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Jackie Loos column: Quilts, Christmas tree ornaments tell happy stories

9:14 PM, Dec. 5, 2012  |  Comments
A woman made this quilt in the 1950s from her husband's wool suits.
A woman made this quilt in the 1950s from her husband's wool suits.
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The art of quilting has been around for generations. For many women, quilting was a way to be creative while also providing practical home items.

One of our consignors shared with us a quilt her aunt made in the 1950s out of her husband's worn wool suits. The end result is pictured. The colors of blues, grays and greens are in perfect harmony. Each square is tied in the center as was done in the past. This particular quilt was finished with a chevron stitch, and the center is wool batting with a flannel back.

You can see in the detailed patchwork of this quilt that it was created with love. The simple beauty of this quilt tells a wonderful story 50 years later. The best part is that it will be here 50 years in the future.

Staying in the 1950s and getting into the holiday spirit, many of our consignors are sharing with us sparkly Christmas ornaments called Shiny Brites.

One customer in our shop recently told us that she still has her grandmother's bulbs. My husband has his grandmother's Christmas bulbs as well, and we will decorate for the holidays with them.

The Shiny Brite ornaments were created near the end of World War II. This was because almost all Christmas ornaments were imported from Germany and Japan until 1940. Max Eckardt contacted Corning Glass Works in the United States and came up with a way to create glass ornaments similar to how glass light bulbs were created.

The two ornaments from our shop (pictured) are called indents. The center of the ornament is star shaped and indented. They still have all the glitz and glamour on a Christmas tree that they provided 50 years ago. Because they are fragile, they are getting harder to find. There is nothing better in this world than seeing a child really taken by the beauty of a sparkly Christmas tree. I'm still taken by it.

That's all for this week's journal of memories. What's a favorite treasure from a past Christmas? Do you know the story behind it? I would love to hear it, and I know others would too.

Jackie Loos owns Jackie's Attique, a home consignment store featuring an assortment of timeless pieces. The gallery is located at 20 Brown Blvd. in Rothschild and features antiques, home decor and furniture.

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