I think the basket one was made in the 50s looking at the materials.

    —Marti Morgan on January 15, 2020
  • My favorite antique find is a 1902 White treadle sewing machine. I still haven’t got it out and running but the cabinet is beautiful.

    —Brenda C on January 15, 2020
  • Kind of a find. Was given a round side table painted brown in 1977. My husband stripped it and we found tiger eye maple. Its beautiful.

    —Sandra on January 15, 2020
  • I have a small old blue pressed glass bowl bought for me by my husband some 65 years ago which began a life-long love of blue glass and other things blue! Now I am making blue quilts to comfort with my "blues"!

    —Dorothy A Davis on January 15, 2020
  • Would love that book;. The quilt on the cover is beautiful. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks

    Gracie Adams on January 15, 2020
  • I found a beautiful antique baby quilt that I use on my table at the thrift store for 2.50!

    —Linda Bick on January 15, 2020
  • found a Vintage coat that both of my daughters want! and vintage handkerchiefs, with hand crocheted edges, and/or hand embroidery!

    —MS Barb on January 15, 2020
  • Back in 1980, I got to live in Massachusetts. I needed to find a table for my sewing machine and everything was made of cheap fiber board. I found a Singer treadle that I loved. I placed my machine on top to sew as I hadn’t gotten the treadle working yet. I love it still. It was made in 1910.

    —Loris Mills on January 15, 2020
  • My favorite antique find is a Singer sewing machine that is in excellent condition!! I have it as a table in my foyer. I had previously found an antique Singer that was not in good shape, so my husband took the machine out and refinished the top , so now it is an accent table in the living room! He did an amazing job at keeping and restoring the original wood table top (by peeling off the layers of veneer) and spray painting the base of the Singer in a matte black finish. It is gorgeous!

    I have collected (possibly hoarded) reproduction antique material with a goal of making and displaying antique quilts on my 16’ cedar wall in my living room! I will eventually accomplish my goal.

    —Pat Rogers on January 15, 2020
  • Love this book and hope to have a copy one day! Such gorgeous quilts! My Dad gave me a couple quilt tops that he had helped my Great Aunt make, back in the 30s. My neighbor moved back east and gave me her grandmother’s treadle. She said it would cost too much to move it. Love hand-me-downs!

    —Janet T on January 15, 2020
  • I consider the two quilt tops made by my grandmother to be antiques although they are not all that old. She made them in the 30’s.

    —Jackie Wisherd on January 15, 2020
  • My favorite antique find is a set of crazy quilt blocks from the 1930s. They are meticulously feather-stitched around each lovely fabric. Only 6 of the 16 blocks had been stitched, so I finished them…over a month! The reason that I treasure them is that they are the last quilt that my husband bought for me before he tragically passed away two months later. When I touch them, it brings back memories of our evenings spent together as I stitched, and he smiled at me, asking if I would be completing my project soon. 💗

    —Mary Ann Haak on January 15, 2020
  • My favorite find is a king size
    quilt top passed to me from my
    great great grandmother. It’s
    A bubblegum pink Carpenter’s
    Square which is hand done for
    a King size bed. It’s a treasure!

    Heidi Todd on January 15, 2020
  • The only antique quilts I have are a few that my great-grandmother(s) made.

    Shauna Roberts on January 15, 2020
  • My favorites are a couple of spool cabinets that have a special place in my sewing room.

    —Donna on January 15, 2020
  • I love all of the treasures that I’ve found but one of my favourite is a quilt top made by my grandmother. It’s a large piece of sheeting on which he appliquéd hearts, flowers and leaves made from all sorts of fabrics. It was being used as a drop cloth until I rescued it!

    —Karen on January 15, 2020
  • I have several quilts found after my grandmother passed away. No information, only guesses on the actual makers.
    One we know my great grandmother made from samples from a woolen mill. Very heavy!

    —Sue L on January 15, 2020
  • My grandmother did a lot of needlework, and I inherited a chair with a needlepoint seat.

    —Karen on January 15, 2020
  • Love the cheddar sashing 😍

    —Joanne Francis on January 15, 2020
  • Kind of a long story for this, but when I was a little kid, I used to visit an elderly couple who lived down the street. They were from Poland and they never had children. I used to help them in their garden and put up their Christmas tree, etc. They gave me a Christmas ornament, which is a star made up of tiny glass balls I love that ornament so much,..so my favorite antique find was when I found the exact same ornament made of different color tiny glass balls. I hang them proudly on my tree every year, within sight of each other.

    —Geri on January 15, 2020
  • My favorite is one my wife found for me – a "Sanford’s" ink stoneware jug,.

    —sandy on January 15, 2020
  • My favorite quilting vintage find while antiquing features the Amish Sunshine and Shadow quilt pattern rendered in tiny glass beads and placed into a silver "frame" to be worn as a necklace. I just love it and get lots of comments at quilt shows!

    Thanks for sharing, everyone!

    —Bea Walk on January 15, 2020
  • I found a embroidered summer coverlet dating to about 1870 for…$35.00!

    —Jo Sunderman on January 15, 2020
  • Not really a find, but my mother-in-law gave me a quilt top that her mother made and never finished. It has the original pattern with it and one of these days I’ll be brave enough to quilt it!! The quilts in this book are beautiful, I’d love to make them all!

    Jody M on January 15, 2020
  • I found a huge quilt top in a giveaway bin at a garage sale — hand-pieced, very small squares, wide variety of lightweight 1800s fabrics. Whenever I’m frustrated with a quilting project I think of this top and the tenacity of the person who did the cutting and piecing.

