Thursday, September 27, 2012

Another stop....

On our recent trip to the apple orchard/barn, another stop was made.  What kind of shop would you think this is in front of?

Oops! Missed the handle.:-(

This is an actual pump!  The Husband was able to pump water into the bucket!  There was a wonderful quilt shop just waiting for us to come in!

Quilting is not something I have ever done - nor hoped to do - though there was one time the two grandmothers of a girl in my Girl Scout troop were enlisted to help us with a quilting project.

The squares were made of five strips of fabric stitched together diagonally.  Anyway, I have an appreciation for quilters and quilts. 

There was a display of a bed in the main room of the shop, with more than 30 quilts across it!  The lady there graciously agreed to "turn back" the quilts.  Here are some of the patterns we saw.

We were told the names of the patterns of each one, but the only one I remember would be the "Double Wedding Ring," and there were three or four of those, each one different from the other.  They are all handmade and for sale, with prices ranging up to $2,000!  The pictures really don't do them justice.  They were gorgeous!

To reply to someone's comment from yesterday - yes, yesterday was Johnny Appleseed's birthday.  The apple study in my classroom was centered around a study of Johnny Appleseed, with my favorite book written by Steven Kellogg simply titled "Johnny Appleseed."  One of these days I will have to do a post on children's books.  I have many favorites.:-)

Thank you for reading.  I really appreciate your comments.


  1. I am always amazed by the beauty and workmanship that people put into those types of quilts! When our grandmother made them, they were not such a thing of beauty as simple warmth, but our son claimed one of them as "his" anyway! It is now very worn, and we have it put away, but it saw a lot of great life for many years. I don't think I would have the patience to put one of these works of art together. Thanks for sharing with us!

  2. I so admire anyone with the skill to make a quilt as lovely as those shown in your photos. In her last years my mother was living with my sister and she made quite a few hand quilts for the Veteran's hospital at Danville IL. I just don't have the will or the talent for it. :-)

  3. My mother is a quilter. I wish I had inherited her sewing genes. Such a beautiful craft.

  4. I love that book by Stephen Kellogg. I have read those books over and over to my kids. Some blog I read though I can't remember which one right now, has a old, old Johnny Appleseed tree on it. She said the apples are tiny and hard but it is excellent for grafting to other trees.
    The quilts are beautiful. I wish I quilted more.
    Lovely photos Nellie.

  5. Beautiful photos... I especially love the real old fashioned pump. :-)


  6. I would have guessed an antiques store.
    Quilts are so beautiful and very useful too.
    I've never tried myself but would like to give it a try one day. Maybe start with just a table runner.
    My SIL makes beautiful quilts.

  7. Oh I love quilts and these are all beautiful! My grandmother was a quilter...wish I were as talented as she was! Looked like you had a nice day!


  8. Ah, quilts... I love them! I've never made one, but my grandmother and many of my older relatives were quilters.

    My youngest Son's girlfriend lost her mother last year. She took all her mom's sweaters and made quilts for each of her siblings. She had never done it before and she did a beautiful job. I was impressed!