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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Quilter’s Dream Home!

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I am fascinated by old abandoned houses.

I like to imagine I can hear the voices of those who lived here long ago, the laughter of children playing hide and seek in the yard --echoing through the branches of the trees gently waving in the breeze.

I’m not even exactly SURE which town I was in at this point…I believe I was in Glen Alpine, NC.  I had followed a sign off of the interstate to an antique mall that didn’t pan out, and when my GPS sent me on its round about way back to the interstate westward toward Tennessee and finally on to Kentucky –I saw this.

And stopped.

We've often joked about the “Old Quilters Home” Where we would admit  old quilters as residents based on the abundance of their stash ---

Just think about it!  We could stay up and sew all night ---Sleep in as late as we want ---and Quilt until we Wilt!  What a great time I've had plotting and planning just what the perfect “Old Quilters Home” would be.

This one needs a bit of TLC ---but think of the possibilities!

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A coat of yellow paint and it won’t look so spooky!

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I took a walk up to the front door….there was a for sale sign, so I played the interested perhaps-buyer.

I wish I knew the story of this place!

What if we turned it into a Quilter’s Retreat?!

I can dream!

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“Pieceful Acres –Where Old Quilters Never Die – They Just Go to Pieces!!”

Bye bye house ---

Bye bye whoever lived here and loved here and made memories here ---

If you could have the perfect “Old Quilters Home” what would it include?

Leave me a comment below!  And when it comes to that time – I’ll share my stash if you will share yours!

I arrived in London Kentucky and am setting up in the hotel room to sew this evening.  I’m here for 3 nights.  I’m free tomorrow until 2pm when we will go grab lunch and then set up for my lecture that starts at 6pm.

Thursday there are 50 quilters in my Love Shack class, and I know it is going to be a ton of fun. I hope to meet several of you there!

Quilt On, Everyone!


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115 comments:

Myrna said...

My bags are packed and I'm ready to go...to see Bonnie tomorrow night and Thursday. Woo Hoo!

Anonymous said...

I showed my husband the picture and he agrees it is a special house, probably hard to heat, but maybe a retreat possibility. Looks big enough!

I have a summer retreat in the Adirondacks on a lake where our small group of 5 or 6 quilters have gone a few times, come join us sometime when you are up in northern New York! Stash optional, handwork suggested.

Johanne at 2hagars@gmail.com

Lilac Joan said...

I want to be in your 'Olde Quilters Home" I have plenty of stash to share. I love sharing. My dream house would have lots of reallly big rooms. A big parlor and several maids to do all the cooking and heavy cleaning. And of course a friendly yard man to keep us in flowers. Just down the road would be a quilt shop and a goodwill store!

Anonymous said...

My quilting buddies have been talking about an old quilters home for a long time. We decided that the quilter who made the most quilts would get the front bedroom. We had a lot of fun just thinking about it.
Barb D.

HelenMarie said...

I'd love to be in Old Quilters home and share my stash with you. The home would have lots of rooms for all my quilty friends. A large working area where we could all set up our machines and play together, a large design wall and bins and bins and bins of sorted and cut up scraps to work with.

I'm looking forward to seeing you on Sunday for Dancing 9s. I've got my shirts deboned and ready to cut into strips.
hm

Susie Jensen said...

My quilters home would look something like this one. Love the turret. It would have a cook to keep us fed, lots of storage, books and a fabric store right up the road. Lots of antiques and several treadles. A girl can dream, can't she?

Anonymous said...

Looks like a wonderful place for a quilter's retreat place. It's how I imagine the house in Jennifer Chiaverini's books. "Quilter's Dream Home" would make a terrific name.

Sherry in NY
shermcar@rochester.rr.com

Candace said...

My favorite criteria for a place to spend out my days piecing is much like what I am already fortunate enough to have where we go to retreat twice a year. Large windows that provide lots of light, a beautiful views of trees and a lake, great friends to talk , laugh, and collaborate with, and food just appears at regular intervals. That was a need looking old house. Thanks for sharing it. I love old houses too.

Joanie s said...

