Old Made Quilts started
in 1995 and we began by selling vintage feedsacks, fabrics and antique
quilts. We were lucky to be called to bid on a large supply of feedsacks
that belonged to the Props department of the Fried Green Tomatoes movie
crew. Apparently, their prop people had secured feedsacks while filming
in Georgia and upon completion, the warehouse went up for auction and
we were lucky enough to purchase these fine textiles. We have had, I
am sure, the largest collection of feedsacks in the country. We have
traveled to many quilt shows throughout California and recently have
ventured as far as Paducah, Kentucky and Houston, Texas. We’ve met a
lot of interesting people along the way. Our business was also featured
on HGTV’S “Simply Quilts” with Alex Anderson.
I took a beginning quilting class and found I couldn’t do the quilting
stitch so Tiger Tape, a guide for evenly spaced stitches, was born.
Now we are also wholesalers selling to many Distributors, Quilt Shops
as well as Jo-Ann Stores. We unveiled a new tape this last Market
in Kansas City, Missioui. It’s called Big Stitch Style Tiger Tape.
It’s for Hand quilting and uses a size 5 between needle and pearl
cotton size8 thread. You can take bigger stitches and finish your
projects in half the time. There’s something “special” about a hand
quilted quilt. You’ll see this new tape in our store. Tiger Tape comes
in many sizes with many different applications.
We have enjoyed the journey that has led us this far. And a few
years ago, we purchased some property in the Carolinas. This property
is on the National Registry of Historic Homes and has a Grist Mill,
2 Victorian homes, a nine-acre pond, a creek that runs through the
75 acres and many outbuildings. It needs lots of work but this venture
will be the new temporary home for Old Made Quilts. We’ll keep you
posted on our progress.
Vollaire Ferro is a third generation quilter and is the owner and
creator of Tiger Tape, a hand quilting guide for evenly spaced
stitches. Tiger Tape has been featured in QuiltMaker Magazine, Quilters
Newsletter Magazine and many others as a Gotta Have notion.
One of the largest collector of vintage feedsacks, gives lectures
on feedsacks and rag rug making and demonstrations on making rag rugs.
She has been a guest on HGTVs Simply Quilts. Old Made Quilts
travels the quilt show circuit and can be seen at many locations (see
Show Schedule for a list of shows).Lives
part time in Santa Barbara, CA and part time on the East Coast on
an 1850s property with long time love Tod!