TBT ~ Antique Quilts

Here’s another Throwback Thursday post for you! Today I am sharing a few of my antique treasures with you. I bought this first one up in Traverse City , MI a few years ago while traveling with hubby.


It is not in good shape, but I couldn’t bear the thought of someone cutting it up! So I brought this home. The stitching is so very fine!


See the tiny piped binding? It has completely faded to white. I wonder what color it used to be.

This next one was made by my hubby’s grandma. Her embroidery and quilting skills were amazing!

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She made this one as well. Isn’t it fun?blog 004

Here is another made by hubby’s grandma. You can barely see the leaves that have faded. I love this!

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This one I purchased at an estate sale.


It is entirely hand pieced.


The edges are turned in and whip stitched closed.


Another family quilt! Hubby got this one because his favorite color was purple. I sure am glad that it was! This quilt is a masterpiece. The stitching is unbelievably fine.

This one came from hubby’s other grandma. It is quilted in Baptist Fans. I love this one too! It has been well loved. I sometimes use this one on my guest room bed.


This one was found laying in the dirt at a local antique festival! I scooped it up and gladly paid the lady the $20 she was asking for it.


This is likely the oldest quilt in my collection. As you can see, many of the fabrics have completely shredded away.


Check out that stitching! That grid is approximately 3/8 of an inch apart!


I cannot imagine how long it must have taken to stitch this up!


I feel fortunate indeed to be the current caretaker of these beauties.

Have a great day!

About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing kids, and a librarian. I have been making traditional quilts for ages but have ventured into art qulting in the last several years. I also love to knit socks and mittens and dye my own fabric. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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9 Responses to TBT ~ Antique Quilts

  1. dezertsuz says:

    Lying in the dirt? Oh, my goodness! Of course, it had to come home with you! Thanks for sharing these beauties. How wonderful that so many are right from your husband’s family. What treasures you have!

  2. Thanks so much for showing the really old ones. I have several mid-19th cent quilts and, like yours, the rosy reds and the old Browns seem to break down the most. Apparently the mordants used to fix the dye rotted the fibers over time. But they are so special and deserve to be appreciated. A fabulous bargain at the sale. Dealers often don’t know how old they are. I got my 1840’s Harrison Rose for $35. The wear is part of the history. The family ones are treasures also. I don’t have any of those. BTW, I store them in old pillowcases.

  3. Sandra B says:

    Amazing quilts, Katy! I love antique quilts…how lucky you are that some of these were made by family members, so you actually have some of the history too…. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Really enjoyed this post. Thanks for sharing! I only have one antique quilt but keeping my eye out for more!

  5. Lovely! I’ve never met an antique quilt I did not like, and yours are beautiful. I don’t recognize the bible quilt, but it looks like it could be one of Marion Cheever Whiteside’s designs. Gorgeous!

  6. Louise says:

    Thank you for starting my day with these amazing quilts.
    My favorite is the one you use in your guestroom!

  7. Val W says:

    What a lovely collection of antique quilts. It would be interesting to know how you store all your treasures, old and new.

  8. Judy says:

    Beautiful collection!

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