Of COURSE there was time to wander an antique mall or two while in Alabama.
I would much rather do this with a group of quilters than a shop hop!
Let’s face it. The stash has reached epic proportions from home. There is no way I can sew it up in my life time. And antique mall wandering is a great pastime even if you don’t buy anything. And we are getting our steps in, as well as a bunch of belly laughs over things we find.
Just a heads-up: This is a LONG post. I’m playing catch-up before heading to Texas tomorrow! You have been fore-warned!
This was one week ago, Monday afternoon after my morning lecture in Birmingham left me with an afternoon to play.
There were quilts to be found, mostly humble.
This one said Grammy Byron on it.
Who was Grammy Bryon? I love her love of gingham!
To cool retro machines -
(No, this one didn’t come home with me)
OH NO! 19770s avocado “antiquing!”
Why did they ever think this was a good idea to do to otherwise beautiful natural oak or other hardwoods? Yes, this is right up there with the chalk paint of today. Blech. As soon as you paint it, it can never go back to what it was. Poor thing! Interesting irons though:
I’d never seen this make before.
Someone had done a paint job on this one!
Likely a first machine for a granddaughter. CUTE!
NO thank you!
This cute little bedside table is going next to the guest bed in the small bedroom at the cabin. There is just enough room for this night stand, and it will look cute in there with all of the pine. It’s got such a fun shape! And the girls agreed with me.
These goodies too!
I had a set of 4 of the pink glass tumblers that became a set of 3 after breaking one. I found three more to bring my set of three to a set of six! HAPPY! A couple of tins, my coffee pot and a hand cross-stitched “murphy’s law” stitchery that is also going to the cabin.
And we all agreed!
THIS gets the UGLY AWARD!!
When I reached Cullman on Wednesday evening I made plans for hitting up Highway Pickers on the outskirts of town upon the recommendation of many other antique lovers. “Give yourself a lot of time” they warned. And I needed and heeded that warning!
First item found!
There were aisles upon aisles in the 3 floors of vendor booths. I walked by, saying hello to old machines, petting the quilts. But when I found this double spounted and handled batter bowl in pink depression glass, I knew this was going home for me. I LOVE pancakes at the cabin. I love pink glassware. Match made in heaven, complete with scratches from years of family cooking. I don’t have to worry about using it, because it shows many signs of happy breakfasts and cake batters.
Pyrex with 8 point stars?
You are also cabin bound!
These are great for baking, and super for leftovers. They go right from the fridge to the microwave or oven. And STARS!
And the quilts, oh the quilts!
You will find all of the antique quilts from from the mall in Cullman in the slide show below.
And then, I rounded a corner and found THIS:
Southern Pride in GREEN!
Time for a clean up!
I had some time yesterday afternoon/evening to try to get this baby up and running, and let me tell you, it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be.
“Runs great!” the sign said. The sign lied.
How can it run great if the needle won’t go up and down? The motor just wouldn’t turn anything over. I cleaned and I oiled, and I oiled and I cleaned. I installed a new tension check spring, new belt, new bobbin tire and cleaned out THIS:
Oh. my word!!
It’s a HAMSTER!
Still barely ran. Slower than slow, no get up and go….sounded like the motor was bogging down. And then I remembered.
Don’t forget to oil the ports in the motor! (Check your manual if your machine requires grease instead.)
The newspaper from the case base.
Nov 16, 1954
One of the comments made in Facebook last night was that the day’s paper was placed in the bottom of the case upon the last oiling so that you could check the date and remember the last time it was oiled or serviced. Not a bad idea for that day! It also helped absorb any residual oil.
Super stitches and the manual to go with them!
I’ve saved the manual and the newspaper in a page protector for future reference. In the mean time, this girl just wants to sew up a storm and I may get a chance to grant her wishes today.
The Straits of Mackinac quilt is still in the longarm and hasn’t been touched since I left for Alabama. I’m not sure how far I’ll get before I leave for Texas in the morning, but that is high on the agenda today.
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Vintage quilt found in Alabama.
Have a super Monday, everyone!