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Antique Quilt Study Group Flourishes posted: 1/13/2003
by Hallye Bone Printable Page
Category: History Method: All Series: Amongst Friends
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Ann Hazelwood, owner of the award-winning quilt shop Patches, Etc., in St. Charles, MO., had a brainstorm seven years ago. She has always been a student and lover of vintage textiles. Her large resource library has hundreds of quilt books, articles, and pieces of fabric, which she shared with interested students. She proposed an "Antique Quilt Study Group". Little did she know the overwhelming response from the St. Louis Metro Area.

Thirty members have faithfully met at Patches on the second Tuesday evening of each month. A member of the group is assigned a quilt-related topic. The subjects presented have ranged from "Civil War Quilts" to "Vintage Thirties Fabrics". Those who attend feel that they have received the equivalent of a college course in textiles.

Antique Study Group

One of the most popular presentations was on "1930's Kitchen Quilts". The members were treated to hot apple pie. The apples were peeled with an old table-top model peeler. The hostess wore an old housedress and matching apron and "Enna Jettick" laced-up black shoes. Old Sears catalogs and household fabric items caused laughter and nostalgia. Everyone recalled their mothers and grandmothers using fabric toaster covers and dresser scarves, the fact that fabric used to be available through catalogs, and the popular styles from the past.

Whatever the subject, while studying, the members are intrigued by looking at the way our ancestors put colors together, past trends in fabric, and the way machine work has replaced hand stitching.

If you have an interest in starting an "Antique Quilt Study Group", get your friends together. Patches' club has no dues, usually no refreshments, and few rules. You will find that a study of old quilts and old methods will enhance your current projects. If you're a collector of quilts, study will improve your "eye" for the treasure at antique malls. And, a peek into our past is just plain fun.
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