I ♥ Quilts….

 I thought you’d like to see my collection of old quilts . . . and get a dose of happy color to start your day!

I started collecting quilts years ago, after my grandma gave me a quilt her mom had made. Besides the fact that my own grandma’s mom made it, and now it was mine, I fell in love with the simple clean colors and patterns. Now old quilts kind of set the tone for the rest of the decorating in my house. 

I piled these quilts to display in my store in California . . . they weren’t for sale; I wanted people who didn’t know, to see what quilts look like all together, as an inspiration that others may start a collection of their own. 

Many of the old patterns have charming names like Wedding Ring, Jacob’s Ladder, or Log Cabin.  This one is Grandmother’s Flower Garden.

I love vintage quilt stands too…you can just get a peek at this one, it’s a painted “spool” style, my favorite kind, and yellow (!), almost as much fun to hunt for as the quilts.  One of these in a bedroom and you have created a little bit of magic. 

Quilts are just as wonderful piled on the top of a hutch, bringing the eye up and popping some lovely color into a room.

People might think that quilts are only good for decorating in winter.  Not at all.  Winter, spring, summer, and fall, there is always a place for an old quilt.

Of course the end of the bed is the perfect place.  What I love about them is the history they represent, and the beautiful handwork of countless creative women.  None of these quilts is signed or dated.  Yet you can hear the whispers of talk that went on at quilting bees when these were made, all by hand, all with little stitches, fireplaces crackling, needles flying, women connecting, making beauty!  And being wonderfully fabulously practical at the same time!  Warming their families.     Love. Love. Love.

If you look close you can see there is damage on this very old, well-loved quilt.  Did that make me say, oh I don’t think I will buy it even though they are asking almost nothing for it?  No, I think not.

No, I run to its side, blocking it with my body so no one else notices it, gather it up and whisper, hello beautiful, would you like to come home with me?  When I get it home, I  fold it up, and drape it over a chair in the bedroom to make a cozy corner of history, love, color, and creativity.

Here’s another “Grandmother’s Flower Garden” ~ It’s interesting that the same pattern can look so different depending on the fabrics chosen.

xoxoxoxo

They decorate the yard too . . . look how sweet they are hanging on a clothesline

. . . We live a block from the sea and I could sit in the garden with a glass of tea and stare at quilts flapping in the breeze that comes up from the harbor for hours…like meditation.  Floating like butterflies.

Some quilts just seem especially social, they want to go out, they say, I like camping! Take me to the beach; let’s go have a picnic, I love the Fourth of July, let’s go to the fireworks!  They make any picnic more charming.

Some of them say, let’s go lay under a tree, just you and me, and let the leaves fall down on us.  Let’s bring our book.  Let’s take a nap!

And some quilts say, let’s go get cozy in front of the fire.  You just have to do what they say!  It is wrong not to.

I love hunting for them; we find them wandering the back roads in old New England barns, in Iowa flea markets, in California antique stores, in Ohio junk shops, and island yard sales . . .

Over the years I’ve grown a quilt radar, and no place is really safe from it. Some quilts are so expensive (as well they should be for all the work in them), but I don’t buy those.  I wait.  I wait and wait.  I am ever patient when it comes to quilts.  I really don’t need a million of them.  But when I see one that fits my beauty criteria that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, I get it. I hug it to me, I’m happy!

Quilting is not a dying art, thank goodness…amazing new quilts are coming up all the time.  Here is a photo from a quilt show we had at my farm stand in California a couple of years ago.  Everyone made quilts using my fabrics for our contest . . . and these are the three winners!  It’s as it always has been, an art, filled with beauty, and connection and heart. 

Love this quote, hope you do too, I always think it’s the perfect way to start a day!  

99 Responses to I ♥ Quilts….

  1. Sandi Zier says:

    where can your fabric be purchased

  2. Sandy Yarber Dixon says:

    I have about a dozen heirloom quilts. You have given me some new ideas on how to display them. They were made by my grandmother and her mother. Thank you.

