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Quilts that tell Stories

Quilts tell stories. Some more than others. As I dig deeper into the lives of the girls and women that created the quilt squares in Athelstan, Iowa in 1934, I feel  a greater sense of who these women are – just because of the small tracks through time that they left via these small pieces …

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Athelstan Women Helping Each Other – August 1934

Bedford Times Press, August 23, 1934 Many of the women and girls that have quilt blocks at the Taylor County Historical Museum were mentioned in the Bedford Times Press on August 23, 1934. (Their names bolded) HONOR GUEST AT SHOWER Mrs. Fred Fidler Receives Many Gifts from Friends Mrs. Fred Fidler was honor guest at …

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Athelstan Memories

Memories surround me of my trip to Athelstan Iowa last summer. I met some long distance friends I’ve made through the journey of tracing the origins of these 1934 squares. I made new friends. Every single moment of the trip is savored. My only regret … that it was not longer. The Summer 2015 issue …

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Iowa Bound

I’m on my way to Iowa! Saturday, August 9th, I’ll be at the Taylor County Historical Museum to deliver the 1934 quilt squares to a new home. Sniff, sniff, sniff. I’m truly not ready to part with these squares yet. I love these little slices of life that entered my heart. But — this is …

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To Cut or Not To Cut

Cutter quilts they call them, quilts too worn and tattered to display or use. Cut ‘em up; that seems to be the popular theme. I can’t deny that I’ve purchased a few items embellished with these cut up old quilts. A few cards, a hanging sign proclaiming “Quilt Collector” with a scrap of old quilt …

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STUDIO VISIT: AUSTIN’S FOLK FIBERS

Originally posted on The Sche Report:
The Americana movement has been establishing itself for sometime now and with the support of strong brands like Levi’s and Pendleton, this growing trend of American made goods is spreading like wildfire.  This movement isn’t just thought about in regard to iconic denim and apparel, but an over-arching theme of  “getting…

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Z is for ZIG-ZAG

Zig Zag: A line or course that proceeds by sharp turns in alternating directions. Also, zig-zag is a stitch frequently used in appliquéd quilts, adhering one pattern piece to the base block. None of the pieces in this set of blocks from Athelstan, Iowa incorporate zig-zag stitches. Most of the blocks were entirely hand-stitched. A …

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‘Y’ is for YARD SALE

Yard sale; one was the source of my magnificent find. Frequent news stories report how treasures worth thousands and millions of dollars are discovered in yard sales and second hand stores. Finds at these venues don’t need to be valued that highly to be a treasure. These thirty small pieces of muslin, appliquéd with vintage …

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‘X’ is for eXcited

I admit it; I’m stretching on the ‘X’ post for the A to Z blog challenge. But I AM excited, about many things. I’m eXcited that I fortuitously found these squares at the yard sale. I’m eXcited that the A to Z blog challenge gives us this chance to persist with our blogs and grow …

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Weese’s … two cousins, three blocks

Two Weese’s are commemorated in Doris’ friendship quilt squares. Dean Weese, two years old in 1934, has two squares in the set. One of the unsolved mysteries is why he has two squares. We’ll never know. We can’t ask his mother. Zelma Leona (Smith) Weese, a member of the Athelstan Quilt Guild, made his square. …

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