Looking for Quilts

painting quiltFor as many years as some of these women remember, we have had quilts in the closet waiting to be done in the fall. Some were quilts tops that someone in the valley had gotten from a grandmother or great-aunt that needed to be hand quilted. Others were newer ones someone pieced and didn’t have the time to hand quilt so brought it to the Historical Village for the women there to work on (we recently finished one for a woman in Texas!). Our fees are incredibly reasonable for the amount of work it takes. And our fees are incredibly important because it is by charging for hand quilting that we raise money to help maintain the Village. But this Spring…and yes I know it is still only early April….we don’t have any quilts in the closet for fall and its a bit disconcerting to some of us. We can always make our own quilts to raffle or sell but that usually doesn’t bring in as much money for the projects in the Village. So Lynda asked if I would help get the word out. I am letting all of you who read this blog know and perhaps you will even share with your friends that we are looking for those special individuals who need hand quilting done. In trying to decide which photo to use for this, I opted for the beautiful colors of one that Carmen’s mother donated to us. It was pieced back in the 40s or 50s. We hand tied it because the fabrics and style called for that. And I admit I couldn’t resist and bought it when it was finished. Now it is hanging in my living room as a background for a Derek Trotter painting. But I shouldn’t get sidetracked by the colors…thanks for helping to get the word out that we are looking for quilts that need to be lovingly sewn by this very special group of women.

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About tvh56

I mostly live in Eureka, Montana and write two blogs. One is for the Tobacco Valley Board of History, a group composed of the most remarkable older women who quilt weekly to raise funds to maintain the Historical Village museum and grounds. I had to capture their stories with words and photos. And when I began a traveling bookstore as a small business, well, it only made sense to write about that too.

5 responses to “Looking for Quilts”

  1. Penny DeMora says :

    Hello, I just found your website while doing research on my G.Grandfather (Frank Eastlack) who moved his family to Eureka in 1912, later that year he was killed there and I’m trying to see if perhaps there was a newsaper at that time that may have mentioned it. Anyway, I am a quilter and read your post about needing tops to quilt and wondered if you have enough now or could you use another? Thanks! Penny

    • tvh56 says :

      I will ask some of the older women about your GGrandfather and if they can find any old articles on him. They tend not to use computers so it may take a few days. We do have one quilt lined up to do in the fall but can always use more. And perhaps you would like to visit. We don’t quilt on a regular basis now but will start again in September.

    • tvh56 says :

      I spoke with Gary Montgomery who writes a magazine about the history of the valley and is on the board for the Historical Village. He is willing to look into the archives for info on your GGrandfather. He wanted some more info from you concerning dares. Can you send me your email address and I will pass it on to him?

      • Penny DeMora says :

        That is wonderful, thank you so much! If you could also let me know ees and shiping info for quilting, that would be great, I’m in New Jersey so unortunately, I can’t run it by. I can be reache at Penny.DeMora@gmail.com
        Thank You!

      • tvh56 says :

        Penny, we charge by the yard of thread for the hand quilting – that is $1/yard with a $200 minimum. If other things are needed such as our group supplying the batting or backing material or doing the binding, that is extra. You would pay for shipping so when you ship it to us – you would know how much it would cost to ship it back. Usually it seems to be around $30 which includes insurance.
        If you send me your phone number and/or email, I can put Gary in touch with you about your GGrandfather. And you can also call the Lynda Young who organizes the quilting and handles the charges and shipping if you want more details. Her number is (406) 889-3492

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