Sunday, October 6, 2013

Back in the Day...

The quilts came out for an annual airing this past weekend at Dudley Farm State Historic Park near Gainesville, FL. There were clotheslines full of lovely vintage and newer quilts on display at the visitor's center.


A winding footpath led back to the historic farm house complete with many of the original furnishings. The park is a working farm that demonstrates Florida farm life from the mid-1800s to the 1920s. They have a working cane syrup operation and some livestock on the farm.


This is the kitchen outbuilding.


And here's a glimpse into one of the bedrooms with shoes, chamber pots and slingshot at the ready. There was also a "keeping room" or "company room" that had a quilt frame suspended from the ceiling where it could be lowered to work on the quit, or raised out of the way when room was needed for company.





How inviting is this rocker on the porch? You could catch a nice breeze while stitching on a project. 


And when the quilts needed washing, these tubs filled the bill.


I had to get a photo of this quilt because I hadn't seen one in a long time. Do you remember Chicken Scratch designs like this one that were formed by embroidering on gingham-check cotton?


More quilts on display.


I just love the Dresden Plate pattern, and this lively one was enhanced by the Orange Peel hand quilting. Such a lovely day spent in the company of old quilts!


7 comments:

Nancy said...

Nancy, can you just image how hard life was back then and to think those women made so many amazing quilts...

I love the dresden plate pattern as well...I was suppose to get one my aunt had made but somehow it disappeared but I did get several lovely ones she and my grandmother pieced and quilted before they died...

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