Friday, February 21, 2020

The Long way to Bedford, VA!

How cool is this old Ford dealership building?

I headed out through the falling snow that came pretty much right on time as was predicted – It was falling heavily as I made my way from Mouth of Wilson toward interstate 81 to make my way northeast toward Roanoke before getting off and taking country highways to my destination.

It’s only 130 miles or so to Bedford from Mouth of Wilson, but how long did it take me? 5 hours.  And not because of the snow which had come to a halt by the time I was an hour up the road -

There are places I have always stopped on this route, and I decided to change things up a bit this time.  I had never exited at Christiansburg!

I am so glad I did!

Antiques on Main was huge, well lit and welcoming and a perfect spot for stretching my legs around noon.

What I loved about this big place is that it was not “boothy”.  It wasn’t full of yard sale stuff and it didn’t look like the Goodwill was having a side walk sale.  There were many LOVELY pieces from a by gone era here – and things were more in “collections” which I liked.

There may be several different vendors, but if you had a crock, your crock would be displayed with the other crocks, etc.  It was NICE.  It stopped the whole booth thing from being repetitive.  If you are an antique mall junkie like I am, you will know what I mean.  It’s much more fun when all the door knobs are in one area so that you can really see them side by side!

The whole place wasn’t ALL that way, but it just felt more categorized and I liked it.

Oh, and that snow?  Click to Play:

It was lovely while it lasted, which wasn't long!

Inside that big beautiful auto dealership turned antique mall:

Still it remains to be seen -

Why put a sewing machine in the glass case BACKWARDS!?

There is so much stuff in front of the machine that you couldn’t see it from the other side of the case either.  Pretty little thing – priced a bit high for my wallet.

Wheeler Wilson in a beauty of a cabinet.

And a plethora of Shirley Temple photos.

Someone had a fetish! LOL!

Fancy gloves from a much earlier time.

I love the far right pair with the embroidered leaves.

So glad that gloves are not in vogue during my life time.

This was a beauty!  Displayed on the back side of a cabinet.

I’ve never seen this one, have you?

I love the color placement.

Poor shredded thing!

Tumbling block stars.

This was hanging in a way that you couldn’t see the whole thing.

But that green and brown!

And look at the close hand quilting!  AMAZING effort!

Quadruple rows of straight lines – wow.

It’s likely the straight line quilting is the only thing holding this quilt together – especially where the brown fabrics have completely disintegrated.

Found this and took a photo for the hubster -

Since he works for Corning!


I was really amazed that I didn’t see more quilts – but that is always hit and miss.  I love how playful these guys are though, and it definitely came from the clothing scrap bag.

That purple floral one -

It HAD to be someone’s dress scraps.

(Imagine that dress with a pair of the white gloves from above!)

These goodies area coming home.

A retreat house can never have enough iced tea spoons!  And this set of 6 is so pretty and will go with the other set of 6 that is already in the drawer.

The sugar canister was just too pretty – I have never seen one like it and I am thinking that may live at the QPO for my stevia packets for tea.

The little trinket box – I just fell in love with it and I may set it at a bed side or in the bathroom just as a “pretty thing.”

All in all it was  a day of “all things fit in one bag.” and I was happy with the wandering and discovering.

I met up with some folks from the guild last night for dinner and we are ready to start today’s workshop with a one-hour weather delay as some folks who are driving in from outside the immediate area may have to deal with some ice.  We’ll just push the Xing workshop an hour later into the afternoon and all will be good.  Safety first.

Quiltville Quote of the Day -

The first person to show kindness to you - should be you.

Put on your own oxygen mask first before helping those around you!

Enjoy your Friday, everyone!


  1. You find the best treasures. I know exactly what you mean by the “boothy thing”. Have a super day 🥰🥰

  2. Goodness, i just LOVE when you take us on a trip! Loving the journey vicariously, thanks so very much for sharing... and yes, indeed. Even Mother Theresa fed herself first!!! Do what makes your heart sing, from Cats in Carlsbad CA

  3. May I post your Quote of the Day on my FB page? TIA, Laura

  4. Bonnie, Your blog fills me with joy every day! I just love your excitement for life. Oh yea, the Sugar cannister is just lovely as are the spoons and the "pretty things box". I love enjoying life through your eyes!

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    Loretta McDermott McGinn

  5. I loved your video of your drive, the scenery is so pretty where you live.
    It’s always nice to see your antiques mall finds those quilts are so pretty.
    Love you little trinket box and that sugar caddy is so pretty.
    Hope you have a wonderful time at your classes.
    Love and quilty hugs

  6. I so enjoy your "mall tours". I get to visit them without spending money!! I do remember seeing the first quilt you showed, but can't remember where. It is a simple, 4 step pattern. Thank you for showing it! I need a quick baby quilt, and I think I have enough scraps and main colors to make it.

  7. Every morning I look forward in reading about your adventures even though they maybe just a daily routine. You show just how much fun little things in life can be. You are an inspiration not only in quilting but in life as well and the quotes for each day truly are spot on. Thank you so much for sharing you life with us.

  8. It's always fun to read your adventures. I love walking back in time at the antique malls. How in the world did the seller get those gloves so white? Don't you with you could ask them? Thanks for sharing your stories with us.

  9. I was reading along enjoying your adventure tale and then I say the blue/black/white scrap quilt with your purchases sitting on it. What is the story on that quilt? I can't see enough of an area to work out the whole pattern. What can you tell me?

  10. COOL road trip adventure, Bonnie.
    I love treasures. Everything is pretty and was loved.
    Yep, that featherweight would go for half that price.... I can't read the serial number on the tag. I am sure they are firm on that price though.

  11. I sometimes think that people who display sewing machines backwards just don't realize that's the back because they've never sewn!

  12. The quilt you have never seen before caught my eye. Years ago several of my friends and I got together to share fabrics and make a similar quilt called "Jacks Chain". There is a hexagon in the center and the center is surrounded by little 9 patches. Each of the 9 patches is separated by a triangle. We bought 2 bolts of muslin and shared the cost. For the 9 patches we would sew 1 1/2" strips together. Light-dark-light and dark light dark then we cut them into 1 1/2" slices. There were 8 of us so each week when we met we would take our stacks of slices divided into 7 stacks keeping one for ourselves and give every one a stack. During the week we would work on putting the quilt together. We all finished our quilts and they were so beautiful. It was such fun to have all of our friends fabrics along with our own fabrics in each of our quilts.

  13. I was lucky enough to stop in that shop on a trip to Pennsylvania several years ago and found a lovely, grungy double four patch top made with shirtings. It cleaned up easily but refused to lay flat. I made the controversial decision to pick it apart and resew it by machine, retaining all the fabric placements. It required a few poverty patches but now lays flat and is waiting for hand quilting. I'd do it again!

  14. I live an hour east of Christiansburg in Monroe County, WV. You should check out neighboring downtown Blacksburg...right next to Christiansburg. Lots of shopping goodies there as well. Lovely post, Bonnie. (One of my favorite names...my middle daughter is named Lee(36) named after my first cousin, Bonnie Sue----our mothers were twins.)

  15. Glad you enjoyed your visit to Christiansburg! If you call ahead next time you could have a tour of the whole building! Call the antique shop. They will pass a message to us.
    A fellow quilter. Annette


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