    —Sandy F on January 15, 2020
  • I don’t think it’s an antique quite yet but I still have the baby quilt made for me by my grandmother 69 years ago out of a blue & pink floral feed sack with bunnies appliqués on them. I have had offers for it but the answer is NO. At an estate auction I bought a quilt that had not been used but stored away. It had a note attached that was written by the quilter who stated that she had made it in Philadelphia when her husband was stationed at the Navy Yard during World War 2. Did she make it for a bond sale or to keep busy in a strange city where she could be close to her husband during the war? Who knows. The auction at their home was just a short distance from my home in Maryland & whenever I pass by I think of that lady & her note on the quilt.

    Jan on January 15, 2020
  • Just bought a Grandmother’s Flower Garden a couple weeks ago. Hand pieced and quilted, but very faded. I couldn’t pass it up, my favorite hobby is hand piecing hexagons.

    —Judy Maggio on January 15, 2020
  • I have two crazy quilts from the 1930’s, a Grandmother’s Garden quilt,
    and a Butterfly quilt made by my mother-in-law. I treasure all of them.

    —Sara Howell on January 15, 2020
  • I do not have any antique "finds" but I do have 2 cast iron door stops from the early 1900s that I love! I would love to make at least one of the 13 quilts from the Treasure Hunt book

    —Gail Kling on January 15, 2020
  • I am blessed to have a grandma and mom that share the love of quilting. I just inherited a box of quilt blocks made at the turn of the 20th century. They have been washed and now I am trying to design a way to put them together or display them in some way. My other great "finds" are the quilts from my grandma which are probably 75-85 years old and in my possession. What a treasure. I will always love finding quilt treasures and appreciating them no matter where I find them.

    —Jeanne P on January 15, 2020
  • After my Mother died, I discovered a box full of cut sets of quilt pieces and some sets of blocks that my Dad’s Mother had made. These dated from the 1930’s and 1940’s. Since then I have completed at least 10-11 quilts from them, using my best "gueses" as to how she would have completed them. She was a wonderful seamstress and quilter and did make quilts for other people. These would otherwise probably have never been made, and I would have lost this connection to my Grandmother. I would love to have a copy of your beautiful book.

    —Margaret Chambers on January 15, 2020
  • A few months ago I bought a bag of 70+ paper foundation quilt blocks. All made with scrap “strings”. $5! The piecer used copies of Good Housekeeping from 1940-1948. I was able to use almost all of the blocks and have sewn the blocks into columns with a 1” spacer between them. It is on my Gammill ready for quilting.
    I would love it if someone could reproduce a few of the wonderful prints. Any thoughts on that?

    —Debra Freese on January 15, 2020
  • A Featherweight Sewing machine is, by far, my favorite antique find and I continue to use it frequently.

    —Carol Schon on January 15, 2020
  • Always looking for a treasure and this book looks like one.

    —Judy on January 15, 2020
  • My favorite antique quilt find was a quilt I won in a raffle that has civil war blocks in it! I bought a ticket for $1.
    It is a special blessing to me.

    —Vicky Roeger on January 15, 2020
  • There are not a lot of antique shops where I live so to see the beauties these ladies have discovered is marvellous. I can’t wait to get a copy of this gorgeous book.

    —Janet on January 15, 2020
  • I felt sorry for a antique double wedding ring quilt, lots of wear, waited till the end of the day…no one bought it, so I did for $ 10.00

    —Jenny on January 15, 2020
  • I felt sorry for a hand pieced and quilted double wedding ring quilt, lots of wear, waited till the end of the day…no one bought it, so I did for $ 10.00

    —Jenny on January 15, 2020
  • My favorite found treasures are antique buttons which I use for a variety of craft projects.

    —Regina Harris on January 15, 2020
  • I bought a small doll-sized wooden trunk at an auction last summer. It contained all sorts of old textile goodies, including a few old signature blocks, doll (or baby) clothes, a set of linens including pillow for a doll bed, and a little tied quilt. It isn’t anything special, but I know it had been to someone to have stored it so carefully in the little trunk. Some of these items are now displayed in my guest room on a vintage blue metal doll bed.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    Gina in Missouri

    —Gina Hare on January 15, 2020
  • I love antiques and have quite a few ranging from pieces of furniture to small decorative items. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but one is an Amish quilt purchased inexpensively at an antique shop in Maine. I have it hanging on the wall behind my bed.

    Victoria Miner on January 15, 2020
  • My favorite antique find is a chest of drawers where I keep my vintage linens. Treasure Chest would be awesome to create "new vintage" quilts.

    —Yolanda on January 15, 2020
  • My favorite antique find is my Singer Featherweight. It’s the 1950 anniversary edition.

    —Judy Jones on January 15, 2020
  • I found a Turkey Red pieced quilt in an antique store about 25 yrs ago. It had some newspaper they used to piece it still in the back…dates on it from the 1890’s.

    —Jeanette S on January 15, 2020
  • A vintage Kenmore sewing machine for the 1970’s. We love vintage Kenmores!

    —Marlene S on January 15, 2020
  • Quilting book

    —Christy on January 15, 2020
  • My favorite antique find was a friendship signature quilt made by friends and neighbors along with my grandmother and great grandmother, Several dates their blocks and it will be 100 years old soon! My oldest aunt didn’t even know her Mom or grandma made quilts!

    Barbara Winkler on January 15, 2020
  • I found an antique quilt at a sale and the owner let me have it for $5.
    The quilts in the book are beautiful !

    —Nancy C on January 15, 2020
  • My favorite antique find was at an auction; it was a whole box of old quilts. My two boys chose the wool ones. The rest are still being repaired. I love them all.

