Value of Older – Five Minute Friday

Quilt made in the 1800's


The Value of Older –

Finding photos or actual pictures of quilts made in the late 1700’s to anywhere in the 1800’s has been a challenge for me lately. Many of the everyday, functional, utility quilts of that era didn’t survive. They didn’t survive because they were used, and served a purpose. The quilt pictured above is one of the older quilts in my family. It was probably made in the early 1900’s given the birth dates of some of the women who worked on it. It was made by great-great aunts and cousins. Today it is owned and cared for by a distant cousin, and direct descendent of the quilter.

Most of the quilts that remain from that time are those consisting of  intricate embroidery, or applique, or a combination. The pieced quilts are generally of stars, or difficult patterns consisting of small pieces. These quilts were made to last. They were made for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and other special occasions. They were meant to be used slightly, if at all, and saved for the next generation.

However, there are some used quilts from that time that survive. They show the wear and tear of use, but someone, at some point decided these older fabric displays of love should be preserved.

It’s the same with many of our older generation. We often shuffle them off to the side, to be brought out and displayed at special times. Other wise we don’t want to hear from them.

A gentleman, well past retirement age, recently left our Toastmaster Club to join one with members more his own age. I’m sure he’ll be happy in his new group of older members and will add much to their enjoyment. However, he has left a huge gap in our group. Our relics, both material and human, are worth preserving and learning from. I hope we never get to the point where our older generation is shuffled off, and ignored, out of sight and mind.


Still improving on this verbal picture in five-minute thing. Thanks to Gypsy Mama for providing the training ground.

      1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
      One of these days, while playing this game, I won’t think of a much better essay to post AFTER I’ve written one.

4 thoughts on “Value of Older – Five Minute Friday

  1. Nita Post author

    Ashley, thanks for stoppping. Glad you liked my perspective. I can’t begin to imagine how boring life would be if everyone shared my interests and viewpoints. Making quilts is fun, sometimes relaxing, sometimes challenging, but always enjoyable.If you sew at all you should give it a try. When I was expecting, I couldn’t sit at a sewing machine for long, but I did do some hand sewing, just not quilts. Not then.

  2. Nita Post author

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting Traci. Glad you enjoyed my disjointed piece. Do you have any quilts, I love talking quilts. 🙂 Thanks also for liking my FB ~Nita.

  3. Ashley Mays

    What a great perspective! I always feel like life is just a little more interesting and rich when different people from different places in life are able to spend time together. And quilting sounds like a very fun thing to do. 🙂


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