Come see what I found in Sioux Falls!
I made really good time driving from Sioux City, Iowa to Sioux Falls, South Dakota to catch my flight.
Who KNEW that you could drive 80 miles per hour in South Dakota?!?! I was like…holy cow! It felt like I was screaming at 80, yet people were passing me at nearly 90.
I think this is the ONLY time I have ever gone the speed limit and didn’t push it just above….it was crazy driving that fast!
I had a great time driving my big red Jeep Patriot – how they knew I’d need this for all of my luggage, I’ll never know, but it was PERFECT.
While exiting just before Sioux Falls to fill the gas tank, I spotted a sign for the Dakota Plains Antique Mall, just across from where I was filling the jeep and being about 45 minutes ahead of schedule, I ran in for a quick browse. The building didn’t look like much from the outside, but I was pleasantly surprised by what I found!
There was, of course, a lot of Plains Native American collectibles. I loved the woven blankets and the baskets, much like the feel of Wichita. You’ll also find a lot of Lone Star or other 8 pointed star quilts in this area, also very popular with the various tribes.
Beautiful! Look at the quilting!
Really fun fabrics in this one!
I’m guessing 1940s? That yellow makes me so happy!
You KNOW my heart jumped at this one!
Aren’t these great scraps?
Every time I see another string quilt, I want to run right to my strings and crumbs and GET SEWING!!
I love this one!
How bright and bold and modern this looks in solids!
This is another one of those “There IS no such thing as MODERN!” examples that I love so much. Showing this quilt to Pepper Cory, she stated that it might actually be Iowa Amish, who did use muslin and lighter colors in their work. The quilting is amazing on this one. I am so glad I stopped, this was turning out to be a fun detour!
Big Giant Dresdens!
Check out the sweet posies quilted in the sashing!
I love EVERYTHING about this including the very fun hand blanket stitching around the petals. Who made this? I want the story behind the fabrics. Dresses? skirts? blouses? aprons? All of the above, I’m sure!
Nine Patch Love!
This was a summer quilt with no batting inside. It did have a backing, was enveloped with no binding. I will never never never get tired of simple nine patches!
So much fun! I want that sashing fabric, don’t you?
Not perfect, but perfectly loved.
Dolly quilt, 1930s!
Which sweet little girl swaddled her favorite dolly, sweetly singing lullabies with this scrappy little quilt? Great fabrics!
There were machine sightings -
Wilcox & Gibbs chain-stitcher. PRICEY.
A completely buried beautiful cabinet!
Let’s look inside!
(For the life of me, I’ll never understand how they hope to SELL a machine if it stays buried inside the cabinet piled with stuff! Let the machine out!)
Hello, beautiful Bartlett Rotary! Aren’t you pretty!
Usually it is the bobbin cover slide plate that gets lost over time. This one is attached to the machine and just swings out of the way to access the bobbin case, which is present and accounted for! I don’t remember the price on this machine, but perhaps someone in the Sioux Falls area who reads this blog will want to go check it out. It is a lovely machine!
And while you are looking at it…please adopt this one:
Pattern by Judy Mathieson, Mariner’s Compass.
This quilt was likely made late 1980s, early 1990s. I remember when I was so enamored with Judy Mathieson’s designs and I would look at her compass books and dream, not thinking I had the skill to master such piecing. Her quilts won every award in that time period. SOMEONE, as in THERE IS NO LABEL ON THIS!!! has captured the Judy Mathieson look with perfection.
Look at the piecing. Don’t focus on the fabric print.
No room to lay it out fully.
This quilt has a price tag of $90.00. ALL of this work. It’s maybe 25 years old. $90.00??
This is the thing I have been thinking about so much lately as I watch the quilt industry push the new fabric lines out every 6 months, new designers, new styles, new colors, new prints, NEW NEW NEW NEW as if newer is better.
It’s hard not to get caught up in it. But the thing is, NEW is always changing. What is NEW today will be old tomorrow. And should this quilt lose its value simply because it is no longer made of the newest dictated popular colors or fabric lines by name-brand manufacturers and designers?
ALL of our quilts will reach this point. No matter how much work we put into them. No matter how new and great the fabrics were when we first started making them. ALL of our quilts will become 25 years old and outdated.
I’m looking at my very first Dear Jane quilt that is hanging on the wall behind my longarm here in the studio. I made it from my scraps, starting my blocks in 1997 when the Dear Jane book first came out. I put so much work in this quilt. I hand quilted every stitch. I loved every bit of work on that quilt. I finished it in 2003. But there are fabrics from the 1980s and early 1990s in it. Over time some are fading.
I’m trying not to think about the fact that this quilt I loved making and put so much into might end up on a sale table for $90.00 at some point. And it may.
I think because my business is in this industry, I see the push for “Buy the new, buy the latest, the new style is better” so much in every day social media that my brain wants to explode.
But when it all comes down to it – it’s fabric! It’s color, it’s contrast, it’s value, it’s variety, and it’s going to be outdated at some point anyway. So quit chasing the newest thing, love what you have, sew with what you have, enjoy the process and quit trying to keep up with the race.
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Vintage applique quilt found in Wichita, Kansas circa 1930s.
Be like a persistent flower...push through the dirt and BLOSSOM!
Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone! TOMORROW I head to Mackinac Island!