This house was something in its day. I look at old houses and farms houses the same way. Who lived there, how many kids ect. That house would make for a very NICE guilt retreat home. Someone would have to live there year round. Then all quilters could come visit. Stay and sew. Meet other quilters . Boy what a dream . Thanks Bonnie. I wonder how much they wanted for the house?

Nancy: rangerer@sbcglobal.net said...


When my children were in school, we would think of a possible book title when we saw a house like that. It helped pass the time as we traveled and was fun. Our baby is now 39, so I am speaking of ancient history, but it brings back good memories.

Lois M. said...

I love that place. Like you, I always fantasize about places too. At some point, it must have been a beauty. Were you near Bell Buckle, Tn? There are some beauties around that area.

Nita said...

I'll take the second floor room on the left, please! And ai'll meet you for a glass of ice tea on the veranda at 2:30. :)

Sundae Quilter said...

If you see a faded sign on the sign of the road it says 15 miles to the LOVE... SHACK!!! Love shack yeah...

Sorry, I love the name of the quilt, channeled my inner B-52s

Have fun!

Anonymous said...

Good lighting and lots for windows and enough outlets for everyone.


dianeboddye@comcast.net

nancy eldred said...

sounds really good to me - I'm in. I will share my stash and collection of old machines

Bonnie K Hunter said...

I believe it was in Glen Alpine, NC if my memory serves me correctly!

The house has me fascinated! I want to know about it -- who built it, who lived there ----

I'll probably dream about this house tonight! :)

Myra Salto said...

"Quilters Retreat" That's easy, small bedrooms but enough of them for all quilting friends to sleep when they wilt. Large quilting studio with full kitchen at one end and a full bath on the other. Oh yes, a LQS within walking distance to make sure we get in our 10,000 daily steps :)

Myra Salto

Laura said...

It looks like a cross between a church and a house to me.

Valerie Zagami said...

What a wonderful find, I can see it painted with nice color trim and quilted curtains in the windows. And it will be filled with friendship, love and sharing many quilt hours. How lucky you were to see it. I love it.

Ness said...

You are brave...as facinating as the house is I have the willie's just looking at it...LOL!! I love old houses but once in a while one will raise my hair and give me the creepers LOL! The different windows in the front are very interesting...
I want to be in your Old quilters home...I've already got a very good start on stash so think I'll be paid up well into my 90's LOL! :)
Thanks for letting us travel along.

Linda Rexing said...

love the house. especially that stained glass (quilt) front door

Jennifer Kay said...

I would not only share my stash but my sister who loves to COOK and does not quilt. No men allowed, right?

Ness said...

I forgot to add that the comment made earlier from someone's hubby saying the house was neat but would be hard to heat made me LOL! Definitely a guy thing to say LOL!

Claudia Davis said...

What a beautiful old home! My imagination is having a hey day thinking of those that lived there in its glory days!

Carol said...

I love old houses, also. I think I should have been born last century. I often think "if these walls could talk" I dream of having a getaway place, but don't think it will ever happen!

Mary said...

That would be so nice to have for a getaway! How far is it from your place? I'm headed to my Quilt Guild Meeting tonight. Gonna show off 2 of the quilts I finished in February. Making a Red and White Block of the Month. How is your Red and White challenge coming?

Nora J said...

I, too, wonder about the old houses that are left with no one to care for them. Would like to hear about THEIR STORY. Thanks for the pictures and your ideas about what "could be".

Judymc said...

I love old houses, too! I love all the ideas for the old quilter's home, especially the maid and cook! We definitely need a porch swing and some porch rockers for those beautiful spring and summer evenings!

S L Hulsizer said...

http://circaoldhouses.com/the-aerie-house-in-glen-alpine-north-carolina/

Carol said...

53 HENNESSEE STREET, GLEN ALPINE, NC
BUILT IN 1905
5 BEDROOMS, 1 BATH :(
3,870 SQ FT

*119,000*
I would love to just look around inside!

Cutter Magoo said...

I wold probably seem if there was a window to open, would have to see inside. Would put a treadle in the round castle room ! I am a back roads traveler and have often stopped at old homes, and wonder what happened to make the decision to move and no family members wanting to live there. Could see a big clothesline with lots of quilts and shop hoppers coming and going, all the excitement and laughter,oohing and aahing !

