Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Lavonia Pit-Stop!

You didn’t think I got by with just an IKEA and Mary Jo’s run while working my way down to Georgia, did you?

I hadn’t been to Cornelia or Clarkesville before, so I wasn’t quite sure what I would pass on my way, but I HAVE been at this exit a time or two, and this antique mall is always good for a walk through, a rest break and a look-see!

You just never know what you will find.

If it was great the last time, it could be disappointing this time.

There could have been oodles of vintage sewing machines last time, and nothing this time.

You just NEVER KNOW.  And that is part of the thrill of the treasure hunt!


Probably the coolest of all needlework boxes!


Hexie shaped!


The storage container lifts out!

There was a deep space inside to store other sewing items and projects.  The entire thing was oak, and fairly old, but I really had no other info on this.  Watch it turn out that I really did pass up a one of a kind very valuable, very rare item – that would be just my luck, but as it is –I’m trying to only bring home things that I find useful, beautiful, and that I have room for.

The "room for" issue is the biggest one of all and I honestly do not know where I would put this maybe-one-of-a-kind thing, and I’m not sure how useful a deep narrow well of a space inside would really work for my sewing items.

So it stayed.  With a sale price tag of $110.00.  I hope someone picks it up and loves it!  ((Maybe it needs to be even MORE on sale first!))


Cheddar and blue and 4 patches all over!

Deep in the banks of my over crowded quilt-memory I may have taken photos of this quilt before!  At least it feels very familiar to me.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE the row of half blocks at the one end, and that they are sashed too.


Yes.  I still love the cheddar!


1930s Jacob’s Ladder


Sweet 30s prints and solids!

Some of these quilts have such densely heavy batting it’s a wonder they were able to hand quilt them at all.  Winters can be cold in North Georgia.  I imagine this quilt really cheered up a room back in the day.


Holy Scrappy Bow-Ties!

This one was hidden inside the depths of a cupboard along with other linens.  I LOVE how hodge podge it is!  That yellow is honestly more gold….but I see a definite blending of eras here…the indigo blues and solid reds from the early 1900s, with the bow-ties themselves having the pastels and prints of the 1930s.  Our maker had a deep stash!


Closer up!  Burgundy resists along with pastels!


Great checks and prints – check out that lilac!  Definitely 30s!

This is the kind of quilt that can hold my attention for a long long time, causing speculation about the maker, the places she gathered her fabric scraps from, her whole reasoning for working this way, and wondering about who’s bed it covered.  So much life in this quilt!


Pardon the blur!  Suiting Bricks!


Bricks outline quilted and Double-X’d!

This is another warm beast of heavier fabrics.  So graphically masculine.  Again no story, just heavier fabrics than regular quilting cottons.  Beds made warmer through tough cold times by the hard work of loving hands with limited resources for fabric choices.

I left without buying anything, but still feeling uplifted over the quilts I had discovered. In finding and fondling the works of those who have passed on before, I feel like we have connected somehow.  Like we are all part of the same inner circle that says “I am a Quilter too, and I understand you.”


Today’s lecture with the Mountain Laurel Quilters!

We had a packed house as you can see!  It was really nice to have a 1pm meeting and be out of there by 3pm so I could have the afternoon to explore!

More on that tomorrow ---I’m kicking my shoes off back in my room and I’m going to sew!

Have a great Tuesday eve, everyone!

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  1. Anonymous8:17 PM EST

    The wood piece looks like it may be made from oak, and possibly was a wood shop project from the 50's or 60's. The shape is appealing, but quality seems lacking. It's unusual!

  2. Only you, my friend, would find a hexie shaped sewing box! Such fun it is to see what you will discover. Looked like a great group of gals. Happy stitching! Hugs, Allison in Plano

  3. Hi Bonnie,
    I thought I'd mention this to you since this was in your area of the country. I'm not sure if this was 2014 or not--just in case......
    There is a lost/found section on QuiltersCache.com I saw the following:
    " FOUND!... But Whose is it?

    "...On Sunday, June 21st, one of my neighbors found a quilt on the westbound lane of Hwy 64 near Tarboro, NC. She says the quilt was wrapped in one of those plastic blanket packages. The quilt appears to be newly made, in wonderful condition. She says it is hand and machine quilting. There is no label attached and she cannot find a signature. She wants to return it to its owner, as she is a needle worker, and says she would be sick if she lost one of her works.

    Please pass this email around and if anyone knows anything, contact
    Alison Boyette -- email her at mom4matkat@gmail.com

  4. Mary Ed Williams10:15 PM EST

    I just returned from a Quilts of Valor retreat in Georgia at the Georgia State Baptist Convention Center inToccoa, not far from the Lovonia exit -went right past the antique mall. And also,stopped at Mary Jo's, of course.

  5. That cabinet would be great next to me while sewing on the couch watching tv!!!! Except I would have to travel all the way from Oz and I don't think it would fit in my hand luggage!!!!!

  6. Did you ask if the price could go down, on the sewing box. My friend Donna would ask, and get a good deal. I hope to some day get to meet you. I live in Mass please come this way. K. W.

  7. The box looks like something a loving husband made for his wife... custom and one-of-a-kind. Sweet.

  8. I do want one of those table-boxes!


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