On Tuesday afternoon I rewarded myself.
For WHAT you might ask?
For GOOD BEHAVIOR!
The papers that you see in this envelope are my flow sheets, the first time I am seeing my book in PDF status. My job was to go over them with a fine toothed comb and check for errors, typos, math issues, missing images, or missing image labels, and just all around “does it flow?” stuff.
I did a little bit of this each day over the past several days while up at the cabin, even on Easter –there are deadlines! And I met my deadlines!
This little bundle had to be sent back off to my tech editor to arrive by TODAY. Which means I had to ship it on Tuesday.
I made my way to the post office in Wilkesboro, NC on my way home from the cabin. What a BEAUTIFUL afternoon it was.
Do these dogwood trees say “Go home right now?”
Back in the fall Mona had told me about a new LARGE Antique mall that opened up in downtown NORTH Wilkesboro, close by. In a flash I had looked it up in Google maps on my phone and was on my way to Key City Antiques. The time was 2pm. I had PLENTY of time to get myself home by dinner.
Hello you poor, neglected bobbin-cover-less Simplex!
1950s Japanese import. I SO love finding these…Check out those decals! I love the logo on the machine bed. I almost don’t see the X and it is telling me that Life should be SIMPLE.
This machine didn’t come home with me, I needed to check first to see if I have a bobbin cover plate that will work with it. I think I found one. It also doesn’t have power cords. But I think I found the right ones that will work with it. The bobbin case is present.
I may be going back for it today! The Hubster is on business in New York, and I don’t leave for Chicago until Sunday, so Sadie & I could go up today, come back on Saturday – and oh, those mountains are calling me!
There were other machines, like this 66 treadle.
Nice cabinet, but I don’t need one.
What I loved about this one was the base and the case – but I don’t need the machine. This one is also missing cords, so by the time you purchase those, you are getting up there in the price range dilemma. It stayed behind.
LEADER of the pack!
This beauty was marked pretty high as well. She is LOVELY –but it’s made by National (You can tell by the swinging medallion on the front of the pillar, it’s an oiling access point) and she takes more difficult to find needles. They are very long. I’ve got a couple of hand cranks like this and I just don’t sew with them. At this point I really only want machines that I can and WILL sew with. While she was a beauty, I left this Leader Lady behind for someone else to adopt.
And there were a few quilts!
These are the ones that tug at my heartstrings. This quilt is from the 1930s, made with whatever blocks were at hand, made just big enough to cover “folks” and filled with thick cotton batting for cold Appalachian mountain winters. I look at this and I start wondering what life was like in this area of North Carolina during the depression years. Many pieces of feed sack in this one, and the quilting stitches are rather large because you had to take big bites with the needle to get through all of that thick warm batting.
Close up of the interesting bits!
I love how some of the blocks definitely look like 4 9 patches joined together, and others..just looks like a random scrappy 36 patch! Bless this maker for making do with what she had at a very difficult time to be living.
Early 1900s, tied comforter!
I don’t often come across tied “quilts” from this era that have survived. Tied quilts seem to wear out quicker with the using, and this one evidently survived because of the many many ties in it!
What’s interesting is that there are a couple of blocks – check row 3 up from the bottom, 4th block in, the red one –there are no ties left there! I imagine a grand child sleeping under this quilt, and pulling ties out as he/she fingered each one. What else does a kid do when they are bored? It’s funny to me that it is just out of this one area that ties are gone.
Simple 4 patch/9 patch but it makes my heart so happy!
1970s Hexagon Flower Basket!
This one was folded and stuffed at the bottom of a pile. I first saw the orange hexagon edge against the blue and I thought – oh, my!
The fabrics are some cottons, but I would guess most are a cotton/poly blend. That was what was available in the 1970s. Even into the early 1980s when I first started quilting, 100% quilting cotton was not that easy to find! The best part about those blends? They held their color while the early cottons often faded out until their original color was pretty much unrecognizable. I remember some blacks in my earlier quilts that faded to a milk-chocolate brown! But the blends…like that orange in the basket and the blue of the background, held it’s original color.
Basket center with some patches worn away.
What I can’t imagine is sewing all those blue hexagons to each other. Or even the orange ones – all the same fabric? What a labor of love and perseverance!
And what's also fun is the fact that I remember my clothes being made from some of these same fabrics when I was little.
Close up, bottom corner.
Close up, diamond motifs.
Beautiful hand cross stitched table cloth!
Marked $20.00, it was in a booth where everything was 25% off.
Check out this pattern! It’s lovely!
I swooped this up and carried it with me the entire rest of the way around the antique mall. It was my one and only purchase, and it is going to look gorgeous for our Christmas dinner next December. This little purchase made me happy, and I was on my way home to Wallburg as soon as I left the check out counter.
So do I go back today for the Simplex? I just might! I’m still thinking about it. And maybe a second look will help me decide!
If you see me with this Got Quilting sticker, beep!
Thanks to Laura Valdez who knew that the hardest part of leaving Shamu at the dealership was the loss of my Got Quilting sticker! She sent me a new one in the mail and I blinged up Moby’s back window yesterday. NOW it feels like Moby is MINE!
Oh, we had a great time during Quilt-Cam last night if you missed it. You can find the post under the Quilt-Cam archives tab at the top of the blog. Thanks for sewing along with me.
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
This morning I awoke to the beautiful sounds of birds chirping. You can either be mad that birds woke you up too early. or put a smile on your face that you've got more hours to your day, and be happy that there is birdsong. The choice you make can affect your mood and your productivity for the whole day.
I chose to be up with the birds and sing along!
Have a great Thursday, everyone!