Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Quilts, quilts and more quilts!

My days on the road have a predictable rhythm to them - rush about from 7:30 AM until 3 PM, visiting school after school, saying the same thing over and over again to new faces every hour, craving something to eat or drink but not having the time to stop for fear I won't make it to my next appointment on time. But then 3 o'clock rolls around and schools let out, and there is nothing more for me to do. That's when I start exploring. And West Virginia is fertile ground for seeking out QUILTS!

I stopped at a public library to use the rest room, and this antique mall was across the street.

"Eh, I'll check it out, maybe they'll have a quilt or two," was my thought. Jackpot!!!
These old quilts are SOOOO soft!
I was intrigued by this block - I'm pretty sure I've never seen it. Anyone know what it is called?

Here's what I'd like my hand quilting to look like on my quilts decades after they have been completed. Beautiful!
New and old, all mixed together.

I love driving the back roads rather than the highways. There is always something to see. Jackpot!

What a great pattern to use up tiny scraps!

There were so many things I'd love to have taken home with me, these 32 hand pieced blocks, for example. I love them, but I feel confident that I'll not piece these blocks on my own.

Oh, I LOVED this soft, worn earthy quilt!

but personal property taxes are due in a few weeks and I'm trying to be mindful of money. I patted myself on the back for walking away with just a bag of solid fabric scraps, something I don't have much of (solids, not scraps).

The big SALE sign at JoAnn's got me in the door. I was looking for more Quilt Patis to work on my Grandmother's Flower Garden hexagon quilt. No luck, but I did get two packages of batting for 40% off (I can't wait to get my needle into my Great Great Grandmother's Quilt!), two remnants at 50% off, and some flannel for $2.99/yard. I've got an idea for a rag quilt percolating in my little head...

So, while I'm missing my guys out here on the road, I'm taking advantage of being unencumbered by karate and cub scouts and the incessant "are we there yet?" and seeing where the country roads take me.


Wilma NC said...

Beautiful old quilts!!!!

Stray Stitches said...

So many wonderful quilts - thanks for sharing!

Judi said...

Wonderful pictures. What are you using to take them?

Becky said...

Great quilts!

Hazel said...

What beautiful quilts ,I would have been in there for hours .

Barb H said...

Those quilts are wonderful--true gems.

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

I would have been squealing with excitement at seeing all those old quilts!

Isnt it great you get to mix business with pleasure?

Shirleymac said...

Beautiful quilts! I don't think I'd have your strength and be able to walk away without one. I don't know which is my favorite but I'm leaning towards the one with all the fans on it.

Sheila said...

What fun! The floral at the bottom was my favorite.

The quilt you asked about looks like a version of Cross and Crown.

Char said...

OMG, The quilts are wonderful. I think I like the last one with the applique the best.
Good for you that you get to take in the sites while traveling for work.

Cheryl Willis said...

love the eye candy. I picked up another bag of quilt blocks from the antique store. I tend to purchase ones that I don't 'see' myself making. I'll have to post a photo soon. cw