Drove out to a country auction today. It as a perfect day for it...sunny but cool...may be the last time that will happen around here for awhile!
I had my eye on several quilts they posted on the website. When I actually got to see the quilts my list went down to 3...the first one when for a lot more than I wanted to pay...I got the second one...and am sort of kicking myself for not bidding more on the third. Oh well....
Towards the end I did get a box of tops and blocks. I think I like these as much as quilts. The colors this woman used are wonderful...not a bit of plain white muslin to be found anywhere (except for two signature blocks but I think that was dictated by a group thing!)
The variety of fabrics is wonderful (hoola girls and plaids in the same block!)...not unusual as the quilter's daughter who was in her 80's and passed away this year, worked at the local textile mill. I hop to use these tops as inspiration to help me loosen up my fabric choices a bit. (I admit to be a recovering fabric snob...more on that in a future post....)
There were three sewing machines in the house - a treadle, a wold pink one from the 50's and a Kenmore from the 70's. A neighbor told me they all belonged to the mother. It is sort of sad to see a home broken up at auction but they said the only relatives lived across the country. Most of the folks bidding were locals with few dealers from Columbia, SC and Asheville, NC there to drive up the prices!
Speaking of fabrics...there was a set of 9-patches in the box. I totally love this orange. Another one I wish I could get more of!
Here is another set of blocks...these are in really good shape. I may put them together if I can find a good sashing fabric. Unfortunately there wasn't any of that fun blue in the box to finish them with! Does anyone know the name of this block? For now I am calling it an Annie's Choice variation. Found several in Brackman that were close but none exact...