Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Favorite Finds: Beth's Patchwork Quilt

It's so fun to see all the various items people choose as their favorite finds! Beth of Secondhand with Style has amazing taste, displayed on both her blog and in her online vintage shop! I knew she'd have a fun Favorite Find and she shares it below!

What is your favorite find and where did you find it?

My most favorite thing I've ever thrifted is a handmade patchwork quilt sewn with vintage fabrics. It came from the National Council of Jewish Women thrift store in Venice, Calif.

What attracted you to this particular quilt?

The colors and the patterns! Each square is a different fabric, and the colors are so bright. I sometimes look at them for design inspiration.

Have you always appreciated quilts or did this particular one spur a new-found love?

I grew up with a grandmother who quilted and then embroidered them, so I've always had an appreciation for quilts. Patchwork is definitely my favorite, though. They have so much personality and are almost like time can guesstimate when it was made based on the patterns of the fabric used.

What is your favorite memory of the quilt, so far?

There are so many! This quilt has traveled with me to the beach for picnics, into the desert on camping trips, and has made the trip from Los Angeles to St. Louis twice. It's become a part of the family, really. :)

Anything else we need to know about it?

I don't like to share it. Just ask my husband. Ha.

Why do you love vintage and secondhand items?

Oh my goodness...I could fill several blog posts with this answer, but I'll try and keep it short. :) First, reusing items decreases post-consumer waste, and at the same time allows people to get creative with their wardrobes and home decor. And I love vintage especially because I think the quality is better (especially with kitchen items), and I find the designs in both textiles and housewares a bit more inspired than what you find today. This quilt is a great example; there are patterns on here that current ones just can't rival. Or look at the Pyrex/Corelle/Anchor Hocking bowls and casseroles; there isn't a company today that has put that kind of artwork into its kitchenware, which is why a lot of people still collect and use it.

I agree! Beth, thanks so much for telling us about your favorite find! Be sure to check out Beth's inspiring blog!

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  1. I too love quilts! that is a fabulous find beth!
    cute pics!

  2. so awesome. i love a good vintage quilt. i can't resist them if they are cheap!

  3. Hey Jamie! Thanks so much for inviting me to share my favorite find! Had so much fun! :)

  4. That's a beautiful find, and I love the photos Beth too, too!


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