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April 19, 2008


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Barbara Wood

I LOVE this story! It would be a crying shame if you had not been there to rescue these treasures. My husband regularly travels the interstate to work and over the years he has found a few quilts on the side of the road. One of them was in such bad shape it couldn't be used for a bed quilt, so it graces the top of an armoire in my dining room.It was just a utilitarian quilt, made of several big pieces of different floral fabrics, but I love it!

Lynn Einarson

I would have raced you to the bin. Lovely pieces

Melinda Gonzales

What a wonderful story! I'm all about rescuing quilts and bringing them back to their former glory. I shudder to think that these treasures were almost lost to the landfill. It amazes me that there are people out there who don't find value in these old quilts. At least give them up to Goodwill!


On the one hand, I am always amazed at how cheaply I can buy old quilts around here. The price is truly shameful if you think about it. But, on the other hand, I am so thankful to be able to find and afford so many of them. To be able to bring them home, air them in the sunshine, and have them find pride of place in my cabinet.

What an awesome story of the dump rescue!


Thank YOU all for your comments and for visiting my blog! You are welcome to share a link to here anytime, anywhere.

I've been slowly editing some photos of old quilts brought for Show-and-Tell when I give my programs on Historic Quilts. I'll be sharing those pictures and stories as I can squeeze in some time! Have to get photo permission and verify what I remember of the story that was told with each quilt.


Rhonda/Doxies on My Quilts

Wow!! What an amazing story! Do you mind if I put a link to this on my blog? Many of my readers are non-quilters... they need to see this. Thanks, Rhonda

Susan Brubaker Knapp

Wow! What an amazing story. I am so glad they were rescued. The people who dumped them obviously did not deserve to have them, anyway! About a year ago, I saw a young man driving down the interstate with a beautiful quilt wrapped around a piece of furniture with twine in the back of his pickup truck. The wind was ripping it to shreds, and I nearly wept to think of that man's grandmother making that quilt. She must have been turning over in her grave. We save our old quilts and we save our history. Thanks for sharing this story with us. Susan

Cherri House

Oh my goodness...that will be a day to remember I'm sure. Thank you for sharing the this story; it's hard to believe that someone's handwork could have so little value to someone; it's unthinkable. I've covered this topic on my blog on several occasions - A Quilt's Life.

Thank you again for sharing this.



What a wonderful story. I would have dumpster dived for these too.

Christine Thresh

I am so glad you saved those quilts. I hope you be able to get some more information about the fabrics and the makers.

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