  3. Cathy says:

    Oh Susan, I ♥ quilts too! Thank you for showing us yours. I have a number of beautiful ones entirely hand made by my mother. I’ve made some myself, but I speed cut my pieces and do them on a machine. Mother had the time and dexterity to make gorgeous quilts, with all the pieces individually cut and sewn by hand. I absolutely love seeing just about anything on a clothesline, and quilts are especially beautiful….thank you for a delightful page.

  4. Joan Lesmeister says:

    ♥ quilts too! My Mom handmade (each and every cut & stitch by hand, no fancy dancy tools like I use!) 12 of her great-grandkids Sun Bonnet Sue & Overall Bill baby quilts! She had originally made my brother a quilt in 1937 (she has it because, sadly, he passed away in ’73). She started making the “greats” quilts when she and my Dad were travelling & living, for 11 years, in a mini-motorhome after retirement. Now that she’s 95, she can no longer quilt, but, luckily I got my own Sun Bonnet Sue quilt 2 years ago, because I whined a lot! I have the Wedding Ring quilt my Grandma made my folks in 1935 – such a treasure! I also have quilt squares that my Grandmas on both sides started, but never completed….some day I will! Well, that’s the plan anyway. Great blog sweet Sue, and beautiful pictures…thank you!

    • sbranch says:

      You are the perfect person to have these things, Joan, because you love them so much.

      • Joan Lesmeister says:

        Aww, thank you, you’re so sweet! I was going to wash dishes, but decided to look at your quilt blog instead..so pretty..and there was your comment! I just got those squares out last week to lovingly caress them – & try to figure out what to do, what to do – gave up for now!! Hugs!

        • sbranch says:

          Sometimes the “loving caress” is all we can do, and sometimes, it’s enough!

        • shelly matter says:

          Joan, i too <3 quilts and my grandma and mom are both quilters:) How wonderful that you have your family quilts to treasure and love! Maybe you could make pillows with them and then one day share them with your family. Maybe even make your dear momma a pillow:)
          Thanks for sharing<3

  5. Chris Dowd says:

    Susan, thank you so much for sharing all that you love so much. I love the way you notice everything and realize the blessing we have all been given to have the opportunity to enjoy all the color, texture and pattern that life presents. I have been sewing all my life, but just now have the time to pursue my interest in quilting. Next weekend will be my first entry in a quilt show, and I’m excited. I enjoyed seeing all your quilts and the beautiful way you have of displaying them. I’m loving your blog, and look forward to each new one you send. Thanks again! :0)

  6. Teresa Jensen, CA says:

    The only handmade quilts I have were made for my children by my mother-in-law and I have never let them use them. They are safe in a storage bag. The ones we use are from the department store. I love quilts and would love to have more. Thanks for all your bloggie goodness!

    • sbranch says:

      I think, and this may just be me, you should get them out and use them! No? Too dangerous at your house? Lots of cranberry juice and beet eating going on there? That would be different. Maybe, just over the back of a chair in YOUR bedroom?

      • Lynn Hillston says:

        Susan, your ‘beet eating’ comment made me laugh right out loud!! I’m with you, get them out, get them loved – that’s what they were made for. I have a collection of antique quilts too, and they are draped and folded everywhere, such a loving touch in a home. Bringing a little of my American heritage to our home in England (come for tea next time you’re over!)

        PS I have loved your work since the early 80s, when i bought some of your first books. Just delightful, every one of them. So nice to see how you’ve gone from strength to strength over the years.

        Wishing you all the best,
        Big Hugs,
        Lynn

  7. Dearest Susan, you should come down South to North Carolina! Not only will you see handmade quilts hanging from clotheslines, or at quilt shows, but QUILT TRAILS is an organization that paints wooden placques in the shapes/colors of quilts and they hang them on buildings! My home church, Bald Creek U.Meth. Church as one on it so look up Q.T.s on the internet http://www.quilttrailswnc.org. As we say down here “You’ll have a fit” ! Happy Fall Ya’all.