    —Deborah Urich on January 15, 2020
  • An old treadle sewing machine is my favorite. But I love the looks of these quilts.

    —Lori Cochran on January 15, 2020
  • Several years ago I won an unfinished grandmother’ flower garden top at a guild meeting. My intention is to repair and finish it. Wouldn’t it be nice to win a book that would help me to complete it?

    —Patricia on January 15, 2020
  • A few years ago I found a quilt with a cheddar background at an antique shop in a small town. One fabric used in a couple of the blocks is deteriorating, but it is in great condition for its age. I am not sure of the pattern name, but it is made with pyramid type blocks.

    —Judy on January 15, 2020
  • I love vintage feedsacks. I found a WWII "locations" feedsack for sale online at 1/4 the price they usually go for and bought it right away. I have been given feedsacks and old quilt tops by friends. I was gifted one my husband’s great grandmother’s quilts and treasure it. I would really enjoy reading this book and making some of the quilts in it. Thank you!

    —Sheila Fernkopf on January 15, 2020
  • My best found were some old but very cute tiny dolls, just perfect for my new Dollshouse.

    Riya on January 15, 2020
  • I once found a garbage bag full of thirties fabrics at a garage sale, they were in excellent condition and I only paid 5 dollars for the whole lot. I can remember sitting on the floor examining each piece. It was such a joy.

    —Sue Cahill on January 15, 2020
  • Love, love those quilts. I have a quilt my grandmother made by hand and quilted by hand. I cherish it always. I really want to get this book. Hope I win it but you have a buyer if I don’t. Hope I win, though.

    Leta Seacat on January 15, 2020
  • I inherited a quilt that was made by my grandmother. Nobody else wanted it because of the mishmosh of fabric that was used, but I love it.

    —Judy on January 15, 2020
  • 2 photos of my great grandparents in frames with convex glass. They look so stern!

    —Jody on January 15, 2020
  • I love cut glass. So pretty, practical, and simple

    —Sue H on January 15, 2020
  • My favorite antique find is a small curio cabinet with a front door (with the key) and curved glass front panels. The only thing missing were 2 glass shelves. After the curio cabinet being given to us for free (no one would pay for it not having shelves), my husband took it to a local glass store, and they cut us two shelves for $36. Most beautiful $36 I’ve ever seen!!

    —Teri Gailey on January 15, 2020
  • I haven’t found anything on a hunt, but I do enjoy looking. I have inherited some lovely quilts that were made in the 1930’s
    I also have some antique furniture.

    —Karen A on January 15, 2020
  • My favorite find was an old log cabin quilt I saw in an antique store in my town of New Orleans, LA.

    —beth d. on January 15, 2020
  • My favorite antique was not really a "find". My aunt gave me first choice of three items that belonged to my grandmother/father. I picked the trunk she had packed her belonging in when she come to America.

    —Cindy on January 15, 2020
  • My favorite antique finds are vintage linens!

    —Liz Smith on January 15, 2020
  • my favorite antique find is my grandmothers embroidered bed cover that she made when she married my grandfather. It is from the early 1900’s, and has a few patches, I feel her love in every stitch.

    —Diane N. on January 15, 2020
  • When I was a young mother, I attended an auction and bought several antique quilts for next to nothing. I found out why, when I washed them they went to strings. I was so disappointed but I learned something. I love the look of antique quilts but not the smell. Now I make quilts that look like antiques, but smell good.

    I also learned that quilts are only as strong as the weakest fabric. Now I don’t waste my time sewing inferior fabrics. Hopefully when I am long gone, someone will love my quilts. My grandchildren already love them. I would love that book. 🙂

    —Kay of Cincinnati on January 15, 2020
  • I have 2 antique quilts. One is a Delectable Mountains layout that I bought at a quilt show several years ago. The other is a Dresden Plate that was given to me by a friend after I helped her vend at a quilt show in Glendale CA in 1999. She told me if we did good at the show she would buy me an antique quilt. Instead we did so great that she bought me an antique quilt!

    —Janet L Espeleta on January 15, 2020
  • I must say I love all of the comments, stories behind the treasure found! I know I love every treasure I have accumulated, but a couple of quilts, while they are not beautiful we’re made by my great grandmother in the late 1800’s-early 1900’s. The great grands owned a general store in central Iowa. When salesmen called with wool suiting samples, my great grandmother collected them year to year & made these two, very, very heavy wool square quilts. They are tied with yarn & actually have a solid piece wool backing. If I were brave enough, I would love to see the batting filling these quilts. Who knows, there may be another treasure inside!! This book looks & sounds like a beautiful tribute to these treasures of life.

    —Ronna Hammel on January 15, 2020
  • Without a doubt: my featherweight. When I first learned about them, I fantasized about walking into an antique store and finding one. That is exactly what happened during my birthday month, so hubby said "Get it!"

    —Lill on January 15, 2020
  • Like the variety in this book with its different and various color arrangements

    —Esther Searcy on January 15, 2020
  • My favorite antique fins is my Singer treadle sewing machine.

    —Nancy N on January 15, 2020
  • My favorite is a well worn quilt I found on the 127 yard sale. The quilt is blue and white sail boats. My favorite part is the border made to look like waves. Not seen a border like it before.

    —Rilla Burnham on January 15, 2020
  • I love looking at antique quilts. I have a couple that my husbands grandmother made. I treasure them.

    —Joanne L Wilson on January 15, 2020
  • I love finding old fabric, quilt blocks and quilts!

    —Cindy Berry on January 15, 2020
  • My favorite find was a scrap my mom hand sewed blocks. She didn’t finish it.

