Sunday, February 9, 2020

Make a Quilt From . . .

by Naomi Lundverg from the Threadville Mysteries by Janet Bolin

If you want to make a quilt, come visit me in Batty About Quilts in Threadville, Pennsylvania. That's not the village's real name, but that's what everyone calls it because of our needlecrafty shops.

At Batty About Quilts, I can guide you in fabric choices and designing and arranging your quilt blocks. I'll sell you the batting that gives the quilt its loft. I'll help you choose threads and assemble the quilt. And I'll even do the quilting for you, stitching the top, the batting, and the lovely backing together in beautiful patterns of stitches. Or I'll let you use my long arm quilting machine to do it yourself.

Or I'll help you make a quilt from scraps you might already have.

Years ago, that's how most quilts were made. People made quilts out of scraps from sewing projects, they made

quilts by cutting up clothes that they could no longer use in any other way. They made clothing and quilts from flour sacks, which were often printed with pretty designs to tempt the housewife into buying that particular bag of flour. And--this is new to me--they made quilts from freebies that came in or on packets of cigarettes or tins of tobacco and ribbons that had been tied around cigars.

Larger "silks" and "flannels" could be redeemed by collecting coupons from tobacco products. Both the large ones and the small ones came in varieties of pretty pictures. As with trading cards, consumers were urged to collect them all. These Tobacciana are still collected today.

As you can see, the results could be creative and pretty. Read more about Tobacciana and the quilts made from them here.

What interesting quilts have you seen? Comment below for a chance to win a copy of THREADED FOR TROUBLE, the first book in the Threadville series by Janet Bolin. Janet is also known as Ginger Bolton, author of the Deputy Donut Mystery series.

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  1. I have never sewn a quilt, I have helped tie one. Here in Kentucky we have a community of Amish and their quilts are beautiful. Many are hand-stiched! This sounds l
    I can't even imagine! This sounds like a wonderful series! meg85242 (@) gmail (dot) com

  2. I have seen many beautiful quilts but usually only in magazines. I have made some tied quilts using Eleanor Burns "Quilt in a Day" system. I also embroidered blocks and made baby quilts for my three grandchildren. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

  3. One of my pet-sitting clients long ago was a quilter. Her house was full of beautiful fabric. She even won awards. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

  4. Gkathgoldin@yahoo.comFebruary 9, 2020 at 10:57 AM

    I have made quilts since a child with my gran. I have saved my children's clothes since newborns and cut ✂ pieces that coordinate with favorite photos of them wearing it.So they have photo book a memory quilt. Also their drawn childhood pictures I put on the clothes they wore at the time they drew them. Second grade drawing-2nd grade dress all patchwork part of the quilt.
    If I lived near PA you bet I would be there in a flash. Plus I would HAVE you quilt my quilt. How fabulous.
    Janet your BOOK is right up my Cozy Mystery bookshelf :-) I would stand in Any door way to block any one to READ it :-) or perhaps win it .
    Blessings to YOU for the Success on the 1st book of this WONDERFUL new Series. I can't wait to READ.
    I am eager to look up your Deputy Donut �� Series.
    This sounds delightful also. LOVING this.

  5. My very talented and creative grandmother was a baker, cook and made lovely quilts for her grandchildren. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  6. My cousin likes to make baby quilts. They're pretty, cute & each one is different.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

  7. I love making quilts and would love to visit your shop! :-) Crazy quilts are very interesting and unusual quilts I’ve seen.

  8. I've seen many lovely quilts. I like the ones that follow a defined pattern, like the Lover's Knot pattern. Thank you so much for the giveaway! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

  9. I have a piece of a quilt made by my grandmother hanging in one of my bedrooms. My grandmother passed away before she finished it and my Dad was eight years old. It made from different pieces of fabric, no specific pattern. It's nice having something from my grandmother that I never knew.

  10. I used to help my grandmother make quilts and I do have some of her quilt pieces she cut out years ago..I made one on my own for my oldest daughter when she was a baby nani_geplcs(at)yahoo(dot)com

  11. Taylor R. WilliamsFebruary 9, 2020 at 4:22 PM

    My step mom makes the most amazing quilts, but my favorite is one she made for me out of old flannel shirts that belonged to my dad and his dad. trwilliams69(at)msn(dot)com

  12. My friend just learned to quilt and she made me a really cute Harry Potter themed quilt for Christmas. By interesting coincidence, I had made her a crocheted afghan.