  8. Janet Bisson says:

    You have warmed my heart today! I try to quilt daily since age is catching up to me.!! We quilters are still out there and willing to teach anyone. Thanks for the show – I loved it!!!!!!!

    • sbranch says:

      Love it that you are . . . quilting as an art is thriving, because of all the creative quilters that keep it alive.

  9. Holly Simpson says:

    I have just discovered your site after having lost touch with you, I’m sad to say, for quite a few years. I am a quilter and have a love of quilts as well and stumbled onto your site while searching the internet for a quilt pattern~what a coincidence! I’ve been sitting here as the hour becomes later and later, reading and looking at each and every entry on your entire site and I’m loving it soooo much! I love books as well as quilts and have made quilts to reflect some of my favorite books and then I display them together. My favorite of all time is, “The Little Red Hen”. I quoted this story to my kids when they were younger, so many times that they now can repeat it back to me word for word. :) A little hint for those overloved quilts….make potholders. I found a quilt at a yard sale that was being given away as it had very large worn places. I took this as a sign that it had been loved a great deal in its life but still had more to give. I brought it home and watched it for several days until the idea came to me to use the unworn areas to make potholders. I gave them as Christmas gifts and was very touched to find that they are still being used several years later.

    • sbranch says:

      Positively love it . . . somewhere on my site you will see my ironing board with the cover made from an old quilt. I didn’t do it, found it at a flea market, but it looks so easy to do! Finding a quilt in bad-enough-but-still-good-enough, condition would be my only problem.

  10. Helen White says:

    Love you living room furniture. White is so wonderful to decorate with and the fabric on your wing back chair is very sweet. Oh, your quilts were beautiful also.

  11. Becky says:

    Oh your that Susan branch LOL.I just completed 2 months giveaways from Madame samms blog now I recognize the name.Gorgeous quilts so lovely.Im not a quilter but would love to be.Thanks for sharing.Its cold tonight and they look so cozy.Blessings!

  12. Lesley says:

    I love visiting your site because it lifts my spirit to see joy and fun. Your quilts are lovely but the video of the quilts moving with the breeze was delightful. Thanks. Lesley

    • sbranch says:

      I could look at that all day . . . it’s my favorite thing about spring, when I get to hang the clothes on the line again and watch them move in the breeze!

  13. Lauren says:

    I have a dwindling stash of Susan Branch baby fabrics, that I haul out for each new baby that comes along. Are you planning any new fabric lines? Sure hope so. Cheers. Lauren

  14. Heidi says:

    There is nothing like taking a beautiful room and decorating it with beautiful quilts. I’m a quilter, so I have a passion for them., especially the old ones. Thank you for sharing with us.

    I so love your website. There are days when the stress level here at my office is unbearable. I sneak to your website, browse a bit and begin to calm down. Thank you for being here for all to enjoy.

    • sbranch says:

      So nice to hear Heidi! I love quilting, wish I had more time for it, but there is ALWAYS time to be an appreciator, which I am expert at being! (That sentence can’t be English, but you get my meaning!) Thank you!

  15. Judy Tracy says:

    Our minister, Bryan Eckelmann (a 50 year old) shared yesterday that he had made hand quilted quilts for each of his children and a few more besides. And he said, “Isn’t it too bad it is a dying art.” He thought many more quilts were made 50 years ago in the 1950′s. Poor man…..I said “No I don’t think so! So many more quilts are being made today!” He is new from Oklahoma, and he will be coming for dinner soon to find out at least a little of what California quilting is all about.
    Your pictures are wonderful and the quilts loving treasures. Quilting is an endless blessing in our lives:>) Love the way quilting is incorporated into your designs.
    As ever, Judy Tracy:>)

  16. sally baker says:

    You maybe can tell by my e-mail address, I’m a quilter too. I think quilts are so wonderful because they are so versatile, like people. I used to paint but find fabric much more satisfying..that touchy feely thing, you know. And I thank God that it is not a “dying art” and is very much alive! thanks for appreciating them as you do.

