Tuesday, July 5, 2011

BARGAIN HUNTING

One of my favorite things to do on the weekends is go antiquing in search of bargains. Sometimes I come home empty-handed and other times I return with a treasure or two. This weekend turned up these antique 19th-century hand-pieced quilt blocks—20 blocks for $5. I've often seen this style of block with signatures in the center, so perhaps the quilter planned to make a signature quilt?


Now I'm wondering what I should do with these blocks. Would you leave them as is or make them into a project? Currently, several are pieced into rows. In a few of the blocks, the lighter background fabrics are badly stained. I'd be particularly interested to hear about what you would do with these. Would you leave them as is or take the blocks apart and reuse the patterned fabrics (which are in good condition) for something else? Normally I would not disturb an old quilt block.


Here are a couple other finds from this past weekend's antiquing excursion—a lovely vintage lavender morning glory quilt in excellent condition. One of our spare bedrooms is decorated with 1930s/40s vintage quilts and linens and I thought this quilt would make a nice addition to it.


This vintage DMC stitching pamphlet was in a junk pile...


It is filled with cross-stitch designs and monograms...


And a set of eight vintage milk glass snack sets for a little over $5 (marked down from $9.50). These will be perfect for the antique study group I'm hosting next week! Even though eight sets won't be enough to serve all the ladies coming, I have other milk glass snack sets that I can use. I went through a milk glass collecting craze in my twenties, so I have several pieces in my pantry cupboards. 


Thanks for visiting today. I hope you all had a pleasant weekend and happy Fourth!