The Queen of Patches

@kobesbuddy (63653)
East Tawas, Michigan
February 7, 2019 9:24am CST
My maternal grandma was gifted at creating lovely, patchwork quilts. She belonged to a local sewing-bee, for over fifty years. These ladies would meet once a month at someone's home, to sew on a quilting project and then enjoy a delicious lunch together. Not only this, one of us kids could never wear an article of clothing, with one single tear. She would kindly ask me to take it off, so she could sew a patch on the sleeve or on the torn knee of my pants. It wouldn't take very long and the neatly sewn patch would usually outlive the item of clothing! When Grandma was 90 years old, a man from the Bay City Times visited her home, to take a photo for his article of Grandma's diligent work, sewing a patchwork quilt. Photo:NOT MINE Borrowed from Pixabay
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• United States
7 Feb
What a wonderful hobby to have for over 50 years. Quilting is something I never learned how to do but always wanted to.
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@kobesbuddy (63653)
• East Tawas, Michigan
7 Feb
Oh yes! And both my mother and her mom were talented, with hand stitching a quilt! I should have allowed them to teach me, this wonderful skill:)
@allknowing (77150)
• India
7 Feb
Never hears of anyone doing this kind of work these days.
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@allknowing (77150)
• India
8 Feb
@kobesbuddy I am not talking of her but today's generation.
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@kobesbuddy (63653)
• East Tawas, Michigan
8 Feb
@allknowing Oh, OK:) I think very few women do this type of stitching, in 2019. One man here, his wife does lovely, hand sewn wall murals.
@valmnz (14533)
• New Zealand
8 Feb
@allknowing There are strong quilting clubs here in New Zealand and they produce amazing works of art. There are exhibitions every year and my friend and I go to see their work. All done by sewing machine now. Much sought after.
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@HazySue (26681)
• United States
7 Feb
She must have been really creative. It is wonderful that she ha such a hobby for so many years.
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@kobesbuddy (63653)
• East Tawas, Michigan
7 Feb
Most of those country women were gifted seamstresses. My mother's clothing was always handmade.
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@HazySue (26681)
• United States
8 Feb
@kobesbuddy It is amazing to me how they did so much work and still managed to make beautifully made clothing.
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@kobesbuddy (63653)
• East Tawas, Michigan
8 Feb
@HazySue I agree with you! When did they ever get time to sit down and sew clothing?
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@JudyEv (153344)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Feb
My mum was a past master at darning socks too. There was always a heap of socks waiting to be darned. They were usually done by lamplight after dinner.
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@kobesbuddy (63653)
• East Tawas, Michigan
8 Feb
Those women use to mend everything and they could master different things, with a needle the thread. Some of her hand sewn embroidery work was gorgeous!
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@JudyEv (153344)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Feb
@kobesbuddy I have a half-petticoat of Mum's that has almost 8" of crochet lace on the bottom.
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@kobesbuddy (63653)
• East Tawas, Michigan
9 Feb
@JudyEv Oh my gosh, that is absolutely beautiful! I love it:) Those women were so gifted, with their ability to create such lovely pieces of art! I had a Barbie Doll, as a girl. My mother sat down with some turquoise yard and about 1/2hr later, she presented me with a darling coat and matching hat, for my doll!
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@fluffy69 (2286)
7 Feb
For how many days do they work on a single piece ?
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@kobesbuddy (63653)
• East Tawas, Michigan
7 Feb
Back in those days, it varied quite a bit. Some quilts were old ones, that someone had asked them to repair or replace some of the worn out material. Then, it took them a little bit longer, fixing the tears.
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@fluffy69 (2286)
7 Feb
@kobesbuddy at average, how many days?
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@kobesbuddy (63653)
• East Tawas, Michigan
7 Feb
@fluffy69 Probably three months, doing one day's meeting each month. There were about ten women, that came to sew.
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• Pamplona, Spain
8 Feb
That is a lovely story there. Also to have been doing that for 50 years no less. She deserved the recognition.
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@kobesbuddy (63653)
• East Tawas, Michigan
8 Feb
The picture that he took, it was mostly her old hands, sewing on a quilt.
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• Pamplona, Spain
9 Feb
@kobesbuddy Something to be very proud of too I would say.
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@kobesbuddy (63653)
• East Tawas, Michigan
9 Feb
@lovinangelsinstead21 Yes, she was a very remarkable lady:)
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@Tina30219 (39748)
• Onaway, Michigan
7 Feb
Very nice. This is one thing I never could get into I wish I could it looks like fun.
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@kobesbuddy (63653)
• East Tawas, Michigan
7 Feb
My first mother-in-law could sew clothing, like a professional!
@Tina30219 (39748)
• Onaway, Michigan
7 Feb
@kobesbuddy That’s cool.
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@kobesbuddy (63653)
• East Tawas, Michigan
7 Feb
@Tina30219 I'd love to be able to do this, also!
@aureliah (22468)
• Kenya
8 Feb
She was really gifted. That is a nice one
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@kobesbuddy (63653)
• East Tawas, Michigan
9 Feb
Those women did beautiful needle work, on quilts:)
@aureliah (22468)
• Kenya
14 Feb
@kobesbuddy true.I can tell from the photo
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@kobesbuddy (63653)
• East Tawas, Michigan
14 Feb
@aureliah This is a photo that I borrowed from Pixabay. It's not mine.
