Last night before I left the sewing room, I covered the new chair with an old quilt.
Of course I can’t remember the details but what I remember is that there was a department type store, The Whitehouse, in Lake Charles in the 80’s. It was comparable to Dillard’s, a bit more expensive than Sears or J. C. Penney.
From time to time, they get in these “handmade quilts”. They were a bit controversial because they were made overseas, back before everything was imported. The handwork isn’t great – huge stitches, points rarely meeting up, sometimes a raw edge pokes through, but they were very popular. For people who had no idea about quilting, they looked good. For people who wanted to give them as gifts and the recipient didn’t take good care of quilts, they were an inexpensive gift. As I recall, they were about $30 for a full size quilt.
My mom bought this one for me. I think she bought one for my sister, my grandmother, my aunt – everyone got one for Christmas that year.
Since I never get rid of anything, I still have mine and it doesn’t look a whole lot worse than it did 40 years ago. In Texas I had my quilts stacked on top of the storage units and Boots loved to get up there so I’d spread this storebought quilt on top of them and then take it down and wash it from time to time.
You can see that in the picture, it doesn’t look bad, even after all these years. It probably isn’t something I would ever have purchaed but it has been pretty useful through the years.