    • sbranch says:

      They’re a big part of my decorating, and the colors in my old ones are total inspiration to me. Love that you MAKE them!!

  17. ida kemperman says:

    I love your blog, and all you do! I, too have a wonderful vintage quilt collection. Where is your store in California? Please let me know. I would love to visit it soon. Also, I plan to visit Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket soon.

  18. Susan says:

    As a lifelong love affair with quilts – mine and other people’s – continues into my older years, I definitely loved this post. Your quilts, and your attitude toward quilts, is is wonderful. I have to admit I have spent a little too much on an antique quilt or two, but it’s balanced out by the ones I got for a shamefully low price. After all, I wanted each of them to come home with me, so they did, no matter the price tag. Often I’ve waited, too. But sometimes . . . not. I also loved your movie listing. We see eye-to-eye there, as well. =)

  19. shelly matter says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your quilts with us<3 Looking at them makes me feel all cozy & snug! As none of the babies (as I refer to all of our children who range in age from 13 to 25 and only 2 of which are still at home) or grands are here today Fred and I are enjoying a quiet day in the nest watching our home team, Penn State, munching on yummy leftovers. All the while I'm "visiting" w/ you and my fellow kindred spirits on your blog<3 Ahhhh, life is truly good:)

  20. Jan from Northern CA says:

    Over 20 years ago, my dear maternal Grandmother had a quilt made for my sister and I. Each one was made with fabrics of old dresses and other blouses that she had. I recognized them! Mine is the circular ring pattern surrounded by orange. I’ve used it for years, but the last few I’ve had it safe in a drawer as it had been showing wear. BUT, now I see my mistake! I will get it out and display it in a place of honor. Thank you for the inspiration to show it off again and enjoy it and the memories of my wonderful Grandmother!

    • sbranch says:

      SO glad, yes!! Where the world can see. What’s the difference between folded in a drawer or folded at the end of the bed or over a sofa? :-) Good for you.

      • Marilyn Bunte says:

        Susan and Jan
        I have loved quilts since I was a child. My grandmother made 3 quilts for my mom over 100 years ago. I have the three quilts hanging from a white rod as my head board.
        My sister introduced me to Susan Branch several years ago with one of your books. (Vineyard Seasons More from the Heart of the Home) I am so glad my sister did.

        • sbranch says:

          So nice to hear Marilyn, thank you!

          • Marilyn Bunte says:

            Susan, What is your suggestion as far as the care of the quilts? I have not washed them and
            since they are out in the air should I be doing something special for them? Thank you so much. Marilyn

          • sbranch says:

            Just refold them every so often so they don’t just sit on one fold all the time. You can air them outside once a year. But don’t let them be in direct light or they will fade. I’ve had good luck washing them in the bathtub … HERE is a link for directions. They weigh a ton when they’re wet, so plan ahead for a large wet dripping thing to be carried outside and allowed to dry. If your quilt is very fragile, I might not wash it at all. Quilts are like beautiful silver or gorgeous old dishes, they should not be hidden away, they should be used and loved. Life is short. xoxo Hope this helps!

  21. Wanda Styrsky says:

    I have 30 of my grandmother’s quilts! I love each and every one. Now I am beginning to hand them down to my own grown daughters.

    Wanda

  22. sally baker says:

    In just re-reading comments, and as a quilt maker and sometimes restorer, all of you who love old quilts…please don’t ever store them in a drawer or Heaven forbid, in a plastic garbage bag!!! They need air and the oils in wood will stain the fabric over time. Plastic bags can also be mistaken for trash by someone not in the know. Light is another no-no so keep them away from windows. When you fold them, refold on a new fold line. Again, over time those fibers that constantly are folded will eventually break. Susan, you’ve got it right…love those old quilts and put them out and use them! And they must love it when you hang them outside on a clothesline. The fragrance when you bring them in is incredible!