  13. I’m impressed by them all! I went to a display at a museum in Houston a long time ago and that was neat.

  14. A memory quilt my sister-in-law made for our niece after her Dad's passing.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  15. I am a quilter, and love learning about historic quilt trends. My favorite old quilt is one that was made by my mother and her 2 sisters, embroidering a design on each block. The dashing around the blocks is badly deteriorated, but I hope to salvage most of the blocks and frame them for us, their offspring.
    gnluciow(at)gmail (dot) com

  16. Oh how I wish I was a quilter. My older daughter started a handmade quilt..completely sewing everything by hand and cutting her own squares when she still lived up here in the cold north. It is in the most beautiful design and colors...all to remind her of the same that she grew up near on the pacific coast. Then she, husband and family relocated to gulf area in Florida...and she finally finished it this past year....every bit stitched by hand. I live in an area where are many Amish quilt shops. When raising money for non profits, we used to scour the shops for quilts made to raise money for Amish families in need of significant health care....purchase and the auction off...keeping some for our charity and donating more to the Amish family. We tried to do as anonymously as possible by giving to Amish quilt shop owner and specifying who it was for.

  17. I have never quilted, but I've helped with ironing, etc. I love to go to quilt shows and see the ones that are on display.


  18. They exhibit some amazing quilts at the local show.


  19. A couple of years ago I went to the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky. They had awesome quilts on display.

  20. I do not have the abilities to ever make a quilt. I do have a wonderful friend who is amazing at it. She has made several for us. One had my dog that passed on it. She has made the t-shirt quilts for my brother and his wife. I love her talent and love looking at quilts. Thanks for the chance to win. kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

  21. The most amazing quilt I've ever see was in Shipshewana, IN. A school teacher wanted to show to her students that we all contribute in a small way to a bigger picture. To do this she had each stuff cut our a few 1 inch squares in different colors. Then she worked all the little squares into the Lord's Supper on a quilt. It was totally amazing! Words don't describe how pretty it was. It was on display in the quilt store in town with a framed description below it telling the story of the quilt. The owner of the story says that they would be beyond rich for all the money offered for the quilt, but that it would never be sold - it was too priceless to them.

    The quilt that means to most to me, without a doubt, is the quilts my Granny made. One in particular isn't the prettiest maybe but to me the most unusual. It's made from an old quilt as the batting. During hard times she had to make do with what they had. I would love to see the "lining" but would never dismantle the quilt to do so. To me, these are priceless.

    Thank you for the fabulous opportunity to win a copy of THREADED FOR TROUBLE which is definitely on my TBR list!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  22. I remember seeing and being amazed by the AIDS Memorial quilt back in college about 25 years ago. So many powerful stories were wrapped up in the quilt. The entire exhibit was inspiring and also very sad at the same time.

  23. We created a quilt for our parent's 50th anniversary. As there are 8 children, we each had a square to complete (we did counted cross-stitch) and the middle square was for our parents. I did 4 of the 9 squares and created a border for the squares. We had a friend quilt it for us and it was the highlight of their party! I currently have possession of this quilt and will pass it on to a niece when I decide to. It was a labor of love. Thanks for the chance to win your new book!

  24. I was watching Antique Road Show last week, they had antique cray quilt on, was beautiful. Estimate value over $6,000.00. Thank you for the giveaway queenvictoria50 (@) aol (dot) com

  25. I made a mistake in the blog--THREADED FOR TROUBLE is the second book in the Threadville Mystery Series, not the first (I don't have any more copies of the first.)
    Congratulations to Gkathgoldin. The random number generator chose you as the winner of a copy of THREADED FOR TROUBLE. I have sent you an email.

    Thank you to everyone who commented. I loved reading you comments.

    And...oops! I'm sorry if I implied that the Threadville Mystery Series is a new series. It's not. The books were published 2011 - 2015, but I wanted to use my Threadville quilting character, Naomi, to tell about the cigarette "silk" and cigar ribbon collectibles and quilts.

    Janet AKA Ginger

  26. My step-grandfather's step-father made the most beautiful quilts. I remember when i was about 3 yrs old he gave my grandmother a quilt for me. Have no idea what happened to it but whoever has it has a goldmine in their possession! (He never sold them only gave them away but even back then (mid 60s) he was offered $800/each to make quilts for a business in his town!)
    Thank you for the chance!