    —Martha Cook on January 15, 2020
  • Several years ago I found an antique quilt hanging on the barn wall of an antique dealer in Fleetwood, PA. I had no idea what the pattern was – never saw it before – and I read about quilts extensively. Went back a couple of weeks later as they were having a going out of business sale and it was gone.

    —Linda Ahn on January 15, 2020
  • My favorite is Courthouse steps, the simplicity and I love the backgrounds used.

    —Fran Claassens on January 15, 2020
  • Small antique statues of saints, found in my grandmother’s attic. She had them as a child, real antiques, at least 160 years old.

    —JoAnne T. on January 15, 2020
  • I have loved flea markets and antique shops most of my life and one of my best fines is an antique oak bed.

    —Gloria Y on January 15, 2020
  • The oldest quilt I have is one my grandmother made for me when I moved to a bed. It’s a treasure.

    —Janet on January 15, 2020
  • The best antique I’ve found was a 1901 treadle machine that I could actually afford. I was so excited to think someone really used this machine to make their clothing and quilts. I still have this machine and it’s been +35 years. Love the quilts shown in this book and hope to make a few of them.

    —Libbyc on January 15, 2020
  • I found a 30s print trip around the world top. I quilted it on my longarm and used a scrappy back of reproduction 30s prints. It’s my favorite!

    —Celia Grigsby on January 15, 2020
  • A drawing that my dad did as a young man. Mom uncovered it as she was preparing for a yard sale. Truly a treasure! It is now framed and hanging in my quilting she shed.

    —Diana O on January 15, 2020
  • Wile visiting family in east Tennessee my sister-in-law took me garage sale-ing which I love to do. One older gentlemen was getting ready to downsize, and I found a quilt his grandmother made. I asked if it was supposed to be in the sale fully expecting him to say, "Oh goodness no!" Instead, he said, "Yes. No one in the family wants it." I became it’s forever home, and have rescued many other quilts since. But that one is my first – a beautiful 9 patch.

    —Janie K Lewis on January 15, 2020
  • I recently found some hand pieced quilt blocks at an antique shop and I plan on turning them into a quilt. I know someone spent a lot of time putting those together and I felt it was a shame that they have never been put into a finished quilt.I have also been collecting antique hankys to someday turn into a quilt. I love all kinds of antiques!!

    —Patricia Daw on January 15, 2020
  • My best antique finds have been antique sewing machines. My husband is an enabler, he is always searching and convincing me to purchase them. He cleans and polishes them and makes them as go9d as new.

    —Judyk on January 15, 2020
  • I collect anything Scottish Terrier related, so I would have to say the time I found a child size craft apron with scotties on it from Harrod’s Dept store would be the best item. It was under $2 and looked like it had never been used.

    —Sandy Allen on January 15, 2020
  • My best find was a gorgeous Sunbonnet Sue top sashed in solid pink cotton fit for the little lady that she is. I really love this quilt top because of all the beautiful fabrics used for her dress with coordinated matching bonnets.

    —Ann West on January 15, 2020
  • Two of my favorite finds was my Treadle Sewing Machine and my 1952 Featherweight which I got for a hundred dollars. Could ask for a better find love them both. They remind me of my great grandmother and grandmother they taught me how to sew.

    —Sharon Cirillo on January 15, 2020
  • I only but small things because my house is small. One day I found a teapot marked "McCormick." Since that was my maiden name, it had to come home.

    —Patricia Hersl on January 15, 2020
  • I have a quilt that was made in the 30’s by my grandmother. This is the only one I have and I treasure it.

    —Stephanie Woodward on January 15, 2020
  • I am the first generation quilter in my family. Was never lucky enough to find any old quilts at yard sales or flea markets. But that’s ok I make my own with my fabric stash and wonderful books like this new one coming out.

    —Linda Parillo on January 15, 2020
  • This story and your book have really inspired me. I have been making quilts for only 3 years now and I would love to find old quilts in antique stores. This may become my new hobby.

    —Lisa Quiel on January 15, 2020
  • My favorite antique find is a hand-crank Singer portable, with a domed cover, in like-new condition. It still works perfectly.

    —Debbie Sverduk on January 15, 2020
  • My husband has an antique quilt and my mother-in-law had two quilt tops that we found after she passed away. She did not quilt and no body knows how she acquired these quilt tops. This new book is lovely! Thanks for the give away!

    —Sandy on January 15, 2020
  • A pastry blender with a green wooden handle that I picked up in an antique shop while visiting my daughter in Arizona & I use it every time I make a pie!

    —Patricia Anderson on January 15, 2020
  • My most unusual find so far is an old Singer sewing machine that uses a shuttle instead of a bobbin.

    —Stephanie on January 15, 2020
  • My best quilting treasure find was a scrap of a much loved quilt at a 2nd-hand store. I was a new quilter, timid and intimidated by the skills of my fellow guild members. Finding this worn scrap, obviously much used was an inspiration. No seams matched, no points matched, seams were puckered, BUT I found it charming. It gave me to confidence to just dive in and start making quilts. My early quilts were very amature-like. I gradually got better. I’m so glad that scrap inspired me to dare to quilt. I’d love to win this book. Sounds amazing. Thank you.

    —Becky Leitl on January 15, 2020
  • My find of an old quilt was many years ago when we were still living in Indiana. There was an estate sale of belongings of an elder lady who was there and I met her, she was going into a nursing home as she was already in her 90’s. I purchased a quilt she made when she was a teenager. The batting was actually horse tail as she had no means to use any kind of batting. That quilt now would be over 100 years old.

    —Althea Klosterman on January 15, 2020
  • I found Sunbonnet Sue blocks, enough to make a small quilt at an antique mall.

