I couldn't resist.
Back in early June, I took part of an afternoon off and spent a couple of blissfully air-conditioned hours bopping around one of my favorite antique/junk malls, finding all sorts of useful little vintage treasures, most for only a few dollars. I'm a very careful shopper, and these days everything I bring home has to not only make me happy when I look at it, but must also be immediately functional.
I've recently put myself on a slow but steady massive campaign to declutter my entire life (40 books and counting, plus a dozen DVDS and oodles of magazines in the library donation pile—yay!), and that means being extra picky about what I bring home. Okay, I do make a few exceptions—the longtime collector in me just can't help it. But they're always inexpensive and wonderful exceptions.
I spied this quilt hanging in the little entryway of the store as soon as I walked in. It was the two pieces of classic cowboy fabric that caught my eye first. I love old western stuff.
And I love how this funky old, nothing fancy quilt is made from such a hodgepodge of fabrics, in all colors and thicknesses and textures, many of which only appear once. There's nothing matching—or really even planned—about any of it. And look at the bottom right corner—it's a piece of another old quilt! How wonderful is that?
I quickly decided that each piece of this quilt must represent a cherished memory—favorite curtains, a set of beloved bedsheets, a special dress, a longed for cowboy bedspread that appeared under the tree one Christmas morning—that were all saved and sewn together long ago into one big happy, useful smile.
I love it. And I plan to put it to very good use for many more years to come. At first I thought it would be a perfect picnic quilt, but we don't really go on picnics—at least not the kind where you actually lay out a quilt and have a fabulous chocolate cake, like some people do. (Does that look like an idyllic afternoon or what?)
Did I mention it was only fifteen bucks? I told you I couldn't resist.
Do you have a cherished treasure that has a good story—real or invented—behind it?
6/22/09: Vintage Laundry Line (more quilts)
7/26/09: Going Vintage Green
8/2/09: A Beacon in the Light
8/17/09: A Peek Inside My Potting Cabinet
2/18/10: A Nice Day (quilt photo)5/24/10: Two More Vintage Quilts!
More laundry line:
12/1/05: Warm Wash, Cool Dry
1/2/06: Winter Color
4/17/06: Monday Washday (and a Lamb Report)
5/6/09: The Lamb and the Laundry Line (a look back at Baby Cary)
6/22/09: Vintage Laundry Line
8/2/09: A Beacon in the Light
2/18/10: A Nice Day
5/24/10: Two More Vintage Quilts!
6/13/10: The Dangers of a Laundry Line
7/25/10: Blowin' In the Wind
© FarmgirlFare.com, the sewn up in little squares foodie farm blog where I am so enamored with my vintage quilts that I refuse to stop sleeping with them, despite the fact that it's been averaging about 89 degrees at night in The Shack's one and only bedroom (which is actually the coolest room in the place). And one of these days I'll see if I can get around to sharing photos of my recent vintage finds of the non-quilt variety. Maybe I need to go hang them out on the laundry line in order to get some pictures!