Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wednesday Wives Tales~Quilting

Quilting is a fun hobby today, but most women live their lives without ever trying their had at this old-fashioned art. In the days when women's lives revolved around their homes, quilting was as an important part of their lives as learning to cook, garden, and bake bread. We've all heard of the old fashioned quilting bees, and similar groups still meet today. I thought a few superstitions about quilts would be fun.

1. If a young woman 'shakes' a quilt out the front door of the cabin, the next single man to enter through that door will be her groom.

2. If a young girl completed a patchwork quilt without help from anyone else, she would never marry.

3. If a single woman is first to sleep under a new made quilt, she will dream of her future husband.

4. If you begin a quilt on a Friday, you will never live to finish it.

5. Never quilt figures of humans on a quilt or they will 'walk and visit you at night'.

6. Hearts are unlucky on quilts unless the quilt is for a bride.

7. The name for the 'Wandering Foot' quilt pattern was changed to 'Turkey Tracks' due to the belief that any male that slept beneath the quilt would wander from home and lead a worthless life.

Do you know any old wives tales related to quilting?


  1. I had never heard several of those. How funny !

  2. So nice to see you post, how have you been?

  3. Hi Rose Mary,
    I'm so happy that you are blogging again!
    These wives tales are always so interesting! Here's one from me: Anything we make with our own hands adds beauty and love to our home. :)
    Happy day to you!

  4. Rose Mary, I missed up. Hope all is well in your world. I don't quilt, want to but have not the patience to sit and do things like that. Blessings

  5. Hi Rosemary:) I don't know any but that one about starting on a Friday sounds very scary...YIKeeessssss!!!! How are your wonderful fur babies doing?

  6. I have never heard of those. I don't know where they come up with these superstitions. I have heard something about pricking your finger while quilting and getting blood on the quilt. But I can't remember if it's bad or good luck :) It's neat that we both posted about quilts. I guess good minds think alike.

  7. I remember reading something about not making a "perfect" quilt... you had to make one block that wasn't perfect, or there would be some kind of bad luck.