I ran through that antique mall like a mad woman --- I would have done much better on roller skates! Seriously, the place is HUGE. It could have taken me days to dawdle, but closing time was fast approaching and I needed to discover what could be discovered in record time!
The place IS as huge as a factory. It’s right off interstate 81 in Verona – and guess who is heading back up that way again at the end of July for the Hershey show? Hmmmmmm…..I think that’s a no brainer, don’t you?
Aisles and Aisles and booths galore!
Which way to go first?!
The first thing I spied was a hovering birds in chrome yellows, deep greens and double pinks. This one was just a top ---and though the fabrics were great to behold, they felt crispy and crunchie, and I knew at best this was a piece simply to be displayed for looking at the fabrics --- and there wasn’t THAT great of a variety of fabrics in this quilt. I let it pass ---I love the simplicity of this block design, and I’d love to do something with these simple triangles in the future.
Sweet and soft springy colors! This booth had a lot of vintage little girl dresses ---and these quilts just belneded in so nice..I love the simple 9 patch with cornerstones that chain through – aren’t the colors fresh?
Crazy Anne circa 1900.
Just who WAS Crazy Anne, and why was she crazy? Could it be she had a hard time getting her triangles to all go the same direction? This one had really great fabrics in it…some of those reds are so vibrant, and I loved hos she distributed the reds strategically around the center block.
Those plaids and checks call my name every time! I love that she pulled together a hodge podge of blues around that center orange plaid pinwheel. It makes it look like it’s a completely different block.
I also can’t resist bears made out of old quilts and tops…this one had a star right on his tummy!
And of course, I am drawn to stringy ANYTHING! I got notice that my book String Fling is ready to go to print ---wahhhoooooo! I hope its on the doorstep soon, I can’t wait!
A very early Wild Goose Chase!
I had higher hopes for this one, but as I got close I could see that the browns were all disintegrating ---too bad! The workmanship in this one was amazing – the geese had all their beaks intact!
So shreddy, so sad!
Drunkards paths in blues and indigos!
I love how swirly curly this block is….and it’s set against a dainty pink alternate square!
Now look at that lower left drunkard’s path unit….do you see the corner blue pie shape is pieced with TWO different kinds of stripes, going in opposite directions? FUN!!
I found a perky dresden plate set with cheddar ---great 1940s fabrics in it!
Here’s a very graphic square in a square set in groups of 4 ---positive negative!
Notice how the red sashing only went so far, and then they had to use something else up along the top between those three upper right hand blocks!
The weirdest thing that did NOT come home with me? THIS!
Can you guess what it is? Look closer:
It saddens my heart to think of the necessity of having one of these on hand. I’m sure every birth was an occasion for fear of death.
The upside of this one??! Think about it ---- the need to use it never came! It got buried in the barn and stayed there. But my heart is with the person who fashioned this so carefully out of heart pine in the mid to late 1800s. I’m sure it wasn’t an easy task.
There are more quilts to share, and I haven’t BEGUN to get to the machines yet! But that will have to wait until I’m back from my weekend in Boone ----
Have a great Saturday, everyone!