Mystery quilt

I grew up in northern New York State a little south of the Adirondack State Park. In winter, I used to sleep with a wool and flannel quilt that was warm but also very itchy and heavy. When I complained about the quilt, my mother reminded me that my grandmother found the wool for this quilt in a book that fell off the train. Really?

When my grandmother passed away I brought home a trunk that was full of treasures. An unexpected treasure was a large book of men’s suiting samples (3” x 5”). A crayon rubbing revealed the text. The cover reads Autumn & Winter, 1914-1915, American Specialty Tailoring, ASTCO, New York.

Nana had torn the wool samples out of the book to make the quilt. Nothing is wasted and the empty pages of the samples book became a scrapbook.  On some pages she attached postcards where the suiting material was torn away.  On other pages she created artistic arrays of magazine cutouts of the 20’s and 30’s.

Enjoy and remember that mothers are always right.

One comment on “Mystery quilt

  1. Hi Kathy, quite in interesting story, the way your grandmother used what she had or found to such a variety of creative and conservative uses, nothing wasted. My mom used to say about her mom, my Swedish Grandmother Kaltenhauser (married a German!) that during the depression when she was raising all her kids, that she used every part of the pig except the squeal. Also, made nettles soup, from young, tender nettles plants, in the springtime. Gib

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