(I apologize for having to put so many photos in one post. I usually try and keep it manageable for those of you that read on dial up, but this no computer thing is really making blogging difficult! The good news is the new machine should be here by next weekend.)
We did all 61 miles of the 61 yard sale on Friday this year instead of Saturday like we have done the past two years. There were a LOT fewer sales this year, but we managed to spend a lot more money than we usually do and on more interesting items. (Usually I have a hard time spending $20 at this sale.) The weather was cool, and the crowds were small. I enjoyed myself so much that instead of getting right on the interstate at the end like we would usually do, we went back up the rural highway and hit the sales we skipped the first time.
This is the first thing I bought. I picked it up, looked it over, then put it back down and got in the car. Then I decided I was completely insane and went back and bought it. Originally I was thinking that I collect patchwork, and this is applique. Goodness is it gorgeous. And so, so, so buttery, silky soft. And the patterns in her hand quilting! It's huge too, there is a good foot hanging down the backside of the fence.
The lady selling it was really trying it to push it on me for cutting up.
Y'all know how I feel about that now. (And I fail to see what makes it worthy of the scissors. One little tear in the binding area?)
This is definitely the year of the quilt for me. This is an old patchwork top. She had paper pieced this and there are bits of the catalogs and newspapers she used still sewn to the backside.
I am fairly certain this quilter never meant for this to be this size. She clearly was making a baby quilt in the middle there, and at some point someone added a bunch of (non matching) feedsacks to the edges. I might remove those feedsacks and return it to it's original state. (It is also an unfinished top.)
I stopped at a sale that had a HUGE sign in the yard that said "CRAFTS DOLLS". I did tell David I was going to be digging there for awhile, but what I didn't know was that grandma had passed away and the girls wanted nothing to do with her sewing stuff. They kept bringing out box after box of fabric and piling it mountain high on this trailer. This lady had a STASH man. It must have been a whole house full.
Ladies were going crazy, going on and on about how expensive fabric is and grabbing at fabric like wild things. Mostly they all wanted the "new stuff" and left me be to grab at gobs of old feedsacks and vintage fabrics. This is only part of it, too hot to take pictures and the mosquitos are staging a massive revolt in the yard.
This metallic ribbon is meant for bow making (and even I admit as bows it is kinda cute), but when I saw it I saw Christmas crafts. Trim on paper houses, garland on small trees.
The Halloween stuff has started flowing too. I am going to hang costumes and masks from my ladder this year I think.
This bread box is a bit beat up, but still sweet.
I could have SWORN when I bought this it was an apron. An apron for a person with a 3 inch waist maybe. LOL Maybe it's a doll dress? Since it's not an apron, I will just repurpose the fabric.
There are about 6 panels of these nursery curtains. No clue what to do with them yet.
And my sweet boy and his Dandy, fast asleep after a long, long day! (It melts me to see him clutching Dandy like that.)
More photos on Flickr, close ups of quilts and quilt fabrics. It is worth popping over to see the daffodil quilt, I promise.
P.S. I may very well be the last person earth to notice this, but did you see that up there in that gray Blogger bar at the top Blogger has a added a search box so you can search the blog here? I was just about to figure out how to add a search widget too. So much easier than trying to google to find my own posts! LOL