Ranch Wife said...

If move in, we're going to have to add on...those stashes take up lots of room you know! And I'm all in for sharing! Make mine a log cabin...a big one!

queenopearls said...

Ooo I had to do some zooming on that photo but found the listing for the home... Get this $119,000!!

http://www.realestatebook.com/homes/usa/nc/glen-alpine/53-hennessee-street/101-3002399836

5 bedrooms and one bathroom. :)

It would be a fun fixer upper!

~ Christina in Cleveland

susiefloozie said...

If I could create a Perfect Quilter's Home, I would have plenty of windows for good natural light and fresh air in good weather. We would have hot "yard boys" that would keep our gardens & lawns beautiful to look at through all our windows. We would have seating on the porch to hand stitch and listen to the birds while enjoying a cool breeze after a warm day. Lastly, we would have an endless parade of friends stopping by to sew with us, share with us, talk to us, heart to heart. Ahhhhhhh!

Cousin Jill said...

I'm in!! Here's my question....will we have to spend down our stash before Medicaid kicks in??? Hehe. I love old house... I grew up in a old mansion that was turned into apartments... Like you I always wonder about the people who lived there back in the day!!

Linda said...

An awesome house!

Linda said...

An awesome house!

Linda said...

An awesome house....love old houses! And a quilt retreat would be great!

Chriss said...

I would move into that house, it calls out to me even in its present state. I have always loved poking around in old empty houses, the more dilapidated, the better! Who lived there, the joys and sorrows, their life story....

martha said...

An old quilter's house turned into a quilter's retreat ! I've got the stash to share . . . just has DH! I think it should be styled like the Elm Creek Mansion - with lots of rooms upstairs for sleeping/guests; singles, doubles, dorm type rooms. There should be a giant kitchen - newly equipped of course with modern conveniences, but several prep area to accommodate multiple people cooking - and sharing of course. Country table/benches and chairs for community meals. Multiple areas for sewing/piecing each with cutting stations, ironing stations and large tables seating 4 or more quilters (good supporting chairs a must as well as adjustable work stations for those of us who are longer than others. This would of course means that the electrical would have to be up to code as there would need to be oodles of outlets.
How's that for a start - oh and outside! porches, gardens, walking/hiking trails and areas for treddles which can be brought outside.

Marti Walkup Rajotte
walkupmy@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Lovely! I would go with you in a split second! bigrin@cox.net

Lilac Joan said...

To the person who said the house would be hard to heat: There are no problems in dreams. If we need heat it will be there. If we need AC it will be there. Perfection in dreamland!

Marj said...

My best quilting buddy has a beautiful farm house with her DH's big two story workshop next to it in the middle of five acres. We have planed our dream quilters retirement there taking over the workshop as our common sewing area and building little cottages around the perimeter of the property. We could sew together in the workshop and eat together at the farm house. Then when we need a little down time we can go to our personal cottage. Just think of the wonderful neighbors that you could borrow a fatquarter of fabric from. Aren't dreams wonderful?

Cherry said...

I'll share! My perfect Old Quilter's Home would have huge screened in porches, endless pots of tea, a million outlets and an awesome stocked wine cellar!

OldHouseGirl said...

I looked it up on realtor.com. Here's the link
http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/53-Hennessee-St_Glen-Alpine_NC_28628_M68082-29897

It's called "The Aerie". Unfortunately there are only 4 pictures. Would love to see more of the inside. It would make a great retreat house. Sign me up. I have a stash AND I've restored an old house!

deanna turner said...

Bonnie, you know how to live in the moment. Thanks for sharing your travels with us. Great old house.

jean said...


Found it on-line! only $119,000

but only 1 bath- could be a problem

53 Hennessee Street
This unique historic home named The Aerie overlooks Glen Alpine and has beautiful views of the mountains. Not only does the home have interesting architecture including Colonial Revival, Queen Ann and Tudor but there is plenty of local historical significance as well. The house was built by Dr. Hennessee who also had his office in the residence. Some of the architectural features include the following: stone octagonal tower, wraparound porch with stone pillars, wide moldings, tongue and groove walls and some original mantels. Owner has saved salvageable wood and shutters. No heat installed. Includes three story barn.
Glen Alpine, NC 28628

5 Bedrooms; 1 Full Bathroom

Single Family; 3,870 Square feet

Eccles said...

