When I taught in Wichita, Kansas a couple of weeks ago (How can it feel like much longer than that already?!) I had the morning free as my flight out happened mid afternoon.
I had met Jean in one of my Wichita Workshops with the Prairie Quilt Guild, and she, also being a lover antiques, quilts and machines, offered to be my partner in quilt-crime and hit some antique places she knew about, and finish up with a nice Mexican lunch before dropping me off at the airport for my return trip home.
We ended up hitting only ONE place. Paramount Antique Mall was so huge and had so much quilt-eye-candy that by the time we were done, it was time for lunch and airport drop off.
I have held on to these photos for a post since returning home! There were other scheduled posts that had to happen on certain dates, there were things I wanted to post about my own projects that these lovely quilts have waited until now to make their appearance here on the blog.
I needed TIME to edit the photos down. And I got to revisit each and every quilt-find as I did so, remembering exactly how I felt the moment we first uncovered them.
Some extraordinary. Some simple and well worn. ALL wonderful in their own right!
There were also other things sewing-related that I had never seen before.
Zipper display! Full of zippers!
Each in its own little tube!
Now think about this. This is a circa 1950s zipper display case. HOW in the world did it stay as it was, with all of the zippers in all of the colors in all of the sizes intact? What was the story behind this being stored away for 60+ years? I can imagine the seamstress of the 1950s wandering over to the fabric department of her local store, choosing just the right zipper to go with the outfit she wanted to make for next Saturday’s lawn party. I can see that outfit in my head. Full skirt? Or narrow? Matching gloves. handbag and hat?
There were quilts from earlier eras, this one 1930s.
Hello, Anna Wallace!
Was this a scrap from your dress?
Adaline, nice to meet you!
Double wedding ring with pink and purple cornerstones.
Machines with stories to tell, if only they could speak.
And vintage hankies, so daintily delicate!
Lone star quilt so expertly hand quilted.
The simplicity of a 16 patch set with double pink.
A Pine cone rug made with the smallest of scrap bag pieces.
My heart jumped for joy! Or H!
Look how fun and wonky!
There are too many to just post each photo. I hope you will enjoy the full slide show via Youtube video. I have had comments both ways on the use of Youtube slide shows. Some of you are loving it. Some of you are emailing me to let me know how disappointed you are in the new format. The thing you need to know is that these slide shows take a lot of time to edit and upload. I know they are not perfect for everyone. I can’t help that Picasa Web Albums are not continuing, and the Google Web Albums so far are not user friendly, and there is no embedded slide show version from the google web album pages. Things change, and we must go on.
The biggest thing is TIME for me. It takes an incredible amount of time to post each and every day, sometimes twice a day. It takes a lot of time to build a slide show and set it with effects and music, so all I’m asking is that instead of emailing me about what you DON’T like about this new format, find one thing you DO like. No one likes changes, but there is no progress without them.
Enjoy! Remember, you can use the pause button at any time to view something longer.
Jeff and Sadie headed down the mountain this morning. It’s been pouring for two days. We fell asleep in a deluge last night, awoke to another hosing down storm burst this morning as well. Luckily it has been just rain, no thunder so Sadie isn’t having any episodes. Sadie went home with Jeff, and I’ll head home tomorrow or Tuesday to prepare for leaving for the Grand Hotel Needle Art Seminar – I leave Wednesday!
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Vintage double nine patch quilt found in Sioux Falls, South Dakota last week.
Today I'm grateful for friends and family who have stood by me, often uplifting me when my own strength failed me. My life is far happier with you in it!
I'm also thinking of family and friends who have passed beyond this life. I am indeed stronger because of your examples. You are greatly missed!
Have a beautiful Sunday, everyone!