I bought this worn, depression-era quilt for the modern-looking, polka dot cover.
What a great print to make my funky chicken pillow–
But when we cut into the quilt, there was a surprise. Worn women’s and children’s clothing made up the center layer where cotton (or modern poly) batting would normally add the fill.
What a wonderful source for fabric! It’s like finding an un-opened suitcase that’s been lost for 70 or 80 years.
I can’t wait to reuse these vintage pieces in my Kiki’s Rewind Designs.
It’s also a wonderful reminder that times were once really lean, especially in the rural South. Money was in short supply on the farm. Credit cards didn’t exist. Women stayed home and cooked, cleaned, canned, and sewed. They patched together what they had to keep their families fed and warm.
Hats off to the hard-working women who repurposed this quilt and so many others.
I am thankful for my many advantages and the resources to pursue a craft for fun.
PS. It’s a great long weekend to sew!