Oh Bonnie - this is just beautiful! I don't have a stash per se; I'd love to join you :) I could hear the sound of an old wire door at the front, creaking open and closed as the kids ran in & out. The stories this house could tell. Please try to find out more, if you can. There must have been hooped skirts and dances held, lovers and wars, and ... oh so many stories to tell. Do you think it was once painted white, with deep green shutters? And flower boxes under the windows with lace curtains gently swaying in the breeze. Maybe a swing on the porch, to sit upon and quietly watch the world go by... Oh Bonnie - this has truly stolen my heart.

Doris Rice said...

I love old houses and want one so bad, hubby loves new houses and hates old ones. I'm with you Pieceful Retreat! You won't be too impressed with my stash. It pales in comparison to most others.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I want that round room on the top floor. What a view! I share my stash all the time (mainly for charity quilts and projects). It's more fun that way. I vote for a full time cook and dishwasher! More time to stitch that way.

Ness said...

Ohmy gosh we can revamp the barn too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Three stories...cool!!! I'm in!

grannyjanny said...

Bonnie, I'm def in. Can we start tomorrow! I love it! I'll bring my stash and my husband. He was a painter in his day. That house will keep him busy for the rest of his life and between my stash and yours, I think we'll probably have the next 300 years scheduled!

Rita Anne Hope-Haverman said...

"Quilt till we Wilt". I love that saying. Thanks B.
ritaanneh@yahoo.com

Melinda said...

I found out about the house. It was called The Aerie. Built in 1911. Five br, 1 br & no heat so they could use our quilts! On the market for $119, 000.
Http://m.treb.com/details.htm#101-3002399836.

This unique historic home named The Aerie overlooks Glen Alpine and has beautiful views of the mountains. Not only does the home have interesting architecture including Colonial Revival, Queen Ann and Tudor but there is plenty of local historical significance as well. The house was built by Dr. Hennessee who also had his office in the residence. Some of the architectural features include the following: stone octagonal tower, wraparound porch with stone pillars, wide moldings, tongue and groove walls and some original mantels. Owner has saved salvageable wood and shutters. No heat installed. Includes three story barn.

Leavenworth Robin said...

We tease each other. We will meet again in the alzheimers unit. We will meet new friends even though the population has not changed in 2 years. We shall introduce ourselves as if we had never met. What a wonderful place that would be.
"Pieceful Acres, where old quilters never die they just go to pieces".
Yes a dream come true.

Robin M in Leavenworth WA
quiltnrobin@nwi.net

Pattie D said...

I love love love old homes like this! It makes me sad to see them neglected, I fear if I had money I would be the Bonnie Hunter of house rescue ;)! I think this would make a perfect quilters retreat! Love your name! Thanks for sharing your find...beautiful, just beautiful. And so much history too.... If the walls could talk.

Anonymous said...

"pieceful acres" in my dreams would also include a kitchen staff and cleaning staff! And, a quilt shop nearby!

Wilda Kruzinski said...

What a beautiful old gal! I wonder how many quilts might have been created and lovingly stitched in that house. Bonnie, I can relate to your longing to turn this place into a quilters home. There's a very nice assisted living facility about 10 miles south of my house that has been vacant for several years now. Every time I pass by it, I lament the fact that I don't have the funds to purchase it for a quilter's retreat. So many big dreams, so little cash. :o)

dragonsecrets said...

Here's a site with more information and photos of the inside. Sweet dreams tonight!

http://www.oldhousedreams.com/2010/06/14/1905-colonial-morganton-nc/

Nancy Stone said...

It's beautiful, I hope the right person comes along to give it the love it deserves <3

Sheri said...

Oh Bonnie...we can dream can't we. My hubby & I often talk about the fun things we could do with lots of "funds." I think this would be a project to love. We also have a "thing" for old, grand homes. We always wanted to restore one! Thanks for sharing and wishing we could take it on!

spacer said...

