Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Winter white and Orca bay



HI Y'all! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We went and saw our son on the east coast...it was just so beautiful, crisp and cold and such wonderful flocks of migrating birds...just fun! Above...aren't these the cutest blocks ever? These are some of the blocks for step 2, Orca Bay...Bonnie Hunter's newest mystery quilt. I have not missed one of her mysteries yet...they are such fun! Are you doing the mystery? come on...join in!!!

While visiting my son, we went to an antique mall, and I found this amazing whole cloth quilt. Quilted about 14-16 stitches per inch, amazingly even and gorgeous stitches. I cannot get a picture, but there is a star in the middle, in medallion style. What a gorgeous quilt! I paid the princely sum of $95.00, plus 20% off that for the sale that was going on...the back is turned to the front to from about a 3/16Th's inch binding...it is so pretty! So old...I am shocked at how little it cost for such a treasure. Quilter of yore...I honor your work!!!




Have a great day, all!!


Julie

23 comments:

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Thank you for honoring this amazing quilter... how sad to think of it languishing in an antique store with the possibility of someone buying it who wouldn't appreciate it like you do, what incredible workmanship! I need to go to Quiltville and check out Orca Bay. Have a great week~

Quilter Kathy said...

Very cute little Orca string blocks :) I'm thinking of making my step #2 solid green blocks.
Love the whole cloth treasure you found!

LuAnn said...

I love it when someone rescues a quilt that knows how much work it took to complete such a piece. Love those little Orca Bay blocks. I'm saving the clues and will get busy soon.

Me and My Stitches said...

What an amazing quilt - don't you just love finding such wonderful treasures? I'm still on the fence with Orca - I really, really want to do it, but I've got some other projects (Christmas gifts) that I absolutely have to get finished first!

Barb said...

Wow...that is a great deal...lucky you!

Lois Arnold said...

What a wonderful find! I'm glad you rescued this quilt from the antique shop! The Orca Bay sounds like fun, but I'm sticking to finishing some of my already started projects whenever I have time to quilt -- which hasn't been a lot lately! :( Too many "have to do's"!

Lori said...

OMgoodness! What a fantastic find! The quilt is stunning.

How fun to watch your orca project take shape!!

Debi said...

What a beautiful quilt and love your Orca Bay blocks. Looking forward to see you on Saturday.

Loris said...

That sounds like a lovely holiday trip. And what an amazing find! I think you will treasure this quilt for years to come. Wouldn't it be fun to know its history.
Love seeing your Orca Bay growing. Love the colors in your string blocks.
Julie, be sure to check out my giveaway :-)

Janet O. said...

You walked out with that quilt for nothing! Wow! I want to go shopping with you!! : )

Stephanie D. said...

That's beautiful! I can see the star inside the circle--so gorgeous!

I have too much going on to do one of Bonnie's mysteries right now. They are so piecing-intense! But they are nice, I have to admit!

paula, the quilter said...

The whole cloth quilt is stunning and you are a treasure to rescue it. I've been watching everyone's progress on Orca Bay, but I'm not playing along.

Becky said...

I'm loving the Orca Bay projects that I've seen on blogs. I'll have to print out the steps, but won't be able to start on it just yet. What a treasure you've rescued!

Karen said...

I have my foundation phone book blocks ready, does that count??? LOL! The blocks are so cute - I'm going to be slow, but I'm coming. The antique quilt is amazing. So glad you will be it's caretaker.

regan said...

What a gorgeous quilt! And we can just make out that amazing star in the center....wonderful design and work....what a treasure! Lucky you!

Leeanne said...

What a wonderful treasure you have there!
Your mystery blocks look great, fun step wasn't it?

Jill said...

Love the wholecloth quilt! You got a great deal there!

Merilyn said...

What an amazing wholecloth quilt, so glad you were able to save it, and such a good price too! It has a good home now!! Aren't string blocks fun to make?

Quilt Hollow said...

I'm looking forward to seeing all the Orca Bay quilts that bloggers are working on...yours too!

O'faigh said...

Hello Julie, I glad you rescued the lovely quilt...such a shame.....looking forward to seeing your new mystery quilt...hugs o'faigh

Donna K from N.TX aka Quilting Bear Gal said...

Wow, you got a good deal on the whole cloth quilt. Isn't it fun to find something so special and it be afforadable as well.

Glad you enjoyed your East Coast holiday!

AnnieO said...

I'm glad you rescued another treasure of a quilter's work! So sad that people let those things go. Glad you had a wonderful visit with your son.

The little string blocks are cute--I couldn't face the big ones from last year's mystery!

Kim said...

Oh you are doing a fine job keeping up.....I've still got plenty to do!

thank goodness you rescued that quilt.....don't want someone to get it that will not honor all those hours making tiny stitches.
May she rest in peace and not know someone gave away this treasure.

Happy Sewing