    —Polly Blank on January 15, 2020
  • My best find is a couch and chair set that is still waiting for recovering that I want to do in quil block fashion it is on my list

    —Deb on January 15, 2020
  • My favorite find was a Singer 401A I purchased at Goodwill. I learned to sew on my mom’s 401A. She had traded it in on a newer machine, so I was thrilled to find a replacement. Thank you for an opportunity to win this book.

    —laurie a on January 15, 2020
  • My mom has a friend who shared a few yo-yo quilts her mother had made. One was all polyester solids done up in a hexie flower garden pattern. It was beautiful queen size bedspread that was extremely heavy!

    Joy P on January 15, 2020
  • I never find anything to be honest but I dream about it.

    —Christi on January 15, 2020
  • At an auction, my husband and I found an antique appliance repairmen’s parts cabinet with 64 drawers that came from an appliance store that had closed. Each drawer measures 6 inches wide x 4 inches deep x 16 inches long, very similar to a library card catalog cabinet. It is incredibly handy for storing all my sewing notions. Each color of thread is in a separate drawer, as are zippers, ribbons, scissors, rotary cutters, blades, rulers, small projects — anything that will fit. I love it! Everyone who sews should have one!

    —Kay Day on January 15, 2020
  • I love antiques but my favourite find would have to be my Singer 222k Featherweight I purchased at at an auction over 25 years ago for AU$44. I had no idea what it was at the time nor how valuable it was. It sews like a dream and I’ll never part with it

    —Nicola on January 15, 2020
  • MY favorite find was a quilt on a frame (2 long pieces of wood) made by my Grandmother unfortunately it was severely damaged and before I started quilting so I wasn’t prepared to save it/

    —Elizajane C. on January 16, 2020
  • Unfortunately, I do not have any antique quilts, not many around here and the prices are quite high. My favorite antique find is my bed which is a late Victorian wrought iron scroll work full size, it is one of my very favorite possessions. My mom and I bought it at an auction over twenty years ago.

    —Amanda Best on January 16, 2020
  • A 1930’s hand-pieced hexagon quilt top, still needing a couple rows sewn on. All the pieces were there. It’s beautiful!

    —Mary on January 16, 2020
  • I have a couple of antique quilts that my Aunt made. She has passed away and they are cherished by me. Those are my favorite antique finds. Thank you.

    Danette Stankovich on January 16, 2020
  • I found a lovely hardanger table topper for $2 in the 80’s. And I was also given a small family cross stitch sampler dated 1860.

    —Cathy B. on January 16, 2020
  • Clearing out my elderly mother’s closet we found an unfinished quilt top my mother had forgotten: it was hand-sewn in the 1940’s by the grandmother for whom I’m named (she died when my mother was young). I will finish it and cherish it.

    —Martha Oskvig on January 16, 2020
  • My mother-in-law gave me a crazy quilt she found while cleaning out an elderly mans home. She bought it from him and put it away. A few years ago she brought it out to show me. She gave me that lovely quilt. I found the date, 1903, embroidered in the corner. The satin is disintegrating, but otherwise it is in good condition. A truly treasured gift.

    Kristie on January 16, 2020
  • I was gifted a quilting hoop and orphan blocks by my mother-in-law that had been made by her mother.

    —S. B. Helm on January 16, 2020
  • Vintage hand embroidered towels with the days of the week/tasks… I plan to sew them into quilt blocks, bordered with 1930’s reproduction fabrics.

    —Gina in Bellevue WA on January 16, 2020
  • My son found a civil war era Lone Star quilt (red, white and blue) in southwestern Virginia and gave it too me! It’s my favorite antique quilt because it was a gift from my son and I love civil war era quilts and fabrics! 💝

    —Angela on January 16, 2020
  • Favorite find — too many to pick one — any Pennsylvania quilt dating from 1870 to 1930.

    —Barbara Garrett on January 16, 2020
  • Anything quilt related are my preferred funds when antiquing.

    —Helen Johnston on January 16, 2020
  • I come from a long line of ‘trash pickers’ as Grandmom used to call antiques dealers. She was one and had a store when I was a girl, many years ago. Two of my favorite finds are a 6 drawer Coats & Clark thread cabinet and a green and red on white appliqued quilt from the 1870s. Love the stitching.

    —Pat Mosley on January 16, 2020
  • Every quilt is perfect ! love them all for their uniqueness, colors and designs.

    —Susan Stone on January 16, 2020
  • My favorite antique find is a quilt that found me! It was gifted to me by my parents and has an embroidered date of 1920, and it was pieced and embroidered by my grandmother, truly a treasure!

    —Linda M on January 16, 2020
  • I found at an estate sale a beautiful old star of Bethlehem quilt in indigo blues and background in small shirt print. Faded ,soft and cuddly! Hangs on my living room wall.

    —Retia Shealy on January 16, 2020
  • My goodness, these are beautiful quilts. I don’t go antiquing, so I haven’t ever found a treasure, but I am fortunate to own 2 quilts that have been in my mother’s family for years. I wish I knew their history.

    —Margaret on January 16, 2020
  • My mother-in – law’s ancient Singer seeing machine

    —Alice Gaither on January 16, 2020
  • Not a find, but treasured all the same- I have a hand embroidered tablecloth my grandmother, great aunt, and my mother had all embroidered a corner of. They left the last corner for me to do, so that it was multigenerational.

    —Susan Ikin on January 16, 2020
  • My favorite find was quilt tops found in her cedar chest and made by my great grandmother.

    —Barbara Daniel on January 16, 2020
  • My favorite antique find is a lovely curio cabinet.

