Finding Old Quilts
Panguitch is a small Southern Utah town in the middle of nowhere. Their annual community celebration centers around quilts for a good reason. During the first winter, the community ran out of supplies. A group of men headed to a neighboring community to get the needed supplies. The snow was too deep for their wagons so they ended up using quilts like snowshoes to walk to get the supplies. The quilts literally saved the town. Here is a link to where you can read the story in more detail:
Their annual celebration is called the Panguitch Quilt Walk. During the Quilt Walk, the whole town joins in the celebration. Quilts can be seen everywhere, inside and out. There is another quilt story associated with this celebration that is not as well known. The story goes — one of the ladies in charge of the quilt show that takes place during the celebration, was taking some things to the dump. While she was there, she saw a man taking quilt after quilt after quilt out of his vehicle and tossing them onto the pile of trash there at the dump. She waited for the man to leave and proceeded to take quilt after quilt after quilt off of the pile of trash and place them into her vehicle. Most of the quilts were in poor condition, but these are the quilts that are seen hanging throughout the town. From a distance they are admired. Upon examination, their condition is noted, but the quilts are still valued and admired. What a blessed day to be at the dump!
I share these stories to ask a question. Where do I go, besides the dump, to find old quilts like this? I would love to have some old quilts in poor condition. I just looked on ebay hoping to find some “cutters.” I was disappointed to find that ebay sellers are now actually cutting old quilts into pieces and just selling pieces of these old quilts. It was more difficult (read as more expensive) than I thought to find an entire quilt.
I think I am okay with an old quilt top. Could I place iron on interfacing behind holes so I could quilt the top? I know when I say that I want to quilt an antique top, but if it is in poor condition, it isn’t as valuable as it could be, and I really want the quilts to be enjoyed.
Thanks in advance!