I was greeted in the parking lot by this sweet quilter, Lori – who introduced herself to me and brought me a goodie bag for my travels!
((Okay Lori, I confess, two of those gluten free bars were gone within 20 minutes of leaving the parking lot!))
We had a great time browsing the antique mall together….even getting up to some silly antics! Usually I am just silly by myself – but Lori was there to capture it on film! Of course, we saw the regular items….sewing machines, functional and non-functional ---quilt tops humble and scrappy, housewares and furniture and hilarious memorabilia…
And then there are the things we want that we don’t have room in the car for:
Wouldn’t YOU love a red enameled claw foot tub with speckled granite textured outside and silver feet?! Okay – if I had a hoochie mama boudoir, I think this tub would be really cool!
And yes, you caught me ---I wasn’t going to buy ANY MORE QUILTS – but how could I resist this one?
Here’s Lori holding the quilt up so that I can get a picture.
Do you see these colors? Salmon orange and green!! Ooooh! Look at that hand quilting!
Would you believe this quilt is dated 1870??
There are some fade lines..but the quilting is even and fine ---and it has a wool batting!
Cables in the borders!
Reasons I bought this quilt ((Okay, for all of $79.00 which meant that I could never leave it behind!)) It’s two color! Two colors in solids, Curved piecing. All of these things are things that I would never choose to do for a quilt I was making myself. Things I love – but things I don’t have the patience for. I love this quilt for it’s graphic nature –but I wouldn’t make it myself.
Backing Fabric to die for!!
I took the quilt to Mary Koval’s shop for examination……and to gasps, this backing fabric in its original state on this quilt..is the same paisley she has reproduced in one of her recent fabric lines – and we compared them side by side and other than this original being a bit larger in scale, they are so close to exact it was staggering! How fun! That’s when I knew buying this quilt was kismet.
We checked the seams to see what the original colors may have been….the salmon was a bit darker when it was new as was the green. It was pieced by treadle machine with black thread.
This was ONE WELL EXPERIENCED SEAMSTRESS! She pieced all these little drunkards path units by TREADLE! The stitches are very small –there are no pleats or puckers –beautiful work. It is hand quilted and hand bound.
So I left with this lovely quilt --- and this:
A traveling care package from my new friend Lori!
((thanks for making the effort to surprise me, Lori – it was so fun meeting you!))
There are more photos to share of our fun in the antique mall, but Mary and I are just about to head out to the quilt shop, so that will have to wait for later! This evening I am giving a String Fling lecture here in Bedford ---tomorrow and Sunday are two workshops…and then we have a couple more days to play before I head off to Hershey on Wednesday for Quilt Odyssey.
Lots of time for Pennsylvania Summer Fun!