Tuesday, February 24, 2009

$7 Black History Quilt Top Found at Flea Market

This story is from the Palestine (Texas) Herald-Press from 2007, still thought it was amazing!
"Palestine resident Natalie Jones couldn’t believe her fortune when she found a colorful quilt top for the bargain price of $7 at a flea market in Dogwood City this past summer.

"What made it such a bargain is that the one-of-a-kind quilt top features 34 squares displaying the portraits of African Americans who made contributions to society — from well-known names such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Harriet Tubman to others not as well known such as Garrett A. Morgan, who invented traffic lights and gas masks, to Granville T. Woods, who invented the telegraph.

"“I had just bought some black figurines and had almost spent all of my money. I carried the quilt top with me for a while wondering if I would have enough money to buy it. I asked the guy what he wanted for it, and he asked if $7 was too much. I couldn’t believe my good fortune. To me, it’s worth a million dollars,” Jones said."
Ms. Jones now has created a program called "African American: Cover to Cover" where she shares the quilt and African American history stories. (Photo by Cheril Vernon, The Palestine Herald). Have you ever found such a quilt treasure?! Enjoy!


credo said...

I found this information on the naacp site requesting panels for a quilt to celebrate the NAACP 100 years.

Hopefully there are some quilters who are interested in the project.

All panels including history must be postmarked no later than April 1, 2009 to be included in the Centennial Quilt Project. All items should be sent to the National Office, ATTN: Field Operations and Membership Department

Aminat said...

I wish I could find a treasure like that. That realy worths a million. I am now on a look out...lol .Cheers

Mary Emma Allen said...

A fantastic story. Thanks for sharing, Kyra. You never know what you'll find at flea markets if you keep looking. And often at fabulous prices.

Karoda said...

it was destiny...what a rescue!!! wouldn't it be cool if she could find the maker!?

Mariela Alethia said...

How my goshhhh! how lucky. Talk about hitting the jackpot. I have been collecting images of distinguished African Americans. I would like to embroidery replica of all of them and then assemble the pieces into a quilt. Wow! that was a fabulous findddd