Save rooms on the first floor for those with rickety knees or install an elevator.

Just Plain Pam said...

Seeing this photo reminds me of a book series I listened to (wish I could remember the name) about a quilters retreat and the lives of the ladies that owned the house and came to the retreats - my dream house would include me - my sister that likes to sew & cook, and a winery next door. And of course lots of fabric and featherweights!

From the mind of Terri said...

This would be a perfect house for a retreat. it reminds be of books I read a long while ago about an older woman and her friend an young woman just starting out in life and new to quilting started a retreat, I cannot remember the name of the book series but the way the house was described reminds me of this house. I have plenty of stash to share!

Anonymous said...

It's a good thing there is a barn on the place because if you are all like my quilter friend, you will need it to store all of your stash -- probably need to enlarge it too.

FloJo said...

OMG that house just screams, come live in me, create beautiful quilts here!!! I would love to add my stash to the collections and help create. Love that house.

Sherri said...

I am with you Bonnie! I frequently stop on the side of the road to look decaying houses and wonder/comment, "Can you imagine what this house looked like in its glory days? I bet it was stunning! " Unfortunately, a lot of times, farms are sold to farmers that have no use for the home on the land. So it sits there and rots :-(

Shar said...

This would be the funniest house to have. I have dreamed to have a house like this.

Farm Quilter said...

I am a SABLE and I need room for my longarm...I'm sure we could swing it there!!!

Angelia said...

I always attribute emotions to old homes. Some seem sad or lonely, others are yearning for families and children, some feel proud and want admiration...

Shar said...

You must go read this. This has some great pictures of the house. We use to have an old family home like this. I'm dreaming!

lfrihart said...

I'll gladly share my stash and join you at the retirement home for all of us. Some of us will get to be real first timers because we are the older ones. What fun. Wondering how many times I've been in on conversations about the need for a retirement home where we quilt and eat. Loved the trip to a beautiful fantasy.

Tina Jennings said...

I've always dreamed of doing the same thing so count me in.

Tina

Sherri said...

was it the "Elm Creek Quilts" series? (By Jennifer Chiaverini)?

That is a magnificent series! It is the first time I have ever laughed out loud, and cried too, while reading a fictional book!

Paula Z in AZ said...

This would Sew-Bee the Perfect house for old quilters. I can see it now, quilts hanging out the windows and from the porch.

I'm like you, I wonder who lived there and why would anyone leave such a magnificent house. I love the architecture - it does draw you in.

I'm plugging along on Playing with Jacks from class in Tucson.

Have Sew much fun tomorrow! Wish I were there!

Gloria said...

It's a a beautiful historic home!!

Darlene Crosby said...

I have stash to share! This was a beauty back in her day...I like old houses with the history that goes along with them. I LOVE that front, my type of retreat! I would move walls to make rooms big enough for all of my quilting friends, and we would have a blast! Food, friends, and quilting...that is the life!

Feathers in my Nest said...

What a beautiful old home...It certainly would make a nice retreat..nothing wrong with dreaming Bonnie...

Jane said...

What a lovely old house! No wonder you stopped and had a daydream! Thanks for sharing it with us!

Jo said...

Dreams can come true if you really believe.
I love going on a retreat. It's a special time.
I would love to add some music to have a bit of fun to the Old Quilt House while everyone stitches

Anonymous said...

A very lovely dream we can all share in. And the home looks like the perfect setting for that dream.
Shelly

Chris Donaldson said...

I love the dream and personally you found the perfect place. Out of town and a bit secluded, open land around it. I will share with you any day my dear.
Hugs, Chris

Tressa Young said...

You have such a fun imagination! Please let me come along!

Sharon Hughson said...

There is an abandoned Military School here in Pine Beach. It faces the Barnegat Bay which is beautiful. We live 7 mi. from the Atlantic. When I first saw this building, I thought what a perfect place for an Elm Creek Quilters' retreat knock off. Man, I'd love to do it. Alas, this won't happen.

whimsical mama said...

