The cabot building has the date of 1834 on it. Can you imagine the folks who found their way to this mill every day to put in their time to make a wage to feed their families and put a roof over their heads?
I know the north east has a rich textile heritage, as does the area I live in North Carolina…and I imagined as we walked the aisles….what it would have been like with the voices, and the faces, and the noise of the machinery and the sound of different bells and whistles signifying the time to start, the time to stop,
The building has been restored and is now usable office space as well as shopping space….but it still very much has the feel of an old textile mill.
And there were quilts!
This lovely old rail fence top dates to the late 1800s…..but it was tied at a later date. The fabric on the back is much newer, it has a poly batting, and yarn ties:
Rainbow colored acrylic yarn ties!
ROWS of multi colored acrylic yarn ties!
But oh, the fabrics in this quilt….YUMMY!
I’m thinking those browns would be gorgeous in my hexie-in-progress!
This 1930s log cabin was rolled up in a basket – we almost passed it by!
Each block uses two strips of RED in the next to the last row on the dark side, giving this interesting cross effect. It was very unusal, and I loved it!
Double T! Indigos and muslin!
Lovely feather quilting around a cross hatched alternate block.
What a fun Maverick Block! This was the only one like this.
Close up of block.
But look at THIS:
F.J. Hutchinson, May,
The 16, 1882
And while I’m pointing this out…please take a look at the binding ----MACHINE SEWN. Someone was showing off some treadle stitching……LOVE IT! They were so proud of their sewing machine, and the fact that they owned one that they were happy to have the stitching visible smack dab on the front of the quilt where everyone could see it.
Whoever this was.....ran out of fabric for that one block, but still saved enough to be able to bind the quilt in a similar fabric as the main quilt fabric. Someone bought yardage --- albeit just not quite enough ---for this quilt!
It was such a treat to see these quilts up close and personal --- and there are more to come!