Quilts from the 1800's? Some REEALLY old quilts here

1880's? Seriously? We still have a quilt from almost 140 years ago?? No way in the world. I mean, local quilt shop quality fabrics didn't exist back then. How could anyone get good enough quality fabrics to last?

On Feb. 4, 2017 at our local Pioneer Museum, we had our annual Quilt show in Dade City, Florida.

I went prepared with my camera in hand and some extra time, so that I could get some pictures for you to enjoy!

OLD, OLD quilts... These quilts are always up at the Pioneer Museum and studying them made me he-haw and truly Laugh Out Loud at the absolute absurdity that you have to spend $10 or $12 a yard on fabrics to have a long-lasting quilt.

Granted, these quilts aren't being actively used. However, most of them were made LOOOOONNNG before we even heard of quilt shops!

ENJOY THE VIEWS!

 When you walk in, this is the view to your left. I couldn't get close enough to the pineapple quilt to find the date, but it was super old.

When you walk in, this is the view to your left. I couldn't get close enough to the pineapple quilt to find the date, but it was super old.

 From the 1930's. This quilt is called Grandma's Flower Garden.

From the 1930's. This quilt is called Grandma's Flower Garden.

 Dated 1930 to 1940 and called a Maple Leaf Patchwork Quilt.

Dated 1930 to 1940 and called a Maple Leaf Patchwork Quilt.

 I couldn't find a date on this beauty.

I couldn't find a date on this beauty.

 This beautiful log cabin quilt is still hanging and was made in the 1880's. "Wow" was all I could say!

This beautiful log cabin quilt is still hanging and was made in the 1880's. "Wow" was all I could say!

 No $100 irons helped make any of these quilts. In fact, these oldies were mostly heated over the camp fire stove. It's a wonder all the quilts weren't singed! (Maybe they would cost $100 now, but not back then!)

No $100 irons helped make any of these quilts. In fact, these oldies were mostly heated over the camp fire stove. It's a wonder all the quilts weren't singed! (Maybe they would cost $100 now, but not back then!)

 This was an extremely fancy appliqued quilt.

This was an extremely fancy appliqued quilt.

 I believe this is the blanket stitch that they put on here, probably with embroidery floss. I seriously doubt a machine did this.

I believe this is the blanket stitch that they put on here, probably with embroidery floss. I seriously doubt a machine did this.

 The flying geese pattern has been around for a long, long time!

The flying geese pattern has been around for a long, long time!

 There was no explanation as to what this was. Maybe some of our readers can contribute here.

There was no explanation as to what this was. Maybe some of our readers can contribute here.

Then, we had three super recently made quilts, compared to 1930's and 1880's. No dates were posted on the three quilts sewn below, but they had no age stains and were obviously made more recently.

 Dated 2010, so this one was the only super recent quilt in the room.

Dated 2010, so this one was the only super recent quilt in the room.

 No date on this one, either, but definitely more recent -- the last 20 years.

No date on this one, either, but definitely more recent -- the last 20 years.

 This one was definitely also a more recent quilt.

This one was definitely also a more recent quilt.

This small room of quilts was not the quilt show, nor the reason why I went. However, I did want to take pictures of these beauties while I was there. I actually went up to the Quilt Show because it was a Hoffman Challenge Quilt Show and I wanted to see the creations that people from all over the nation made. I'll do that another day, however. Come back. Stay tuned. Otherwise, don't go about your merry way without checking in with us here at QuiltedTwins.com. You never know what you might read about!

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