    —Bonnie on January 16, 2020
  • Favorite antique find was a set of 4 cherry wood chairs. They were water marked and the cane seats were falling apart. I used them while in grad school, but when I had more time refinished the chairs and wove new shaker style seats with cotton webbing.

    —Barbara on January 16, 2020
  • My favorite antique find was to find the same china as my mother had. There are 6 children in our family, and the majority of the girls decided to split the set so we could each have one place setting and one serving dish. Well, that meant that the pieces were almost unusable, because how are you going to set a table with 1 place setting of china and the rest your regular old dinner ware? So one day while in an antique store about 20 miles away I happened on the same exact china!!! WEll, that was my birthday gift that year!! Then a few years later I found a plate or two at an thrift store and asked if they happened to have more of it hiding anywhere. Well, the clerk said she had more of it in their other store (the store that was for the upper end items) right on the square in Sonoma. So we beat it over there in a flash and bought all that they had. So now I have 12 plates, and as many salad plates, dessert bowls, and 2 more serving dishes! I feel sooooo amazingly blessed!!!! And thanks for the chance to win that book: it looks amazing!!!! hugs, H

    —Helen L on January 17, 2020
  • I found a red, white and blue log cabin at a local shop. It was so dirty. I had to wash it and was delighted when it turned out very nice. Only worn part was a small place on the binding which I repaired. I love it as much as whoever used it and got it so dirty. I just love to make quilts that look like old quilts.

    —Carol G on January 17, 2020
  • I found a log cabin Civil War quilt, unused, at Goodwill for a song. I love looking at all the different fabric prints and owning a piece of history.

    —Sharon Browne on January 17, 2020
  • I, too, have found some nice antique quilts at antique stores. I have two quilts in beautiful condition. My favorite was a yo-yo quilt top. It was falling apart but I took it apart even more by splitting it into smaller sections for table toppers, a piece on back of the couch, etc.
    I work with mostly reproduction fabrics – my favorite!

    —Jaxine Andersen on January 17, 2020
  • My favorite antique quilt is one I purchased at a chili supper silent auction for $60. It is a Lone Star in red, white and blue. Just beautiful!

    —Judy Smith on January 17, 2020
  • My husbands great grams quilt. It is full of beautiful bright fabrics.

    —Mary Tobias on January 17, 2020
  • There are many, but probably the 20 foot hand-made ladder found in my parents storage after they were gone that was handed down from my grandparents. We cut it in half to make it usable (for hanging quilts, of course) and so that two families could share the treasure.

    —Kyra Franz on January 17, 2020
  • I have an old 9 patch I found when we cleaned out my great aunt’s house. Don’t know the maker but I treasure it anyway.

    —Jill E Finger on January 17, 2020
  • A beautiful red/yellow quilt.

    Deb on January 17, 2020
  • My favorite find is a Singer 201 sewing machine, found wrapped in plastic in the parking lot of our local second hand store. Rescued it for $10, researched online and learned to clean it up and get it sewing again. Started a whole new hobby for me – I now search dark corners of thrift and antique stores for old machines, and make my quilts with them.

    —Kathleen T on January 17, 2020
  • My favorite antique quilt was not a purchased find but an Antique Quilt Talk I attended with my cousin at the local Library in Clarks Summit, PA. It was a wonderful experience, showing antique quilts the couple found in their travels. Amazing how some stood up to time with minimal damage. We took away a great experience of knowledge of how our quilts can survive if taken care of properly.

    —Kathryn Smotryski on January 17, 2020
  • Great book. I love seeing the original antique quilts alomg side the reproductions.

    —Patt on January 17, 2020
  • My mother and I were given an unfinished quilt – a dozen crazy quilt blocks that were obviously created from old clothes. The maker had used newspaper on the back as foundation and that told us where she was from and the general time period. So much fun to read those old articles (of course we saved what we could!) and then put the quilt together. That’s the only antique quilt adventure I’ve had, but I’d do it again in an instant! …And this book is already on my wish list. Thanks for the chance to win it!

    —Sherryl Wynne on January 17, 2020
  • I inherited a carved wooden chest with oriental motifs from my Aunt. It sits with ride in my living room.

    —Barbaraben on January 17, 2020
  • I have a couple. handmade lace table clothes.

    —Donna F on January 17, 2020
  • I have found old embroidered pillowcases,dresser scarves, doilies and hankies. Have not found any antique quilts. I do have a grandmother’s flower garden top that my mother made with feedsacks in the ’40s. Planning on finishing, but don’t know how?

    Barb H. on January 17, 2020
  • My great grandmother left 2 unfinished quilt tops that I inherited. I have finally completed them and hand quilted both.

    —Lillian K on January 17, 2020
  • I have never bought an antique quilt. But I do have some very old quilts made by my Grandmother and my husband’s aunt. They are at least 40 years old.

    —Sylvia L on January 17, 2020
  • I really liked the yellow and white one, for a two color quilt. It comes off very elegant.

    —cindy wisherd on January 17, 2020
  • A tumbling blocks quilt top. An $8 purchase. Will never know who made this beautiful quilt.

    —Lynn on January 17, 2020
  • My favorite antique quilt is a Rob Peter to Pay Paul quilt my husband found in an old dresser stored in a shed that his mom and stepdad owned and we purchased after his stepdad died. There’s not a label and his mom doesn’t know who made it but the dresser was his stepdads mother’s. The quilt is cheddar and cream. It was featured on Bonnie Hunter’s blog as she photographed it when I brought it to a presentation she gave at a guild. The book looks fabulous!

    —Cindy K on January 17, 2020
  • My newest antique find is a treadle machine in working order. My nephews and grandson love to use it as well and are so interested in how it works.

