This is the iconic “Welcome to Golden” sign, pretty as a picture, and featured on postcards since the
welcome arch was first installed.
On March 24, 1949, it was dedicated with a parade and much fanfare.
I have been to Golden many times and each time I pass near the sign, I just HAVE to take another photo of it. It is so perfect with the rise of the mountains behind it, the wonderful old buildings framing it on either side, and statues and other artwork make Golden a very fun place to slow down, take your time, and explore.
I love this post card from “back in the day” also showing the welcome arch:
Love the cars!
Of course, you have to visit the Golden Quilt Company!
Love the old mining car out front!
And just a couple of doors down was an antique mall…I dropped in for a poke around.
Sometimes you find a lot, some times you don’t. And quite often in touristy areas, prices are steep and the things we are looking for most are just not present. This was my experience in Golden.
One Household Machine ---
It’s the same model/brand that was at the Original Governor’s Mansion in Helena, Montana! This time the shuttle IS present…but they wanted $375.00 for this machine.
Sometimes it’s good just to take a photo and move on!
I sure love having google on my phone! After not finding much in Golden, it wasn’t that far of a drive to the Brass Armadillo in Denver.
I love that they are open late!
Remember the Singer 201 I posted about a couple of days ago? Lila Helm left a comment on my Quiltville facebook page that she had gone to pick it up after reading about it here on the blog! Whoowhooo! I’m SO happy this machine now has a home!
Go, Lila, Go!
I have to admit I had visions of 20 quilters showing up all at the time the mall opened, and rushing to the booth to go claim the machine, and luckily that didn’t happen! But can we do it again?
Check this one out:
I believe this is in Booth 59!
This machine is also highly sought after by those who want an all metal machine, in a very portable size that also does specialty stitches like zig zags and button holes. I rediscovered this photo while going through my camera this morning, and SOMEONE needs to go get this! It’s on sale for $50.00. Contact the Brass Armadillo to see if it is still there as I saw it on Tuesday. This is an awesome machine!
And see the wool quilt behind it?
I love this!
This mall was so crammed with small aisles that there wasn’t a lot of room for laying stuff out…but look at those hand quilting stitches..just beautiful.
Little Free Westinghouse, no cabinet.
Pink double 9 patch top!
I love the cheery fabrics in this one.
Dirty 99. Way too expensive.
THIS I love!
Look at that cheddar! And such great prints in this one.
Improved 9 patch, 1930s.
Oh sweet 16 patch!
These ones speak peace to my soul.
Isn’t it wonderful in its simplicity?
9 patch on point!
This one is made of early 1900s mourning prints, but more recently quilted (within the past 30 years) and has a very lofty poly batting inside. My thoughts are they used what was available at the time when they decided to quilt a vintage top. The stitching patterns are lovely, the hand quilting stitches are small and even, just beautiful – but that poly batting just didn’t go with the time period of the top. But isn’t the texture great?
Tied shoofly comforter –Wool blanket inside!
I bet this was WARM during Colorado winters.
Beautiful Singer Red Eye 66 --
This was likely a treadle machine head converted to electric some time in the 1950s…the case and the motor are 1950s beige….yes, the motor and light are BOTH that 1950s putty beige. Grandma’s machine with a modern up-do! Still WAY too expensive for what I’m used to paying where I live. Lovely decals…and of course, I’d put it BACK to treadle. See that great large chrome hand wheel?
This was my day yesterday!
Yes, you can bind and sew down a sleeve and label on a 2 1/2 hour flight between Denver and Atlanta! Now to finish up the pattern for my cruisers so we are ready to head to Barcelona on Tuesday!
That is if I can get this girl to let me get down to business!
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Always believe that it's possible! My Wanderlust quilt started as a simple block idea and found its way into Quiltmaker's 100 blocks by 100 designers. From there it became a real quilt dream and found itself on the cover of Quiltmaker magazine. It is now featured in my new book, Addicted to Scraps and its release is right around the corner! I am excited to share this online course with others.
Always believe that anything you want bad enough is possible!
Have a fabulous Friday, everyone!