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Which famous crooner topped the Billboard music charts in 1944 with Don't Fence Me In?
A Treasured "Piece" of History
I had two very different grandmothers: One lived in town, the other lived on a farm. One loved to bake, the other loved to garden. My dad's mother had been a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse; my mom's mother worked as a country midwife's assistant before she was married. But my grandmothers had one thing in common -- they both quilted until their arthritic hands prevented them from doing so. I have a few of the quilts they lovingly handcrafted, and I cherish them. They are displayed in my home along with a bright yellow tufted quilt that was made by my husband's grandmother and a faded blue and white quilt pieced together by my Great-Aunt Mary who was born in 1863.
The early colonists to America made quilts for strictly utilitarian purposes -- quilts were needed for warmth and to stop the winter drafts from coming in their doors and windows. In later years, as fabric became more readily available and affordable, women began creating more elaborate quilts. Quilt-making was an integral part of the home-front efforts in World Wars I and II. And of course, during the Depression, quilting, piecing and patching blankets in order to avoid buying new ones was essential.
Today, quilting is as popular as ever and is a true art form. At Annie's, the publishing house where Good Old Days originates, we also publish Quilter's World magazine. At times when I arrive at the office and open the door to the second floor, I am greeted by a tidal wave of color. The tables in front of me are covered with the latest in quilt designs that will be featured in the next issue. I have to stop and stare. I am always stunned by the level of beauty and creativity that goes into these works of art.
Alas, I don't quilt, so no new quilts will be gracing my home in the future. But I will continue to treasure my family-heirloom quilts that make me think of my oh-so-different grandmothers who had a mutual love of quilting.'Til next time,
Mary Beth Weisenburger,
Good Old Days® magazine
PS. Do you quilt? Have you made quilts for your children or grandchildren? Do you possess an heirloom quilt handed down to you from a parent or grandparent? We want to hear about it! Send a brief response to me at Editor@GoodOldDaysMagazine.com and it could appear in a future newsletter or in Good Old Days magazine!
Mary Beth Weisenburger has been with Annie's since April 2011. She has 25 years of experience in the marketing, advertising and publishing fields. In addition to her job as editor of Good Old Days, she has been writing a family humor column for over a decade. She and her husband, two college-age kids, two dogs and various other critters live on five acres in the country, where she enjoys reading on the back porch, refinishing furniture, feeding the birds and digging in the dirt of her perennial gardens.
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Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters (Patty, LaVerne and Maxene) partnered to record several hits during 1944, most notably Don't Fence Me In. The popular song topped the Billboard charts for eight weeks and is one of many favorites in Crosby's storied musical career.
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