Where did our week go? Seems like it was just Monday - but here it is, Friday, and you know what that means! Time for us to get our whoop whoop on! Are you ready? I am - so let's go!
This afternoon I was despairing, trying to figure out what I had to whoop about this week - it's been a busy week working on one quilt that I'm not anywhere near ready to share pictures of, and that's about all I've done. And I didn't have any time to work on a quick finish, because I had to meet a friend about a quilt ministry fabric donation.
So I headed off to an antique store that was going out of business - the word was that she had fabric she wanted to donate to the ministry. As I love antique stores, and none better than one going out of business with great discounts, I showed up a few minutes early so I could look around and see what she had.
I saw lots of beautiful Depression glass (which I managed to resist, with much pain) but then I spotted a vintage quilt that needed further examination.
Look at those lovely colors!! And as near as I can tell, not a worn spot on the entire top. And then I saw.....
....the name of the person who made the quilt - and we share a first name, even spelled correctly! Of course, this quilt had to come home with me - and for the bargain price of, get this, $45!
Look at that beautiful hand quilting - Baptist Fan and as pretty as I've ever seen on a vintage quilt. This one has such a contemporary feel, despite its age.
But wait, that's not all! After I saw this quilt, I spotted another one - a pretty feed sack quilt that was in excellent condition, except for needing a good (and careful) washing. But unfortunately, the shop owner knew what she had, and it was priced higher than I wanted to pay - $189.95. So I moved on.
In another room of the antique store, I found a second feedback quilt, with stunningly bright colors. Unfortunately, this one had some pretty major damage where it had been folded and probably displayed, and the muslin in some of the blocks had deteriorated and broken. Also, no price tag on this one, so I regretfully put it back.
Hugging my one vintage quilt tightly, I went to the counter. In conversation, I told the shop owner that she had lovely taste in quilts, with two more beautiful examples, but it was such a shame that the one quilt I saw had been damaged so badly. She made a joke about people who were as old as that quilt also having cracks and blemishes, and I laughed, saying that I repaired many quilts in like condition. She asked if I could repair that one, and I told her that yes, it could be repaired. We went to look at it, and surprisingly, she told me that she would sell it to me for $40! So here's my next awesome find....
Look at all those beautiful feed sack fabrics, laid out in a granny square pattern! Hand pieced and hand quilted. The only problem with this quilt is some of the muslin squares....
...which have dried out and worn away on the edges where this quilt was folded up. But wonder of wonders, with some muslin, tea bags, and patience, I can make patches for these blocks that will blend right in and fix the problem! So of course, this quilt had to come home with me.
Then the shop owner walked back to the back to find the one remaining quilt. I went with her to look at it one more time, just for the joy of it. And then she offered to sell it to me for $70.... so what's a girl to do? Take it home, of course! Look at this beauty...
Isn't she lovely? Yes, there are age stains and I'll have to wash her very carefully, but I think she'll clean up nicely. And as I was showing her to my husband, look at who I spied on the quilt...
Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck!
And Goofy, riding a horse!
I wasn't sure that this was feed sack fabric, but after doing a little research, I found that yes, they did make vintage feed sack fabric featuring Disney characters! And while we're looking at the quilt up close, do you notice the red quilting lines? Imagine being so confident of your stitching you would stitch it in red! It's just one more thing that makes me love this quilt.
So I am now the proud owner of three, yes three! vintage quilts!
So - - - can I get a whoop whoop?
And now it's your turn!
What's got you whooping it up this week?
What's making you do a little happy dance?
Share! We want to dance right along with you,
And it's always more fun to dance with friends!
The party will stay open until Sunday midnight.
Hope to see you there!