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M is for Museums of Quilts

Antique quilt

Antique quilt

Quilts often give us a chance to travel back in time. Imagine wrapping a quilt made by your mother, grandmother, aunt, or even great-grandmother. My friend and fellow author, Deborah has a quilt made by her mother-in-law, just for Deborah.

The quilt is across the bottom of her bed, for looks. However, on bad days, or when Deborah is ill she wants that quilt to wrap around her. It gives her the feeling of having her mother-in-law’s arms wrap around her. A feeling she enjoys since her mother-in-law died several years ago.

We don’t have to wrap a quilt around us to visit the past and feel the emotions of those long ago quilters. We can visit quilt museums. No, we can’t wrap up in those quilts, but just seeing them touches our hearts.

On my list of quilty places to visit is the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden Colorado. As a bonus, until the end of April that museum has a special exhibit by male (another “m” word) quilters.  While I won’t make it to the Colorado museum this month, it is on my list of places to see.

Quilt museums are like a permanent quilt show, giving guests the opportunity to see a variety of quilts over a longer period of time. The museums also offer visitors a chance to see special displays, such as the  round-up of men’s quilts available at the Rocky Mountain Quilt museum.

You don’t have to go to a quilt museum though. Other museums often offer a peek into the past with quilt displays. The quilt show above was made in 1850 and is on display in a museum in  Dodge City Kansas.

Do you have a quilt museum in your state?

Have you ever visited a quilt museum?

Do you own a quilt made by a relative, or loved one no longer with us?

The complete story of Deborah’s quilt is in Devoted to Quilting 2. Join us on Facebook at, A Patchwork Life.

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History in Scraps

Today for 31 days of scraps I’m going to look at History. History isn’t just found in hard to read, boring history books. There are scraps of history left-over all around us.  Scraps of tools, toys, and buildings from the past.

Like this wringer from a washing machine from the past. Before the fancy washer/dryer combinations found in many homes today, the wringer washer and clothes line was the popular clothes-cleaning method. Of course, many mothers also used a washboard, similar to those found behind the wringer. Before that it was rocks.

Some of the homes from history are left standing. Homes that are no longer in use and are merely a relic from a time gone by. They are little more than scraps of lumber still hanging on.


Buildings that once held bustling businesses that the mothers, and fathers of long ago once  frequented  are today mere skeletons of their former self. Scraps remaining from the history of a town. This building once house a country store. Providing food, and other necessities of life to those living far from a larger town.  Later it was used as a hair saloon for the ladies in the rural area, as is evidenced by the sign. Today, it’s a scrap of history, and a storage spot items needing shelter from the weather, but not needed to be immediately available.

Of course, while the women were busy keeping their homes and families in order, men were working hard too. Some of them had office jobs, others, worked in the field. Many of the scraps from their past are still in use today. Some of them have been lovingly restored by the men of today, and are exhibited at shows.

While mothers were cleaning clothes using their hands, and the wringer above, and fathers were sweating to feed their families, children were playing outside with whatever was available. Like this tire swing. The tire swing is a double scrap. It’s a scrap of history from the past, and it was made with tires no longer usable on vehicles. While the tire swing is a scrap from the past, it’s also still in use today and available for today’s child to play on.

Scraps of  history are all around us. We don’t often realize it. Have you used, or seen a piece of history recently?