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Beth Whitaker

Antique squares

Antique squares

I’m 55 years old and have never sewn a thing in my life.


I have, however, inherited an entire set of antique quilt squares, which were sewn by my great grandmother.

They are appliqué in that they are patterns stitched on top of what appears to be “flour sack” material?

I don’t have a clue what to do with them and I am looking for advice on how and with whom to proceed?

Thank you in advance on any advice.

I don’t wish to harm the historical value of these squares.

I realize that they are probably only of sentimental value to me, but I’d hate to harm them with my inexperience.

I have uploaded some pictures of these squares.

I didn’t photograph all of them, but enough for someone to get an idea of what I’m talking about.

Thank you for taking the time to look at them.

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Mar 01, 2022
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Old Quilt Squares
by: Anonymous

Beth, I found a set of similar quilt squares when we cleaned out my parents' house after both had passed. I created my own design and found a solid material to make strips between them and had to use them in corners to make the odd number of pieces make a lap quilt. There were not enough to make a bed quilt. If you have a quilt shop in your area, I would take all the squares to them and have them help you come up with a plan. The shop owner might even help you or have a customer they know help. Then once I had the quilt pieced, I took it to a lady who machine quilts to have her do the finishing work. It cost me $100 to have it quilted. I do quilt, but I was afraid the old material and the thickness would be too hard on my fingers, so this is the only quilt I've ever had machine stitched. Hope this helps. If there is a place to post a picture of mine, I will.

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