We headed out on a foggy rainy morning for provisions: Today would be the last day I would be willing to “run into town” for the things we need for Christmas.
Running into town meant about a 40 minute drive to West Jefferson, NC.
You can’t even see the mountains, the fog and clouds and one and the same.
But West Jefferson boasts one of my favorite places to wander…the Main Street Antique Mall!
I never know what I’m going to find there, but it is fun to see how the vendors have decorated their booths. I love to see the vintage ornaments and hear the Christmas music playing as patrons wander around looking for that last perfect gift.
Christmas music that will soon be over in 2 more days! ((Not that I am counting down or anything, but this year I have heard “Baby, it’s cold outside” about thirteen gazillion too many times!))
I ran into some lovelies! None that came home with me, I was looking for a tall boy dresser for the guest room downstairs, and I didn’t find a one that looked in any decent shape.
These are probably the most sought after of the heavy-duty straight stitch variety as far as Singers go. The motor is “potted” which means the motor has direct drive to the hand wheel, there is no belt. The sew ultra smoothly, and this one was in extremely good shape, that is if you have $198.00. I tell you what, the prices of vintage machines have skyrocketed in the past 5 years or so!
I already have one, so this one stayed put right where it is. They weigh about 43 lbs, so it isn’t anything I would “really” consider portable, but if you are looking for a good heavy duty full sized straight stitcher..you can’t go wrong with a 201.
Almost missed this one, it was in it’s “bread loaf” shaped case pushed under a china hutch, almost missed it! The decals are lovely, but the wiring is completely hammered. Is it treadle-able? I suppose it could be but as it is an off-brand who knows if you could find a cabinet that would fit that base. They all are not the same. Cabinets usually were brand-specific, until you get to the Class 15 imports which would fit any Singer class 15 cabinet.
I’m still looking for a cabinet for my 301! Still haven’t found one, but that means I can keep looking which is part of the fun, right?
Well loved beat up quilts here and there!
This one was so well tucked in that I didn’t unfold it to check it out, but I like what I see…ohio stars and 9 patches on point….set in horizontal rows with alternate blocks. Cute!!
This poor thing was in shreds…but look at the blocks!
Half square triangles as a border on the outside edge.
I loved how the triangles turned various ways in some of the bocks, but in others..they all march the same. You can see the ripping and tearing. This comforter was tied, not quilted. Fabrics from around 1900.
Love those dots and stripes and the double pink!
Well loved and well worn bear paw. SO CLASSIC!
I loved this display over an old red/white single Irish chain!
This photo made me smile, thinking of how I loved Little House on the Prairie growing up. I remember many Christmas specials. I wonder if they are on Netflix? It sounds like the perfect thing while snuggling under the big blue denim quilt to finish the binding. Do you have Christmas favorites that you watch?
Guess what I’m building??
Cabins for my cabin!
As darkness falls, our Christmas lights on the porch illuminate the fog!
Tomorrow! Right Here!
Come link up with me sharing a post or photo via blog, flickr, instagram, pinterest, google+ of YOUR favorite holiday quilt, no matter whether it is Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Solstice, or just WINTER in general. I’ll set the linky to go live at 5am…we’ll leave it running for a week, so if your Christmas quilt is a gift for giving, you can come back after it has been given and link up then.
Share stockings, table runners, tree skirts, wall hangings, quilted slippers, bags, whatever it is. Let’s share the Quilty Love of the Season right here, tomorrow morning.
I’ll see you then!