These are the photos I took while dresser shopping on Monday --too many photos to post in one post. Besides, that one WAS about dressers. Now that that job is done, we've got THESE!
Machines and quilts. Sigh. I love finding them, I love petting them, examining them ---and mostly leaving them behind as I just really realize (Yes, in the middle of moving!) that you can't OWN everything and you shouldn't want to just because it is for sale and you can afford it.
"What are you buying really?" Is a question I have come to ask myself.
HISTORY is often an answer, because I love the history of pieces from machines to quilts to sewing notions to vintage dishes, etc.
What else are you buying? Ideas. Possibilities.
Sometimes we collect things simply because we can, because others do. We pick them up just like Easter Eggs because we believe that is what we are supposed to do.
We buy them because we believe we are preserving them for future generations, and we are.
We buy them because we hate to see beautiful vintage quilts turned into bunny rabbits, teddy bears and Christmas stockings and throw pillows. (I mourn the demise of a quilt that ends up thus, much as Harry in Harry and the Henderson's mourns the loss of his friends to taxidemy!)
I love this blonde mid-century cabinet with a pretty Singer 99 in it. I don't come across 3/4 sized cabinets every day, so if you are near Burlington, NC - you will find this at Granddaddy's Antique Mall!
And I didn't even have to "Free the Machine!" with this one -- they left it out and visible and decorated around it. BRAVO for this dealer. Really. There is more room on an open cabinet than on top of a closed one. DING DING goes the bell!
Simple "Playing with Jacks" block!
This is one of the blocks also found under the Free Patterns tab. I LOVE the dark backgrounds with the light triangles. And that pink setting fabric? LOVELY!
Close up of fabrics, late 1800s.
Check out that block bottom center. Those four BLUE triangles and the placement brought my attention to the fact that there are TWO variations of blocks in this quilt. Can you spot them both?
Do you think the maker was combining two projects into one?
From another angle.
Love the fan quilting, OF COURSE!
16 patch boocks with hand-dyed sashing fabrics.
Looks like she ran out of the blue for the border and just threw pink in there. Works for me!
Close up of dress prints and feed sack fabrics - and MORE fans!
Woolie crazy quilt!
This wasn't done with normal embroidery floss -- it was almost a yarn, about sport yarn weight or a bit finer. I love the vibrant colors and all of the varied stitches used to turn these ordinary wool pieces into something beautiful.
Soft colors, 1940s florals!
Love the chartreuse sashings!
This is something that I've yet to do...sash in one color top to bottom and a different color between the columns of blocks! I love it- it makes it look like a strippy quilt here.
There were many 9 patch, 4 patch, or 16 patch blocks found on this trip, reminding me that there IS beauty in simplicity.
I think we need simple from time to time!
Free the Machine!
Hello, Little Domestic!
These Domestics must have been quite popular in their day. I've come across several and can identify them right off by the shield shaped base. I've never sewn on one. But this is a day of catch-and-release. My stables are full. There is no more room for another cabinet. She will live to sew another day.
Sashed 16 patch. Just SWEET!
Very old and worn 9 patch.
I love the variations in the blocks!
And this is where I put on my big hat and let you know that this is one WORTH the discussion.
We hear so much about thread. "Don't use that polyester thread it will cut the fabric!"
In ALL my years of quilting, I have experimented with everything from 100% cotton, to cotton-wrapped poly to poly-wrapped cotton to even nylon during my early machine quilting years ala Harriet Hargrave.
NEVER NEVER NEVER has the thread harmed the fabric, tore the fabric, or did any of those dastardly deeds that folks warned me about. NEVER.
I do all of my hand stitching of my bindings with SERGER thread. I use serger thread a lot. Yes, it's poly. My quilts do not fall apart, and I like the fact that the thread glides through the binding as I am stitching it and does not shred after only stitching a short distance.
Bindings get a lot of wear and tear and I want a stronger thread here. I also use it in my bobbins while long arm quilting. It's no different in content than say bottom line or any of the other polyester machine quilting threads out there, but it feels closer to cotton to me because it is spun. Yes. there is lint. It's thread. There is lint with cotton, there is lint with poly, there is lint with batting (most of the lint while longarm quilting is from the cotton batting, not the thread) and there is lint with fabric.
We sew. Lint happens!
But this is where the problem lies and I have seen this in my own earlier quilts:
See the sashing and block parts worn away?
The fabrics in this quilt date to possibly the 1940s, early 1950s. There is embroidery showing that this quilt was quilted in 1977. An older top finished later.
The poly BATTING is what has worn the fabric away.
Coarse poly battings act like a brillo pad on the underside of delicate fabrics. In this case, the BATTING is stronger than the fabric and just ate away at it like a scouring pad.
Not the thread. The batting did it.
If you are still using this kind of poly batting, stop.
In my case, it was a quilt I made in the 1990s out of all 1/2 square triangles. I hadn't thought of this quilt in years until I saw this disintegration and knew just what it was.
I had pieced that quilt with poly/cotton thread. I had machine quilted it with invisible nylon. We used that quilt for years and years, washed and dried, loved and used -- no thread harmed that quilt. But the batting did exactly this -- it ate the fabrics from the inside out.
The batting I used was a mountain mist traditional. It wasn't high loft, it didn't have a resin coating, but it was a poly batting.
I am not a thread snob. But I do NOT use poly battings for this reason.
Are you a believer now?
OOOH! Free the machine!
Hahaha! It's another Doomestic!
This one is on sale for $135! Go get it!
It even has 3 shuttles!
While I'm sitting here writing this post, the crew has finally shown up to take care of the septic tank issue.
The truth is, we hope for tomorrow but we really are only guaranteed today. What will you do with it?
As for me, the packing continues --
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As for me, the packing continues --
Happy Friday, everyone!