I found the listing for it!!!! Its wonderful look at all that woodwork. What a wonderful quilt retreat!!!

http://m.realliving.com/Carolina-Property/Mobile/Listing/ListingDetail.aspx?listing=96307684&search=4d0f5158-2031-4c64-a728-637f16dbe0d6&first=1

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Karen said...

Just went to this site posted by dragonsecrects....Loved looking at the inside pictures and reading comments from people who had lived there. Very cool.
Oh...and who would need heat with all the old hot flashing quilters and their quilts. LOL

L. C. Hammock said...

Bonnie, If I were wealthy, I'd buy that house for you. I can't bring my stash; I'm leaving it in my will to my best quilting friend. Another old friend will get my large cross stitch supplies. I really love your ideas for the house as well as all your readers' ideas!

Anonymous said...

I would love to share. I have like most long term quilters more fabric than I could sew up in a life time but it seems to follow me home
I love the house and could so see a quilters home there I see the same thing when I travel love the back roads even though the interstate is faster
Sometimes we need slower so we can smell the roses.

Donna

Lady Locust said...

That is just beautiful! I too love old houses. Did you notice the address? It could be quilting 101:) I didn't realize you had a blog ~ so good to find you.
Smiles.

Debra Crumbaker said...

Keep me in mind when we both have to go to the "Old Quilter's Home". I have such an interesting stash - so much in bins that I don't even know what is in there. It's been too long since I last looked at those fabrics. Yes, I will share my stash with you and anyone else in the "home". Love it!

Lu Anne Scott said...

A coat of yellow paint with white shutters and some butterscotch for the tower. The windows in butterscotch with cheddar on the molding.
Cabinets around the rooms for our stash to provide "insulation"- and window seats to look out at nasty weather.

Like the old song, "It Doesn't Cost a Dime to Dream".

LJ said...

I always have sad feelings when I see old abandoned houses. Thinking of what it was in it's heyday and all the those people (Happy, of course.) who enjoyed it's safety is a sweet sadness. Thanks to you, I'm going to start envisioning an Ole Quilters' Home; that's such a pleasant thought. If stash is the ticket...I'm not using anymore of mine until I'm ensconced and quilting up a storm!!! lol

Lorri Schuller said...

Love the old house- what a quilters dream to sew and sew till you wilt. retreat coming up in a couple weeks and that's what we do.

Anonymous said...

Bonnie, I was admiring the house (would be a perfect Olde Quilters Home)and saw the picture of the front door - I have that exact door - it came out of "the old homestead" as we called it before it was torn down. I am in the process of restoring it, so many layers of paint the carved detail was totally lost.
Connie at cbquilts345@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

This is a beautiful house. Thank you for sharing it. As someone else commented, it reminded me of Jennifer Chiaverni's quilting novels. I could be very happy living in a home like this ... or being part of a quilt retreat in a home like this.

JaneB said...

I'm in, stash and all. What a great house. I'd even help you to paint it especially if it was yellow!

Sewing Sue said...

OK that means we all only have to come up with $1200 for the initial investment (and a time share??) lol! Then we'll have to add $$ for rennovation and adding bathrooms since one is not going to do it. We could insulate with some of the stash. :-)

Anonymous said...

About Dr. Hennessee... interesting.

http://www.thehennesseefamily.com/getperson.php?personID=I1079&tree=hennessee

Anonymous said...

The old house...

http://www.thehennesseefamily.com/showmedia.php?mediaID=287&medialinkID=283

http://www.thehennesseefamily.com/showmedia.php?mediaID=291&medialinkID=287

tbutler said...

http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/53-Hennessee-St-Glen-Alpine-NC-28628/2108874179_zpid/

Photos inside

Susan Paulson said...

Love that house. My dream retirement home! Let's buy it and transform :) My Victorian had a turret (removed before I bought it... darn.) Was built by the doctor in town in 1902. The turret was his reading room to study his medical journals. Have been told by historians that many of the old houses with lots of windows were built by docs...as many had offices in their homes and liked the natural light. Just a bit of SE MN History.

Pam said...

Wow nice place to dream about. I found a link too!

http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/53-Hennessee-St_Glen-Alpine_NC_28628_M68082-29897?row=5&source=web

LOL no heat. :)

45th Parallel Quilter said...

