I suggested a drive towards Lyons, where there is a quilt shop. Works for me! Apparently it worked for him, too, because that is what we did, and while he went for a cuppa’ joe, I looked around Quilting Hands. Found some fat quarters on sale, along with a book (of course), then met up with him across the street. As he was finishing his coffee, I said I am going to run through the thrift shop next door, as he usually isn’t interested in such places, but he chose to come along.
There wasn’t a whole lot there, but sometimes that is okay. Stuffed full can be overwhelming. I saw yarn, some mohair and some acrylic, which I passed over, and continued through the store. As I came back to the front, the Guy was still there looking at books, and asked if I saw the knitting needles?
There were a few pair of pretty neat vintage straight needles for $2/pr, and one was 10” sz 7, of which, for some reason I seem to have gone completely through. So …I NEEDED those. As I was finding out how much the needles cost, the yarn was mentioned, and I succumbed to 3 balls of acrylic. It was very nice for acrylic, and also foreign. And very inexpensive.
Enough for a baby sweater!
We then moseyed down the street to the next place which is a consignment store. There was lots of fun stuff there (more mohair!) and we each went our own ways looking at what interested us, then showing each other the stuff that catches our eye. And what caught my eyes was a very nice quilt. As I looked it over, though, I got very confused. The top was obviously old, and handquilted, but the backing was a bit off. The shopkeeper came over, eager to tell me about it. She said she had it appraised, and the top was from the 1880’s, but it was quilted in the 70’s.
Her story rings true. The top fabric is old (but in excellent shape), and there is attached documentation relating to the quilting of it (and the price for materials and services!) from the ‘70’s. Regardless, I think it’s a great quilt, and I got it for what I think is a good price.
When we got home with my booty, we had ham, beans, and corn bread I had fixed that morning, and saw the most interesting half of the game anyway.