Category Archives: History

February 11, 2015

A Quilt With History

By Donna di Natale One of the oldest quilts in my collection is called Sybil’s Civil War Quilt because I purchased it from a woman named Sybil, and she provided a provenance along with the quilt. As you can see, the provenance states that it was made by Sybil’s great-grandmother, Martha Jane Crutchfield Christopher, in1850. Continue Reading

February 4, 2015

Weaving a Tale of Basket Quilts

By Donna di Natale Baskets have been a part of life since prehistoric times. I’m not sure, but I imagine that people were weaving baskets while still wearing animal hide clothing. Perhaps the baskets led to the discovery of linen, one of the earliest known woven fabrics, which is made from flax. It isn’t surprising Continue Reading

January 21, 2015

On the Homefront

By Donna di Natale A recent article in The Kansas City Star featured area women who had worked in local aircraft factories in World War II. These women, real-life Rosie the Riveters, proudly served their country by filling jobs vacated by men who joined the military. But this isn’t the only way in which many Continue Reading

January 15, 2015

Bobbins’ Bargains Takes a Fond Look Back

This week, Mrs. Bobbins celebrates the heritage of quilting. She is always one to find a good deal out there in the quilt world. Now she brings her amazing talents to you … with her weekly Bobbins’ Bargains! Every Thursday, Mrs. Bobbins will select one of our books and offer it to you at a Continue Reading

January 14, 2015

The Well-Appointed Bathroom

By Donna di Natale Making and using quilts and other handmade objects to decorate your home is a popular and easy way to give your home a fresh look. This was especially true back in the 1930s, during the Depression. Money was tight, but women still wanted their homes to be attractive. Magazines were full Continue Reading