@valmnz (14533)
• New Zealand
8 Feb
I admire people who create patchwork quilts. Sounds like your grandma was quite talented.
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@kobesbuddy (63653)
• East Tawas, Michigan
8 Feb
Yes, I admire this fine art and talent, much more at this time:) She was very gifted!
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@valmnz (14533)
• New Zealand
8 Feb
@kobesbuddy and do you quilt?
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@kobesbuddy (63653)
• East Tawas, Michigan
8 Feb
@valmnz I can do hand sewing, to make doll clothes. But no, I've never trusted myself to quilt.
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@Hate2Iron (9775)
• Canada
7 Feb
I can sew on a button, but that is pretty much the limit of it. I don't think that anyone is going to write about me in the coming years. Do you have any idea how many quilts she made over the years??
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@kobesbuddy (63653)
• East Tawas, Michigan
7 Feb
I'm unsure of how many quilts Grandma had made, through the years. Probably over 100. I use to do well, hand sewing Barbie doll clothes. Now, I seldom sew unless something gets torn or needs a button sewn back on.
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@Hate2Iron (9775)
• Canada
8 Feb
@kobesbuddy To have those quilts in the family would be awesome.
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@kobesbuddy (63653)
• East Tawas, Michigan
8 Feb
@Hate2Iron They are heirlooms, to be valued by family members.
@LadyDuck (201273)
• Switzerland
7 Feb
What a beautiful hobby and a great occasion to meet with other women and sew together and talk.
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@kobesbuddy (63653)
• East Tawas, Michigan
7 Feb
They would gather together at one of the lady's home. Then, keep working for the entire day, until about 4:00P in the afternoon. It was a tradition, they all loved!
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@LadyDuck (201273)
• Switzerland
7 Feb
@kobesbuddy It was a wonderful tradition.
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@kobesbuddy (63653)
• East Tawas, Michigan
7 Feb
@LadyDuck Yes, it sure was, Anna!
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@TRBRocks420 (91323)
• United States
7 Feb
My Grandma always did this too.
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@kobesbuddy (63653)
• East Tawas, Michigan
7 Feb
This is beautiful artwork, that some people don't even know about:(
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@TRBRocks420 (91323)
• United States
7 Feb
@kobesbuddy Yes, I agree.
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@kobesbuddy (63653)
• East Tawas, Michigan
7 Feb
@TRBRocks420 For myself, this was just something nice that my mother and grandma did for enjoyment.
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@amadeo (84293)
• United States
7 Feb
that is great.People make some beautiful ones.They have a show here twice a year.It is fantastic
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@kobesbuddy (63653)
• East Tawas, Michigan
7 Feb
My grandma's quilts were quite often sold, at a bazaar in their community:)
@amadeo (84293)
• United States
7 Feb
@kobesbuddy does she still have any left there?
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@kobesbuddy (63653)
• East Tawas, Michigan
7 Feb
@amadeo When our grandma passed away, us 3 girls were given a quilt that she had done:)
@dya80dya (10305)
• Romania
11 Feb
This is nice. A great hobby.
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@kobesbuddy (63653)
• East Tawas, Michigan
11 Feb
She use to enjoy doing this fine art.
@DianneN (103089)
• United States
8 Feb
That is so wonderful and impressive!!! My grandmother did the same to my clothes, although she wasn't into quilting. I was and made a beautiful quilt from a class I took once a week and one for my sons. My mother-in-law handed down heirlooms of her crochet work. I will treasure it always and pass it down to my own sons and their wives.
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@kobesbuddy (63653)
• East Tawas, Michigan
8 Feb
Some of Grandma's hand-embroidered table clothes and hankies are treasures! She crocheted many doilies, that are priceless to our family:) Your grandmother had the exact same talent and skills, to make those beautiful works of art What a nice tradition, to be able to share with our children and now, our grandchildren! I know the quilts you made were lovely and definitely stitched with lots of love
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@db20747 (13667)
• Washington, District Of Columbia
7 Feb
What talent!! Is this a quilt she has done? THis could be an antique from the good ole days when things were handcrafted!!!
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@kobesbuddy (63653)
• East Tawas, Michigan
7 Feb
It's not my photo, I borrowed it from Pixabay.
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@Juliaacv (37768)
• Canada
7 Feb
I have fond memories of my Gramma's skill at taking fabric scraps and turning them into beautiful and warm works of art better known as quilts. I don't know what side of her quilts were prettier, the back where I could see the many even stitches, or the front with the patches.
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@kobesbuddy (63653)
• East Tawas, Michigan
7 Feb
Yes, both sides of my grandma's quilts were absolutely beautiful!
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@marguicha (110356)
• Chile
7 Feb
Patchwork qilts are one of the things I admire. They are not a craft, they are art.
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@kobesbuddy (63653)
• East Tawas, Michigan
7 Feb
Yes, and every quilt they would finish, one of the ladies would remark. This is the most beautiful quilt, we've ever done!