    • sbranch says:

      I think most of the ones I have must have been stored, I feel like I can hear them singing when I put them on the line!

  23. janet gorrell says:

    Susan–I love all of your things, have your books, stickers, pictures, etc. But, the question of the moment is, “What is the color name and brand of the paint on the wall in the picture where you have quilts piled on a hutch?” Love that green. Thank you.

  24. Cindy says:

    I quilt and I love your antique quilts. In fact, I saw a quilt with a block I had never seen. I graphed the block out and put it in my ‘quilts I want to make’ folder. My sister loves your blog; she turned me on to it. I plan to purchase some of your fabric in your web store and make her a quilt. What a surprise!

  25. sondra fox says:

    Good Morning to YOU Susan, The sun is beginning to peek into my home office. It’s another beautiful CA day. I must admit that even though I LOVE CA, I get jealous after reading some of your Martha Vineyard blogs. Your life on the island sounds so perfect. You make it so. Your parties, kitties, quilts, walks, singing birds, “everything,” are what I too, enjoy as well. I’m a quilter who lives with quilts on a daily basis, on the back of our sofas, or curling up under one on a chilly CA evening, reading a book, or watching an old movie. As I’ve written you before, your blogs are a daily, morning activity, in my life. I’ve told all of my friends about your website. Thanks for all you do to make our lives even happier! Oh, Susan, since you love old movies & things of that nature, I’m going to share something that I recently found that I think you’d enjoy. Try Acorn English TV. I’d be interested in hearing whether or not you enjoyed it.

  26. Michelle says:

    What a lovely post! You have such a way with words, Susan. Your blog posts are sincere, engaging and charming with a dash of humor. Vintage quilts are one of my favorite things. I only own two, but I hope to find more. Like you, I look for one that I think is lovely and that is a good price. That is why I only have two so far. I think they add such a homey and cozy charm to any room in the house. You have a beautiful collection!
    Michelle

  27. Meridee Hillman says:

    Yesterday I went to my first estate sale. I bought a much loved and worn quilt.
    I love what you said about hugging it and being happy; it’s just the way I felt!
    And now it is hanging – worn spots and all- over my stair rail looking oh so inviting:)

  28. Henrietta Jend says:

    I can’t believe how beautiful these old quilts are…I hope you can tellme where similar ones can be purchased. I am 77 years old and not a quilter, but I have always loved quilts and have a few…not anything like the displays. I hope you can tell me where they are available. Thank you so ver much!

    • sbranch says:

      If you check our store, we have a vintage section, when I find a pretty quilt at a good price, I put it up there.

  29. cheryl says:

    hi just came across your blog site and looking at your pictures of where you had been in kent and there you was at Tenterden my favourate place to shop , l live just 4miles away in a village called Bethersden, the only thing missing in Tenterden is a quilt shop when l win the lottery that is what l will do with my sister we both love quilting and fabrics, l hope you had a wonderful stay.x

  30. ida kemperman says:

    Dear Susan,

    I like everything you do. Your taste is mine! I love my quilt collection and will be glad when they come back into vogue (not that it matters), so the value will be there, as it once was. I need to pare down and don’t wish to give them away.

  31. Cynthia Pfledderer says:

    You are such a delight. I read your books over and over like returning to a favorite destination. This page on quilts is so charming. :-)

  32. I never had a collection of old quilts so 20 years ago I started making new ones … that will one day be old. These days all I quilt is the coast. I keep thinking I will run out of inspiration, but not so much.

    So … in my book … quilts are mostly about summer, not winter. Then again, I live in southern California so what do you expect?

