I left the restaurant in Columbia yesterday after visiting with Jason and made a beeline to an old favorite haunt. There is an antique mall in a warehouse in downtown Columbia off of Gervais Street that I used to frequent quite often!
How quickly I forget though that old warehouse places don’t always have A/C --- and remember it was 93 degrees in Columbia yesterday? It was about 120 degrees inside that warehouse!
I was drenched with sweat by the time I left, but I quickly combed the aisles to find any sign of any goodies that might just want to come home with me.
I of course had “Civil War” era on my mind after visiting with the docent at the South Carolina Welcome Center earlier in the day -----I stumbled upon this lovely double T quilt, it’s shredded and frayed edges and yellowing fabrics doing little to distract from the beauty. It had GREAT variety in it! I loved the green cornerstones ----
I spread it out on the floor to get a better view. This wasn’t one I could wash and spruce up, and the border fabric was pretty fragile and disintegrating in areas, but what I love about antique places is that we can gently handle the quilts and examine them up close and personal where in museums and shows you can’t. I’m not exactly sure of the age of this quilt, it could just as easily have been made after the Civil War from older scrap bag fabrics ----but it still had me wondering about the life time of its maker and what she had seen pass in her life.
Simple outline quilting with an X through the center square. Oh, I love stripes that go in every which direction with no rhyme or reason! Along with this quilt, there was another one made mostly of plaids. At some point in its life it had been stored and gotten wet where it was folded ---
Rolling Stone Quilt.
The thing I really liked about this quilt was the dark plaid backgrounds and the lighter design foregrounds. I love the effect of just reversing the value placement within the block! This one is on the bucket list to reproduce. Simple and classic, how great would this be in recycled plaids and shirtings?
A close up of the “best” corner.
I did find a machine! This is an old beloved Davis – and no, it didn’t come home with me either, but what I found most interesting was the manual and the receipts that are with it:
June 14, 1918
I can hardly keep track of receipts I got last week! This one has been with this machine for 94 years. Sold to Mr Chas N Herter from N Snellenburg & Co of Philadelphia, PA How did this machine end up in South Carolina?
That was all the time I had to wander, but it sure was a fun way to stretch my legs even if it was about 120 degrees in that warehouse antique mall!
Hmmmm……I wonder where I might find a place open to wander on my way back up to NC tomorrow morning?