    —Ferne Tworek on January 17, 2020
  • My antique find is a long put away redwork quilt made by my great aunt around 1910. Each embroidered square was signed by the friend (and my grandmother) who made it. I found many of the same names in my aunt’s autograph book and in old copies of her town’s local newspaper. It was very special to get a sense of her life a hundred years ago!

    —Patricia Ludwiczak on January 17, 2020
  • My favorite is the house blocks quilt

    —Martha Followill on January 17, 2020
  • I have several antiques that I treasure, including a treadle machine originally purchased in 1918, with the original store receipt, and a hexagon quilt with some fabrics from the 1800’s. I would love to make one or more of the quilts in this book.

    —Wayne Washington on January 17, 2020
  • My antique find is a quilt that my grandmother gave me and then I found out that it was made by my great-grandmother.

    —Martha Johnson on January 17, 2020
  • My favorite "find" was a variation of an early American flag quilt with the stars and stripes of the day. Thanks for creating your new book.

    —Diana Senturia on January 17, 2020
  • My favorite antique quilt was not a find but an inheritance. It is my mother’s baby quilt, made from actual feedsacks. She was born in January 1934 and her quilt has no batting; I imagine they thought she wouldn’t need extra warmth when she used it during her first hot Iowa summer.

    —Beth T. on January 17, 2020
  • In 1971 I bought a scrappy epp hexi made into star pattern quilt. It was being sold by a women in Bear River, Nova Scotia, who found many unused quilts in her mothers attic. The quilt was 50 years old at that time (made in 1920) and in beautiful condition. It is now100 years old, well-loved and very worn.

    —Tara on January 17, 2020
  • I never found something special, But maybe that time comes, I am still looking

    —Rommy van Houten on January 17, 2020
  • I have a grandmothers quilt that is well over a hundred made out of cordury, wool, and flannel, My dad’s mom made lots of quilts but they were made out of rags so many of them didn’t make it…they were wore out or just faded away as you know fabric can do…thanks

    —bobbie rumler on January 17, 2020
  • My favorite antique find is a red & white bear paw quilt.

    —Susan L. on January 17, 2020
  • My Great-Grandmother’s wedding ring quilt was stolen from me, I was thrilled to find one at an antique store, while she hadn’t made it, someone had put their love into those stitches.

    —Vin M on January 17, 2020
  • One of my dearest possessions is a quilt my grandmother handpieced and quilted probably in the 1940s. My mother who is now 88 remembers my grandmother keeping her quilt tops on a frame strung up to the ceiling of the dining room when she wasn’t working on them. Grandma sold eggs and butter to buy fabric and thread. She made many of her quilts from cutting up old clothes or scraps from the clothes she sewed on her treadle machine.

    —Jan A. on January 17, 2020
  • I have my parents’ double wedding ring quilt given to them in 1946. It is well used and my treasure. Unfortunately I don’t know who made it but both sides of the family had quilters.

    —Rosalie on January 17, 2020
  • I have a small vintage quilt and vintage quilt blocks that I found
    in Arkansas. Love looking for great finds!

    —usairdoll on January 17, 2020
  • Have some of my Grandmother’s quilts that she made and love them! Also, a few years ago a new neighbor brought a quilt top over to give to me…she said it was made by her grandmother and she’s been carrying it around for years and didn’t really want it any more (she wasn’t a quilter). Of course, I gladly accepted this wonderful gift, but after thinking about it I was finally able to convince her to keep it, divide it in half (it was plenty big enough for 2 lap quilts), finish into lap quilts and gift them to her young, twin grandaughters. They turned out so well that she began taking quilting classes and now she produces even more quilts than I!
    Thank you for an opportunity to win this book. That’s very kind of you!

    —Linda Batchelar on January 17, 2020
  • Some old antique blocks that had been paper pieced with old newspapers from 1940 … Removed the paper so carefully because of the news that was reported in it … Loved the blocks but loved the news more .. My daughter and I lived together and love for old quilts, etc.

    —Rosemary Barron on January 17, 2020
  • I love all kinds of antiques–I am the keeper of an old quilt made by my Great-Great Grandmother for my Great Grandfather when he was a boy (He ended up serving in the Civil War). It is in fragile condition and I have thought of trying to reproduce it in reproduction fabric.

    —Barb K on January 17, 2020
  • I have a decent sized collection of antique quilts so it’s difficult to pick a favorite. My favorite antique categories (I’ll narrow it to two) are signature quilts and anything small scale.

    Taryn on January 17, 2020
  • A bag of 70 strip blocks that were sewn on to pages of Good Housekeeping from 1940-1948! $5! I’ve cleaned them up a sewn them together. Putting the binding on now.

    Debra Freese on January 17, 2020
  • My favorite find is something that has all it parts and still works.

    —Teri N on January 17, 2020
  • I found a brown paper bag of wonderfully embroidered Sunbonnet Sue blocks for a good price and purchased them as fast as I could. The dealer crammed all of the blocks back into the paper bag, and when I got home and looked I was pleasantly surprised. Not only were the blocks wonderful, there was enough “small” Sunbonnet Sue blocks, identical to the others, to make a small quilt. I don’t think the dealer knew there were small blocks too!

    —Pat on January 17, 2020
  • I have a hand quilted broken star or Bethlehem Star quilt in Amish solids from the 30’s that a friend gave me who found it in a thrift store. I love looking at it and always bring it out after Christmas. This is my kind of book. Thank you

    —Theresa Kennedy on January 17, 2020
  • Wow, what a great book.😊😊

    —Charla Francis on January 17, 2020
  • At a flea market several years ago my friend &I found at blue and white star quilt. Beautiful heavily quilted with the tiniest stitches. It had been washed so much many of the small 5 inch stars barely had any blue left in them! She was the lucky winner who took it home!

