An afternoon out antiquing?
Irene sure knows how to get a yes out of me!
We’d been sewing for hours – I am making great strides of progress on my litle on point 4 patch units. ((Still, a gazillion and fifty more are needed, so just keep sewing, just keep sewing!)) She thought we needed a break, and along with some errands, we found ourselves a couple of hours to wander the antique malls in nearby New Braunfels.
How quickly can two quilters scrounge antique malls? We had two hours to get in as much browsing and poking around as we could --
I have NEVER seen so many great vintage quilts in one small town!
The majority of what we saw hailed from the 1930s-1950s. Some a bit older. Some a bit newer.
But it just goes to show you that quilting was alive and well in Texas during the lean years.
Our first sighting!
Three with black chevrons, all in a row!
What I love about vintage scrap quilts: Their total lack of randomness! While we fuss and fight making sure no two same pieces end up too close or heaven forbid – even NEXT to each other ((Horrors!)) These quilters just ended up putting them wherever they put them. Often times grouping “like kinds” together.
This top was a bit too brittle to be thinking of – and especially after dealing the near vintage fabric fiasco of the past couple of days – was great for a photo op, but not great for thinking I could turn it into a completed quilt.
Hexagons are everywhere. And this quilt was crisp, clean, very well done, and $500.00! I guess prices are on the rise in New Braunfels as well – –great photo op, though!
Holy fabulous Log cabin, Quilt Girl!
Close up. 1940s, perhaps a bit earlier!
I just love the dark dark fabrics against those pastels used as lights!
How about THIS sashed spider web?
This one was just a top, smelled pretty gnarly, and was nearly crunchy with some staining. I think I’ll just opt for photos, thank you! But what a fun variety of fabrics, and some ingenuity in putting it together!
1930s Postage Stamp Top!
Each Large block is 12 X 12 –144 pieces!
And this was just a drop in the bucket. There were so many quilts that I can’t put them all in one long blog post, so I’m uploading them into a slide show that you can watch. There is a pause button on the slide show, so if there is something you want to study a bit more, hit pause!
Or if you prefer to see them in a static format, or if you are unable to view the slide show on your mobile device, click the image below. You’ll be taken to the photo album for viewing.
|Antiquing in New Braunfels, TX Feb 2015|
We came home SO inspired to get back sewing!
This morning we are out the door early – I’ve got a Texas Tumbleweeds workshop with the Greater San Antonio Quilters! I’m looking forward to spending the next couple of days with these folks and getting to know them one on one!
It’s Friday! Whoowhooo! Make it a good one!