“Get out and stretch your legs every so often” is the medical advice given by my doctor regarding the bulging disk in my back.
A devious smile crosses my face as I realize this coincides with one of my favorite pastimes ---Antiquing!
This also has its down side ---I can’t afford to bring EVERYHTHING home. Quilts and quilt tops take up a lot of space. Kitchen stuff – oh I love vintage kitchen stuff: Granite ware old egg beaters and salt shakers and fun tea pots ---but I can’t bring it all home! Where can I put it?
Taking photos but leaving things where I found them is the answer.
I love finding quilts that inspire me in future projects and sharing them here, and then being sure I can FIND THEM myself later when I have time to make them --- aka PINTEREST ---means that I don’t have to bring each and every little thing home.
And the upside --- I’m getting out of the car! I’m stretching my legs! I’m giving that gas pedal foot and leg a break.
So what did I find? Let’s take a look!
Simple 9 patches always catch my heart. How many of us learned to quilt by sewing squares into 9 patches? The sweet top above has solid blue center squares in each little block, plenty of fun vintage 30’s and 40’s prints ---love that yellow! The background is a simple muslin. Instant love!
Red polka dot bow ties!
This one was SO great – just a top, very old, all flannel! This top had blues, greys, browns, blacks, and peach. I don’t know if you can tell by the photos how soft and fuzzy this is, it has definitely never been washed. I turned it over to check the stitching on the back side…all by hand!
Stitches are small and even, the seams a bit less than 1/4”.
I really love this block! Just might have to play with this one!
Simple and classic, white shoo-flies with red backgrounds and white sashing. YUMMY!!
9-patch hourglasses! I think this is an “exquisite” block off the top of my head, but not sure. What I really love is the row of 2/3 blocks ((not half blocks!!)) at the bottom row:
Not sure what happened to that corner block – it’s got an extra hourglass unit!
I guess it was 5 o’clock SOMEWHERE! ;c)
I saw this one and fell in love!
Until I lifted it and smelled it…..it smelled REALLY BAD! LOL!
It was also very heavy ---and it sounded like the newspaper foundations were still attached – which made the thought of washing this to get the smell out impossible…it was also fragile in some areas, but how graphic is this?! Loved it --- from a distance! Another example of why not everything can come home!
What else did NOT come home?
A PAIR of Chinese dogs!
If you would like a pair of these dogs to guard your stash, contact me, I know where you can find them…LOL
They don't come cheap! AND -- they take up far more room than any number of machines or quilts that I could bring home. ((Do you see me rationalizing here?!))
There are more quilts, but I’m going to get my morning moving --- I need a shower, I have to pack up all the quilt stuff that is all over my hotel room and fit it back in my car. There will be more sight seeing today as I make my way toward colonial Williamsburg, Virginia!
I'm doing the happy dance of joy ---November's mystery quilt top is a TOP -- it's together! Whoowhooo!
Happy Tuesday, everyone….it’s the last day of July, 2012 – make it memorable!