Friday, July 3, 2009

vintage red, white, and blue

This quilt is what my family has referred to for years as The Fourth of July Quilt. I think this was the first quilt my mom ever made when she got married in 1972. And for most of my childhood this was the quilt we took on picnics, played fort with in the backyard, and sat on to watch fireworks on the Fourth of July. So that, plus its colors, is where it got its name.I LOVE all the retro fabrics in this quilt! Talking about it with my mom she said she really had to look hard for anything to use. Polyester was king in the early 70's and cotton prints were scarce. Many of the fabrics are cotton/poly blend. Quilting was probably not so chic in the early 70's either.
The little strawberry print fabric was something she'd used to make a dress for herself. I think I remember that dress.
I love this little apple/daisy print too. To me it looks just like a current Japanese print.
I love that this quilt is still around. It's fun to see how far my mom has come with her quilting - and that she was a quilter at heart long before quilting made a comeback. I also love the childhood memories associated with this quilt. And it will probably get used this weekend while watching more fireworks.


  1. Yeh for your Mom! I love the red white and blues and the quilt has held up nicely.
    Happy Fourth!

  2. Isn't it wonderful to associate some childhood memories to a quilt? Anything from mom is a treasure!

  3. Wonderful! Nice to have something from your childhood and all the memories associated with it.

  4. I love your quilt. What a treasure with all the wonderful memories. Makes the holiday extra special.

  5. Thanks for sharing the beautiful quilt! It reminds me of my first quilt that I made in about 1973 for my mom. It was pink and lavendar ginghams and tied with little white yarn. We've come a long way but I love the sentimental quilts like yours. Thanks for sharing!

  6. What a great quilt with lots of memories!

    Have a great 4th and make lots more memories!

  7. what a great story... i love quilts that have a history!

  8. So heartwarming to see this post about the quilt your mom made. My first quilt that my mom made me in the early 70's was red white and blue sunflower Sue. I will be posting about it soon on my blog as I also happen to have the left over backing fabric she used and thought I would do a post on it and show the quilt as well. My mom still loves to quilt. So many memories around quilts thank you so much for sharing yours. :)


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