    Thanks for all the inspiration you have given me over the years ~
    Mary

  33. Fran says:

    I am lucky to work in a Quilt store. Just can’t wait to get there each day. People come in to share the most beautiful old and new quilts as well as create their own. I have a small collection of antique quilts, which I love, love, love and am always on the look out for ones to fit my collection. So glad you love them too!
    I can’t wait for your book on your trip to England – you blog about the trip was wonderful. I felt like I was there too. Thanks for everything!

  34. Linda says:

    Dear Susan,
    I too am a lover of quilts, both old and new. But I think my favorites are the antique ones. I have a half wall at the top of my stairs where I place the folded quilts over the wall so they hang down the stairwell. Some I place on top of another so some of each will show. I also fold and place several on a bench in my living room, which is quite appropriate as the bench is made from an antique bed that my daughter used as a child. I love discovering new ways to display & use my quilts. Thanks for the pictures of your quilts. I never tired of seeing quilts!
    Linda

  35. Glenda says:

    Susan: I loved seeing your quilt section! I make quilts, and am currently making a special one for my granddaughter (13 years old), who will be having surgery on November 16th. (You “know” her … she was one of the girls you sent some gifts and commented about their great attitudes.)

    Thank you for being so thoughtful!

    • sbranch says:

      One of the girls in the Daring Girls Club? Please tell her I said hello. I hope all is well! What a special gift, she will treasure your quilt forever!

  36. april says:

    Just found your site- I have some of your cookbooks and love them.Just wanted to say I was out on Block Island this summer and a group of church women had each made a block to symbolize the island- They put it together in a gorgeous quilt and raffled it off (Sadly I did not win :( .It was such a great idea and came out so nicely. — Thanks for such a great blog

  37. marily from central wisconsin says:

    Hi Susan, I just stumbled upon your site,just love what I found.I have sewed my entire life, started quilting about 10 years ago, since I retired this last summer I find I try to work on quilts from six until nine each morning and sometimes even do some in the evening when my hubby watches TV ,just finished a snowball pattern made scraps, now ready for the quilters,I would love a long arm not enough in my ranch style home.have been busy with English paper piecing grandmothers garden,it is lovely, was inspired by my great grandmother made one for each her 4 grand daughters, hard work .well have a nice week .

  38. Catherine in Carlsbad, CA says:

    Hello Susan, A few years ago I purchased some fabric from your “In Love With Nature” collection, but did not think to look for a pattern, and I am not seeing a pattern or even a photo of a quilt made with the collection. Did you design a specific quilt or pattern for the collection? Many thanks.

  39. Jane Makuch says:

    Hi Susan,
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful photo’s with us. When I think of quilts, old or new, I picture you!

    …Cozy quilts, crackling fireplaces, sleepy cats… Susan Branch… Ahhhhhh…

    Are there any plans for new fabrics or to re-release your past fabrics (Martha’s Vineyard, Vineyard Seasons and Tea Party)? So many of us would looove to get our hands on more for quilting! ~Thank you Jane

    • sbranch says:

      Not at this time, sorry Jane, hopefully in the future we will more fabric to offer. xoxo Thank you for asking.

  40. martha dagostino says:

    Hello Susan, I will be getting the quilts out of my closet and display them in my living room. Even though I am retired – some days are so busy (thank goodness) – but your website is such an inspiration. happy thoughts, love, ruby

  41. Henrietta Jend says:

    I amnot a quilter, but I love them just as much! At 78 I guess it’s a little late to start…Have enjoyed your beautiful collection and wishing that they were allmine. Thankyou so much!!

    • sbranch says:

      Looking at them is something we can all enjoy!

    • Andi says:

      No, my dear lady, it is never too late to learn to quilt. Check out a quilt guild in your area, ask at a quilt shop, or go on-line to find out how to start quilting!

