Sunday, August 24, 2014

Some vintage quilt finds

I'm still here! It's been a long, busy summer, but now that it's winding down, I have a little more time to think about fabric and quilting and art.

Yesterday I was in the mood for some treasure hunting. So when I saw there was a yard sale not too far away, advertising beads, quilting fabrics and three sewing machines,  I grabbed my purse and was on my way.

The sewing machines were modern, so no interest, but the beads were abundant - more on that later - and the bins of fabric had real treasures - vintage quilt tops and sets of quilt blocks.

I happily dug through the bins, while literally dripping with sweat in the 100-degree heat, and it was worth it. I came home with a small assortment of fabric, seven quilt tops, 17 bags of  quilt blocks, some complete and some in progress, and a treasure trove of beads, buttons and findings.

I don't know the history of the quilt tops, the woman who owned them moved away and left family to sell her unwanted stuff (I can only imagine the great stuff she kept!), but the fabrics range from 1930s to 1980s, and some of them have some great color and fabric choices.

Here are the quilt tops, sorry some are a little blurry. I'll share the blocks and other goodies later.


This Trip Around the World says 1960s, maybe 1970s to me.

It's not your eyes, this Trip Around the World style with hexagons is diamond-shaped.

Nine-patches with some great fabrics

I love the bold colors and graphic look of this nine-patch

And another nine-patch, this one with pastels, looks like some 1930s-40s fabrics

Tumbling Blocks  with bold 1950s to 60s colors

These blocks are 25-patches and look very 1980s to me with the dusty blue.