Happy Hour to some might mean sitting at a favorite watering hole with a discounted adult beverage and snack food to wind down the end of a busy day.
When it comes to a busy day involving a very full workshop, happy hour means making good use of the time before the antique mall and the quilt shop closes and getting in what fun we can before the lights go out and doors are locked.
In this case – we had just enough time after our Talkin’ Turkey Workshop in Grapevine to head on over to The Antique Market and then over to Must Love Fabric in Grapevine to pet all the pretties before meeting up with several of the guild ladies for dinner.
I’m posing behind the counter with the quilt shop staff and workshop coordinator Kathi for an impromptu photo! Thanks for the great welcome, ladies! So good to see you!
We had 2 hours to fit it all in. Could we do it?
Spied from the Get Go!
I’ve got Allison in tow so we tried to puzzle this one out between us. It’s a 3/4 sized machine with griffin decals, and a very large hand wheel. It’s got a motor, but maybe that came after the fact. Could it have been a hand crank at one time? It was beautiful, the shuttle is there, it definitely needs some oil, but if you are close, you can adopt this swet thing for about 50 bucks.
It was a day for quilts! From Sun Bonnet Sue….
To a gorgeous log cabin set in a zig zag layout..
To a sweet nine patch on point in a rainbow of colors.
This cheddar and red number knocked our socks off!
It’s a “Fly Foot” block with 9 patch cornerstones. FABULOUS!
From Old Maid’s Puzzle in 40’s prints
to an interesting Drunkard’s Patch variation -
We were captivated around every corner!
Doesn’t this one look almost “modern?”
It looks like garden art pinwheels, dancing on the breeze.
This one blew us completely away.
I love that the setting is a bit off kilter….like “Why bother to make it symmetrical? the bed is only this big!” But the thing that really had us gasping “Oh, WOW!!” Was the amount of haand quilting in this beauty. We tried to capture it with the camera from every angle so that the stitching would show.
It’s like a hexagonal cross hatch!
Almost resembling chicken wire!
Notice the prints of the fabric too. I j ust loved the anchors in the blue. None of the quilts came home with us, but we have the photos to add to our inspiration collections.
Someone motorized a Singer 20 chainstitcher!
And they think they can get $375 for it? Good luck with that one!
The wiring was all dry and cracked and we wouldn’t even risk plugging it in.
Much better – there is a Class 15 win a beautiful cabinet!
I think this one was under $100,00 and it’s a potted motor, a good find!
A sweet Standard, needing some love and attention.
Oh Castle Wall!
Check out the stripes!
The machine love carried on at Must Love Fabric!
I loved this little 2 tone 1950s Japanese import.
Allison noticed the 223 right off, she has one!
This is the machine with an early blind hemming stitch and we posted her demo video HERE. It’s a great machine and fun to see one in the wild.
Some machines look like trains!
I loved the display of machines and fabric at Must Love Fabric!
We all laughed and laughed about the ridiculous find at the antique mall. Get a load of this little unassuming card, suitable for framing by the lady of the house in its day:
Now read the back side!
“The average woman cannot discriminate justly between sewing machines as far as mechanical constructions is concerned, but she can wisely judge their work.” HMMM! think again, Men of the past! Oh dear. LOL! Let me go fix my hair, my make up, make sure my pearls are on straight and sit here like a demure “Little Lady”. LOL.
Thanks for the lovely “After Hours”girls!
There was more happiness to follow. Not long after I was dropped back at my hotel after dinner, Irene and Sherry pulled in, ready for our next leg of this Texas adventure.
We drove to Mineola yesterday. We are spending the next couple of days at Stitchin’ Heaven Quilt Shop for a couple of workshops – and we had a blast yesterday antiquing our way here. More to follow on that. This post is getting too long, and I’ve got to be out the door in 12 minutes.
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Vintage quilt found in Alabama.
This describes our day yesterday to a T! A day spent on a road trip with friends just can't be beat.
It’s FRIDAY! Enjoy!