Sometimes you find them, sometimes you don’t.
It’s always a treasure hunt, and often times there isn’t any treasure!
But this time there was.
It’s been a while since I was able to visit this antique mall, and this time with Mona in tow, we were extremely hopeful that we would find something to share.
Vintage quilts have a lifetime worth of lessons. What was available at the time? The fabrics of the period tell a story all their own. Here in the south the quilts post civil war through the 1950s are often quite humble, made quickly with thick batting from whatever the scrap bag had to offer, and quilted quickly in all over fan patterns to keep families warm through cold winters.
I know I have shared this one before – it’s still there. But I still love it. A hodge podge of blocks, and that one giant 4 patch on point!
Some may desire museum quality finds, but as for me –these are the ones I love!
Now THIS is an odd ball!
The patchwork part at the bottom is early to mid 1800s. That red “pillow top” at the other end? It was added after the fact to make the quilt “big enough” and they quilted it with more baptist fans (different thread different stitch length, much later fabric) to match what was going on in the original.
It’s a crazy medallion of sorts, very interesting fabrics, some now shredding.
Who knows WHY it was extended, but the main event was a treasure!
Those small corners were likely NOT flip & Stitch!
One pinwheel gone awry. Love it!
But this one. Oh my gosh. This one!
This one is calling to me loudly!
The center star has been patched with 1990s calicoes.
This does not detract from the story for me, it adds to it! Someone loved this quilt enough to want to preserve it and fix the places where fabric was fraying.
Besides, for $45.00 I couldn’t just let it stay there, could I? This super scrappy primitive feathered star was calling my name LOUDLY and I had the perfect place for it:
Hanging in my front entrance!
It’s beyond perfect. I am so in love.
I started a paper pieced feathered star variation several years back. I think it needs to come back out and be my travel project through 2017. Yes, it’s time to start thinking of being on the road again.
Essential Triangle Tool Update: They are on the truck! By the tracking I can see they are making their way state to state, and projected arrival is either tomorrow or Thursday. It’s all weather depending when it comes to getting through the Midwest. I have until Friday afternoon once they arrive to get out as many as I can. The rest will wait until after Christmas. This is KILLING me.
And this is why I chose today’s inspiration:
Worry is going on the back burner.
Today I choose JOY!
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Did you miss last night’s Gift-Away post? I’ve got a great December Quilty Box heading to one lucky quilter who will be drawn for on Christmas Eve! Head over and enter HERE.
Maybe I can get in one more day of crazy pedal to the metal sewing time before that call comes in from Yellow Freight!
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