    —Tamara Williams on January 17, 2020
  • My prized quilt is a 1940’s era butterfly quilt that my grandma and I won in a raffle at the local Grange. I asked her if she could get it for me. She gave me a dime to buy a ticket and said if we win the quilt would be mine. Over 60 years have passed, the quilt still looks almost new.

    —Cindy on January 17, 2020
  • My great grandmother made several quilts in the 1930’s and 40’s. As a child I loved searching all the tiny squares for interesting fabrics. Tiny 9 patches are my favorite to this day.

    —Lisa on January 18, 2020
  • I found 2 beautiful but oldies at a yard sale.

    —Renae on January 18, 2020
  • I love to find old sewing machines in good working order. They are true workhorses. The book is lovely!

    —Sharon Ray on January 18, 2020
  • An antique cupboard where I store my quilts

    —Wendy on January 18, 2020
  • A family quilt made by my great grandmother circa 1900, is on my bucket list to recreate. It was made for my grandmother 1885-1945) before her marriage. Dark red WIDE sashing with groupings of churn dash blocks in muted tans and blacks. I’ve never see another like it.
    I’m currently hand quilting a reproduced quilt from my childhood- made by my other grandmother. A Lemoin (so?) star.

    —Marcia on January 18, 2020
  • My favorite antique is the Boston Rocker that belonged to my grandparents.

    —Mary on January 18, 2020
  • I love antique glassware. My favorite item is a white milkglass cakeplate.

    —Renee G on January 18, 2020
  • I have purchased a few antique quilts. Among them is one from the 1940s with nearly 4000 1 1/2″ Kite shapes arranged into 4 patches and joined with muslin diamonds. It is bordered with over 300 1 1/2″ prairie points. It is so amazing; my husband loves it, too. Thank you for having a drawing for this book, it looks very interesting to those of us who love antique quilts.

    —Glenna C Denman on January 18, 2020
  • Made by many ladies of a Church group, my grandfather won their bowtie quilt at a church raffle in the early 60’s. My Mom put it on my bed and I used to love looking at all the different fabrics (the ladies’ scraps!) of the bowties. I own it now and on my bucket list is to reproduce it one day. Your book has some great designs in it. What a treasure it would be to own!

    —Marie Eddins on January 18, 2020
  • My favorite and most treasured antiques are the hand embroidered linens that my mother made. They are particularly treasured because her mother (my grandmother) crocheted lace around the edges.

    —Ellen on January 18, 2020
  • my favorite find is the old doors my husband found in the garbage and refinished for my guest room! the quilts in this book look fantastic!

    —shoshana vogel on January 18, 2020
  • I have never found any other, than two from my husband mother. She had them made when she worked in PJ factory 1930. The quilt was made as quilt as you go only with one big backing full size all by hand.

    —Linda Christianson on January 18, 2020
  • Oh I’ve had lots of favorite finds! My favorites are my antique sewing machines!

    —Renee Welton on January 18, 2020
  • If only there were vintage shops, yard sales or flea markets where i’m from. I have 0 chances of ever finding one so i guess i will just have to make my own "antique" quilts and hope that in time someone might collect them and treasure them.

    —Simona Varodi on January 19, 2020
  • I found an old large tin topped toolbox used by someone working on the railroad. I got it at an auction for $5.00, after refinishing it has become my coffee table.

    —Sally Christiansen on January 19, 2020
  • My favorite antique is an Eastlake style wall clock. My husband kept it working for the 53 years we were married. When he died, I let the clock run down as it was too difficult for me to reach it to wind often. It brings me pleasure every day in seeing it and I still can hear the every half hour chimes in my mind. I’m a traditional quilter and love every quilt in your book!

    —Pauline Fisher on January 19, 2020
  • I would love to win this book! It is difficult to choose a favorite antique find, but if I must it would be a flamed walnut hutch!

    —Merry F on January 19, 2020
  • A box of hand-painted wooden ornaments that looked just like the ones I remember from my grandparents’ Christmas trees.

    —JennyH on January 19, 2020
  • My featherweight! My husband found it at a garage sale and "made" me buy it. I wasn’t going to, but he said – "you will be sorry if you don’t". Hate to admit it – he was right. I love my machine.

    —Donna W on January 20, 2020
  • I have a grandmother’s garden variation looks like 1930s from the fabric, with the diamond shapes filling in between the hexies. I found one like it once online, promptly forgot the pattern name! I put it on a backing, found some cheddar to finish an unfinished border and had it quilted, now I need to bind it. I also have my grandmother’s tops she made for her grandchildren in the 50’s and 60’s, she used 9-patch variations and I’ve had to do some repair because she used everything, even rayons that shredded over the years. Works in progress, works of love.

    —Sharon S on January 21, 2020
  • I have never purchased an antique, however, I have been blessed with quilts from my Grandmothers and I have my Grandmother’s treadle sewing machine.

    —barbara blair on January 22, 2020
  • I have a quilt that my grandmother made from old chewing tobacco sacks. Not very colorful, but I love it anyway. I also have an old scale that I found at Round Top Days. I use it to display small items on. Great conversation piece. I have a few old quilt tops that my sister gave me that she got off ebay. I need to finish these. I could go on and on. Love the book.

    —Darliss on January 22, 2020
  • I have an antique drunkard’s path quilt in blue and what that I absolutely love!

    —Kimberly Dow on January 23, 2020
  • My favorite find was a Singer featherweight sewing machine for $35.00!

    —Debra Miller on January 25, 2020

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