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Threads of Time

Museums provide many opportunities to study and learn from the past. At the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, Colorado, history buffs can enjoy the craftsmanship of quilters, past and present, and appreciate their skills applied to historical materials and designs. Backgrounds for this web site contain images of vintage fabric from the museum.

A few years ago, a newspaper notice caught my attention. The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum was having a garage sale, to clear out a backlog of fabric and supplies. On the appointed day, I made a beeline to Golden, a mountain town in the Denver foothills, and was not disappointed. Various fabric ends from bolts of cotton with vintage calico designs were available for purchase. They jumped into my basket, and have come in handy for many projects since.

Fabric is also a handy writing metaphor for history. Threads in the cloth represent stories, people and timelines. Elements combine and blend to create a greater historical fabric of events and characters who interacted, reflecting usage, tastes and culture from long ago.

When I recently came across the remainder of the vintage fabric, the enchanting designs once again took me back in time. They brought to mind wallpaper of the late 1800s in the American West, and precious cloth purchased by pioneers for handmade clothing, dresses, aprons, shirts, blouses, bonnets, and curtains. Consider these common objects and images as they evoke thoughts and visions from the past.

Joyce B. Lohse – Copyright 2020