Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Susan’s So Thankful Give-Away #7: “Celebrate Great Quilts!”


Here’s a give-away for those of you out there who love traditional historic quilts. Celebrate Great Quilts! Circa 1825-1940 (C&T Publishing, 2004) is a book by cousins Karey Patterson Bresenhan and Nancy O’Bryant Puentes, who founded the International Quilt Association (with their mothers). The quilts featured in this book are from their International Quilt Festival Collection.

In the introduction, they tell how they collected these quilts, over many years, when one caught their eye or captured their heart. “We believe that a quilt must make your heart sing and your eyes dance. If it doesn’t, then it’s not meant for you.” If you love old quilts, you know exactly what they mean. (Unfortunately, I have found a number of old quilts that make my eyes dance and my heart sing, but have not had enough money to purchase them!) This is collection to make one drool. 

The quilts are shown by period (1825-1849, 1850-1874, 1875-1899, 1900-1924, and 1925-1940). The book features beautiful photos of each quilt, with what is known about it (materials, techniques, quilting stitches per inch, etc.), as well as general information about the styles, techniques and patterns typical of each era. 


This book is fabulous eye candy and a research volume all wrapped into one. If you love old quilts, you’ll love it.

Here’s your chance to win! Leave a comment after this post and tell me if you have purchased an old quilt, and if so, what it is like and why you love it. I’ll pull one name at random at 9 p.m. on Tuesday Nov. 29, and send you the book. WINNER: Laura T. 

32 comments:

  1. I've never purchased an old quilt. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  2. I love both the new and the old - much about the old forms the basis for the new. So this book would be a valued addition to my collection. I don't own a old quilt. I grew up watching people around me quilt, but was unfortunately never the recipient of one!

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  3. I love looking at old quilts for inspiration, but have never bought one. Most of the quilts here are from the 50's and not in great shape.

    Debbie

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  4. I have one old quilt that I didn't buy. It's a 1920's or 30's double wedding ring. A friend bought it many years ago while in college. She had it hanging on the wall in her daughter's room and somehow it got ripped. She gave it to me to repair, about 13 years ago, and I fixed and I was going to offer her money for it. I still have it in a box somewhere, as she never asked me for it!

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  5. I haven't purchased an old quilt. There are some really nice ones at the antique shop, but I haven't convince my DH we need them yet....grin.

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  6. The books like a great read! I also do not have money to purchase an antique quilt but would love to learn more about them, the makers, and the fabrics of the times.
    LauraT

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  7. I have purchased an old quilt. It was a lonely quilt in an antique shop at a very good price. It's a soft old quilt which has probably been loved for many years. I'd love to own more old quilts, but they are either in pretty bad condition or often price prohibitive.

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  8. I haven't purchased any quilts, but my mom and I have a number of quilts that have been passed down in our family. The most recent one was made by my grandmother. All of the others were made by grandmother's two grandmothers. Would love to explore this book. My favorite old quilt is one that has scalloped edges.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(dot)com

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  9. I have bought a couple of old quilts but was lucky to find them for only a few dollars. I love them in spite of their condition because they have obviously been loved to bits - literally!

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  10. Susan,
    I would love the opportunity to purchase an old quilt. Unfortunately old quilts aren't readily available in New Zealand, and certainly not like that beautiful one on the cover of the book! There are some antique quilts in museums but they are not displayed very often.

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  11. I have never been lucky enough to find an old quilt - but I don't think we in the UK have such an old tradition of quilting as the US does, certainly not in my part of the country. I would love to find a vintage quilt!!

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  12. When my grandmother passed away, she left several quilt blocks, quilt tops and partially completed quilts. Nobody wanted them so I took them. They sat for many years until I became interested in quilting. Then I found that they were 30's quilt blocks. I am working on completing a quilt top with these blocks.

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  13. I rescued a quilt at Goodwill. The lovely top (never quilted) had been floated over a cheap imported comforter and the edges bound. I took it apart and then had it quilted. I love the results. You can see it here.

