Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Quilt Rescues

You've seen many of my quilts in this blog. Today I'm showing you my rescue quilts. You know-the ones you find bunched up at a garage sale or in a bag at a thrift store. These are mostly those. I have these in my bedroom. Part of the reason I used green with a little pink in the bedroom, was so I could display these pretty quilts.
This was my first rescue. My Mom found an old doctors bag at an auction and won it and inside were these colorful 9 patch squares. I hung on to them from  high school and when I got married, finally sewed them together, added batting and backing and hand quilted the top.  Not that I knew what I was doing.
I even made up the little flower design.I wish I still had that leather doctors bag!
Then my Mom found a few wonderful sets of Sun Bonnet Sue squares. I added the pink and again hand quilted.
I just loved the color combinations that someone put  into these squares.
She found these squares in Arkansas. Someone had such a great eye for color. I like to think of some other women taking time to put this together and for some reason never got to finish it. Did life get in the way? Maybe a family member got sick. Maybe she died. Who knows, but for some reason I feel these must be rescued.
Look at these wonderful appliqued squares.

This top I found at a flea market and loved the colors. I had to do a few repairs. I quilted this when we were having a house built in Arizona. I've had it on a wall in every house since. I think it almost looks like modern art.
Here is my pile in the laundry room. Some quilts are already finished when I rescue them. A few have been made by my Great Grandmas and were given to me by my Mom.
I found this treasure years ago at a flea market. All the hexes were put together, again with beautiful color combinations. The extra fabric was even in the bag. What a find!
Look at those 40's prints!
I've been seeing hexies all over the internet and think it's time to do something with this. I've never worked with a pattern like this, so it will require some research.I guess this is the only way I could afford a quilt collection. Don't overlook the lonely thrift store quilts. With some love and cleaning they can have a new life. Here's my most recent estate sale find.
Can't wait to get started. I've had this nagging cold for the past week and am dying to spring into action around here. I refuse to let this stupid cold hold me back. Hope you are all healthy and getting ready for spring.


  1. Aren't old quilts great to rescue! I love that you repair them as well!!


  2. Leslie! What a lot of lovely quilts you have, you lucky! Can't wait to see what you do with your hexagons.

    I'm so sorry you're not feeling well, I was wondering where Leslie had gotten to. :)

    Hope you turn the corner soon and feel better!

  3. I just love happy endings. I'm glad you have rescued these beauties. I hope you are on the mend. It's still a wintery mess around here. In fact, the girls are home with another snow day. If only the University would close!!!

  4. So glad that you rescued these wonderful old quilts and orphan blocks. You have certainly given them a new chance at life. :-) Hope you are feeling better very soon.

  5. You've unearthed a treasure trove of quilts! I'm really impressed that you took the time to put those squares together and hand quilt all of them. Your hexie quilt is going to be fabulous when you finish! Most of my old quilts are pretty tattered, but when folded just right, I'm the only one that knows. Shhhhh....

  6. Wow! I absolutely LOVE this post and your pictures. I think my all-time favorite fabrics are from the 30's and 40's... love the feedsack fabrics. You've got some really amazing quilts. I also love that you hand quilted them.... that is just not done too often anymore and it is becoming a lost art. I remember the day when quilts weren't really considered quilts if they weren't hand quilted!! :-) Now you hardly see it done. Gorgeous, gorgeous!!! Love it. ~ Dori ~

  7. Such beautiful rescued quilts!!! Glad they have made a home with you! Love those pretty hexie flowers!! Have a lovely week! xo Heather

  8. Leslie, Your collections of quilts is so lovely. I'm so impressed that you find old ones and refurbish them. Such talent! Hope you feel better soon! Elizabeth

  9. Leslie,
    I absolutely love each and every one of them. I have a few rescues myself, but they were already finished quilts. How wonderful that you took the time to finish them. There are some angels in Heaven smiling down upon you and her now finished quilt. Thank you for visiting and leaving the nice comment. I am really excited about it! I'm glad you liked them.

  10. Hi Leslie!
    Oh...My goodness! I am just dying of appreciation for your incredible rescue efforts on these beautiful quilts. Just to think that they could have gone unclaimed...unquilted...unloved.
    Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful and inspirational post.
    Blessings on this February day,
    Carolynn xoxo

  11. Leslie I am awwww. Your rescue quilts are beautiful. I just love old quilts. All the love that went into them. And to wonder why someone would give up such wonderful treasures. But they are in a good home with lots of love.

  12. I've got a real problem with bringing home stray quilts! And I'm glad I saw this post. I just dug out a bunch of quilts that I had forgotten about, and was going to bag some of them up this morning and donate them, because I have no more room to store them. Now, thanks to you, I'm going to keep them and find them a good home somewhere in the house!

  13. Hope the passage of a week has restored you and you're feeling like yourself again!

    Happy week to you!