After hibernating for what seemed like weeks, I decided that a little run to some antique stores was in order so we put that on our agenda last Sunday. First one was sort of disappointing but the second one had two floors of interesting things to look at ... and for some reason, a lot of quilts! I'm a big fan of dresden plate quilts so this one caught my eye. Don't the faded colors and the way the quilting bunches up the fabric just make you want to hug it?
Utility quilts are so interesting to look at. They always make me wonder who made them. Was it a kid that mom was trying to teach to sew ... or keep busy. Or was it Grandma whose eyes were failing a bit but who just couldn't stop sewing. Or a busy woman on a tight budget who needed warmth for her family. By the age of this quilt, I'm guessing no rotary cutting tools were used. The block is simple ... almost like a split rail ... but look at the one on the left side with the red fabric pieced in ... use it up and make do with what you have! This is the style of design 'modern sewists' are loving to use with the new contemporay fabric. I find a lot of the appeal to me is that the fabric isn't from a line but is more from the scrapbox.
So often you see tulips appliqued but this one caught my eye because it's pieced. Sort of. It was hard to figure out exactly how it was put together ... I liked it initially because of it's placement in a primitive setting and how it stood out. The colors of the border and binding are a bit brighter than what you'd normally think of for folk art but it worked!
The interesting feature of this quilt was that the blocks weren't quite all the same. They sort of looked alike but sort of didn't. I couldn't decide if there was a plan or if the creator was just using up fabric ... it was charming no matter what the intention! Wonder if it's still there ...
Appliqued and pieced feedsack quilt. Makes me think of April and new grass and flowers. And who doesn't need that today???
I love square-in-a-square style quilts ... this one ... well maybe not all of them were squares but they were fun to look at! There truly were no two blocks alike and really is a fantastic atempt at using up the scrapbag. It doesn't matter to me that the blocks aren't perfectly pieced or even square ... I doubt that a 'perfect' 1/4" was high up on the list for this quilter. What I am hoping, though, is that who ever made this enjoyed every single minute!
Totally charming Rolling Stone quilt. There's just something about red and white quilts ... especially when we're heading for that Valentine's season!
There was no rhyme or reason to this pillow which is partly the reason it caught my eye. I was curious about how it was put together. Maybe left over blocks begging for a home? If you like primitive, this pillow would have appealed to you on many levels.
The soft patriotic colors of these quilts really worked together on this ladder ... but of course I'm a sucker for quilts on ladders so maybe that's why! I love log cabin blocks too and find the off-set center really changes how the block looks. Love the pieced blocks in the other two quilts too but especially love how the one is set with red sashing! And they were all soft and squishy ... just the way I love them! And now that I'm looking at the photo again ... I just noticed that beautiful one in the background. There's something about a trip to the antique store that can get you jazzed up about quilting all over again!