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  14. stifiI have not purchased an old quilt but I DO use them as research for quilting designs in my Longarm quilting business. I love having books like that as a reference, especially because I don't have many of the real thing near me to study!

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  15. HI Susan,
    No, I have never bought an old quilt but I have certainly noticed them in quilt shows. I recently saw a green one that had pineapples sewn on it. Gorgeous!!
    Would love the book.

    Ruth Quinn

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  16. Wow! What fun to see all of those quilts :) I can just never see enough of these beautiful creations. Imagine all of the work and creativity and love that went into making them... ahhh

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  17. I have purchased a couple, but the ones I really love are the ones passed down through generations. I love to imagine their lives when they were making them.

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  18. I`ve never bought an old quilt.
    Thanks for the chance.

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  19. BOOK LOOKS SO NEAT!
    NEVER PURCHASED A QUILT,BUT I HAVE SEVERAL OF MY GRANDMOTHER'S AND AUNTS AND THEY ARE SO BEAUTIFUL AND SOFT!*LOVE THOSE 20'S+3O'S FABRICS!
    THANK YOU FOR SHARING!

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  20. The closest I've come to purchasing an old quilt is one I found at a garage sale. It isn't very old but is red and cream and I love it. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  21. The closest I've come to purchasing an old quilt is one I found at a garage sale. It isn't very old but is red and cream and I love it. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  22. I've never purchased an antique quilt but I have many that my grandmother made throughout her life. Most aren't in pristine condition because, like my grandmother believed and practiced, quilts were made to be used and loved. All my quilts get used so I suspect my granddaughter will eventually have plenty of old quilts from me in less then pristine condition but with lots of wonderful memories attached to the frayed edges.

    McKenna

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  23. I have inherited several old quilts. My favorite is Sunbonnet Sue. I think it is my favorite, because I remember sleeping under it at night when I visited my granny

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  24. I haven't purchased an old quilt - but I've inherited a few family treasures ... unfortunately after the mice got to them. I do love old quilts for inspiration.

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  25. In '86 I went to USA with hubby on a Business trip on the condition he let me buy a quilt! In Vermont I found a divine Peach and white solids DB Quilt circa 1930's. Medallion Style but I have never seen the pattern replicated. Our B/room now is all windowed (very sunny) and the quilt is too precious to use. I just love reading about old quilts..the patterns and the stories. I wonder frequently at who made "my" quilt. Quilt books in Australia cost a fortune so my "library" is tiny!

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  26. Should I have the opportunity to purchase a vintage or antique quilt I most certainly would. I have purchased a handmade pincushion and a eyeglass case, each made with obvious care and there is something very extraordinary that I "feel" when obtaining something that is hand-made. I am aware of an almost intangible sensation but something touches my heart nevertheless. I would be inclined to define it as "love" but all I know is it does have a profound affect upon me and I savour these things dearly. I also have two objects my Grandmother crafted and they have always communicated to me her love and I feel I have a small part of her still with me.

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  27. I've never purchased an old quilt yet have several that I cherish which were given to me. My mother does as well. We love looking at them and thinking of the loved ones who made them.

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  28. I have purchased old quilts and old quilt tops. I love to rescue and re-do them. One is from the forties and was shredded around the edges for about six inches in. I cut off the damages and bound the lap square quilt that was left. One of my faves.

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  29. here a command from Holland. I alsoo like the old quilts more than the modern ones. What I like most is the print off the fabrics and the warm colors. i myself made a quilt that belongs to the Dutch quilters associaton and mad it from a lot off triangels. I loved to make it and now it is proudly shown on our king size bed.
    greetings from Holland. Ria

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  30. I bought an old quilt at an estate auction several years ago. It was from the 30's or 40's with bright blue for the border. And I have a quilt top that is hand pieced that someday I will finish.

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  31. I have not purchased an old quilt. I do have old quilts that my mother and grandmother made years ago. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  32. I found an old quilt top at a thrift store and I love it because it is made with Amish colors in a very simple triangle pattern! Love those Amish quilts!

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