Friday, February 03, 2017

Time Out in the Afternoon!

Look closely and you will see MY shadow across the front of this wonderful robins egg blue vintage GMC pickup truck.

Wednesday afternoon had me dropping mail off at 4pm, and realizing that the Antique shops in Thomasville NC didn’t close until 6pm –and that the beautiful February sunshine and warmth (72!!) was encouraging me to spend a bit of time out and about, putting the computer work on the back burner for just a bit. 

I obeyed.

Thomasville is only about 9 miles south of Wallburg, but I never go that direction.  Everything that it has is duplicated in closer locations nearer to me and it is the path “least traveled.” It’s been a couple of years at least since I felt the pull to wander.


But how could you NOT want to poke around in here?


This small shop is SO inviting!

The Mercantile is a block down from the antique mall, and is full of wonderful things like walls of antique clocks in all varieties, all ticking away….and going off with a clamor of bongs and dings and bells as the minutes give over to the next hour, on the hour.  A cacophony of clocks!  And it was during the chorus of clock chimes that I spotted this:


19th century “Serpentine” hand crank.

I was most impressed that it was threaded, and that it sewed!  And in the crate underneath were these:


String blocks with paper!

I searched and searched for dates on the papers underneath, but couldn’t find any.  It’s safe to say that these are from right around the turn of the century with these mourning prints, shirtings, reds and blues.  Sometimes it feels like I’m doing an archaeological dig, uncovering bits and pieces from ages past.

I left.  Empty handed.  The machine was expensive, and seems to be missing a bobbin winder, which could be a problem.  If it isn’t working, or is missing parts, I won’t be sewing on it.  And it’s too much to pay just for a display piece.  But I loved it! 

Time to go back up the block and spend the rest of the time wandering around the antique mall.


And right there, near the front entrance,
I stopped in my tracks!


Oh my.  A Minnesota A!

Poor thing…the chrome is all rusted off the hand wheel.

I was trying to quickly find out if this model is one that takes the long needles like my Davis.  Would it even sew?


The take up lever is bent at a weird angle.

Could it be straightened? Or would it break off?

The whole machine is pretty gummy, really.



Rams Head drawer pulls.  Oh, it’s wonderful.

This is the most beautiful cabinet.  And my mind is whirling.  The machine isn’t worth the price they are asking, and yet the cabinet without machine shouldn’t be this much either.  And do I have room for another cabinet?  Not likely.  But it would FIT my 2 Davis machines, the Vertical Feed, and the older Davis machine head which was the 2nd treadle I ever purchased “back in the 90’s.”  I do have a parlor cabinet that fits those heads, but it sits too short for me to sew at comfortably…..and I went round and round arguing with myself in my mind over the possibilities and drawbacks.

Answers came back via facebook that yes, this model A takes the long needles – the Boye #10.  Harder to get, but not impossible.  Would I really sew on it much if needles are a rarity?  

And I wandered.

I don’t need more furniture!!

And I wandered.

But it is so GORGEOUS!.

Yes….but the machine is not in great shape.

And I wandered.

And then I ran into someone who said “Hey! I know you!”



I had a great visit with Tonia and found she had taken one of my workshops before and was still quilting, and going on retreat this weekend with her group from Asheboro.  Have an AWESOME time, Tonia!  So fun to run into you in an unexpected place.


This sweetie was found in my wanderings.

Heavily used and mightily loved, it’s worn to shreds along the edges.  I loved the embroidery stitching around each of the "Sues":




And this humble mess!

There is something just simply joyful about a basic 9 patch set in single Irish chain fashion with plain alternating blocks.  I just loved this.  The aqua has been added to each end, and machine stitched in place, either to make it longer, or to preserve the shredding edges, or both.


I just LOVE this.  The colors, the texture of the quilting, the simplicity, the everything.

And yet the only thing that came home with me were photos, and two melmac serving dishes that I spent a whopping $2.00 on, but they reminded me of the dishes I grew up with.

A $2.00 afternoon, and worth every penny!


Unfurling from the machine!

Dawn’s Early Light is now quilted!  There is something that I just love about removing a completed quilt from the machine.  For as long as it took to quilt it, you are only looking at narrow sections between the rollers as the quilt is advanced and advanced again until complete.  And then some unpinning, and unrolling and there before you is the completed quilt, ready for trimming and binding.


Binding went on last night!



And yes, that is “Raining Cats & Dogs” as one of the backing fabrics, and a blue and a bit sparkly Y2K Millennium fabric as the hanging sleeve. It's blue, it's funky, and it doesn't become obsolete until the next century! #noexpirationdate #donttrashmystash #equalopportunityfabricuser

It’s a hanging sleeve, for cryin’ out loud – not a home dec item.  All fabric will be outdated at some point, this way I’m ahead of the game!

There is a white Millennium fabric with silver 2000s on it in the string blocks on the front, so why not?

