Saturday, February 19, 2022

Antiquing My Way Home!

"Necessary" errand days can be quite routine with nothing to talk about.

This appointment, that to-do list, that car service, that this-or-that.

It's what happens in a normal day-to-day life full of just.....well, LIVING.

As the saying goes: "Not much to write home about."

And then the opportunity to throw in a FUN little side adventure happens and makes the day all that much better!

All at once things can go from simply ordinary to divinely extraordinary!

Aren't these baskets just the cats meow? The fabrics in them are absolutely a fabulous revelation into the contents of the maker's scrap basket - and they span decades of scrap saving.

I just love everything about this - some baskets with dark backgrounds.  Some with light.  And a few with a mixture of many different things - whatever was on hand to get the job done.

I love that the baskets all face the same way - which would be across the bed instead of up from foot to headboard.

It was also interesting to me that this quilt was tied, not quilted.  The batting is heavy wool.  And the backing, though old, is not nearly as old as some of the fabrics in the baskets themselves.

Were these blocks set later and tied by a relative? Or - was the top complete (in the time out box) and finished by someone else later?

We'll never know!  All I knew is that I could finally let that "hurry hurry hurry" voice in my head go, and just slow down and enjoy the space around me as I wandered through the antique mall.

Where I first spied the pile.

And yes, there is a treadle machine in rough shape in the upper left corner, but the way the furniture was I really couldn't get back there to check it out.

A few steps away was a fairly open space where I could lay out the quilts for a closer look-see.

1930s bow ties set with red.  CLASSIC!

If you look just above the second row of blocks, you'll see where the tops of fans from one side meet the tops of fans quilted from the other side.

And if my eyes are doing me right, there is a "fill in" line quilted in to take up the excess empty space.

Fans are all about winging it, folks!

Another simple quilt -with more fans!

A bit blurry - I was snapping quickly!

And yet, more fans!

Such a free form composition of string blocks, squares and rectangles.  It came together however it came together without too much worry or thought about it. Circa 1930s.

Poor shredded thing!

It looks like it has been much loved and used hard!  I found these fans SO interesting!  They are more square?  Nearly "tubular!"

The stars are hexagonal - so to quilt it with these "square rounds" is so unique to me.  I am curious about the maker's marking process.  How did they know how far to go before turning their corner to head straight down instead of across?

I flipped it to the back to inspect further.

Can you see that the fans quilted from this end meet in the middle with the fans quilted from the opposite end? 2 big rows of huge fans quilted from each side.

A board and c-clamp quilting frame quilted from 2 sides and rolled toward the center.

I'd come sit at your frame any time, whoever you were!

A simple strippy top in a booth full of vintage tupperware.

A Dresden Plate in an area that didn't have room to spread it out.

Beautiful 1930s fabrics.

Large maple leaf blocks.

Alamance plaids maybe?  Or are they Dan River?

I love the yellow plaid sashing. SPRING!

Is it Churn Dash? Or not?

Which way are these triangles supposed to go?

Evidently - they go any which way the maker wanted them to!

This one also has big fan quilting, but what I found the most charming was the use of gingham in alternating colors to frame each of the blocks before setting them together.

Without the sashing you wouldn't recognize that the quilt was made in blocks at all.  

This one is just SWEET all the way around!

This treadle I could get to!

These also made me smile!

Holly Hobbie & Raggedy Anne!

And a more modern version.

when was the last time you saw a tube of tinker toys?

I remember my brother having these and I always wanted to play with them.  So much fun!


I know it's hard to tell by the photo but this desk is absolutely HUGE.

All I can think is that back in the day it must have occupied the whole of a lawyers office or something. 

Would it make someone a great sewing desk?  Yes.  But I have no idea how you are going to fit it in the car or get it through the door, and forget about stairs.  LOL!

The white lamp is definitely a NO.  LOL!

But, how much is that doggie in the corner??

He's a cutie!!

(That face- what a face! LOL!)

It was an awesome wander that took me about an hour - just long enough to get all the cobwebs out of my mind and set me straight before heading back up the mountain toward home.

Oh - and it was about 55 degrees in Winston.  The sun was so warm through the car windows I turned on the A/C to cool it down. Yes. I did. In February.

