How have you all been this week?????
Good I hope????
If you have read my blog for any amount of time, you know I love to go to antique malls and browse.
Today seemed to be the best day so far this year to hit a few antique malls in Pike County, Missouri that I hadn't been to in a while. I need to preface this by saying, I hadn't been to either of these antique malls in almost 2 years, but, when I did go to them, I NEVER found what I found today!!!!
It was ANTIQUING AMAZEMENT I tell ya!
I first went to Kate's Attic in Louisiana...............Missouri! Yes, Missouri has a knack for naming towns after other states and countries. But, I digress........
"Seven Sisters" anyone?
This quilt was hand sewn and hand quilted.
It was very well made, and I loved the binding.
It was tattered in places, and was priced too high.
My photo of more of the quilt turned out extremely blurry....sorry!
Interesting pattern? Anyone know the name?
This was very scrappy, but, that border did nothing to enhance the quilt.
Another "catch and release" as Bonnie Hunter would say!
At this point, I would like to mention how hard it is to get a really good photo of a quilt when there is very little floor space to lay it out, and hanging it on something could make other valuable glass antiques fall to their deaths! It is, however, VERY nice to be able to stroll at my own pace, and not worry if I am taking too long. So, pluses and minuses on antiquing alone.
I continued on to Clarksville Antique Center. I have always loved this place! I just hadn't had a reason to go to Clarksville in a while. They are actually doing some nice things here, and sprucing the place up a bit! Each time I have visited, I have seen things I like, but, this time.......it was literally quilt overload! Many of these quilts were damaged with stains, or tattered in places. But, all inspiring none the less. Please enjoy the following photos!
"Seven Sisters" must have been a popular pattern in Pike County Missouri!
This was a very well hand pieced top. Stained, and a hole in the border.
It almost went home with me, but, the asking price was just too much.
I am telling you.....quilts were EVERYWHERE today!
Retro verging on modern!
I hope you can see the circular quilting in this one!
Great vintage fabrics!
Not enough fabric? Then make do! See the Pink square?
There is a tiny border of a different fabric to make the block large enough.
LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!
These cracked me up!
Quilts over here......
Quilts over there......
(Great display here.....wish more of the quilts were visible though...)
This room was FULL of tattered quilts and vintage fabrics!
In it's hey day, this was a stunner I am sure.
But, you can see how faded it is, and a rather large stain in the left darker pink section.
There were applique quilts as well.....questionable hanging system for this one.
See the hangers???
This top was really cool! It could pass for modern!
A top only, it was the most reasonable find of the day, but, again, catch and release.
Here is a close up of the block........any takers on what the block may be named?
And, if you are in the market for feed sacks, here ya go!
Yep, there were quilts all over the place!
Everywhere you looked!
I should have bought this for my sewing studio! LOL
But, this was the only item that came home with me! A cast iron Boston Terrier bank!
What can I say? I am addicted to quilts and Boston Terriers!
In other news............
An update on the Kevin the Quilter's Quilts of Valor Block Drive. I have been wading through backings and bindings for our quilt tops made from the Quilts of Valor Block Drive! These quilts are all going through Quilts of Valor, Eastern Missouri. It has been a sheer pleasure matching the backings and bindings with the quilts.
A very generous donation of 2 bolts of Moda fabrics for some of the Quilts of Valor.
Thanks to all of you who donated yardage for the backings!
I have received various donations of bindings!
Thanks to you all who donated bindings as well!
I have been measuring them out for the length they need to be for one quilt, and placing them on
empty fabric bolts. The bindings on the left are from blocks that were received that could NOT be
squared up or were not made correctly. This was the best use I could think of for the colorful QOVs!
Here are 10 quilts kitted up, awaiting hand quilting at Quilts of Valor, Eastern Missouri.
I do have several other long arm machine quilters working on quilts as well!
I hope you are doing something today that makes YOU happy!
Thanks for stopping by my neck of the woods today!
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Kevin the Quilter