Sunday, June 03, 2012

At the Auction

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...

13 comments:

Tonya Ricucci said...

you got some really fun stuff. having folks send me ugly fabrics got me over the fabric snobbiness. I actually used poly cottons. eek. the only thing I threw away was some solid black that I wasn't sure of - older black shreds too much to take a chance on. post those blocks on the FB group - they're the ones to ask.

Impera_Magna said...

I'm glad you had a fun day... it was a beautiful day weather-wise! Looks as if you came away with a lot of goodies...

Wish I could help with the name of the block... it's different from anything I've seen... not that I've seen that many blocks...

:)

Tim Latimer said...

you got some great treasures! what fun

Janet O. said...

I passed an estate sale 3 times this weekend on my way to and from funerals. I so wanted to stop, but no time. I love what you acquired! I do like getting blocks and pieces.
Well, if you can't find that block in Brackman, I don't think I can be of any help. That is my "go to" source for block names.

Kathie said...

how lucky are you
I love the blocks and the top is just so fun
ok I can't wait to read the post about being a fabric snob (ok I admit to being a member of that club too!)
just starting to allow a non reproduction fabric in my quilts :)
I don't know why name of the block but I have other block name books than BB 's I can look thru if you would like
Kathie

regan said...

You got some real treasures! Yay! And why, when looking at the hoola girl quilt, am I thinking Bonnie is channeling that quilters spirit!?! LOL I love that quilt!

Me and My Stitches said...

Don't you just love a good auction? I haven't been to one forever, but your post is giving me the fever!

sewkalico said...

Looks like you have some fabric fun ahead. Fabric snob? Do tell us more ;) Can't help with the block name, but can say that the blue is cute for the sashing, hope you find something similar...

judy crumpler said...

Hi hope yr doing well. Congrats on antigue tops & block.In 5500 q blog designs by Maggie Malone pg111 # 1460 this is 4 patch pattern 1st ID,Trailing Star 2nd Mosaic,LAC,3rdMosaic #1,NC,4th Old Poinsettias,NC,5th Spinning Stars,NP....Happy Quilting

judy crumpler said...

Correction 5500 q block

Morning's Minion said...

I have blocks salvaged from a quilt made by my g-grandmother--slight variation on the way the triangle/squares are turned in yours. Closest I came in a name search was one called Windblown Star. I've simply called it "Eliza's Star" for the dear lady who pieced it.
A current project is making a reproduction of it using only material from clothing--hers was pieced from used fabrics.

Anna said...

Love the hula girls and plaid quilt. Does the block have a name?

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