And that brings me to now.  The SALE on all digital patterns in the Quiltville Store is ongoing until my return home from Texas on the 9th!  If you didn’t hear about it, head over to yesterday’s post for all of the info.  All patterns, including the newly released En Provence and Garlic Knots are 25% off.

And that's not all! MAJOR MARKDOWNS on many book titles in the new SALE section of the store, including those by other authors and a couple of my own titles. Take advantage of these while supplies last. When they are gone, they are gone!

Remember: There is FREE shipping on orders of $75 or more within the USA using coupon code FREE75 at checkout. Code must be used at time of purchase. Not available for international shipping. International shipping rates apply.

The book sale will run until “Further Notice.”  It’s limited to stock on hand, so we’ll see how long that goes.

The drawing of the March/April 2017 Quiltmaker Bundle happens TONIGHT! Enter to win on THAT POST.

I’m headed to Houston in the morning.  Today is a packing day.  And maybe some time for binding tonight.  The THING on my face?  What Thing?!  It’s nearly gone and I’m staying the course with the antibiotics to make sure it stays that way.  Hallelujah.


Quiltville Quote of the Day!

Start the daily practice of not letting the little things bother you. If the little things ruin your day, what's going to happen when the big things come along?

So happy that the BIG THING on my face is now a LITTLE THING, and not bothering me anymore!

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  1. Wish we had more antiques malls to visit in Canada.I love the simple traditional patterns like the nine patch, they make you just want to cuddle up in a quilt.
    So glad that your medical thing is disappearing. Onto more important things..sewing and quilting and not worrying!

  2. Bonnie, it is so much fun to going antiquing with you!!! Just love poking around these shops, they is something in every nook and cranny.
    You know that 9 patch quilt you found... looks like it has beard protector at each ends!!! Haven't seen a quilt with those in years... fun.

    The Thing is gone.... hurrah. Did you find out what it was? Happy you can go andnot be nervous about The Thing on your fave...


  3. Each morning starts out with my coffee and reading your blog. Was thrilled to hear the "thing" on your face is gone. That is wonderful news. I am putting my borders on the MQ. It has been fun, and pushed me at times but I love it. I am doing mine 3x4 and making a wall hanging for my sewing room with a block. Have a fun and safe trip. Thanks for all you do. Once the MQ is done I am starting cutting Garlic Knots. Yippee.

  4. OMGosh.....I almost fell to the floor with laughter....'All fabric will be outdated at some point, this way I’m ahead of the game!' Those of us with huge stashes are all in the same boat. I'm buying the Garlic Knots pattern today. All the 6" units are done and sashing almost done but I feel I should support you and pay for the pattern. Thanks for ALL you do Bonnie.

  5. Thanks for taking us antique mall shopping. I wish there were some near me. It looks like a lot of fun. Your quilt looks beautiful! Can I ask what type of batting you use? I hand quilt but am hoping to do some quilting on my DSM soon. Will I need special thread for the machine too? Thanks Bonnie.

  6. I love going to the Antique Shops with you! Sad that the Minnesota didn't go home, it is a gorgeous cabinet. Doesn't the NEW Cabin need a Treadle? LOL Cool Blue Car!

  7. At first I thought the 2000 fabric was your binding!

  8. Love this column about small town. I live in North Las Vegas & miss a smaller town. In the picture of the binding are you using your 301? If you are, where did you get your walking foot? I found that feet that fit on featherweight are too short for the slant needle on my 301. Thanks.

  9. Are you going to Houston for the Super Bowl? Hope you're wearing red and black!

  10. The cast iron street lights in the first photo remind of me of "home". Even painted the same color......

  11. I hate to say it but I also have some blue and white millennium fabric, love your quilt.

  12. Bonnie, here is a good design tip for you. You go right back to the mercantile and gather up those paper pieced quilt blocks that were mournfully asking you to bring them home. Then you either find an antique frame or take them to a really good and talented picture framer and have them mounted attractively on acid free board displaying both sides, and artfully, not flat. You can even throw in a couple of old wooden spools or antique tools of some sort and make a shadow box and hang it on the wall over that beautiful treadle or another antique piece you have. That would be so beautiful! Enjoy! Carol

  13. Bonnie:
    I am so glad the "Thing" on your face is almost gone. So, you don't have to stress over it during your next classes in Houston. I will be visiting your store to buy Garlic knots, the little ruler (Even though I have one from Nancy's Quilts" in KUNA, ID. They can go together! Who knows what else I will buy?

    Lucky Gloria to be the winner of your Prize Bundle! Congrats, Gloria!

    Kasilof, AK

  14. My grandmother gave me a quilt top for my 11th birthday. What you call Sunshine Suzy she called Little Dutch Girl. That birthday was in 1959. In 1977 she, my mother, and I quilted the quilt so I could take it to Mexico where my husband, son, and I were missionaries. It is so very dear and was used many years. My mother replaced the frayed binding in 1993 and in 1999 I put the quilt in storage to pass on to a granddaughter. I simply love vintage things because I am one.😊


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