Quilters on a Road Trip: Inspiration from the Past


Antique shows are a great place to meet quilters. Some come looking for antique and vintage quilts. Others come to look for tops that were never finished or even just lonely blocks. Sometimes the stories of the quilts can be discovered. Other times we have to imagine what the stories might be.

Over the weekend, 24 Blocks had the pleasure of talking with Anita Carr and Bev Edwards, both on the left above, of Olathe, Kansas. Their quilting group is called the Stash Slackers, a great name! They were in New Harmony, Indiana, looking for vintage quilts, especially tops that they could finish. They’re shown here with Susan, a dealer from Huntingburg, Indiana, who was able to give them great information on the vintage top they’re holding. It was in perfect condition even though it dated to the 1940ís.

Anita and Bev came to the antique show after visiting the National Quilt Museum in Paducah. Yes, thatís a road trip from Kansas!


Bev and Anita were also able to date this vintage beauty in the collection of Ruth Scully, right, an antiques dealer from Kentucky. They knew one of the print fabrics in it and the approximate date, mid-1930ís, of its introduction in the fabric market.

Road trips are great for sharing knowledge and meeting great quilters. When we combine that with antiques and museums we can also get inspiration from the past.

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