When Life Throws You Scraps…Make a Quilt!
How many times have we heard that saying, and can’t help but chuckle in response?
In this case, Mona and I hit the Antique Mall in West Jefferson to spend some time wandering before meeting up with Kathy and Tami for lunch and guild meeting time.
I love having newer quilters in tow. There really is so much to discover about people from the quilts that outlive them. And it is rewarding to be able to shed some light on things such as what type of batting was used, what era the fabrics are from, and the variety of fabrics in the quilt are also clues into the maker’s life. Are there masculine fabrics (stripes, plaids, chambrays, etc) as well as feminine dress prints? It could mean that the maker was also responsible for making clothing for her sons or husbands.
How do you date fabrics? There are books on the subject – not sure if they are still in print, but they have taught me so much.
Giving Mona fashion advice.
JUST NO! NO! NO!!
We were rolling here, and I was suggesting that I wear this to the guild meeting just to see what people said. No. Couldn’t do it. But we got a good laugh. That loopy trim? nice touch.
There were a couple of 4 patch quilts full of humble beauty.
I love how the dark chains head different directions!
This one in columns.
Amost a self-border but only on one side!
Great inspiration can be found in examining simple vintage quilts. The quilter evidently ran out of the blue background, but wouldn’t it be great to do this on all 4 sides to frame the quilt? Add another idea to the idea pile.
This was a ??!???!?
Also short on fabric, that big chunky plaid played a strategic role in the setting triangles in the lone star center, but then was used in very interesting places in the setting simply to make the quilt “big enough” to cover someone.
Sometimes we just make do with what we have.
There are life lessons in that too.
This one I had seen before, but Mona hadn’t.
The piecing is superb.
This quilt has so much variety in these equilateral triangles, but it is SO DIRTY. We felt the thickness of the quilt, the sponginess of the batting inside, and I told Mona that I was 99.9% sure that it is filled with wool. Why was it never washed? Who knows. If someone bought it and washed it, would all of that grime come out? That’s another WHO KNOWS…and maybe all of that wool would mat up inside and no one wants to risk this purchase. It’s lovely though. Stains and all.
We freed this machine! HA!
The decals are lovely.
The missing slide plate was found in a drawer and put back into place. There is a shuttle. But this machine is in pretty rough condition for the price they are asking. What brand is it? we had to look on the back side to see:
New Ideal R!
Love the decals on the back of the pillar.
I had this funny thought, back when a sewing machine was a necessity and a valuable part of every day life. When households were often filled with the sound of mom or grandma at the treadle….a whole CHORUS of pedaling with the ticky ticky ticky sound of machines humming. Fabric going through, stitches being made, what a lovely image that creates in my mind. I love my electric vintage machines for the speed and ease of sewing, but the love of the treadle goes deeper.
We saw bowties.
(This would be a great Quilt of Valor in all Red White & Blue!)
Giant Hour Glass blocks, so scrappy!
And oh, that Baptist Fan quilting!
Not enough room to spread this one out!
Folded in half.
This was so unique. It didn’t have any batting inside, and what you see as narrow white strips on either side of the sashing is bias tape sewn down by machine through all quilt layers. Kind of a “Quilt as you go” technique I imagine. Someone came up with an ingenious idea in the 40s or 50s when this quilt was made. Maybe it was assembled later from already finished blocks? Who knows. SO INTERESTING!
Close up of blocks.
Notice the scrappy binding?!
Wool pineapple. Just wow.
How graphic is this?!
And all of this I was able to share with my friend which made it such a joy. It was like seeing things through new eyes, and I loved the things that Mona pointed out that I hadn’t caught yet. We are a good team.
I am filled with ideas! My fingers are itching to dig into the scraps and try some things these old quilts brought to the surface.
But the funniest part of the day:
The story of the pink glass bowl.
After we are done browsing we come back to the checkout counter and I mentioned to the clerk that I was here to pay for my pink glass bowl. "That was YOUR bowl?" She asked. "That lady just paid for it and is walking to her car with it." "Excuse me!" I said loudly as I went to track her down on her way out. "I believe you purchased the bowl I was buying."
She looked at me sheepishly and said "Well the clerk rang me up assuming it was mine, and I kind of liked it so I didn't say anything. I paid for it."
The clerk quickly refunded her money and rang me up instead.
Who does this kind of stuff? Just buy somebody else's merchandise because you kind of like it? Now that the bowl is home with me I kind of like that it has a silly story and how Mona and I laughed and shook our heads as we drove out of the parking lot.
Yes. I nearly tackled her. LOL!
Today Rick, Mona, The Hubster and I are headed up to Quilt Villa VA. We are showing them the property and cabin, and while the guys are walking the perimeter and figuring out where to put out buildings and make a target practice range, Mona and I will be mapping out the quilting studio area on the lower level and trying to figure out where to put sewing table, cutting table and fabric storage.
We close 4 weeks from YESTERDAY. This is going to happen rather quickly!
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Vintage quilt found in North Carolina.
Strive to become better, not bitter.
I love the Simplicity of this one, and my recycled shirt fabrics are calling my name loudly!
Enjoy your Saturday, Everyone!