Monday, November 20, 2006

Tuesday Already...Where Does the Time Go?

Well, after reading Rian's post about purse sizes, I had to post a pic of my new purse. I agree that it's good to pare down, and after I had major problems with my left shoulder that ultimately required a cortisone shot (UGH!) to fix, I decided to use a smaller, lighter purse. Yes, I occasionally don't have room for everything, but I just chuck whatever won't fit into the center console of the car, and away I go! I'm definitely a convert. This little number has room for cash, ID, a couple of credit cards and an ATM card, one lipstick, one chapstick, a comb and tiny mirror, keys, and an open slot for either the cell phone or my little digital camera. Neat, huh?And, as promised, here are a couple of the antique quilt tops I bought on eBay several years ago. This one was from the estate of Tony Duquette, who was a production designer for Broadway and the movies. I love to think this quilt might have been onstage or onscreen in some production or other! It's all hand pieced and double-bed sized. I'm thinking I may ultimately make it a little larger by adding another border or two. Don't you love the antique double pinks? This is one of the ones I hope to hand quilt, when/if I ever learn how to do that.And here's a close-up. BTW, I'm sorry these are all sort of wrinkly. I'm trying not to handle them too much as they're very old. A couple are from the 1880s, and I think this one is more likely 20s or 30s, don't you? Anyway, I thought I'd leave them folded up and in a dark cupboard until I'm ready to work on them.This old basket quilt top is supposed to be from the 1880s, judging by the fabrics in the blocks. They are all hand pieced, but the top was put together by machine, so I'm thinking the top is newer than the blocks. Here is a close-up of the blocks...aren't the fabrics wonderful?

Don't want to press my luck with uploading more photos, so I'll save the other antique quilt tops for another day.

7 comments:

Patti said...

Beautiful tops! I'm sure you are right about the blocks in that second top. That light green fabric was definitely not around until the 20th century - I'm guessing 1920 at the very earliest.

Rian said...

Thanks for playing the purse game! That's a real nice purse there, and I too keep stuff in the console of my car instead of schlepping it on my shoulder. And if I don't have room for the cell phone, the sunglasses can stay in the car, too. Works for me.

kirsty said...

Yeah, I agree with Patti. The blocks look 1880's to me, but the green is a twenties/thirties thing. Maybe, as you say, the blocks were hand stitched by one person, sewn together by someone else years later. COOL top!!

Libby said...

Such great quilt tops -- don't you wish they could talk and tell you their story?

Susan said...

Those tops are beautiful. You got some wonderful buys. I love double pinks, and I love baskets!

Tonya R said...

Those are marvelous tops. Love the colors and fabrics in that basket top. Fun to see the wonky stripes. Gorgeous. Those will look beautiful hand quilted with free hand fans!

Dawn said...

Darn blogger ate my comment. I just wanted to say I love your new purse. I should really do that. I"m still the "mom" mindset - need stuff for any kind of situation. Maybe a fun little purse would break me of that!