Here's the link to that house ... at $119,000 it would seem like a "steal" on 1-1/2 acres but WHOA ... it's condition would require complete liquidation of your stash, never purchasing another thread of fabric again and possibly never being able to eat again ... all just to get it back into livable condition. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/53-Hennessee-St_Glen-Alpine_NC_28628_M68082-29897?row=2

LesQuilts said...

That house is my dream home too! Would be a great destination B&B !!
In this quilter's home I would love lots of light, ergonomic tables for cutting, sewing and pressing, lots of storage for stash, but most important
InHouse masseuse and physio
Not to mention house keepers, chefs and serving staff to meet every need!
Of course, these n clouded with the monthly rent with my retirement space!
Thanks for the giveaway!
Take care, Leslie

katie said...

It is too bad that these beautiful homes are so expensive to maintain and rehab.. Why do fantasies have to be so spendy??

sally said...

Well, I think with this outpouring of support, it could possibly be a viable business venture! If not here, in another house....love the cottages idea...with central area to get together to sew, eat, fellowship....a retreat for quilters and food lovers....and Bonnie groupies....

pkquilter said...

Bonnie, this topic speaks to every quilter! One sewing gathering a group of North East Crazy Quilters put together their wish list for a quilter's retirement home. We were visioning new construction that put elevators in the middle, a sewing room on the top open floor with skylights, wide windows, a view, storage, restrooms and a tiny kitchen. 40 or 50 quilters in their own small apartments on the middle floors. A community but not too large. First floor security, parlor, meeting rooms, dining room serving meals and takeout. Lovely gardens and walkways. Screened porches for sewing and summer snoozing. Library, fitness room, 90 degree exercise pool. Parking garage below. Now we're try to figure out how to finance this!

crazy quilter said...

I too think this place has potential as a retreat or the Old Quilters Home, but on staying up late, the older I get seems the earlier I go to bed... of course I am still working at this point and I think that is why I go to bed so early sometimes, Work makes me a bit crazy some days. But I have enought stash to share with many old quilters....

Joanne Donovan said...

HA!! That would be a wonderful place!! Quilters quilting until they fall to pieces!! Love it!
Joanne Donovan in North Charleston, SC! JDonhorses@Live.com

Cathryn said...

I love the picture of the old house. I could see turning that into a quilter's dream house. With plenty of room to roam and stretch outside and fun nooks and crannies inside to hide away and quilt all night long if you wanted to. Now if I could just find room to put a long arm in my house?

Barbara Kanta said...

What a beaut! Let's fix her up, and have a hot tub and cabana boys! I would love to have an out building Longarm studio, with maybe 3-5 machines we could utilize. A walking trail, to help us stretch now and then...can you just imagine the Library! 'and my list goes on....

Jackie at Adirondack Urban said...

My perfect quilter's home? Oh boy, I've thought about this a lot! It should have only one floor (or an elevator) for us quilter's with bad knees, tons of built in storage shelves and closets (for all that fabric!), big open spaces for basting quilts (and for setting up tables to baste quilts-again for the quilter's with bad knees), lots of windows and comfy chairs for hand sewing, a large dining room where we could all gather at meal times, plenty of electrical outlets for all those sewing machines, and maybe a room stocked by the LQS in case we run out of any supplies! Here's to dreaming!!

Anonymous said...

Another group of quilters discussed this and decided we would want young, good looking men to work there. They could cook and clean for us and do all the "go-fer" jobs we have done for others all our lives! Marilyn from SC bsholtis@sc.rr.com

Vivian said...

I am so glad I saw this (yet so sorry I came to it so late)!! My first thought was that this was the epitome of the "Elm Creek" series house and was thrilled to read through the comments and see that other quilters saw that too!

I love the idea of restoring old house although I've never had nor expect to have the opportunity to do one. I'm a big fan of the HGTV show "Rehab Addict" with Nicole Curtis and this house reminds me of the types of projects she does. I had to shoot message over at her website re your post. Who knows, maybe HGTV would want to co-sponsor with one of the big Quilt Organizations (or the NC Quilt Guild) and spearhead the development of a quilt center using this house. Wouldn't that be awesome!