I have temporarily abandoned my Story Cloth. Like too many of these projects, I get off to a great start and find myself wandering off to another one or two or three. Almost like a horse that takes off at the beginning of the race full gallop, only to find itself slowing down and veering off the track to eat an apple, carrot, or in my case, cheese and crackers.
Here is a sample of the quilt squares from Lena Mercantile. Oh, my!
Firstly, these are not my typical choices for fabric. A number of them are in very sorry findings. Have you ever had something "speak" to you? You pick it up, put it down, walk away from it...and, then, wind up buying it? EEK!
Maybe its the softee in me? There must be approximately 25 "squares" in the packet. Distorted, stained, and, yet, at 5.00 for the packet, it found a home.
Maybe the appeal, aside from feeling "sorry" for these orphans, was the history. All I know is that they came from an "estate" sale. Who was the "soul" that put all these pieces together? They are machine pieced. Female, male, child, older person? In the Midwest?
When I was young girl, perhaps early teens (?), I sewed myself a dress. Very basic with set in sleeves and a zipper. The hem on the dress was WAY TOO deep and noticeable. Why I did not trim it off and sew a normal hem, who knows?! My zipper was probably considered do-able, but, it did make the dress look homemade. My Mom more than likely felt I did my best and she did not want to discourage me from future endeavors. One family friend, who I called "Aunt" out of respect, pointed out my faux pas, not in a mean way, but, enough to make another relative sit up and take notice. The latter relative, in defense (and later on between the two of us), remarked at the "homemadeness" of the critic's zipper in the dress she made!
So, there it is! I want to "help" these "squares" morph from "awkward (not ugly) ducklings" into "swans." After all, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
For the meantime, the packet will be placed in stash, awaiting the epiphany, Trumpets will be sounded. Just a warning so that you don't think the clatter is the end of the earth...
Til next time, blessings to all. I appreciate you stopping by and visiting.
Top picture is Lena Mercantile, where, in the middle picture, is a pink and white checkered, linen tablecloth to be repurposed along the way, tiny Christmas themed fabric folded to be used as a edging on quilts (Prairie Points) and a tiny hankie with two native girls on a teeter totter, all found at the Merc. Also, a packet of quilt squares which the Proprietress acquired at an estate sale. I must go through them to see what can be salvaged and repurposed. Could not pass up a bargain.
The small quilt in the middle picture was a store sample from Quilters General. A Kim Diehl pattern and fabric.
The third picture, fat quarters of lovely fabrics.
That's it for tonight. Sending you blessings and all good thoughts.
Today, DH and I decided to take advantage of a sunshiney day. Drove to a favorite spot about 100 miles from home. A town called "Lena." DH and I camp here at a local state park and pay a visit to the "Lena Mercantile," while in that area. The Mercantile is a charming collection of antiques, odds and ends and many pleasant finds. The Proprietress, Ruth Maedge is a gem. We have become friends over the years. http://www.lenamercantile.com/
Just noticed that there appears to be a reflective pond in front of the Merc; its actually the roof our our car!
In my next post, I will include pictures of a few items I purchased there and also, a small quilt I purchased at another stop on the way to Lena.
It was a good day spent with my best friend.
Oh, found an unexpected and delicious place to have lunch between the quilt shop and Lena. Its called "Dickey's BBQ." https://www.dickeys.com/ DH and I first tasted the wonderful beef brisket sandwhiches in Texas on the long road trip in November and December of last year. Yum!
Here is the updated block for Kathy Tracy's Mystery Quilt https://sentimentalquilter.blogspot.com/ - Step 3. A simple addition of framework. This portion is not on Kathy's blog yet; however, it is on FB and Yahoo.
This afternoon, DH and I took a nice drive to have a late lunch at http://whitefencefarm-il.com/. The location is about 30 miles from here. We had delicious fried chicken and trimmings for our meal and apple pie a la mode for dessert. There is also a petting zoo with sweet animals.