It was probably 30 years ago when I was given this unassuming sturdy cardboard box –
because I might, as someone who taught patchwork and quilting, be interested in the contents. Four charred pieces of wood and a small carding brush were also passed on to me. The wood was damaged well beyond it’s original use as the component parts of a small embroidery/quilting slate frame, the small carding brush still usable.
Inside the box? Well, it’s a fascinating glimpse into a little bit of quilting circa late 1940s – carefully saved embroidery transfers, quilting transfers, home made templates and handwritten instructions for quilting which are well worth reading
Even a card label (apparently from a paraffin heater) had been kept to use as a circle template – thrift prevailed!
And looking through this box again has started me wondering if it would ever be possible to distil ” a quilting life” down to just one box of patterns and templates….? These days we have so much of everything readily available, or just a few clicks away – it’s an interesting comparison don’t you think?