Quilting History: Sewing Storage from Years Past

We have an amazing guest blogger today: Sue, our photographer at Landauer! Sue takes all the gorgeous photographs of the quilts in our books. She could fill her house with all the stunning quilt photographs she has taken over the years. When Sue isn’t trekking in the woods to get the perfect shot of a quilt, she is sewing, baking delicious treats and chasing around her grandchildren and dogs. She recently discovered unique sewing containers from her mother and mother-in-law. Check out her story:

Today there is no lack of nifty boxes, containers, and cubbies that we can use to store our over abundance of sewing supplies. While I am grateful for what is available, I have been pleasantly surprised to see what sewing women used in the past to keep their notions handy.

In the past couple years, the houses of my mom and mother-in-law had to be cleaned out. In that sad, happy, reflective process, I came across multiple containers full of sewing notions. It struck me that it didn’t take anything too fancy to keep sewing necessities together and at hand.

I can’t bring myself to reorganize these tins and baskets. It tells me too much about the times and the women I loved so much. Items inside may or may not be found in anyone’s storage unit today, but the basic needles, threads, thimbles, buttons-the necessities-are there.

I want to share some these finds with you. Recognize any of them? Hope you enjoy the little finds as much as I have.

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My father-in-law was an optician. This was a frame case my mother-in-law converted to a thread case. Perfect!

sewing blog_17 My grandmother’s initials are stitched on the felt needle holder. I found many nifty sewing treasures in this basket.

sewing blog_10 These are various boxes that contain sewing supplies. See the adorable mini suitcase? This was a souvenir from a trip to Canada.

sewing blog_17 This straw basket was my grandma’s and then passed down to my mother. It holds tiny sewing treasures!

sewing blog_1 USE These are various caddies. The one on the left was built by my father for my grandmother. The center caddy belongs to Jeramy Landauer, the owner of Landauer Publishing! It holds threads her Lithuanian grandmother used to stitch lace tatting over 100 years ago.The final caddy on the right was my grandmother’s. As far back as I can remember, it always sat right next to her sewing machine with an African Violet on the top.

Do you have any quilting notions that have been passed from generation to generation? We would love to hear your story! Share it with us in the comments below!


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