But by the time I reached the elevation of the Blue Ridge Parkway, it was 37.

By the time I reached Martha's to pick up a couple of things - the car temp said 35.

By the time I was further up the mountain at home it was 29!!!!!

This morning it was 19.

It's a good thing February is our shortest month of the year because February - I'm done with you!

So welcome to the weekend everyone - I hope you have some plans to play with some fabric over the next couple of days.

I've got Fish School units to set.  I've got another project I am DYING to dive in to that will use up strips and squares and some leftover string bits.

The problem is - which to start with?

This continues!  Did you enter yet?
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Sew Many Scraps!

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We may never fully sew ourselves out of the scraps, but we'll sure have a ton of fun trying!

Quiltville Quote of the Day -

1950s string snowball quilt found in Mineola, Texas.

Or as my wise friend Sally told me once: Let go or be dragged!
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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!



  1. Happy Saturday! I’m going to be finishing up part one of Ruby Jubilee today. My pinwheels are all ready to be sewn up. I hope you have a wonderful d weekend!

  2. I LOVE the 'tubular' rounds of squared fan quilting in the star quilt. Hmmm... 1930's quilt... maybe our quilter was picking up on some Art Deco influence? It looks great! You spotted some great stuff on this trip. I really like the two-color gingham sashing, too.

    I had one of those 'Easy Action Sewing Machines' in the 1980's, or something very like it. The 'needle' was a big plastic hole-punch, and it was supposed to loop yarn through an early ancestor of craft foam, only I don't think there was any kind of bobbin, so the loops were only on the surface and not attached in any way. SMH. No wonder that I pretty quickly abandoned it and went back to stitching unwanted little fabric scraps on my mom's trusty Necchi. Now, those adorable Holly Hobbie (love!) and Raggedy Anne models? Those look like they might have been functional and made an actual stitch. I love the faux-treadle styling of the HH one.

    Thanks for sharing the fun!

  3. What a bounty of old Baptist fan quilts you found. I grew up under a board and C clamp frame. Priceless times. Threading needles and not bumping the frame was my job. Awe, the toy sewing machines, sew cute. Cloudy and getting cooler in PNW. No cross state travel recommended this next week, hope to go to Quilt guild Monday. I might have a quilt to show if 'Betsy' cooperates. I need a Gammill, sigh.

  4. Thanks, Bonnie, for sharing your antiquing adventure. So interesting to see all of those quilts, to wonder about the maker and the quilt's history. Love seeing the sewing machines - from treadle to toy!

  5. Thanks for the trip to the antique store. It is fun to browse with you. :) Really like today's quote. If we don't let go of our fears they will definitely drag us down and out.
    Susan in Iowa

  6. thank you I so enjoy doing these adventures with you.

  7. Oh my goodness I loved this vintage quilt adventure! I spent a good 20 minutes staring at these fabulous quilts... studying the scrap usage and the quilting designs and the colour combinations... a divine way to spend a Saturday morning... thank you Bonnie for that treat!

  8. Love the antique store photos, thanks for sharing!!

  9. Ah, yes, a partners desk. Two attorneys sit facing each other. It would likely be beautiful if restored.

  10. Vintage Tupperware! Omigosh -- I have some of that stuff! Seeing the contents of my kitchen in an antique mall makes me feel so old. :-)

  11. I thought of you and your adventures when I visited an antique mall in NC this week! Wandering among the quilts n freeing the machines. I came home with a 1930's tulip quilt. All hand sewn n appliqued in very good condition. Such fun to wander and wonder about the makers. Happy Weekend!

  12. What a great antique shop! Thanks for the pictures of the quilts, I love the hexagon star.

  13. Reading about antiquing and quilting and temps has made my day. Since I've "known" you I've become a better observer, more patient towards people and a better quilter. Thank you Bonnie for all you do.

  14. Those Tinker Toys were made in a town a stone's throw from the house where I grew up.

    Love that the huge desk has wheels - wheels that go under a potted plant - in this case 4 potted plants.

  15. Thanks for the trip to the antique mall! I love going with you to look at the old quilts!


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