  42. CarolK (NJ) says:

    I just had to take a look at your quilts again. They are so pretty. I just finished patching one I purchased at auction. Got a fantastic bargain too. I have to share a poem my brother in CA just sent to me. Being most of the girlfriends still use a clothes line to air our laundry this is so appropriate. We don’t know who wrote it but it’s just too cute not to share.

    A Poem to the Clothesline …

    A clothesline was a news forecast, To neighbors passing by,
    There were no secrets you could keep, When clothes were hung to dry.
    It also was a friendly link, For neighbors always knew
    If company had stopped on by, To spend a night or two.
    For then you’d see the “fancy sheets”, And towels upon the line;
    You’d see the “company table cloths”, With intricate designs.
    The line announced a baby’s birth, From folks who lived inside,
    As brand new infant clothes were hung, So carefully with pride!
    The ages of the children could, So readily be known
    By watching how the sizes changed, You’d know how much they’d grown!
    It also told when illness struck, As extra sheets were hung;
    Then nightclothes, and a bathrobe too, Haphazardly were strung.
    It also said, “On vacation now”, When lines hung limp and bare.
    It told, “We’re back!” when full lines sagged, With not an inch to spare!
    New folks in town were scorned upon, If wash was dingy and gray,
    As neighbors carefully raised their brows, And looked the other way.
    But clotheslines now are of the past, For dryers make work much less.
    Now what goes on inside a home, Is anybody’s guess!
    I really miss that way of life, It was a friendly sign
    When neighbors knew each other best… By what hung out on that line.

    NJ hugs………

    • sbranch says:

      Darling! I remember my mom’s clothesline, ear to ear in white cotton diapers. A giveaway as to what was going on in our house.

  43. betsy pringle says:

    While a teen in Ft. Lauderdale I used a quilt my great grandmother had made from my grandmother’s Aunt Jemima Halloween costume as a beach blanket. What a foolish girl when after a zillion washings and the seams and fabric were wearing out, I threw it away! How I wished I had have cut it up for smaller quilts, pillows, to put a square or two in frames, etc. Luckily others have survived along with treasure trove of antiques.

  44. Angela Nona says:

    Susan, I am a quilter. All my quilts except one were made by me and I hav over 50 quilts. I decorate my house with them. I love quilting – it is a joy for me and it makes me so happy to leave these behind me someday when Im called home.

  45. Sharon Suzanne Moran says:

    I did it! I bought my first quilt and it’s a beauty, pale blue and white with embroidered flower baskets. I have made a few simple quilts and now, with inspiration from Susan, I believe I’m bitten with the “Quilt Bug”! Crocheting prayer shawls and afghans has been my passion,now I’ve got a new one(and a lot to learn about conservation)! Oh that, and a website I highly recommend to animal lovers “For the Love of Alex”!
    Happy Quilting!

  46. Ann McKenna says:

    Thank-you for sharing the pictures of your beautiful quilt collection! I love quilts also and plan on starting your “Hearts and Flowers” quilt in the Fall. You also gave me an idea of where to display an old, quite damaged quilt that my grandmother made in the 1930′s. I’m going to fold it and display it on top of the old pine entertainment center in our bedroom. That way I can see it every day morning and night and in-between! Forever thank-yous to you!!!!!!!!!

    Ann

  47. vicki gibbs says:

    Dear Susan,
    I absolutely LOVE your website, your books, everything you have on the market!!! I have been buying and reading your books for about 20+ years now, and enjoy your calendars whenever I can find them locally.

    I like your ideas about the old quilts, could you tell me where you find them? Is it a certain store, at estate sales or yard sales? Please let me know!

    Thanks and keep all the great ideas coming!

    Vicki Gibbs

    • sbranch says:

      I love to go to antique stores, group stores, flea markets, yard sales and that’s where you find the old ones. You have to look, and be patient, because they are truly loved and collected by so many, but they are there, and every once in a while you get lucky and find the perfect one at a price you can afford. Thank you Vicki.

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