Category Archives: Edie McGinnis

August 29, 2014

Worth the Effort

By Edie McGinnis Labor Day weekend is upon us. It is the day set aside to honor the contributions American workers have made to the prosperity and strength of our country. I often think of how hard my dad worked. He was a cooper and made barrels for the American Distilling Co, in Pekin, Illinois. Continue Reading

August 22, 2014

Another Beauty

By Edie McGinnis The Antique Quilt Acquisition Committee at the McGinnis household made a lovely find a few weeks ago. After very little debate among the members, it was decided that it would be a good idea to use some of the available investment funds to purchase a Marie Webster Poppy quilt. The head of Continue Reading

August 15, 2014

Scissors and a Bird

By Edie McGinnis I take great pleasure in antique sewing objects. Some I own might be very old, but they are still useful. My antique thimbles are a case in point. Each one I bought fits me and fits me well. They are comfortable and as handy as can be. Other things, I have to Continue Reading

August 8, 2014

Friendly Folks and Beautiful Quilts

By Edie McGinnis Last weekend, I was in Kalona, Iowa, to speak to the Iowa Illinois Quilt Study Group. The group meets at the Quilt & Textile Museum, in the Kalona Historical Village Welcome Center. Kalona is a charming little town known as the Quilt Capitol of Iowa. Even the downtown street corners echo that Continue Reading

August 1, 2014

From Army Blankets to Quilts

By Edie McGinnis I did not grow up with quilts. The closest things to quilts in my whole family were the heavy woolen comforters my grandma made from old suiting fabric. They were drab squares sewn together with no regard for color or pattern. After she had enough stitched together to cover a bed, she Continue Reading